Apostle Islands Sea Caves Map
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. Pursuant to Washburn City ordinance 21-001 we feel compelled to declare that we are a private club selling memberships to our private club. We are not a commercial vendor, direct seller or itinerant vendor. Our private club gatherings are not to be confused with commercial kayak tours. When you are signing up on this website you are purchasing a membership to a private club that entitles you to join us on our private gatherings. Our private club puts together private gatherings and and by purchasing a membership you are signing up for a daily membership to our private club. Our private gatherings are not to be confused with free tours for members. Our private gatherings are available to members but members are not paying for a membership in exchange for a free tour. Members that join our private club gatherings are doing so with the understanding that it is not a commercial kayak tour, free kayak tour in exchange for money, or commerical activity of any kind. Payment for a membership goes towards membership dues. Private club gatherings are available to all members with an active membership. Once you have signed up for a membership no addtional fees will be collected for private club gatherings. We offer a sea cave kayak gathering 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 options in the Apostle Islands focus on the crowded sea caves at Meyers Beach and will launch in waves of 2 to 3 feet.
We paddle the sea caves at Roman’s Point, Red Cliff, and Houghton Point that are lesser-known, and we only launch when the waves are 1 foot or less. Our goal is to get you to the sea caves but away from the crowds.
In our current reality, it is essential to avoid crowds. At crowded sea cave locations, you may have to sit in line for the caves, waiting for other outfitters to go through. When you are finally in the caves, you are rushed through, as another outfitter is right behind you, waiting to get in. We only paddle secluded sea cave locations and do not go to Meyers Beach and will not launch in waves over 1 foot.
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. Other outfits may launch in conditions or locations that we will not and this is because we cater to families with kids and people who are looking for a relaxing paddle without crowds
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.
Roman’s Point has the best caves but is a challenging paddle. Houghton Point and Red Cliff are easy paddles and great for kids or anyone looking to take it easy. Houghton Point has a few more and slightly better caves than Red Cliff, but Red Cliff has a beautiful sea arch and the famous Fedora shipwreck in shallow water.
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 100% of your money back.
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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Any Reservation that is cancelled more than 98 hours in advance receives a full refund. Less than 98 is 50% refund.No show, no refund.If weather cancels your tour you receive a full refund. We try to give you at least 24 hours notice by text or email if weather is a concern. If we cancel the tour you receive a 100% refund.
We do our best to get you out to your desired location. If weather does not permit we do not force you to go on a different tour. We will offer an alternative tour, a chance to reschedule or a 100% refund.
You must have previous kayak experience and know how to swim to rent a sea kayak. A 1 to 2 hour safety course is mandatory for all rentals and we reserve the right to require a guide for your rental.
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.
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.
Lake Superior is the most dangerous lake