Full and Half Day
- Payment & Cancellation Policy
- Group Size
- Area Accommodations & Activities
A non-refundable payment in full is due upon trip registration.
A $75 non-refundable deposit is required for trip registration. Final balance is due 60 days from the trip departure.
A non-refundable payment of half the total rental fee is due upon registration. Final balance is due 60 days from the trip departure.
The maximum size for full groups on these adventures is 12 participants with two guides.
One and two night trips have a maximum of 12 participants with two guides; although group sizes are typically smaller.
Trips of three or more nights are generally limited to 6 participants with one guide.
Custom Trips and Youth Groups with larger numbers can be accommodated on both day and overnight trips.
Highlights such as visits to Madeline Island, Big Top Chautauqua and tours of Bayfield's Orchards are always high on the list as companion activities to your paddling adventure.
Our office staff is happy to make recommendations!
FULL DAY SEA CAVES TRIPS
A hallmark of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is the ancient geology noted by red sandstone cliffs and sea caves. Centuries of wave action, freezing and thawing have sculpted artful caves considered to be the most spectacular in the Great Lakes. Kayakers have the unique opportunity to paddle under arches, vaulted chambers and into deep recesses.
Located along the mainland shoreline just south of Bayfield is one of the most beautiful stretches of caves in the national park and the location for our day trips. To fully immerse in the experience and not feel rushed, we prefer a full day format for this adventure. Plus it gives you a chance to enjoy the delicious lunch provided with your trip!
Our day and half day tours are geared for first time paddlers. Those with previous experience will also enjoy the beauty and exhilaration of the trip. Stable tandem kayaks are provided to enhance learning skills and to further your enjoyment of the spectacular views.
Your day starts off at the Living Adventure Center with introductions to your guide and other group members. Next is a short shuttle in our van to the put-in at Meyers Road, where an extended beach faces out to the Minnesota and Canadian north shores. After an introduction to paddle strokes and equipment, off we go for the 3 mile trip out along the caves and cliffs to Driftwood Beach. Here you enjoy lunch prepared in our own commercial kitchen (turkey pesto & Costa Rican wraps AND awesome chocolate chip cookies made by our local bakery) while resting and enjoying views of Sand and Eagle Island; a rookery for cormorant and herring gulls. The trip back along the caves is equally beautiful in reverse, as the afternoon sun enhances the rich colors of the cliffs.
Getting out on the water is the best way to get a sense of this area (admittedly we’re biased). Most people rate their paddling experience as the highlight of their vacation and we think you will too. Our aim is to ignite a passion for sea kayaking that keeps you coming back to the Big Lake for years to come.
$99 plus tax per person.
Includes meet & greet at our facility, transportation, all Park fees, gear and lunch.
8:00 am – 3:30 pm most days June – September.
12 years and 100 pounds to assume a full paddling position in a tandem kayak. This has to do with fit, comfort and safety. Triple kayaks are available for children 8-11 years to sit in a center hatch as ‘duffers’ for $93.
If wind and weather conditions prohibit safe passage at the Sea Caves, we preserve the day of paddling by taking our groups to the protected waters of the Bark Bay Estuary near Cornucopia. Winding river channels take us on an intimate tour of the Bark River, an area rich in seasonal flora and fauna. The mouth of the river flows out to Lake Superior at a sandy beach where the tour continues, waves permitting! If the winds are gusting out of the northwest, a better alternative site is our Red Cliff Tour which launches from the shore of our facility and takes paddlers up the shoreline and over several historic turn of the century shipwrecks (see Half Day Description below).
HALF DAY SHIPWRECK TOURS
On the night of September 20, 1901, the Fedora was making a run from Duluth to Ashland. As the steamship passed Basswood Island, a kerosene lamp exploded in the engine room and the vessel caught fire. In a fiery blaze, the Captain ran ‘er a ground into the mainland shore. Visible from our launch, the twisted steel and oak beams have endured over time and can be seen both above and below the waterline. Learn about the last voyage of the Fedora, paddle over and near the wreckage of the tugboat Ottawa and the Coffinberry as you cruise the pristine shoreline and red cliffs of Buffalo and Schooner Bays. Launch and land from the Living Adventure Center for this out-and-back tour of about 4 miles. Eagles, cormorants, kingfishers, loons, blue herons, otters, beaver and our resident woodchuck family may accompany your outing!
$59 plus tax per person. Includes instruction and all equipment.
Mornings: 8:45 – Noon
Afternoons: 1:30 – 4:45
12 years and 100 pounds to assume a full paddling position in a tandem kayak. Triple kayaks are available for children 8-11 years to sit in a center hatch as ‘duffers’ for $55.