Keweenaw Sampler Lodge-Based Trip
Skill Level: Intermediate
This is a magical place wrapped in ancient rock, thimbleberries and the
unforgiving waters of Superior. Think of it as the Keweenaw Peninsula’s
greatest hits. Our daily destination will depend on wind direction and
wave heights a great deal. We have great choices, such as touring the
north side’s agate beaches, Eagle Harbo,r or the spectacular stacks
along Betegris to Montreal Falls. All could be on our list! We could be
lucky enough to have good swimming conditions and calm days all the way
around, but just in case we don’t, we do require that beginner’s
take a capsize recovery class from us prior to this trip. To further ensure
your safety and maintain the flexibility of small groups, we limit this
trip to only six participants. Get ready for a really great time on the
Day 1) Rendezvous at LacLaBelle (lodging provided)
between 7-9 pm for orientation.
Day 2) After a hearty breakfast, we'll head out on one
of the shorter trips to get our "Superior legs" and enjoy a
beach picnic along the way.
Day 3) Weather depending, we may use this day to take
a nice longish paddle (about 10 miles) down to the mouth of the Montreal
and back, lingering along the rocky stacks and cliff faces. Maybe we'll
even catch a glimpse of the Peregrine Falcon's we've seen in the past.
Day 4) After breakfast, we'll take on one of the slightly
shorter paddle trips to stretch out tired muscles from the day before
and linger in some of the great nooks and crannies along the beaches.
We'll be back on land in time to give you a jump on your drive home or
another exploration…like, perhaps our Isle Royale trip which begins
directly after this trip!
* Beginners are welcome on this trip if they participate in a basic strokes/rescue
clinic with us at our base in NW Michigan or a similar program close to
Dates for 2012: July 25 - 29
Cost: $850 double occupancy (add $100 for single supplement)
Trip fee includes: expert instructor guides, all group gear (tents, kitchen gear, safety and camp gear), camping fees, maps, dry bags and gourmet backcountry fare. In some cases the trip may also include a night's lodging prior and post back-country experience.
You do need a touring kayak at least 14 feet long, with front and rear bulkheads.
High performance expedition-equipped rentals are available from us for $100 for 4 day trips and $150 for one week trips with prior reservation. They include PFD, carbon hybrid paddle, sprayskirt and pump. We will transport your rental boat for you. We offer a variety of sizes and models from Valley, Wilderness Systems, Hurricane and P&H...all drop skegs.
Registration: A $150 registration is required to hold
your reservation and is refundable until 30 days of departure. Your balance
is also due at this time. When we receive your deposit, you will receive
a personal equipment list, a participant profile (so that we may tailor
your trip to your interests and tastes in food), and any other pertinent
info we can find.