All trips begin on Sunday afternoon with a 1/2 day group safety and paddling skills workshop based from our Rock Island Lodge site. You’ll learn or enhance your existing skills including, wet exits, forward/reverse and turning strokes, basic bracing and support skills and group rescue communication skills. That evening we enjoy a delectable whitefish barbecue dinner and trip orientation. Sunday night is spent either camping at our protected beach site or in the comforts of Rock Island Lodge.
Denision Falls: If you want to combine sea kayaking along some of the most remote sections of Lake Superior coastline, complete with rocky headlands, sandy beaches and rugged landscapes carved from 10,000 years of wind, water and time, with an overland trek to the awe-inspiring Denison Falls, this is the trip for you!
Cape Gargantua: On our Gargantua trip you'll experience some of the most magnificent wilderness coastline on Lake Superior, including a mighty shipwreck and significant Ojibway sacred sites including Pukaskwa Pits, Devil’s Warehouse Island and “Nanabush Rock” (Devil’s Chair). At Nanabush Rock we’ll leave a tobacco offering for 'Mishipishu', the horned lynx that Native legend says, controls Lake Superior.
These trips are designed for novice through to intermediate paddlers. While no previous sea kayaking experience is needed, your enjoyment will be enhanced if you are in good physical condition and comfortable with backcountry camping. The group sets our pace, but we tend to spend most of the day on the water at a relaxed pace, leaving lots of time for “covering the distance” and exploring the coast. The lake is mostly calm in summer, but when it gets rough we enjoy the view from shore, so experience paddling in surf and swells is not necessary.
You will be responsible for carrying a portion of the group gear, as well as your tent, sleeping bag and personal gear, in your kayak. Once we've reached the group campsite for the evening, our experienced guides can assist you with setting up your tent. Then explore some more by foot or kayak, enjoy the afternoon sun in the company of a good book, or chat with the new friends you've made on the trip.
Your guides have advanced wilderness first aid, sea kayak paddling and sea kayak guide course certifications. They know and love Lake Superior and want to share their knowledge with you. Your safety is their primary concern. They are also wonderful wilderness chefs and "on trip" meals are healthy, fresh and delicious. No freeze-dried food here! We can also accommodate most special diets.
We Provide: Professional instruction and guiding; dinner on Friday evening, all meals on Saturday and Sunday; breakfast, lunch and snack on Monday; four-season dome tents; foamie sleeping pads; group safety, camping, cooking, eating and sanitation gear; shuttles; park fees; dry bags; fully outfitted expedition sea kayaks; farmer John/Jane wetsuits and paddling jackets.
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