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From: Peninsula State Park, WI
Price:$ 385

$295 (Under 18) Minimum Age 7

Duration: 3 Days, 2 Nights
August 2 - 4, 2019

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3 Days, 2 Nights
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Peninsula State Park, WI
$ 385

$295 (Under 18) Minimum Age 7

Minimum Age 7
Included: Guides, instruction, all kayaking and group camping equipment, camping fees and all meals (Saturday breakfast through Sunday lunch).
Not Included: Personal camping gear (sleeping bag and pad); transportation to/from Door County.

Door County is a Midwestern favorite for family vacations, but we take it a bit farther and make it an unforgettable family adventure! Join us on this gorgeous forested shoreline to learn the basics of kayaking and explore the smooth stone beaches, craggy bluffs and pristine islands as a family. Adventure is always more rewarding when its shared with loved ones. We know from experience.


Day 1: We meet at Peninsula State Park campground on Friday night, discuss the weekend's itinerary, and set up camp before turning in for the night.

Day 2: We spend the day working on the basics of sea kayaking on the waters of Lake Michigan. We'll cover paddling techniques, safety and rescues, and spend some time exploring the shores by kayak. We'll return to our camp for a hearty dinner around the campfire. Depending on conditions and the interest of the group, we may return to our kayaks for an optional evening paddle.

Day 3: We spend the morning on Green Bay, touring several nearby islands, then break camp and pack up for an early afternoon departure, refreshed by our weekend getaway! 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.

**Itinerary subject to change.

Clothing & Equipment:

This is all you will need - anything else is unnecessary baggage and will only be extra weight to carry.
All items should be packed in dry bags or double garbage bags. Several smaller bags fit in the kayaks more easily than large bags.
Note that kayak hatches are rarely more than 1 ft. wide.
You may find that you can borrow some of these items if you don’t own them already

  • Wetsuit (farmer john style) (can be rented from Northwest Passage)
  • 2 t-shirts (one that’s non-cotton)
  • 1 towel (small PackTowel® work great!)
  • 1 shirt, long sleeved synthetic (non-cotton)
  • 2 pairs of shorts (at least one non-cotton)
  • Sun/rain hat
  • 1 pair fast drying synthetic long pants - no blue jeans
  • 1 light to medium fleece jacket
  • 2 pairs shoes/sandals - Tevas, booties, water shoes, light sneakers etc. all work very well - one pair to get wet.
  • 2 pair socks (non-cotton)
  • 1 pr. synthetic long underwear (medium weight)
  • Bathing suit
  • Underwear
  • Bandanas (optional) (can be used for head covering, washing up, etc)
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants) (Paddling jacket works well as top)
  • Clean change of clothing for the trip home (should be left in car)
  • Toiletry kit (toilet paper, toothbrush, biodegradable soap and shampoo, face cream, nail clippers, personal medication etc.)
  • Sunscreen and bug repellent
  • Sleeping bag (compact, 3-season) and pad
  • Small flashlight, batteries & extra bulb- headlamps are preferred
  • Water bottle
  • Sunglasses
  • Chums/Croakies to keep glasses on your head are imperative (floating ones are preferable)
  • Energy bars/snack food (limited quantities- we will feed you plenty!)
  • Pocket knife
  • Large plastic cup with handle (e.g. commuter coffee mug) or small lexan Nalgene (for hot drinks)
  • Fleece hat and gloves (depending on the weather)
  • Ziploc® storage bags (pack small items inside these; also good for packing out wet clothing)

Optional Equipment

  • Paddling gloves (can be any type of open fingered glove e.g. biking gloves, sailing gloves etc.)
  • Camera, film, waterproof container
  • Reading matter and maps (waterproof case)
  • Paddling jacket
  • Sewing kit
  • Compass
  • Crazy Creek® or similar generic chair (highly recommended for camp use, gives great back support)
  • Entertainment (harmonica, cards, games)

What is special about this trip?
This is a fantastic close to home destination - far enough from city lights that the stars and Milky Way explode in the night sky, and the travel time to get there is more than manageable. The bays, rivers and inland lakes provide a great learning environment while the playful conditions on the lake side of the peninsula satisfies the confident beginner or intermediate paddler. Oh, and the forested camp and scenic shorelines are just begging for exploration. Because Door County lies on a Peninsula, we are able to paddle on both the Lake Michigan side of the peninsula, as well as the Green Bay side. Each side offers its own personality and character adding up to a wonderful experience for all skill levels.

How do I get there?
The route from Chicago is very simple. Take 94 to Milwaukee, and then take 43 to Green Bay. Take highway 57 towards Sturgeon Bay where you turn onto 42 which takes you right up to the park entrance. Door County lies about 5-6 hours north of Chicago near Green Bay, Wisconsin.

What papers do I need for travel?
You don’t need any papers, just a Wisconsin State Parks sticker or 3 day passes.

How and where will you meet me?
We will send you directions to our campsite where you’ll meet your guides, who will set up your tents and provide some opening night fireside snacks.

How long will it take me to get there?
It takes about 5.5 hours to drive from the Chicago area.

Where should I stay overnight around there?
If you plan to arrive early or stay late, give the office a call for a recommendation on a great place to stay.

What money should I take?
You won’t need any money during the trip but many people like to pick up a few gifts or cherry pies while in Door County.

Do they take plastic there? Are there cash stations?"
Most places in Door County accept major credit cards and it’s always easy to find an ATM.

What's the weather like?
It’s similar to Chicago in the summer with highs in the mid 80s and overnight lows in the low 60s.

What are the accommodations like?
We stay in 2-man and larger A-frame Eureka tents.

What do I need to bring?

We will send you a gear list upon registration.

Can I drink the water?
yes, there is running water throughout the park.

What's the food like?
The food is delicious and there’s lots of it. The guides cook up hot breakfasts and dinners and lay out and extensive trail lunch spread.

What time zone will I be in?
All of Wisconsin is the Central Time Zone.

How can people reach me in an emergency? Can I call home?
There is cell phone reception in the park, and the park office can be reached at (920) 868-3258.

How much time do we spend traveling each day? How many miles? Do I have free time?
We kayak between 3 and 5 hours a day, although we can always be convince to stay on the water longer.

What kind of equipment do you use?
We use plastic sea kayaks, Eureka tents and Coleman stoves.

How many people are on this trip? How many guides? Who are the guides / what are their qualifications?
The minimum number of people needed to make this trip go is 5. Generally our groups are fairly small (between 5-10 people), and we maintain a ratio of one guide for every five participants. Our guides are all experienced in all aspects of wilderness travel and have years of experience leading groups. They all hold certifications in Wilderness First Aid.

How can I prepare physically for the trip? How much prior experience is needed?
No conditioning or prior kayaking experience is necessary for this trip.