Isle Royale Sea Kayaking Adventure
In the middle of Lake Superior, Isle Royale is the most remote and spectacular sea kayaking destination in the Midwest. Gichigami, as Superior is called, can be calm or challenging, but she always provides an adventure.
Join Stone Harbor on this 22-mile sea kayaking journey as we explore the wild beauty of Isle Royale’s southern shore. We visit protected coves, nearby smaller islands, abandoned fishing villages and restored lighthouses. We also have plenty of time to relax and explore some of the many hiking trails found within one of the least-visited national parks in the U.S. This is a trip will you will treasure for a lifetime!
Call us at 218-387-3136 to reserve your spot on one of our Isle Royale tours. Don’t see the tour you’re looking for? Our ACA certified guides can customize an Isle Royale tour just for you.
All Stone Harbor tours and instruction require active, physical participation on the part of the guest. You must sign the Stone Harbor Guided Tours and Instructional Activities Waiver and Release of Liability form and the Stone Harbor Confidential Medical History form prior to participating in any Stone Harbor tour or instruction. Please call us at 218-387-3136 if you have any questions about the physical requirements or the risks associated with the activities.
We have two Isle Royale Trips planned for the summer of 2014:
- July 12-17, 2014
- August 23-28, 2014
The cost for the Isle Royale Sea Kayaking Adventure is $1295 per person. This trip includes all necessary food, gear, entry fees and transportation and to and from the island. Guests are responsible for securing their own accommodations in or around Grand Marais the night prior to the trip, as well as the night after returning to Grand Marais, if desired. There is a mandatory gear check the night before we leave, so each guest needs to be available on that date.
Please note: this is a typical itinerary. Your guide may need to make changes based on weather conditions.
Day 1: Travel from Grand Marais to Isle Royale. After our arrival, we have enough time to set up camp and provide some initial instruction for any guest in need.
Day 2: Kayak from Rock Harbor to Daisy Farm. This trip is a great opening paddle of six miles and allows plenty of time for adventuring in and around Mott Island. We set up camp early enough to take an evening hike up Mt. Ojibway.
Day 3: Kayak from Daisy Farm to Chippewa Harbor. This leg is seven miles, and should take under four hours, leaving time for an inland hike, if desired. The area between Chickenbone Lake and Lake Richie is prime for moose sightings. From our camp at Chippewa Harbor to Lake Richie, the hike is approximately 2.75 miles each way and not overly difficult.
Day 4: We spend the day kayaking from Chippewa Harbor to Malone Bay Campground. This is the longest leg of the trip, but is still less than 10 miles. Although the distance is further than any previous leg, this portion should be less dependent on favorable winds. There are several island chains close to shore offering significant protection, should there be wind out of the east.
Day 5: After a short portage, (about ¼ mile) we spend the day navigating Siskiwit Lake. On the east end of the lake, we stop by Ryan Island. After visiting Ryan Island, you’ll be able to say you’ve been on the largest island (Ryan Island) in the largest lake (Siskiwit Lake) on the largest island (Isle Royale) of the largest freshwater lake (Lake Superior) in the world! If taking a direct route to the island, it is approximately 1.75 miles each direction.
Day 6: Prepare for departure. Ferry pick-up is 10 am. We return to Grand Marais about 6 pm. (We may get in earlier than this, if the winds are fair.)
Packing ListWhat We Provide:
- Kayak and kayak accessories
- Transportation from our store to Isle Royale
- All necessary cooking and base camp equipment (we won’t make you whittle your own fork)
- Sleeping bag (or bring your own)
- Thermarest sleeping pad (or bring your own)
- Tent (or bring your own)
- Dry bags (or bring your own)
- 0.75 liter keepsake non-BPA water bottle
- Paddling clothing
- Short sleeve quick-dry shirt (example: Rab Aeon Tee)
- Long sleeve quick-dry shirt (example: NRS HydroSilk Shirt)
- Quick-dry shorts (they will get wet)
- Paddling footwear (lightweight, quick-drying water shoes; sandals are ok but no flip-flops, please)
- Hat with wide brim (for sun & rain protection)
- Polarized sunglasses & strap
- Paddling gloves (recommended to prevent blisters and sunburn)
- Camp clothing
- Convertible quick-dry pants (not jeans)
- Long sleeve camp shirt
- Fleece jacket
- Lightweight hiking shoes, or other shoes to stay dry
- Wool or synthetic socks (forget cotton!)
- Breathable rain gear top & bottom (no ponchos please, as it is difficult to swim in them in case of an upset)
- Something comfy to sleep in, if you like
- Swim suit
- Base layer (top & bottom)
- Personal items
- Bug dope
- Headlamp or flashlight, with extra batteries
- Optional: favorite book or other things to do during quiet time
- Optional: camera in a waterproof, protective case
- If needed: medications
- If needed: eye glasses and/or contact lenses and spare
- Toothbrush & toothpaste
- Quick-dry towel (example: Sea to Summit Dry Lite Towel)
- Mild soap & shampoo (remember: all suds will end up in the ground! We recommend Dr.Bronner’s)
- Hand lotion
- Comb (if you care)
- Optional: Fishing Gear
- You can bring fishing gear if you want but remember: you catch ‘em, you clean ‘em
- A Michigan fishing license is required in Lake Superior and when transporting fish to the mainland. A fishing license is not required to fish inland waters of Isle Royale.
Are you missing something from the equipment list? All participants receive a 10% discount at Stone Harbor on the day before the trip.