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Kayak Lake Superior

Apostle Islands kayaking is an experience not to be missed. In fact, Bayfield and The Apostle Islands offer not only some of the best kayaking in Wisconsin, but anywhere in North America. On your Apostle Islands kayaking adventure, you’ll enjoy breathtaking views of rising bluffs and historic lighthouses while cruising along the pristine Lake Superior shoreline. And you can venture into the famous sandstone sea caves that come alive with crimson color in the early morning and late afternoon sun.

Even if you’ve never attempted sea kayaking before, it’s easy to enjoy the unforgettable experience of Apostle Islands kayaking. First-timers can join guided expeditions that make it easy and safe to kayak Lake Superior. Experienced paddlers will also find plenty of routes to suit their individual abilities and taste for adventure, which is why kayaking Wisconsin has become a highlight for so many. Get real time wave information before you head out at

As part of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, many of the larger islands also offer extensive hiking trails maintained and supervised by the National Park Service. Should north winds make kayaking on Lake Superior too tough, you can always beach your kayak to wander through bewitching old growth forests, explore a historic fishing camp or lighthouse, or savor stunning views of Lake Superior from high atop a brownstone cliff.

Of course, the star attractions are the many sea caves which dot the shoreline, offering kayakers the unforgettable experience of exploring winding passages that radiate with nearly every color in the spectrum. Often it’s possible to simply slide your kayak along the glassy surface of the water by moving hand over hand across the rocky ceiling. It’s an experience that’s simultaneously peaceful and exhilarating, allowing you to connect with Lake Superior and nature’s beauty in way you’ll never forget.

It should be noted, however, that Lake Superior is an inland sea, offering a big water experience to be both appreciated and respected. In order to experience a safe and enjoyable Lake Superior kayaking adventure, it is recommended that you join a local guided Apostle Islands kayaking expedition. If you are planning to go in your own group, be sure to closely monitor marine weather conditions before and during your Apostle Islands kayaking trip, and avoid venturing into sea caves when conditions are rough.

To assist you in planning and outfitting your Bayfield and The Apostle Islands kayaking adventure, you can choose from a number of guided half-day, day or multi-day trips or arrange to rent your own kayak at one of the businesses below.


Wilderness Inquiry
Wilderness Inquiry offers multi-day kayaking adventures for people of all abilities from our 40-acre base camp near Little Sand Bay. Adult, Family, and Women's trips.
33095 Little Sand Bay Road
Bayfield, WI 54814
Sea Kayak Tours, Rentals, Retail shop
7 Washington Avenue
Bayfield, WI 54814
Lost Creek Adventures & Outfitter
Sea Cave Kayak Trips - Half & Full Day
Apostle Islands Kayak Camping Trips
Kayak rentals
SUP Rentals
Paddling Workshops
22475 State Hwy 13
Cornucopia, WI 54827
Living Adventure, Inc.
Living Adventure is Bayfield's foremost sea kayaking outfitter. Their beautiful private facility is located on the shore of Lake Superior and the gateway to the Apostle Islands.
88260 State Hwy 13
Bayfield, WI 54814
Apostle Islands Kayaks
Kayak tours of Big Bay, expert instruction and sales on Madeline Island.
N 690 Main Street
La Pointe, WI 54850
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is Bayfield's hometown national park.
415 Washington Avenue
Bayfield, WI 54814
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