Day One: We will meet outside of Bayfield, WI at Little Sand Bay for an afternoon of basic paddling instruction. Dining at a local restaurant, we will get to know each other, then return to our campground for a campfire and stories of the islands!
Day Two: Today's the day we hit the water! We will pack our gear into our kayaks and head out to the islands! Paddling on the sparkling blue waters, we will camp at either Sand or Oak Islands. Upon our arrival, we'll set up camp together, learning how to set up a tent and the basics of camp safety. The rest of the afternoon can be spent hiking the lush boreal forest or getting some extra paddling in!
Day Three: We will pack up camp and head out to our next island! Today's paddle will cover York and Raspberry Island, as well, with an opporitunity to explore a lighthouse on Raspberry. After a lunch stop, we will move on to our destination for the next two nights (either Oak or Sand Islands) and set up camp! Expect a delicious dinner and a comfortable fire to end the night with.
Day Four: Today is a day of exploration!! We will have a full day to take in the sights and wildlife of the Apostles. Kayaking through sea caves by headlamp, hiking trails and looking for signs of black bear, and developing our paddling skills are all options for the day! With a hearty lunch and dinner, we will end the night with a warm campfire and delicious dessert, recounting our favorite memories from the trip.
Day Five: We will pack up camp and kayak back to the mainland, bidding farewell to the beautiful waters of Lake Superior. We will arrive at either Little Sand Bay or Red Cliff and unload our gear, where The Northwest Passage van awaits us. Shuttling back to our cars, we will say goodbye to our new friends! We aim to be back on the mainland by noon. It is important that you maintain flexibility as weather can influence our itinerary and timing.
**Itinerary subject to change depending on conditions and availability of campsites on the islands.
In order to provide the finest and most complete wilderness experience, we strongly encourage and expect participation in all camp chores, including cooking, washing dishes, setting up and breaking down camp. We will provide all meals on the trail, tents, all camping and cooking equipment, and all kayak-related equipment.
It is essential that you know how to swim to participate in this trip.
You will be sharing a tent with fellow participants each night.