2018 Family Trips & Youth Groups

  • Payment & Cancellation Policy
  • Group Size
  • Area Accommodations & Activities

Just give our office a call for information and to get signed up for the trip of your choice. Our staff is ready to help individuals and small and large groups find the ideal paddling adventure!

Day and Half-Day Trips:
A non-refundable payment in full is due upon trip registration.

Overnight Trips:
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.

Day and Half-Day Trips:
The maximum size for full groups on these adventures is 12 participants with two guides.

Overnight Trips:
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.We highly recommend the Bayfield Chamber of Commerce website as the best reference for a complete range of places to stay and activities in the area: www.bayfield.org

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!


Each year more parents are introducing themselves and their kids to sea kayaking and discovering that getting out on the water for a shared adventure is a great way for a family to spend their vacation together. Whether it’s for a half, full day or an overnight trip, the excitement of paddling into sea caves or walking the ‘singing sand’ beaches of the Apostle Islands reaches across generations and lays a foundation for many future years of paddling together.

Generally, age limits for our trips where kids take on a full paddling position (bow or stern of a tandem kayak) are 12 years for day trips and 16 years for overnights. On day trips, kids ages 8-11 come along as ‘duffers’ in a non-paddling center position in a triple kayak if there are two adults to accompany them. These age limits are carefully determined by kayak dimensions, dynamics in mixed age groups, and the seriousness of paddling on Lake Superior. It’s just not a safe environment for ‘little kids’.

But! In an attempt to accommodate a wider range of families; we have selected trip dates where we group families together which gives us more flexibility in taking kids of varied ages that might otherwise by under our age minimums.

Families paddling together tend to have more openness for sharing paddling positions in the kayaks and with other aspects of the experience such as pace, distance, routing and length of time on the water. Custom family trips are available for groups with a minimum of 6 people, name your date! We encourage you to plan your vacation with another family to ensure the trip viability. Full & Half Day trips for families are scheduled by appointment, just give us a call.

2018 Overnight Trip Dates for families:

  1. Wind, Sand & Stars (1 night/2 days) June 23-24
  2. Beaches, Waves & Caves (2 night/3 days) August 10-12

Please refer to the descriptions and pricing for these trips in their respective Trips pages.


Living Adventure has been hosting outdoor adventure programs for Scouts, Y-Groups, Camps and Organizations for over 15 years. Our programs are well established; trip dates go on our calendar each season for various returning groups and camps across the Midwest. Many of the youth from these groups have come back to us over the years as staff and guides. These are some of our favorite audiences to introduce to sea kayaking and the marvels of Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands. The enthusiasm and openness of youth groups in an adventure setting is contagious and we embrace the opportunity to facilitate this experience for them. Our guides are skilled outdoor professionals who fill the days with learning, leadership, innovation, fun and adventure.

Safety is at the forefront on all of our trips; we deeply respect the power of the Lake and take our training, equipment and judgment seriously to ensure that trip participants have the best experience possible.

We offer Youth Group rates for both day and overnight trips. For overnights we have two pricing schematics to meet your needs; Partially and Fully Outfitted. Just give our office a call for information and to discuss the best trip for your group.
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Family Trips & Youth Groups

There are groups that have esteemed positions in the Living Adventure Hall of Fame. These great folks have reconfigured themselves and joined us over the years with friends and families; you know who you are! We feel that all of our customers are part of the Living Adventure family and we invite you to become one of us this summer. A sea kayaking adventure is a great platform for family reunions, all kinds of special celebrations, father/sons, mother/daughters; bachelor parties, girl friends, you name it.

Family Trips & Youth Groups

To create a custom or private trip; we need a minimum of 6 people (5 in certain cases). Then you select your group size and the dates you desire and we will do our absolute best to accommodate you. The earlier you contact us in the spring or summer, the more availability there will be for campsites in the National Park.

Family Trips & Youth Groups

You can base your trip on any of our listed overnight trips or create your own. Reduced rates for custom trips depend on the trip dates and group size. Just give our office a call for more information and to help create the ideal adventure for your group.
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