apostle islands kayaking 

Apostle Islands Kayaking can be dangerous and our primary goal is safety.  We have the best safety record in the Apostle Islands because we are the most cautious outfitter.  We offer a sea cave tour on the West side of the Bayfield Peninsula and the East side of the Bayfield Peninsula.  We only launch in calm (less than 1 ft wave) conditions, so if it’s wavy on the East side we go to the West side and vice versa.  [Other outftters focus on the very crowded sea caves at Meyers Beach and will launch in waves of 2 to 3 feet.]  Meyers Beach has also been burdened with [algae blooms] due in part to the overcrowding at the beach. We tell you this not to be bragadocious but to help you make your outfitter decision.  We don’t do guided tours at Meyers Beach due to the overcrowding.  We cater to families with kids and people who are looking for a relaxing paddle without crowds.  Our guided tours take place at sea cave destinations where were are likely to be the only group there.  If you are an experienced paddler with a steadfast desire to go to a particular location and are willing to paddle in waves then you may want to choose a different outfitter.  Being a cautious outfitter means we do have to cancel sometimes, but if we ever cancel your tour or if the CDC restrictions make it impossible to travel, you receive 100% of your money back. In the event of a weather cancellation we also give your group priority rebooking, meaning we will open up spots on whatever tour you want and for whatever date you choose.

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Apostle Islands Sea Caves Map

Sea Caves can be found at the following locations and are listed in descending order by size and quantity of sea caves.  Click on the red bullseye on the map below for more information about each set of sea caves.  Devil’s Island, Meyers Beach, Sand Island, Romans Point, Madeline Island, Red Cliff, Stockton Island, Chequamegon Bay and Cat Island.  You can expect  large crowds at Meyers Beach. The other sea cave locations you will have mostly to yourself.  You will need waves of 1.5 foot or less to enter the sea caves.

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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.

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We are pet friendly


•  We are the only outfitter in the Apostle Islands that shadows our Meyers Beach tours with a support vessel. 

•  If any member of your group does not want to kayak or is too young, they can follow the group in our Support Vessel and Coast Guard certified  boat captain. 

•  We even allow well-trained dogs to ride in the boat.  The AINL rules for outfitters do not allow pets on tours in the AINL boundary.  However, we can take dogs on several options for kayak tours that are outside the AINL boundary where we do allow well trained and friendly dogs in kayaks on the kayak tour. 

•  If you are thinking of bringing your dog on a tour we ask that it not be the first time they have been on the water. 

•  If you are bringing a dog in a kayak on a tour we ask that they have previous experience in a canoe or kayak.

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 6 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 you can be one of the highlights of your visit to the Apostle Islands.

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