Do you like exploring the natural world beyond north central Illinois? Take a trip with us! Whether it is a day adventure to another area of northern Illinois or southern Wisconsin or a week-long trip somewhere further away, we want to provide fun, educational trips that connect to nature beyond our area.
Apostle Islands Kayaking Trip - August 8th-11th, 2019
Join us on a kayak tour of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. Experience a series of sea kayaking and hiking day trips from the Little Sand Bay Base Camp, including beautiful Sand Island, the Mawikwe Sea Caves, Bark Bay Slough, or the shipwrecks of Red Cliff Bay. So many options await you on the Apostle Islands just north of Bayfield, Wisconsin. Experience breathtaking sunsets over Lake Superior and listen to waves crash along the shore. The Apostle Islands National Lake Shore is great for beginning sea kayakers and seasoned paddlers alike.
DAY 1: Meet at Severson Dells at 5:30am (yes, we know it's early, but it's a long drive) and head to base camp at Little Sand Bay. Share introductions, review personal gear, and participate in a sea kayaking orientation. Spend the evening at camp roasting marshmallows over the fire, and discuss the coming days' events.
DAY 2: Get up early for breakfast, review paddling skills and start exploring. Depending on the weather and wind direction, explore the spectacular Mawikwe Bay Sea Caves or drive to Red Cliff to explore Buffalo Bay and paddle among shipwrecks. Enjoy a casual paddle back to the beach and head back to base camp for dinner. Listen to stories about many of the Apostle Islands' shipwrecks around the campfire in the evening.
DAY 3: After breakfast we may kayak out to Sand Island. Visit sea caves and the historic Sand Island lighthouse on the northeast shore. Eat lunch on a remote beach and, weather permitting, kayak in and out of the caves' sculpted rock chambers. Enjoy one last night at our Little Sand Bay Base Camp with hot showers, great food and good company sharing stories over a toasty fire.
DAY 4: After breakfast, enjoy one final adventure, have lunch and say goodbye to new friends.
NOTE: Sea kayaking is incredibly weather dependent. In the chance of high winds or heavy rains you may enjoy various mainland hikes or other local activities in replace of kayaking.
Cost $560 members/ $590 non-members
Includes all transportation, meals and lodging. Also includes sea kayaks, PFDs, paddles, wet suits, tents, tarps, first aid kit, stoves, cooking gear, cups, bowls, utensils.