Join us for a tour of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore on a series of sea kayaking and hiking trips during the day and local brewery and winery tours in the evening. Adventure options include kayaking to beautiful Sand Island, the Mawikwe Sea Caves, Bark Bay Slough, or the shipwrecks of Red Cliff Bay. Stay at our Little Sand Bay Base Camp while you experience the best of the Bayfield Peninsula – its abundant nature and local spirits. You must be 21 years of age to register for this trip.
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Day 1: Arrive at WI's Little Sand Bay Base Camp and spend the evening sampling local beer and wine.
In the afternoon, meet at our base camp near beautiful Little Sand Bay. Share introductions, participate in a sea kayaking orientation, and experience your first view of Lake Superior. Spend the evening sampling local beer and wine while getting to know your trip mates.
Day 2: Paddle to the Mawikwe Bay Sea Caves and participate in a tour and tasting at a local bewery.
After a hearty breakfast and great coffee, review paddling skills and start exploring the spectacular Mawikwe Bay Sea Caves or drive to Red Cliff to paddle among the Buffalo Bay shipwrecks. Enjoy a late lunch before heading to South Shore Brewery for a tour and tasting. Enjoy dinner overlooking Lake Superior before heading back to Little Sand Bay for s'mores and a campfire.
Day 3: Explore Sand Island by sea kayak followed by a visit to a local vineyard.
Kayak out to Sand Island to visit stunning Justice Bay and the Swallow Point Sea Caves. Eat lunch on a remote beach and, weather permitting, kayak in and out of the caves' sculpted rock chambers. In the evening, visit a local vineyard as you recount the day’s adventures. Return to base camp for one last sunset over Lake Superior.
Day 4: Enjoy one final adventure before saying farewell to your trip mates.
After breakfast, enjoy one final adventure, have lunch 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
ACCOMMODATIONS: Our Little Sand Bay Base Camp is the perfect place for this special trip. You will enjoy comfortable platform tents with cots, great bathrooms and shower facilities, and the ambiance of a secluded “Cedar-Hemlock” forest.
TYPE OF TRAVEL/DISTANCE: No previous sea kayaking experience is needed to complete this trip. You will either hike or travel in sea kayaks made by Current Designs or Eddyline which hold 2 or 3 people plus all necessary gear. An average day’s travel consists of 2-6 paddling and/or hiking hours, depending on weather conditions. Travel distances vary from 4-6 miles each day.
YOUR GROUP: The group size ranges from 10 to 18 participants, plus 2 or more Wilderness Inquiry staff. Each group consists of people of various ages, backgrounds, and abilities, including people with disabilities. Our Apostle Islands kayak trips are cooperative in nature. WI staff will assist you in whatever areas you need, however, most people pitch in where they can.
MEALS: You’ll enjoy fresh, healthy ingredients spun into bountiful dishes. Rise to the smell of freshly brewed coffee to enjoy with your breakfast and pack picnic lunches with hearty snacks before heading off to explore. In the evening, prepare dinner together over stoves and campfires, while sampling local beer and wine from around the peninsula. Please list any dietary restrictions on your registration.
EQUIPMENT AND CLOTHING: Wilderness Inquiry will provide all 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. Also, looking into gear rental options can be a cost-effective option.Read more »