Madeline Island and Bayfield’s close proximity to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and the world-famous sea caves makes this area the perfect kayaking getaway!
Whether you are an experienced paddler or new to kayaking, Apostle Islands kayaking is an experience not to be missed. With opportunities to venture into the sea caves, breathtaking views of historic lighthouses and sandstone cliffs, the Apostle Islands offer some of the best kayaking in Wisconsin and North America.
Paddling in the Apostle Islands can be both peaceful and exhilarating. To assist you in planning and outfitting your 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 following businesses:
Trek & Trail has been Bayfield’s sea kayaking center since 1986. Located downtown, next to the Madeline Island Ferry Line dock, Trek & Trail offers a retail shop, guided trips, instruction and rentals.
Living Adventure located three miles north of Bayfield in Red Cliff and voted “Best Tour Company/Central Division,” by Sea Kayaker Magazine offers guided trips, instruction and rentals.
Based on Madeline Island, Adventure Vacations offers boat tours of the Apostle Islands with opportunities to kayak into the seas caves. Trips range from part to full day and multi-day excursions with departures from Madeline Island or Bayfield.
In order to experience a safe and enjoyable Lake Superior and Apostle Islands kayaking adventure, it is recommended that you join a local guided tour. If you are planning to go in your own group, please closely monitor marine weather conditions before and during your trip, and avoid paddling into sea caves when conditions are rough. Real time wave information is available at seacaveswatch.org.