Bayfield, Wisconsin and the Apostle Islands offer fantastic options for kayakers of all ability levels. Whether you have your own kayaks and want to venture out on your own, or you are a novice seeking a guide and package offerings, kayaking in Bayfield is a great experience for everyone! Our great town has plenty of outfitters to help you plan a memorable trip. Below are the five reasons we believe kayaking in Bayfield and the Apostle Islands is a great option for travelers.
1.Gorgeous views… The mainland sea caves off Meyers Beach were made famous during the winter of 2013-2014 thanks to social media. The sea caves, naturally carved brownstone, provide a beautiful backdrop to Lake Superior and offer the option of paddling in and out whole staying relatively near the shore. Paddlers traveling on their own should exercise extreme caution when paddling in and around the caves.
2. The excitement of the big lake… Lake Superior is known as “The Boss” in these parts. Weather and lake conditions can change on a dime. The summer months (June – September) offer conditions ranging from calm to treacherous and everything in between. Experienced paddlers may embrace the challenge of the big lake while novice paddlers are wise to rely on a guide to judge lake conditions and offer alternative routes in calmer waters when warranted.
3. Pristine waters… As the largest fresh water lake in the world (as measured by surface area), Lake Superior can be crystal clear on the right day. Provided the winds haven’t whipped up the waves, paddlers can enjoy views of the lake bottom, ship wrecks, and the beauty of nature’s creations through the clear water.
4. Camping galore… The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore offers a variety of camping sites both along the mainland and on several of the 22 Apostle Islands. Advanced reservations are encouraged. Paddlers may choose to reserve a campsite on one of the inner ring islands and paddle themselves or use the Apostle Islands Area Cruise Service for transport to outer islands from which further paddling adventures can be made amongst those outer islands.
5. Wildlife in abundance… The Bayfield and Apostle Islands area is home to an abundance of wildlife. A plethora of birds, whitetail deer, fox, black bear, fish, coyote, beaver, and otter are among the wildlife making their home in the area. Eagles are spotted often amongst the Apostle Islands and other creature sightings are not uncommon.
Experience the beauty of Bayfield and the Apostle Islands by planning your next trip to the northern shores of Wisconsin. During your strip. stay with us at our romantic Bayfield, WI bed and breakfast. We offer 20 guest rooms and a private cottage with fireplaces, whirlpool tubs and spectacular Lake Superior views. Book online today!
Be sure to check out our great kayaking packages when planning your stay and refer to the Bayfield Chamber of Commerce’s listing of outfitters in the area. The Old Rittenhouse Inn website, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and the Bayfield Chamber of Commerce can also provide helpful information. If you are heading out on your own please be sure to file your itinerary with the appropriate local organizations and check, double-check, and re-check the weather before heading out.