APOSTLE ISLANDS KAYAKS - MADELINE ISLAND

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IT'S ALL ABOUT HAVING FUN ON THE WATER!


Welcome to Apostle Islands Kayaks!
Across the Bay - a World Away.
We are located on beautiful Madeline Island, the largest of the Apostle Islands. The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore on Lake Superior is one of the most popular kayaking destinations in the world. Please make yourself at home on our website, and telephone or email if you have any questions.
We promise you the very best kayaking experience.
Best wishes, and we hope to see you soon.
 
     THE 2014 SCHEDULE
HERE ARE YOUR KAYAKING OPTIONS:
 

FOR A MAP OF BIG BAY CLICK ON THE LOWER RIGHT PICTURE >

1. GUIDED KAYAK TOURS FROM BIG BAY STATE PARK.  11 a.m.- 3 p.m.  From Big Bay State Park, we paddle a short distance to the caves and cliffs at the State Park, then through the Lagoon and back to the State Park. Check in with us at our downtown location between 10 and 10.30 a.m. Limited transportation is available by arrangement or you can take your car or bicycle to the Park. Lunch break is about 1 p.m., so bring food (and water).  Instruction included. Single and double traditional sit-in kayaks; $59 per person. Children free or half price. Reservations recommended.  Campers can arrange to meet us at the Park.

2. SELF-GUIDED KAYAK RENTALS FROM BIG BAY TOWN PARK. 9.30 a.m. - 1 p.m. From the Town Park, paddle in the Lagoon and/or along the shore to the caves and cliffs at the State Park. Check in with us at our downtown location by 9.15 (hurry if you catch the 8.45 ferry from Bayfield!), then meet us at the Town Park parking lot by 9.30 p.m.. Limited transportation is available by arrangement or you can take your car or bicycle to the Park. Instruction included. Single, double and triple sit-on-top kayaks; $39 per person . Children free or half price. Reservations recommended.  Campers can arrange to meet us at the park. 

3. SELF-GUIDED KAYAK RENTALS FROM BIG BAY TOWN PARK. 1.30 p.m. - 4.30 p.m. From the Town Park, paddle in the Lagoon and/or along the shore to the caves and cliffs at the State Park. Check in with us at our downtown location between 12.15 and 12.45 p.m., then meet us at the Town Park parking lot by 1.30 p.m. Limited transportation is available by arrangement or you can take you car or bicycle to the Park. Instruction included. Single, double and triple sit-on-top kayaks; $39 per person. Children free or half price. Reservations recommended. Campers can arrange to meet us at the Park.  

4. KAYAK AT OUR DOWNTOWN LOCATION. Kayak from Joni's Beach to Grant's Point (or Long Island, weather permitting). Single, double and triple sit-on-top kayaks, 3 hours, $29 per person. Children free or half price. We close at 5 p.m. 

 5. STAND-UP PADDLE BOARDS. FOR USE AT OUR DOWNTOWN LOCATION, $15 per hour (2 hour minimum). We close at 5 p.m. 


CHILDREN 9 AND UNDER ARE FREE WITH 2 ADULTS in double or triple kayaks. Children 10 - 12 are half-price.

A WATER SAFETY/RESCUE COURSE IS NOT REQUIRED for sit-on-top kayaks or for sit-in kayaks on guided tours. 

SIGN UP AT OUR DOWNTOWN LOCATION - PHONE 715 747-3636 TO MAKE A RESERVATION (RECOMMENDED).

RESERVATIONS MUST BE CANCELLED 24 HOURS BEFORE YOUR SCHEDULED KAYAKING.



ON YOUR WAY TO MADELINE ISLAND...

In Bayfield you might want to visit
the Madeline Island Information
Station just up the street from the
Madeline Island Ferry. You will of
course want to take the frequent
ferry to Madeline Island. When you
arrive on the Island, turn right on
Main Street, walk five minutes or
so and you will find Apostle Islands
Kayaks across the street from
Joni's Beach (a great place to have
a picnic!).  You will want to sign up
for a kayak rental or tour and
experience the peace and quiet
of nature on the water. You may
want to find a place to stay on
Madeline (reservations are
recommended). You can camp at
Big Bay State Park, 715 747-6425;
Big Bay Town Park, 715 747-3031.
Madeline Island has so much to
offer kayakers (beginners or
experienced)! And the only way to
really see the Island is by kayak.
You can kayak from Joni's Beach or
from the Town Park or the State
Park - Big Bay Lagoon is perfect
for observing the tranquility of
nature (great for kids - turtles
everywhere!), and Big Bay, with its
three-mile sandy beach, rocks,
cliffs and caves, is truly magnifi-
cent.Your safety, of course, is
our main concern, and we are
experts on the weather. The
prevailing wind is primarily from
the west, so if the west wind is
blowing, the east side of the
Island - Big Bay - is calm. 
Remember! Across the
Bay is a World Away.
Have fun on Madeline Island! 
Click on the image below for
a detailed map of Big Bay..... 
(picture by Gary Knowles)

THE KAYAKS AND EQUIPMENT WE USE:

ClearWaterDesign single and double sit-in kayaks (for State Park guided tours). There is room for an adult and a small child in a single or an adults and a child in a double.

BIC Scapa single sit-on-top kayaks for Town Park/downtown rentals.  

BIC double kayaks for Town Park/downtown rentals.  There is room for 2 adults and 1 or 2 smaller children.

BIC triple kayaks for Town Park/downtown rentals.  There is room for 3 adults, or 2 adults and 2 or 3 smaller children.

BIC Ouassou single kayaks are available at Joni's Beach and best for short distances and surfing. Take a Ouassou or two with you in your boat when you visit other islands!

Heritage single (17'4") and double (16'6") kayaks with hatches for use downtown.  

PFDs (life vests), paddles and instruction are provided with rentals. Wetsuits are available but not usually necessary 

KAYAKS FOR SALE. SEE: www.bicsportkayaks.com, www.cobrakayaks.com

www.clearwaterdesignboats.com

NEW! AVAILABLE NOW! 15' Fiberglass Adventure Kayak by Bic, $1799.

WE ALSO HAVE USED KAYAKS FOR SALE! 

ACCESSORIES:
Bending Branches and Cannon Paddles; Northwest River Supplies (NRS) equipment; Seattle Sports dry bags; New SweatVac Apostle Islands Kayaks caps, EVO wetsuits and rashguards etc. (Actually, we have everything!)  We also have swimming fins, masks and snorkels.
WHY SIT-ON-TOP KAYAKS?
In the unlikely event of a capsize, it is easy to get back into a sit-on-top kayak and get out of the water quickly. We use traditional sit-in kayaks, which are more difficult to reenter, only on guided tours.  No one in the area will rent you a sit-in kayak unless you have taken a water safety/rescue course and have the certificate with you.  

THERE IS NO NEED TO BUY BOTTLED WATER when you come to Madeline Island!  PURE, COLD ARTESIAN WATER IS CONSTANTLY RUNNING ACROSS THE STREET AT JONI'S BEACH - AND IT'S FREE!  Just bring your own waterbottles or we have bottles for sale.  

 

You can look forward to a great time on Madeline Island!  In the meantime, check out these links: www.madelineisland.com, www.madferry.com, www.bayfield.org, and for information on the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, www.nps.gov/apis

Thanks for visiting. Again, we look forward to seeing you! 

APOSTLE ISLANDS KAYAKS

690 MAIN STREET, LA POINTE, WI 54850-0498, TELEPHONE 715 747-3636. NOTE EMAIL LINK BELOW.

(Updated 7.25.2014)

 

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