Duration:
3 Days, 2 Nights
Activities:
Sea Kayaking
Skill Rating:
1
Van Supported:
No
From:
Peninsula State Park, WI
Price:
$ 385
Included: Guides, instruction, all kayaking and group camping equipment, camping fees and all meals (excluding dinners en route).
Not Included: Personal camping gear, sleeping bag and pad, transportation to/from Door County.

Relish in the beauty of Door County’s scenic coves, lighthouses and sandy beaches while you learn or enhance your sea kayaking skills on the clear, calm waters of Green Bay. You’ll spend some time learning or reviewing the basics of sea kayaking - including technique and open water rescues - then enjoy the weekend on the water surrounded by beauty. With a base camp on the Door County peninsula we’ll paddle one day on the bay side, and head out on the Lake Michigan side the next. This is a fabulous weekend for beginners and/or experienced paddlers.


Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive at Peninsula State Park in Door County where guides are waiting to greet you with a campfire and snacks. Tonight we get to know each other and talk about the schedule for the next two days.

Day 2: After a hearty breakfast we hit the water for an introductory lesson and then some leisurely paddling. We often paddle the first day on the typically calmer Green Bay side of the peninsula or on an inland lake, although many groups choose to paddle on the lake if conditions are favorable. Tonight we dig into a hot camp dinner (chicken fajitas are a guide and participant favorite) and cherry pie, a Door County specialty.

Day 3: Now that we have some practice under our belts we head out on the lake after another hearty breakfast. We like to paddle to Horseshoe Island for a hike and some lunch before we jump back into our boats for couple more hours of paddling. We land our boats at about 2 PM, pack up and say our goodbyes by about 3 PM.


Clothing & Equipment:

This is all you will need - anything else is unnecessary baggage and will only be extra weight to carry.
All items should be packed in dry bags or double garbage bags. Several smaller bags fit in the kayaks more easily than large bags.
Note that kayak hatches are rarely more than 1 ft. wide.
You may find that you can borrow some of these items if you don’t own them already

  • Wetsuit (farmer john style) (can be rented from Northwest Passage)
  • 2 t-shirts (one that’s non-cotton) 1 towel (small PackTowel® work great!)
  • 1 shirt, long sleeved synthetic (non-cotton)
  • 2 pairs of shorts (at least one non-cotton)
  • Sun/rain hat 1 pair fast drying synthetic long pants - no blue jeans
  • 1 light to medium fleece jacket
  • 2 pairs shoes/sandals - Tevas, booties, water shoes, light sneakers etc. all work very well - one pair to get wet.
  • 2 pair socks (non-cotton) 1 pr. synthetic long underwear (medium weight)
  • Bathing suit
  • Underwear
  • Bandanas (optional) (can be used for head covering, washing up, etc)
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants) (Paddling jacket works well as top)
  • Clean change of clothing for the trip home (should be left in car)
  • Toiletry kit (toilet paper, toothbrush, biodegradable soap and shampoo, face cream, nail clippers, personal medication etc.)
  • Sunscreen and bug repellent
  • Sleeping bag (compact, 3-season) and pad
  • Small flashlight, batteries & extra bulb- headlamps are preferred Water bottle
  • Sunglasses
  • Chums/Croakies to keep glasses on your head are imperative (floating ones are preferable)
  • Energy bars/snack food (limited quantities- we will feed you plenty!)
  • Pocket knife
  • Large plastic cup with handle (e.g. commuter coffee mug) or small lexan Nalgene (for hot drinks)
  • Fleece hat and gloves (depending on the weather)
  • Ziploc® storage bags (pack small items inside these; also good for packing out wet clothing)

Optional Equipment

  • Paddling gloves (can be any type of open fingered glove e.g. biking gloves, sailing gloves etc.)
  • Camera, film, waterproof container
  • Reading matter and maps (waterproof case)
  • Paddling jacket
  • Sewing kit
  • Compass
  • Crazy Creek® or similar generic chair (highly recommended for camp use, gives great back support)
  • Entertainment (harmonica, cards, games)

What is special about this trip?
This is a fantastic close to home destination - far enough from city lights that the stars and Milky Way explode in the night sky, and the travel time to get there is more than manageable. The bays, rivers and inland lakes provide a great learning environment while the playful conditions on the lake side of the peninsula satisfies the confident beginner or intermediate paddler. Oh, and the forested camp and scenic shorelines are just begging for exploration.

How do I get there?
The route from Chicago is very simple. Take 94 to Milwaukee, and then take 43 to Green Bay. Take highway 57 towards Sturgeon Bay where you turn onto 42 which takes you right up to the park entrance.

What papers do I need for travel?
You need no papers, just a Wisconsin State Parks sticker or three day passes.

How and where will you meet me?
We will send you directions to our campsite where you’ll meet your guides, who will set up your tents and provide some opening night fireside snacks.

How long will it take me to get there?
The drive from the Chicago area takes between five and six hours.

Where should I stay overnight around there?
There’s a wide variety of hotels, cottages, B and Bs lodges throughout Door County. If you plan on arriving early or staying late, call the office for a recommendation on a great place to stay.

What money should I take?
You won’t need money for anything during the weekend, but there are lots of shops in the area if you want to bring back gifts.

Do they take plastic there? Are there cash stations?"
Just about every place in Door County accepts major credit cards. There are ATMs in just about every town as well.

What's the weather like?
It’s similar to Chicago’s summer. It can reach the 80s and even the 90s on some days, with lows in the 60s at night.

What are the accommodations like?
We camp in 2 to 6-man Eureka tents.

What do I need to bring?
We will send you a gear list upon registration.

Can I drink the water?
Yes, there is running water throughout the park.

What's the food like?
The guides cook up delicious food and lots of it. Enjoy hearty, hot breakfasts each morning, filling trail lunches, one of our dinner specialties like fajitas or jambalaya and if you’re in Door County, you have to try the famous cherry pie.

What time zone will I be in?
All of Wisconsin is in the Central Time Zone.

How can people reach me in an emergency? Can I call home?
There is cell phone reception in the park, and the park office can be reached at (920) 868-3258.

How much time do we spend traveling each day? How many miles? Do I have free time?
We typically paddle between 3 and five hours a day--we can do more if you like too.

What kind of equipment do you use?
We use plastic sea kayaks, Eureka tents and Coleman stoves.

How many people are on this trip? How many guides? Who are the guides / what are their qualifications?
We typically take between 4 and 12 people on this trip. The guides are ACA and/or BCU certified kayak guides and are also certified in Wilderness First Aid.

How can I prepare physically for the trip? How much prior experience is needed?
No prior kayak experience or pre-trip conditioning is necessary.