2019 Apostle Islands Trip

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2019 Apostle Islands Trip

NEWP club trips provide an opportunity for experienced paddlers together with newer paddlers to safely enjoy a few days of great paddling and camping in the beautiful Apostle Islands. For many participants over the years, our club trip has been a "first" experience paddling extensively in the Great Lakes, and often also for camping with only the equipment and supplies that can be packed into a kayak. Destinations and even group campsite locations are selected to offer a variety of paddle destinations, hiking and other activities to provide options in response to inclement weather or challenging paddle conditions. For an overview of our last club trip to Sand Island, please read our NEWP 2016 Apostle Islands Trip Report. For more information on the Apostle Islands, click HERE.

Trip Plan Information

Trip Timeline: August 21 - 24

Drive to Bayfield, WI on Wednesday, August 21st and stay in local accommodations. (Most of the group is staying at the Harbor's Edge Motel in Bayfield, WI) 6:30 PM meet for dinner at the Pier Plaza Restaurant.

Thursday morning (August 22) breakfast (Manypenny or other) drive to Meyer's Beach for an 8:30 AM launch to tour the mainland sea caves, if conditions are favorable. Travel to Little Sand Bay, load boats and cross to Group Site A on Sand Island. Set up base camp, share dinner and enjoy island life!

Friday and Saturday (August 23-24) - Visit Sand Island sea caves, Raspberry Island lighthouse, Manitou Island Fish Camp, or other local attractions. Hike to Sand Island lighthouse.

Sunday (August 25) - Load up and return to Little Sand Bay; Drive home.

Wednesday Night Lodging: <Update when confirmed>

Campsite Information: We have confirmed and purchased the permit for Group Site A on Sand Island for August 22, 23 and 24 as planned. Click the LINK to view information on the campsite. Note that fresh (well) drinking water is available at the dock. You can also research the Sand Island Lighthouse HERE.

Participant Qualifications: To ensure participants meet fitness qualifications and equipment requirements, all participants must make at least one 2 hour group paddle. This will:
  • Expose the participant to the physical requirements of an extended crossing. We will plan on staying in the kayaks for the full 10 miles.
  • Test participant's ability to make the trip.
  • Verify that the kayak and equipment are suitable for a Lake Superior trip.

Practice/ test paddles have been scheduled!

  1. Saturday June 15: Caldron Reservoir trip as part of the Peshtigo Paddle weekend, 10 AM launch
  2. Saturday June 22: Manitowoc Blue Rail to Two Rivers round trip (Sunday June 23 back-up day), 9:30 AM launch. To get to the Blue Rail Beach - navigate to the Manitowoc YMCA and continue north on Maritime Drive just past the marina. You'll see a parking lot on the right for access to walk the pier to the lighthouse, along the "blue rail." We'll launch, paddle one hour toward Two Rivers, and return. That should have us back to the parking lot at about Noon.
  3. Saturday August 3: High Cliff Marina to Calumet County Part round trip (Sunday August 4 back-up day), 9:30 AM launch

Lead Paddlers:

  • Trip Leaders Jeff Mazanec and Scott Thomson will designate lead paddlers for specific paddle segments.
  • The lead paddlers will have authority over all participants on water trips or activities.
  • If the lead paddlers believe that due to weather or water conditions it is unsafe to proceed with a trip or activity, they may restrict or cancel that trip or activity.

Water Crossings, Trips and Activities:

  • No solo on-water crossings, trips or activities will be allowed.
  • All on water activities will be done in groups with designated lead paddlers. Groups must be five or greater paddlers.


  • The lead paddlers have final approval of all kayaks and equipment.
  • All kayaks, equipment and clothing must be suitable for Lake Superior paddling. Recreational kayaks and those with only one bulkhead are not suitable.
  • Kayaks must have flotation or bulkheads, deck-lines and be fitted with spray skirts. If the kayak does not have bulkheads the use of and knowledge of how to use sea socks is required.
  • Inflatable PFDs are not acceptable for this trip.

Pre-Trip Preparation:

  • Paddle as often as possible prior to the trip.
  • Attempt to participate in the two hour group paddles
  • Encouraged to be regulars at the Two Rivers Monday night paddle, Elkhart Lake Sunday morning paddles and other paddling opportunities.

Safety equipment and training:

  • Practice self and group rescues; review the video Cold Water Boot Camp.
  • Acquire and become familiar with safety equipment such as paddle floats, radios, tow ropes, spare paddle etc.
  • While no night paddling is planned, paddlers should be prepared to do so. Coast Guard rules require everyone to have a visual light source such as a laser flare or three traditional flares, a sound source (whistle) and a white light source (head lamp) to display in the presence of moving boat traffic.

Paddle Clothing - Lake Superior is COLD!

  • Bring suitable cold water paddling gear, wetsuit, dry suit, splash jacket, gloves, etc.
  • Dress to confidently function in cold weather and in case of cold-water immersion.

Alcohol and Drugs


Meals and Camping:

Participants are responsible for their own camping and cooking. However, we will coordinate "group cook" dinner each night for those that wish to participate. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are on your own. Meal plan for dinners:

  • Thursday dinner - TBD
  • Friday dinner - TBD
  • Saturday dinner - TBD
  • Breakfasts and Lunches - On your own

Black bears are active in the Apostle Islands and occasionally present a problem. Do not put any food, toiletry or clothing that smells of food in your tent. Steel bear boxes are provided at the group campsite and must be used.

Individuals are encouraged to share tents. All Park camping rules must be followed. Specifically no burning of garbage, cigarette butts or other waste is allowed in the fire area.

Trip Goal: The trip goal is to have a fun, safe outing. Because of the nature of Lake Superior, safety will be the primary factor. Due to possible weather and wind conditions on Lake Superior, there is no guarantee that events or activities will happen as planned. Participants must be flexible and be prepared for changes in events and timing. The trip leaders are in charge of this trip and will have final authority over trips, activities, participants and equipment. If a participant's ability, kayak or equipment is deemed not suitable for Lake Superior, the person will not be allowed on the trip.All participants must have and wear a PFD (personal flotation device) while paddling.

* Training Tip! Water jugs can be filled with water and put in your kayak to give the feel of paddling a loaded boat as training for local paddles. Start saving empty milk cartons and other plastic liquid containers of all sizes. One gallon of water weights approximately 8 lbs. Nominal water will be carried during the trip to personal preference. Purified water from Lake Superior is recommended to replenish water reserves during the trip.

Park Rules: All Apostle Island National Lakeshore rules must be followed. All participants will be expected to follow the "Leave No Trace" practices.Questions? Contact Scott Thomson at ScottT@WisconsinPaddlers.org or Jeff Mazanec at JeffM@WisconsinPaddlers.org.

Trip Registration Forms

Trip event form - 2019 Apostle Islands

ACA Adult Waiver

Mail the completed form to:

NEWP Treasurer
1247 E Shady Ln
Neenah, WI 54956

Participants Must:

  1. Be a current ACA and NEWP member.
  2. Have taken a NEWP class or be known by one of the lead paddlers to have the requisite skills and training for the planned trip.
  3. Complete the event form, waiver and submit the $20.00 event fee.
    1. The fee will cover event expenses and purchase of trip safety equipment.
    2. In the event a participant cannot make the outing and a qualified replacement is willing to take their place, the $20.00 fee will be refunded.
    3. If the event is cancelled due to conditions beyond our control, any remaining funds after paying expenses will be refunded proportionately. The participant can choose to donate their refund to the club for the purchase of safety equipment.

2019 Trip Participant List (tentative)

Confirmed Trip Participants (Forms submitted):

  1. Scott Thomson, Neenah, WI (ScottT@wisconsinpaddlers.org)
  2. Jeff Mazanec, Appleton, WI (JeffM@wisconsinpaddlers.org)
  3. Bill Merrick, Appleton, WI (BillM@WisconsinPaddlers.org)
  4. Dale Prey, Oshkosh, WI (daleprey@gmail.com)
  5. Andrew Long, Appleton, WI (spunkandrew@gmail.com)
  6. Ken Braband, Green Bay, WI (KenB@WisconsinPaddlers.org)
  7. Mary Braband, Green Bay, WI
  8. Chris Olson, Neenah, WI
  9. Matt Ashauer, Grand Chute, WI (MAshauer20@gmail.com)
  10. Greg Ramsey, Appleton, WI
  11. Jeff Boldt, Sheboygan, WI (JeffB@WisconsinPaddlers.org)
  12. Scott Oftedahl, Kewaunee, WI (gobadgers04@gmail.com)
  13. Mike Stone, Green Bay, WI
  14. Jacob  Tarlton, Seymour, WI
  15. Abby Ledvina, New Franken, WI
  16. Will Joll, Cedarburg, WI
  17. Diane Christel, Brussels, WI
  18. Dean Wegner, West Bend, WI
  19. Michael Jordan, Oshkosh, WI

Wait List: 

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