Morning and evening yoga sessions frame the days of paddling through sea caves, hiking trails to waterfalls, and enjoying Lake Superior’s sandy beaches. Guided by certified yoga instructor and long-time WI guide Rebecca Barnes, you’ll move through a combination of yoga series and postures created to rejuvenate body, mind, and soul. No yoga experience is necessary.
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Day 1: Arrive at WI's Little Sand Bay Base Camp and enjoy sunset yoga on the beach.
Your trip starts in early afternoon at Wilderness Inquiry's Little Sand Bay Base Camp. Get settled into your campsite, participate in a sea kayak orientation, and begin to explore this area's beautiful hemlock and cedar trees. Return to camp and enjoy a hearty meal cooked campside. After dinner, head down to the lake for sunset yoga on the beach.
Day 2: Begin your day with yoga, followed by a paddle to the Mawikwe Bay Sea Caves.
Start the day with a yoga session followed by breakfast and great coffee. Depending on the direction of the wind, explore the spectacular Mawikwe Bay Sea Caves or head to Red Cliff to explore Buffalo Bay and paddle among shipwrecks from long ago. Stretch your legs on a hike to a waterfall after a picnic lunch. Enjoy an evening yoga session before dinner together.
Day 3: Paddle to Sand Island and share stories around the campfire at night.
After breakfast and yoga, paddle out to Sand Island. Visit sea caves and the historic lighthouse on the northeast shore of Sand Island. Weather permitting, paddle in and out of the caves' sculpted rock chambers. After a picnic lunch on a sandy beach, we’ll hike up to the historic lighthouse. Enjoy one last night at base camp with yoga followed by great food and good company sharing stories over a toasty fire.
Day 4: Enjoy one last adventure before saying farewell to your trip mates.
Enjoy one last morning yoga session with your new friends. Head out on a paddle or hike and depart for home after a picnic lunch.
Dates & Fees
What to Expect
ACCOMMODATIONS: You will stay at our Little Sand Bay Base Camp. At night you will sleep in a comfortable platform tent in a secluded area. Typically, there are 3 people per 4-person tent. Our Little Sand Bay Base Camp has very nice bathrooms and shower facilities with hot water.
TYPE OF TRAVEL/DISTANCE: No previous kayak or yoga experience is needed to complete this trip. Multiple yoga sessions will be offered each day. An average day’s travel consists of 3-5 paddling hours, depending on weather conditions. When you are not doing Yoga, you will hike or paddle in large Current Design or Eddyline sea kayaks.
YOUR GROUP: The group size ranges from 10 to 18 participants, plus 2 or more Wilderness Inquiry guides. Each group consists of people of various ages, backgrounds, and abilities, including people with disabilities. Our trips are cooperative in nature. WI staff will assist you in whatever areas you need, however, most people pitch in where they can.
EQUIPMENT AND CLOTHING: If you are new to outdoor activities, you need not spend a lot of money on gear. Wilderness Inquiry will provide all necessary kayaking and camping equipment. All you need to provide is your personal gear, such as clothing and a sleeping bag. A detailed equipment list will be sent to you upon confirmation of your participation. If you need to borrow personal gear, that can be arranged at no additional fee.
HEALTH PRE-SCREENING: Upon your arrival, we will perform a health screening that will include confirming that you have no COVID-19 related symptoms (for example: fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat) or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 related symptoms within the last 2 weeks. We will also take each group member’s temperature daily. If COVID-19 related symptoms develop during your trip, the trip will end immediately and everyone must return home as soon as safely able.
SAFETY WHILE ON TRAIL: All participants and staff will wear masks when social distancing is not possible (i.e. loading/unloading boats, cooking, etc.) or when requested by a WI staff member. Thorough hand washing and/or gloves and masks will be worn during meal preparation.Read more »
Frequently Asked Questions:
Where do we meet?
Standard Meeting Places and Times
Start: Little Sand Bay Base Camp at 1:30 PM (local time)
End: Little Sand Bay Base Camp at 1:30 PM (local time)
Most people meet us at our Little Sand Bay base camp near Bayfield, WI, where parking is available. Van transportation between Minneapolis or Duluth and Little Sand Bay is typically not available. Detailed meeting place directions will be sent to you when you are confirmed for the trip. Call us at 612-676-9400 if you have questions.
Do I need paddling experience to join a canoe or kayak trip?
Paddling trips with WI are appropriate for beginners and seasoned paddlers alike. On the first day of all trips, basic paddling strokes will be taught by the trip leader. Each trip gives participants multiple opportunities to practice their skills. Participants with more experience will have plenty of opportunity to paddle during the trip, and even to help teach less experienced paddlers!
What is the base camp like on the Apostle Islands trips?
We refer to our property as the Little Sand Bay Base Camp. The camp is approximately 1,500 feet from the Lake Superior lakeshore near Little Sand Bay in Northern Wisconsin. Our base camp offers camping at its most comfortable and accessible. All tents are large enough to stand upright, and are set up on comfortable wooden platforms. Hot showers, private bathrooms, a roofed pavilion space, and an indoor seating area for leisure time are other key features. The camp consists of 40 acres of woods with wood chip trails, 5 campsites, and a gear warehouse. Watch this short video to see what it is like.
I use a wheelchair, can I still participate?
Yes, our Basecamp is accessible and this trip is pretty accessible overall. Of course, each person is different so we will ask you to complete a standard health form. If we have any questions we will call you to discuss them. We do not recommend this trip for people who use electric wheelchairs, unless they bring their own van or ability to transport their power-chair.