Paddling the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is an experience like no other in the world. Only in the park can you experience the combination of stunning sandstone sea caves carved by wind and water, pristine beaches and by area, the largest freshwater lake in the world. The park includes an archipelago of 21 islands, 155 miles of shoreline and more than 27,000 square acres of water. Sometimes the big lake is glass calm. Sometimes it can generate massive powerful waves, just like an inland ocean. Even during the hottest days of summer, the lake is cold enough to take your life if you’re not prepared. Always, Lake Superior requires respect.
Paddlers, both new to the sport and experienced, are drawn to the lakeshore for day trips to the mainland sea caves or multi-day, island-to-island adventures. Before you go, it’s important to learn as much as you can about what it takes to plan and enjoy a safe and successful trip.
With that in mind, the Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore presents the premiere episode of our Sense of Adventure series of online events, entitled “Paddling the Apostles.” This series is part of our 50th Anniversary celebration.
To explore the topic, Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Executive Director Jeff Rennicke invited certified kayak guide, photographer and author Maddy Marquardt to share important guidance on everything from choosing proper equipment to developing a float plan and staying safe on the water. Maddy also shared some of her photography and thoughts on ethically responsible sharing on social media.
This program was originally presented live on May 25th, 2021. Watch it now. Below the video we have included links to resources mentioned during the course of the discussion.
National Park Service kayaking information:
National Park Service camping information:
National Park Service safety information:
Seawatch cameras above the mainland seacaves:
New National Weather Service zone forecast for the Apostles:
Sense of Adventure is an ongoing series of events. Watch them all here.
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