Located on the South Shore of Lake Superior, the Apostle Islands are known for sea caves, sandy beaches, historic lighthouses, and sunken shipwrecks. After a day of preparation at Base Camp, your next four days will be spent kayaking and camping among the inner ring of islands. Your route may take you to the turn-of-the-century Raspberry Island lighthouse or the Swallow Point Sea Caves of Sand Island, where twisted sandstone pillars have been sculpted by millennia of wave action. Whatever your route, the scenery is stunning and the possibilities are endless on this adventure!
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Day 1: Arrive at WI's beautiful Little Sand Bay Base Camp and partake in sea kayak orientation.
Arrive at Wilderness Inquiry's Little Sand Bay Base Camp in the early afternoon. Upon arrival, review personal gear and prepare for your trip to the islands. Participate in a sea kayak orientation and get your first view of Lake Superior. Spend one night at our beautiful base camp before heading out to the islands.
Day 2: Paddle past the sunken shipwrecks of Buffalo Bay to Oak Island.
Get up early for breakfast and great coffee. Pack up camp and launch from Red Cliff Bay. Paddle out into Lake Superior past the incredible sunken shipwrecks of Buffalo Bay. Cross to Oak Island and settle in at a campsite on a grassy knoll overlooking Lake Superior.
Day 3: Explore Oak Island on foot or paddle to nearby Raspberry Island.
Explore the shoreline and trails of Oak Island. Circumnavigate the rocky and beautiful shores by foot or take a side paddle to a historic lighthouse on Raspberry Island. Enjoy dinner and a breathtaking sunset over Lake Superior. Camp a second night on Oak Island among the beautiful hemlock and pine trees.
Day 4: Hike the beautiful trails of Basswood Island and spend an afternoon relaxing on sandy beaches.
Pack up camp and island hop to Basswood, home for the last night. Hike the beautiful island trails to an old brownstone quarry and relax at the sandy beaches. Enjoy one last dinner on the remote islands, recounting the adventures had around the campfire.
Day 5: Enjoy one final paddle back to base camp before saying farewell to your trip mates.
Break camp and enjoy one more morning on the water as you paddle back to mainland. Return to base camp to unpack, clean-up, and say goodbye to new friends.
Dates & Fees
WI leads trips to Apostle Islands but currently has no dates scheduled for this itinerary. If you have a group of people interested, we can set up a customized adventure just for you! Please contact us or request a trip quote below if you are interested in a group trip to this destination.Request Trip Quote »
What to Expect
TYPE OF TRAVEL/DISTANCE: You will travel in tandem sea kayaks, which hold 2 or 3 people plus all necessary gear. An average day’s travel consists of 2-6 paddling hours, depending on weather conditions.
YOUR GROUP: The group size ranges from 6 to 12 participants, plus 2 or 3 Wilderness Inquiry staff. 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.
ACCOMMODATIONS: For the first night you will stay at our Little Sand Bay Base Camp. On subsequent evenings you will stay at National Park Service campsites out on the islands. Typically, there are 2 people per 3-person tent (although other arrangements can be made). All campsites have National Park Service pit toilets or outhouses.
MEALS: Enjoy preparing meals together using healthy ingredients for bountiful dishes. Rise to the smell of freshly brewed coffee to enjoy with your breakfast, trail lunches with hearty snacks, and dinners prepared together over stoves and campfires. If you have special dietary restrictions, be sure to list them on your registration.
EQUIPMENT AND CLOTHING: Wilderness Inquiry will provide all sea kayak gear and group equipment. You will need to provide your personal gear as outlined in the packing list. If you are new to outdoor activities, you do not need to spend a lot of money. Wilderness Inquiry can usually arrange for you to borrow most items.Read more »