Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Sea Cave Kayak Tour on Lake Superior

This was the day I was most looking forward to before the trip. We would go kayaking on Lake Superior and see some (hopefully) awesome sea caves.

We drove about three hours from where we spent the previous night in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Our destination was the far northern tip of Wisconsin, the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.

We arrived there at lunchtime and went into the small town of Cornucopia to have lunch. We found the only restaurant there that was open and had fish chowder and a Tater Tots Hotdish.

And then it was time to head over to Meyers Beach where we would meet our group for a two-hour kayak tour. As luck would have it, we were the only ones so we had a private tour. Kai and I shared one kayak while my wife rode with our guide.

Our guide, Travis, cautioned us that the water was choppy. It would be about a mile on open Lake Superior water before we would get to where the sea caves were, and it was tough paddling. But Kai kept at it and didn't complain at all.

The sea caves were as awesome as I had hoped.

Here we are approaching one that was quite narrow.

This was the view from my wife's kayak as we started to go inside the cave:

It got ever more spectacular the further we went in:

And this was the deepest we could go as our kayaks could barely fit:

We also went through a couple of arches. Here you can see my wife's kayak approaching one:

Here's me and Kai coming into a sea cave:

My wife took this next shot of the view coming out of a cave... Look at that tree hanging onto the side of the cliff.

And here's a picture of my wife and our guide in a cave:

It was a fantastic experience. I was happy that Kai seemed to enjoy it, too. He later said that he likes Wisconsin better than Illinois.

After kayaking, we drove to the nearby town of Bayfield where we would spend the night. We rewarded our hard paddling with some very tasty ice cream.

We checked into our motel and took a little break before heading into town for dinner. My wife and I had Lake Superior Whitefish while Kai had a mushroom and swiss burger.

After dinner, we walked around the small town and went to the harbor. The sky was still lit up from the recently set sun.

And so wrapped up a great day. This was the kind of day that all vacation days should be like.

More tomorrow.


  1. Wow, that was quite an adventure. Kai must have really had fun. Not many people kayak...and even fewer have some caves to explore.

    1. It was great to have this new experience! I'd never seen sea caves before and the best way to see them up close is from a kayak.


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