We are going to strap our kayaks to the roof of a ferry, motor over fifty
miles out to the largest island in the largest lake in the world and have
a bit of a paddle. This is not a small thing. This unique island park
with its Moose and Wolves is a popular destination for backpackers, but
since it is an island we thought that it would make more sense to explore
it from the water. Since we are budgeting nine days for this trip there
will be plenty of time for day hikes, brisk swims, good lake trout fishing
and listening to the loons. This is a magical place wraped up in ancient
rock, thimbleberries and the unforgiving waters of Superior. To insure
your safety and maintain the flexibility of small camps, we limit this
trip to only five participants. This can be a challenging destination
with weather conditions that can get a bit "interesting". Though not appropriate
for first time paddlers, for those with a little water time, Isle Royale
is truly a Superior Jewel.
Day 1) Rendez-vous in Copper Harbor at 7 p.m. for a
quick backcountry packing orientation.
Day 2) 7 am boarding of the Isle Royal Queen for the
5 hr. ride to Rock Harbor. Organize and pack for the short paddle to the
first campsite. Go over basic strokes, braces and rescue drills.
3-8) The heart of the trip--you'll find yourself paddling an
average of 4 or 5 hours/day sandwiched with day hikes, fishing, shooting
photos, looking for Moose and listening to the music of our largest freshwater
sea. We may choose a layover at a particularly nice campsite to give us
more time to explore and linger a bit. You should be prepared for temps
between 40- 80...bring a wool hat and a swimsuit. We'll be covering 50
to 70 miles total with a fairly relaxed pace. You can count on learning
lots of new paddle skills and having a truly spectacular experience. On
the afternoon of day 8, we'll be ferried back to Copper Harbor for a fine
meal at the Harbor Haus, and a good night's sleep.
Day 9) After breakfast, we'll part company for your
*Beginners are welcome on this trip if they participate in a basic strokes/rescue
clinic with us at our base in NW Michigan or a similar program close to
Trip fee includes: One night double occupancy lodging before and after in Copper Harbor, round trip ferry fees for both you and a kayak, expert instructor guides, all group gear (tents, kitchen gear, safety and camp gear), National Park Service permits and daily user fee, maps, dry bags and gourmet backcountry fare....lots of bang for your buck.
We do not include kayaks on this trip because most have their own for this level. Your own boat should be a touring kayak at least 16 feet long, with front and rear bulkheads. High performance expedition-equipped rentals are available from us for $100 for 4 day trips and $150 for one week trips with prior reservation. They include PFD, carbon hybrid paddle, sprayskirt and pump. We will transport your rental boat for you. We offer a variety of sizes and models from Valley, Wilderness Systems and NDK...most with drop skegs.
Registration Information: A $150 registration is required
to hold your reservation and is refundable until 30 days of departure.
Your balance is also due at this time. When we receive your deposit, you
will receive a personal equipment list, a participant profile (so that
we may tailor your trip to your interests and tastes in food), and any
other pertinent info we can find.