This 8-day expedition takes place on the Southern shore of Lake Superior in Apostle Islands National Park. During this amazing expedition, you’ll travel by sea kayak for a close encounter with the elements. On an Outward Bound sea kayaking expedition you won’t just learn how to paddle, you will learn how to explore and even live comfortably on the world’s largest fresh water lake. Together with your instructors and your expedition team, you’ll learn how to care for one another and work together to accomplish more than you ever thought possible.
You’ll soon see why Lake Superior is such a popular sea kayaking destination. Because of its size, Lake Superior kayaking conditions are often comparable to ocean kayaking. While you won’t have to fight changing tides, you will definitely experience a variety of wind and wave conditions that will keep you engaged and constantly learning from day to day. From calm, emerald green waters, to giant rolling storms (witnessed from the comfort of your lake-side campsite) you’ll be amazed at the power and tranquility of this premier sea kayaking destination.
This course is designed for anyone 30 and older who’s looking for an opportunity to get away and reflect on life. Adult renewal courses often attract adults who are going through life transitions and hope to clarify their life purpose through adventure, personal time in nature, reflection and conversations with other participants about finding fulfillment at home and work.
Outward Bound’s sea kayaking courses are appropriate for people with a diverse range of sea kayaking experience. From the novice to the intermediate paddler, our instructors will work within the environment to tailor the expedition to you and your group.
Your course starts at the Duluth International Airport where you’ll meet your teammates as they arrive and then drive further east to your first campsite where your instructors will be waiting. The first night will be filled with introductions, both to your team and to your equipment. Your instructors will help you re-pack your gear into dry bags we provide. Depending on the weather, you might paddle, swim or spend some time sitting around your first campfire as you enjoy your first trail-meal together. When the mosquitoes arrive it’s probably time for bed. Crawl into your tents and sleeping bags and start getting used to the sounds of the Northwoods as you drift off to sleep for the night.
In the morning you’ll pack up your camp, have breakfast and hit the water. You’ll learn to pack everything you need into your boats, making sure your kayak is fitted to your body and practice your wet-exit. Over the next week you’ll paddle your way from campsite to campsite learning the skills you need to survive and even live comfortably.
You’ll learn how to paddle and land your boats in a variety of conditions, set-up camp, cook meals over a fire, and navigate with a map and compass. As you and your team overcome many expedition challenges, you’ll also develop a greater belief in yourself and trust in one another. Successful completion of your course will require more than the mastery of technical skills; teamwork will prove to be as important as everything else combined.
Towards the end of your expedition you’ll have your Solo experience. Solo is an opportunity to practice the skills you’ve learned and reflect on your expedition. You’ll set-up your own shelter and spend some time reflecting on your experience. Your instructors will check-in on you, but don’t be surprised if you’re doing just fine without any help. The self-reliance you practice during your solo can be one of the most profound and rewarding aspects of your expedition.
Soon after Solo you’ll exit the wilderness and make your way back to basecamp. You’ll clean up and return your equipment before taking some time to relax and swim in the nearby Kawishiwi River.
Finally, enjoy a piping hot shower, perhaps the most memorable and enjoyable shower of your life, before joining your group for a final meal to celebrate all that you’ve accomplished. Your group will spend one last night together before an early breakfast and return trip to Duluth.
The Apostle Islands National Park is located on the southern shores of Lake Superior and consists of 21 islands scattered over roughly 12 miles of mainland shoreline. The National Park boasts windswept beaches, sea caves carved out of sandstone cliffs, lighthouses and a rich natural and cultural history.
While traveling in Northern Wisconsin, students may see evidence of wildlife such as wolves, black bear, deer, beaver, bald eagles and other species native to this area.
To apply for this course click the apply button next to the course dates that work for you. The non-refundable application fee of $125 is due at the time of application. For full fee schedule and process, click here. Course tuitions listed do not include our application fee or transportation fee.