Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Bayfield, Wisconsin
2 – 7 days (variable distance)

Referred to as the “Jewels of Lake Superior” the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore has attracted kayak enthusiasts from around the world. Located on the southwest shore of Lake Superior the park consists of 12 miles of picturesque coastline and 21 islands which hold a unique blend of history and culture within a seemingly pristine wilderness.

apostle-cave

This incredible archipelago offers a landscape unriveled in the region. We paddle by red sandstone bluffs, past historic lighthouses and old growth forests, and into cavernous sea caves unlike any other on Lake Superior. Hidden within the islands are the remains of past lives from those who sought to eak a living by fishing, farming, logging and quarrying building stone. Under the water we can spot remains of shipwrecks from sailors who hoped to find shelter on the island shores. We attempt to spot black bears which inhabit multiple islands and most notably Stockton Island which boasts one of the highest black bear densities in the nation.

From our closed cockpits we paddle among the islands and follow in the footsteps of the early native americans, voyageurs, pioneer farmers, and lighthouse keepers. We keep a watchful eye out for the islands wildlife consisting of diverse populations of nesting and migratory birds, mammals, amphians and fish. We love the Apostles and look forward to sharing this experience with you. Come with us to explore one of the most beautiful archipelagos on earth. There are seemingly endless possibilities to navigate among these islands.

 Trip overview: Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
 Dates:  July 26-31, 2010 – $795 -
1-4 Paddlers Needed
July 4-6, 2010- $325
2 Paddlers Needed
 Departure:  Apostle Islands Visitor Center, Sand Point
 Price:  Adults $275 – $1,150 US per person
 Level:  Novice to Expert
 Distance:  30 miles- 50 KM
 Duration:  2 – 7 days
 Included:  All inclusive of , wilderness camping gear,kayaks, paddling equipment
 Not Included:  Personal gear, sleeping bags
 Note:  Great family trip!

 

Itinerary

We offer itineraries to suite the beginner to experienced paddler. They run from 2 – 7 days as camping is permitted on 18 of the 21 islands. Most guests opt for a 3-4 night expedition and depending on the itinerary We depart from either Little Sand Bay or Meyers Beach to explore the coastal sea caves enroute to Sand Island which boasts some notable caves of its own. After breakfast we pack up and may head to Oak Island for some hiking and a stary night. On our third day we look forward to our morning crossing to Rasberry Island where we walk among stands of virgin hemlock and white pine before lunch at the island lighthouse. Just one more hop to the beautiful beach of York Island we set up camp for our third night and reflect on our journey through this magical place.

EQUIPMENT YOU SUPPLY FOR WILDERNESS CAMPING TRIPS

Clothing: It may appear from the following list that you will be preparing for an arctic adventure! However, these clothes should keep you comfortable under poor weather conditions: warm jacket (i.e., for fall conditions) or windbreaker with pile/fleece (e.g. Polartec) liner or wool sweater, long-sleeved shirt, t-shirt, warm wool or synthetic socks, one pair of pants, shorts, swim suit, undergarments, small towel.Paddling gear: Cap, sun glasses, paddling jacket (synthetic windbreaker or rain-suit, preferably with elasticized cuffs), short pants of synthetic material, neoprene booties or water sandals (e.g. Tevas) or running shoes, synthetic long underwear (top and bottom), plastic water bottle, head strap for glasses. A “Farmer John/Jane” wet suit will be supplied by Paddling Michigan; however, to guarantee a good fit, a wet-suit can be purchased at many outdoor stores.
    Optional:
Hand-held sighting compass.
    Note:
Paddling clothes should be synthetic, or with minimal cotton.

Personal Gear:
Sunscreen, chap stick, bug dope, toilet paper, matches or lighter, soap, etc. On day trips, we will have enough “river” bags to accommodate most clothing, but bring ziploc bags for snacks and small articles. Sleeping Bag


EQUIPMENT AND SERVICES SUPPLIED BY Paddling Michigan

Kayaks and Accessories: kayaks, paddles, PFD’s,  tow lines, dry Bags

Wet suits are provided. Please indicate your lifejacket size and wet suit size when you send deposit or trip balance.

Camping Equipment: One tent for each couple or individual, thermarest, camp grill, coffee pot, water purifier, 19 ft. shelter tarp, camp saw, cook stoves, fuel, camp cookery, dishes, two large dry bags for your sleeping bag and bulky clothing, and smaller dry bags as required.

Safety Equipment: First aid kit, marine radio, compass, tow line.