Beginner paddlers are encouraged to use Basswood, Oak, Stockton, Madeline, Long and Hermit Island. These islands are protected and offer a safer paddling experience. Paddlers with experience can utilize Sand, York, Raspberry, Bear, Otter, Rocky, Ironwood and Manitou Island. These islands are more exposed and require that you can paddle in three-foot waves. We only allow expert paddlers to plan rental itineraries that travel to Devil’s, South Twin, Cat, Outer and Michigan Island. North Twin and Eagle Island are off limits due to NPS restrictions.
Sea Caves can be found at the following locations and are listed from most impressive to least: Devil’s Island, Sand Island, Meyers Beach, Romans Point, Stockton Island, Outer Island, Ironwood Island, Cat Island, Bear Island, Oak Island, Madeline Island. You can expect crowds of paddlers and motor boats at Meyers Beach and Madeline Island which really detracts from their splendor. The other sea cave locations you have mostly to yourself.
Sit on top kayaks do not require a $25 safety course, but they include free instruction. Sit-on-top kayaks are much safer for beginner paddlers because they are self-bailing. However, sea kayaks are the only kayaks allowed for Island crossings. We require a free safety test and optional safety course (one hour, $25) for sea kayaks rentals.
Fee is based on location only and not how many items you have delivered.
- Bayfield — $50
- Cornucopia- $50
- Red Cliff- Free
- Madeline Island $50
- Sand Bay- $50
- Meyers Beach – $50
All multi-day sea kayak rentals are required to bring their own or rent from us a handheld waterproof VHF radio (one per group).
Rentals Travelling to exterior islands; Bear, Devils, Rocky, Cat, Outer, Stockton, and Michigan islands will be required to rent from us or bring their own SPOT satellite messenger / EPRB for $15/day (1 per group). These devices work where cell phones do not and allow you to; (1). check in when arriving safely at your destination, (2.) Pay a water taxi to pick you up and (3.) Send an SOS message to the coast guard station in Bayfield, Wi. WATER TAXI RATES
You must be able to do a T-rescue, wet exit, and re-entry to be able to rent sea kayaks for island crossings (illustrated in the three videos at the bottom of this page) If you do not know how to do these sea kayak skills we have a safety course available for $25. We are quite strict about our guidelines for renting sea kayaks for island crossings. If you plan on taking the sea kayak safety course, you must still pass the skills in the safety test to be able to rent a sea kayak for island crossings.
Includes — boat, paddle, life jacket, spray skirt, paddle float, and pump.
*You must bring your own fully charged cell phone. Verizon has the best service. If you are traveling to the exterior Islands a VHF radio or ham radio is highly encouraged.
Additonal Items for Rent
- Safety Course — $25/person
- Wet Suit — $5/day, $20/maximum per person
- Roof Racks & Straps — $5/day
- Dry Bag — $3/day, $20/maximum
- VHF Radio — $8/day, $50/maximum
- 2.5 watt VHF radio- $12 / day
- Extra Paddle — $5/day, $20/maximum
- Spot GPS EPRB— $15/ day $50/ maximum