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Apostle Islands Sea Caves Map

Sea Caves can be found at the following locations.  Each location is given a star rating for the sea caves, ease of access, and crowd levels. If you see an image above the text you can click on it and play a video from that sea cave location.  The locations include Devil’s Island, Meyers Beach, Sand Island, Romans Point, Houghton Point, Chequamegon Bay, Madeline Island, Red Cliff, Stockton Island, Cat Island, Eagle Island, Outer Island and Spirit Point.  You can expect  large crowds at Meyers Beach. The other sea cave locations you will have mostly to yourself.

Waves At The Caves

You will need waves of 1.5 foot or less to enter the sea caves.  The sea caves in Chequamegon Bay and Red Cliff are much more protected than all the other locations and waves are less than 1 foot most of the time.  Meyers Beach and Devil’s Island have the best sea caves in the Apostle Islands but they are also very dangerous places to paddle, with waves over 1.5 foot quite often.  

 

2021 KAYAKING PROCEDURES

We are focusing on tours that avoid crowds.  Meyers Beach is very crowded in the Summer and we do not do tours to Meyers Beach.  We do tours in areas where we are likely to be the only paddlers there at the time.  We are able to do this because we choose to paddle only the most protected sea cave locations.  This means we see smaller sea caves but the conditions are much calmer, the distance is much shorter and the depth much more shallow.  These are not caves that are on everyone’s radar but they are a great place to bring kids or anyone looking for an easy option.  You can see in the photos for the tours that even the easy tour will sea some spectacular sandstone sea caves, sea stacks and sea arches.
We offer several different experiences.  Each experience is hosted by an individual or business that specializes in that tour, know as as an experience provider.  The experience provider for the Chequamegon Bay Caves and Sea Stack tour is Woods and Water Guide Services Inc, a Wisconsin entity.  The experience provider for Red Cliff Caves, Arch and Shipwreck is Poseidon Adventures LLC, which is operated on the Red Cliff Indian Reservation and permitted through the Red Cliff Tribal Government.

OVercrowding at Meyers Beach

Due to the overcrowding at Meyers Beach we have alternaitve suggestions based on skill level.  We suggest Roman’s Point or Sand Island as an alternative for skilled paddlers looking for similar sea caves without crowds.  Novice paddlers looking to avoid waves and still get some smaller sea caves we suggest Red Cliff or Madeline Island.  Beginner paddlers or people that have not paddled before we suggest the Chequamegon Bay sea caves because there there are still some good sea caves but they are in the most protected spot with the warmest water and the smallest waves.

Apostle Islands Kayaking

APOSTLE ISLANDS KAYAKING

Apostle Islands Kayaking can be unpredictable; our primary goal is safety.  We have the best safety record in the Apostle Islands because we are the most cautious and we choose to paddle in the most protected locations, away from large crowds.  The biggest concern for paddlers on Lakes Superior is the cold water temperatures and large waves.  We offer a sea cave kayak options on the East side of the Bayfield Peninsula where the water is warmer and we only launch in calm (less than 1 ft wave) conditions.

Apostle Islands Kayaking

BEST CHANCE OF LAUNCHING

Tours at Meyers Beach and other exposed sea caves cancel about 20% of the time.

Our tours have about a 5% chance of cancellation.

You have a much better chance of launching the tour you signed up for when you book with us.

Apostle Islands Kayaking

ABOUT OUR TOURS

We cater to families with kids and people who are looking for a relaxing paddle without crowds.  Apostle Islands kayak tours can be dangerous but we choose to paddle in conditions that are not challenging.

We tell you this to help you make your outfitter decision.

Our guided tours take place at secluded sea cave destinations, where we are likely to be the only group there.  We allow you plenty of time inside each cave to sit and enjoy the ambiance and take as many photos as you like.

WHAT IF WE CANCEL?

Being a cautious outfitter means we do have to cancel sometimes, but if we ever cancel your Apostle Islands kayak tour or if the CDC restrictions make it impossible to travel, you receive a 100% refund.

In the event of a weather cancellation we also give your group priority re-booking, meaning we will open up spots on whatever tour you want and for whatever date you choose.

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About Us

Our goal is to facilitate your Apostle Islands kayak adventure into one of the most unique and biodiverse destinations in North America.   The Apostle Islands are a sandstone island achipelago that feature long stretches of  towering sandstone cliffs nestled amonst pristine beaches. These islands are some of the last places to find old growth boreal forest and home to the famous sea caves.

The expanse of Lake Superior surrounding Apostle Islands National Lakeshore has endless pockets of natural splendor. The guides at Apostle Islands Adventures have spent years exploring the area, only to find untapped locales of awe-inspiring landscapes. The team dedicates their time helping others seek out places of serenity by traveling by boat or kayak. Whether crossing to an island or exploring a sea cave, the team specializes in private or small group tours. Tour-goers are also free to explore on their own by renting a kayak complete with instruction.

Kayak Tours

Something for everyone


•  Tours are appropriate for beginners and inexperienced paddlers.  

•  If you do not have kayak experience we highly suggest that you go on a tour with a guide.  

•  It takes kayaking skills, you must be in good shape and you must be able to swim to kayak without a guide in the Apostle Islands.  

•  Tours are appropriate for beginners and inexperienced paddlers as we only launch in safe paddling conditions and guides are equipped to tow if necessary.

Kayak Rentals

Lake Superior is the most dangerous lake


•  Lake Superior is a sleeping dragon.  You hear lake and think to yourself “I’ve kayaked on lakes before”.  It is far more dangerous to kayak on Lake Superior than most oceanic shorelines in the United States. 

•  The real danger is the water temperatures but the location of the lake lies right in the jet stream, so winds can be brutal as well. 

•  If you are thinking of renting a kayak we highly encourage you to call us and we will spend as much time as you want answering whatever questions you have. 

•  If you haven’t kayaked on Lake Superior and you don’t have any questions, you should probably reconsider renting a kayak in the Apostle Islands.

Discounts

Military and Group Discounts


•  We offer group  discounts starting at 10 people 10% off, and the discounts increase as the group size grows. 

•  We also offer group discounts to active and retired military and their immediate family members.

•  Give us a call and we will discuss what type of discount we can offer and we’ll also tell you where to find places off the beaten path that can be one of the highlights of your visit to the Apostle Islands.

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