- 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!
The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is indelibly ‘on the map’ as a premier paddling destination and has become the most highly visited national park for sea kayaking in the country. Paddlers from both coasts and around the world travel here to experience the unique beauty of our Islands on Lake Superior. Within only a couple of miles from shore, paddlers enter the realm of wild nature and exploration. Although evidence of a rich cultural history abounds if you know what to look for, the national park has worked hard to achieve it’s wilderness designation. It is not difficult to imagine you were the first person to paddle along the sea stacks at Stockton Island, or first to step foot on the sand spit of remote Outer Island or first to feel the enchantment of walking through an old growth forest on Oak.
Lighthouses, sunken shipwrecks, and a few old timers with great stories recount a maritime history that dates back hundreds of years. Stories of ancient geology and cultures, sagas of fortunes gained and lost, tales of shipwrecks, storms and triumphs are features of your float plan on an overnight sea kayaking adventure. Sitting around the campfire each night, your guide shares not only the old legends, but also steers the course as you create your own island legacy.
TRIPS AT A GLANCE
- WIND, SAND & STARS – one night/two days – geared for beginning level and up
- BEACHES, WAVES & CAVES – two nights/three days – geared for beginning level and up
- ARCHIPELAGO – three nights/four days – some experience preferred or enthusiastic expectations!
- OUTER ISLANDS – four nights/five days – previous experience required
- LIGHTHOUSE TOUR – six nights/seven days – previous experience required
“Each day as we got farther out, I became increasingly in sync with the rhythm of the waves, the dipping and swinging of paddle strokes, the cycles of sun and moon; I truly felt part of it all. Where I initially had trepidation of the crossings, I became hooked on the lure of ‘the next island over there’ and couldn’t wait to cross”. Steve G. – Madison, WI 7/23/13
Camping destinations for one and two night trips are within the inner ring of Islands. As the trip length increases, itineraries extend out into the remote islands. All overnight trips generally meet at 8:30 a.m. the first morning and start off with a basic safety course of dry land and on-water instruction and rescue practice; prepare to get wet! Then it’s lunch, pack the kayaks, and off to your first island campsite. Trips generally get back to the Living Adventure center between noon and 3:00 p.m. on the last day.
With the increase in Park users, obtaining camping permits in the National Lakeshore is challenging, even for commercial licensees. Our itinerary may change due to unavoidable permit considerations; in this event we assure you an equally fantastic alternate route of Islands exploration.
We carry top-of-the-line, well-maintained kayaking and camping gear. Tandem and solo kayaks are included on the trips.
We pride ourselves on our in-house food program. Our menus focus on a combination of trail foods that are delicious, nutritious and will fuel you for paddling. First night dinners include fresh, local whitefish almandine cooked on the fire. Other highlights include pesto pastas, baked brie and fresh seasonal Bayfield fruits. Excellent coffee and tea are a given! We are set up to accommodate many dietary/allergy related special menus.
Most of our summer season trip dates fall in the optimal good weather envelope. But Lake Superior is unpredictable and can produce inclement weather at any time. If conditions prohibit our itinerary as planned, we will make contingency plans for paddling in more protected areas.
TRIP DESCRIPTIONS and DETAILS
Trip Cost for all overnights includes; permits, shuttles, instruction, equipment, awesome food, fabulous guides! Upon payment you will receive follow up materials including a cover letter, directions to Living Adventure, map, trip cancellation & payment terms and a suggested clothing list. These are fully outfitted trips; you bring only personal items, sleeping bag & pad (available for rent).
Custom Trips: we are happy to accommodate your specific dates, trip length and group size of 6 or more for a customized trip. Please plan well enough ahead to ensure your spot on our trips calendar.
WIND, SAND & STARS
An ideal introduction to the world of sea kayaking, our two day format provides enough time to immerse in the outdoors and recapture the spirit of your adventuresome self. First time paddlers learn a range of skills and safety considerations that allow you to feel comfortable embarking on your own future trips. Experienced paddlers fine tune technique and deepen their knowledge of navigation, leadership and decision making on the water. Island features such as lighthouses, sea caves, wildlife, beaches and forests are included!
TRIP COST: $294 plus tax per person.
TRIP DATES: every weekend (Sat/Sun) June 14-15 through August 30-31.
Family Trip: June 28-29 (see Families & Youth Groups)
BEACHES, WAVES & CAVES
Our hallmark 3-day weekend, this popular trip is the backbone of Living Adventure great overnighters. It includes highlights from the two day trip plus an extra day for more in-depth exploration and the opportunity to visit another island or two. By day three, you’ll slide fluidly into your kayak, feel stronger, more alive and already hungering for the next trip!
TRIP COST: $439 plus tax per person.
TRIP DATES: every weekend (Fri/Sat/Sun) June 13-15 through August 22-24 and August 30-September 1.
Family Trip: June 28-29 (see Families & Youth Groups)
Add a day to all of the above and it just keeps getting better. An archipelago (ark-i-pelago) is a group of islands; by the time you paddle back in on day four, you will understand the vastness and acclaim of Superior’s island group. If your itinerary takes you to the western perimeters of the Park, you will get to know the famed caves of Devil’s Island and have lunch on the ledge rocks of Bear. If you head east, you will have the privilege of knowing Stockton Island’s Presque Isle tombolo and the singing sands of Julian Bay.
TRIP COST: $499 plus tax per person.
TRIP DATES: June 19-22, June 23-26, June 30-July 3, July 14-17, July 21-24, July 28-31, August 4-7, August 7-10, August 18-21, August 25-28, Aug. 29-September 1
* Archipelagos for first time or novice paddlers: July 7-10 and August 11-14; more experienced paddlers are welcome.
Five days out and you no longer know the day or date… and don’t want to. You are immersed in the present moment moving from island to island and through a kaleidoscope of color, shapes and changing light. Spirited paddling and camaraderie are the order of each day. Bringing you back to earth each morning is the delicious smell of fresh ground coffee and the lure of Scottish oatmeal……and those old socks that have crawled to the bottom of the dry bag!
TRIP COST: $599 plus tax per person.
TRIP DATES: July 2-6, July 7-11, July 14-18, July 21-25, July 28 – Aug. 1, August 4-8, August 11-15, August 18-22
Clearly the Grand Daddy of our trips. It’s got it all. A must on your paddling bucket list. Case closed. Looking out from the top of Sand, Outer or Devil’s lighthouses on a clear day affords spectacular vistas of notable landforms from every jurisdiction that surrounds the world’s largest fresh water lake, a truly Superior view! To the northwest are the Sawtooth Mountains of Minnesota’s north shore. To the north are silhouettes of the flat top buttes near Thunder Bay, Ontario. To the east we see the peaks of Michigan’s Porcupine Mountains. Surround yourself with adventure and join us for this once in a lifetime, 360 degree experience!
TRIP COST: $749 plus tax per person.
TRIP DATES: August 11-17
We recommend the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore website for extensive information and pictures on all aspects of the Islands including natural and cultural history, information and pictures on the campsites and many other related topics: www.nps.gov/apis