Kayak Trips

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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!

RED CLIFF SEA CAVES LITE – HALF DAY TOUR                                      


Red cliff overhang: HALF DAY TOUR

There are so many reasons why this trip may be perfect for you!  It’s a three hour experience where you can ‘test the waters’ of sea kayaking and get a sense of paddling without a potential ‘over commitment’(!) to time in the kayak. You’ll enjoy beautiful shoreline with island views, historic shipwrecks, wildlife and still get back in time to pick berries, stroll through town, jump on the Apostle Islands Cruise or prepare for a great evening show at The Big Top.




Your experience on our half-day trip is LITE on:


The mainland sea caves are spectacular, but have become extremely busy as multiple outfitters run back-to-back half day trips to the first stretch of caves. Your experience may be diffused by waiting in line and having to ‘rush’ through the viewing. We prefer the mainland sea caves as a full day format to avoid these conditions. (see Full Day Sea Caves Trips below)

On-Campus Launch Site

On-Campus Launch Site

Transportation time

You launch right off our private facility on this half day trip which provides more time on the water! You save the travel and parking time (30 + minutes one way from Bayfield) involved with driving to the Meyers Beach put-in for a half day mainland sea caves tour.

Extra costs

We are located only 2 miles north of Bayfield and parking is secure, easy and free! Our trip price is all inclusive without the add-on expenses of gas and parking fees associated with the mainland sea caves half days.



Rainbow Arch: HALF DAY TOUR

Your experience is  LOADED with:

  • Convenience and comfort

The Living Adventure private facility is beautiful; our landscaped grounds provide sitting areas that overlook the lake with Superior views. Our main building includes spacious bathrooms and cedar lined dressing rooms; a wonderful contrast to changing in the public latrine at the mainland sea caves put-in.

  • Adventure, beauty and exhilaration!
Lake Superior

Shipwreck Fedora

The caves and recesses of the mainland sea caves are truly remarkable and you will likely want to experience them at some point. The beauty of the cliff walls and arches of the Red Cliff half day tour are lovely and impressive in their own right. In combination with the pluses mentioned above, it makes for an ideal half day adventure.

Other features along this route include:                                                                         Shipwrecks: Learn the story of the Fedora which you’ll see in the first 10 minutes off our launch (!); a turn of the century steamship that was driven to shore as a fireball of flames! The mighty tug Ottawa wrecked on the shoreline of Schooner Bay and just 50 feet or so to its south sitting on the bottom, we find the ‘abandonment’ of the Coffinberry.  Wildlife: Eagle nests, cormorants, herons, loons, beavers, otters; all likely suspects for viewing on this route!

Check out our VIDEO TOUR of this trip: you’ll definitely want to go!



Full & Half-DayTRIP COST:
$60 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 10 & 11 years to sit in a center hatch as ‘duffers’ for $55.

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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, about a 25 minute drive north of Bayfield, is one of the most beautiful stretches of caves in the national park and the location for our kayaking Apostle Islands 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 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.

Full & Half-DayYour 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.

Full & Half-DayGetting 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.
$119 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 – mid-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 10 & 11 years to sit in a center hatch as ‘duffers’ for $93.

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                                                                                                                                                                                           WEATHER ALTERNATIVES:

Full & Half-Day  dh-7If wind and weather conditions prohibit safe passage at the Apostle Island 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 above).


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