Apostle Islands

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Apostle Islands Tours specializes in adventure facilitation for Kayaking and Paddleboarding adventures in the Apostle Islands on Lake Superior.

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.  Family pets are not allowed in kayaks but service animals are allowed.  The support vessel is there to shadow the tour and keep everyone safe but it also gets some beautiful views of the sea caves.Group Discounts

We offer military and group discounts.  You must call in to get the discount. Military discount is 10% off.  Groups of 6 receive a 10% discount and groups of 12 or more receive a 20% discount.

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.

If you are visiting Bayfield from June 15th to Labor Day please book your rentals and tours in advance.   That is our busy season and with prior notice we can guarantee a reservation for you.

Sea Caves

  Sea Caves can be found at the following locations and are listed from most impressive to least; Devil’s Island, Meyers Beach, Sand Island, Romans Point, Madeline Island, Red Cliff, Stockton Island, Outer Island, Ironwood Island, Cat Island, Bear Island, and Chequamegon Bay.  You can expect other paddlers 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.

Devil’s Island is the hardest to access and is really only accessible by boat if you want to get out there and back in a day, but it has the best caves.  

Sand Island is much closer than Devil’s and can be accessed by kayak in one day and there are very few crowds at Sand Island. Sand Island has more caves than Roman’s point but not as many as Meyers.  Sand Island is a bit shorter but much more intricate stretch of caves.  There is the added bonus that they are on an island and the 2 mile open water crossing keeps the crowds down.  You rarely see motor boats at these caves.  The crossing to these caves are dangerous, you are exposed from every direction, even a South wind can create waves and white caps by the time you are half way through the open water crossing to Swallow Point.

Meyers Beach is not as crowded this year as in the past few years, sometimes you have to wait in line to get in to a cave, but they are still an awesome experience.  The caves are amazing at Meyers but we suggest the 8 am early bird tour or the 4 pm sunset tour if you want to avoid the crowds.  Must be more than 50 lbs to paddle at Meyers.

 

Romans Point is in Herbster, Wi and is accessible from the Bark Bay State Natural Area boat ramp.  It has a few decent caves but without as many crowds.  It is a bit more sheltered from the wind and has several public launch locations.  The private property owners have ladders leading down the cliff, which makes this the sea cave location with the most extraction points.  Must be more than 50 lbs to paddle at Romans Point.

Madeline Island:  There are about 1/4 as many caves at Madeline as those before it on this list but they are fun caves to paddle and if you look closely you can find one tunnel cave and one underwater cave.  The caves won’t be as amazing as Devil’s, Meyers and Sand but it is very protected from a West wind, so a good option for sea cave paddling on a West wind day, which is primarily what we get through the summer months.  This location will have more crowds than Romans but a bit fewer than Meyers.

Red Cliff:  There are about 1/2 as many caves as Madeline Island but the accessibility and protection from the wind are better than anywhere else in the Apostle Islands.  You will experience about the same amount of crowds as Madeline and you almost never see boats going into the caves.  The caves are accessible from the Red Cliff Ojibwe Reservation in Red Cliff, wi and you can put in right at the boat ramp at the casino.  There is food and restrooms at the casino and lodging.  

The rest of the caves:  The rest of the caves on the list consist of a few caves at each location and mermaid rocks (sandstone that pops up above the water and looks like a mermaid would like haning out there).  


Rental Policies

 You must be able to swim to rent any kayak from us.  Sea kayaks are the only kayaks allowed for island crossings.  Any person that can eskimo roll, rodeo re-enter and T-rescue a sea kayak and can demonstrate those skills on the day of your rental will pass our free safety test.  If you do not already have these kayak skills we offer a 1 hour training session for $25 per person.  Safety test requirements are being able to execute a successful; wet exit, re-entry and T-rescue.  

Tours, Stand up paddle board rentals and sit on top kayak rentals come with free instruction.  $25 safety course and safety test are only for sea kayak rentals and is not required for kayak tours.


Tour Policies

 Instruction is free for all our kayak tours, you do not need a $25 safety course and our prices include guide, kayak, wetsuits and all gear.  Sea cave tours do not begin until water temperatures are at 50 degrees at the tour location.  If you book a tour that has water temperatures lower than 50 degrees we will refer you to a boat tour.  The trip minimum for all of our  kayak tours is four people, most often the tour you sign up for will have 4 people booked by the time you launch, however  If you would like a private tour  for just two people you will have to pay for four people.  If you are signed up for a tour that only has two people and you do not want to pay for a private tour we will put you on a different tour that has enough people signed up.  We suggest you pack yourself a lunch or eat a meal before your tour.  Please come with weather appropriate clothing. When you book a tour or rental and weather forces a cancellation, we do our best to accommodate you.  We allow you to choose between  a 100% refund, rescheduling for another day, or an alternate tour for $55.  To hold a reservation we require full payment.  If you cancel less than 48 hours before your reservation you receive a 50% refund.  No show results in no refund.  If we make it to the sea caves the tour has been conducted, regardless of how far along the tour travels.  If we do not launch the sea cave tour due to weather you do have the option of a 100% refund.

 


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