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Wolf Ridge

Isle Royale Sea Kayak Expedition


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Entering grades 10 – 12

Explore the Isle Royale. Experience the freedom of coastal kayak camping. Paddle along rugged coastlines and sand beaches. Learn new skills and make new friends. Face new challenges and be part of a team. Do things you never thought you could.

This 2 week expedition is one of Wolf Ridge’s pinnacle wilderness trip experiences and a once in a lifetime journey for experienced wilderness trippers. The expedition travels along the wild coastline and beaches of Isle Royale National Park, exploring some of the Isle’s most fascinating stories, from old lighthouses, fisheries and cabins, to wildlife research outposts.

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Isle Royale Sea Kayak Expedition Route & Activities

We believe in nurturing the curiosity, growth and independent spirit of each camper, every year that they attend. Our Wilderness Camps and Trips provide opportunities for each person to discover and explore the natural world, meet personal challenges, grow as a leader, make lifelong friends, build outdoor skills and express their individuality.

Wolf Ridge’s pinnacle sea kayaking experience and most remote trip!    Spend 11 days sea kayaking along the shore of Lake Superior’s largest island, Isle Royale, and experience the island in a way that very few people get to.  Campers will arrive on Sunday and prepare right away to catch the ferry at Grand Portage on Monday morning. From there they will board the ferry and travel out to the island and practice kayak skills at their first campsite. Tuesday the will begin their journey around the northeastern tip of the island. Along the way they will hone wilderness skills and the classic art of sea kayaking, while learning the rich natural and cultural story of this truly fantastic place, from the legendary relationship between moose and wolves to the centuries old stories of island residents. Space is limited on this trip, so sign up soon!

Wolf Ridge welcomes anyone of age to register for this unique trip, but campers should know that this is one of Wolf Ridge’s most demanding trips, with 11 days of wilderness camping, potentially long days of paddling, and patience and flexibility while waiting for the weather to clear. Come prepared to work hard and play hard! Entering grades 10 – 12. What to expect on a kayak trip.

Staff, Housing and Meals

Professional and experienced staff

Wolf Ridge trips are lead by experienced wilderness guide/naturalists.  Our trip leaders are professional wilderness travelers and are certified as Wilderness First Responders, as well as in CPR, and Wilderness Water Safety.  Wolf Ridge trip leaders are also trained as naturalists, skilled in telling the stories of the wilderness landscape, from tree and animal identification, to local history, and more.

A place to kick back and relax

Campers will be housed in our Summit Lodge (East Dorm). Each room features its own bathroom and shower, bunks beds, and camper gear cubbies. Camp staff also live in the dorm, with one counselor per room. There are cozy gathering spaces for game playing during down time, plus a grass field just out the door. Kids and staff gather at the near-by campfire ring before meals to sing songs, share stories of their adventures, and learn what the next part of the day will bring. The Summit Lodge is the perfect place to grow the deep, closely knit community that makes camp so special.

While on trail, campers sleep in same-gender tents.  Wolf Ridge uses 2, 4, and 6 person backcountry tents.

Fuel for your imagination

Whether they’re coming in from a long day outside or getting ready for the day, campers will satisfy their appetites in the Fireplace Dining Room. Food Service Director Chris O’Brien and his staff go above and beyond to produce a choice driven, healthy, hearty meal while creating a sense of community here at Wolf Ridge. Most of our produce is from the Wolf Ridge Organic Farm while meats and other products are sourced as locally as possible.  From-scratch vegan, vegetarian and meat options are offered at each and every meal.

On trail, campers eat delicious, high-energy foods to fuel their wilderness exploration. Backcountry meals include burritos, alpine pasta, hearty soups, fry bread, pancakes, and oatmeal, with many other possibilities. Many special dietary considerations can usually be accommodated.

Our kitchen staff regularly works with participants to meet allergy and dietary concerns. Daily vegan dishes are inherently free of any animal product, including dairy, and are most often gluten free as well. Individuals with common food allergy and sensitivities, including to dairy or peanuts, will find good, healthy food at each meal that addresses their needs. Our Dining Hall is nut free. Please note dietary requests, concerns, and preferences when completing camp registration materials.

After a week full of friendship, fun, and teamwork, on Friday night Wolf Ridge will hold a community celebration dinner and campfire. Campers will gather in the Fireplace Dining Room to enjoy a family-style meal served by the camp directors while celebrating the accomplishments and achievements of their community members.

“It’s about quality. It’s about passion. It’s about good food done well.” – Chris O’Brien

Learn more about our dining hall.

Dates

2019 Expedition is FULL. Check back for Summer 2020 dates.

 

Costs and Financial Assistance

$1699

We accept credit cards (VISA, Mastercard, Discover or American Express) as well as checks.

 

Financial Assistance

We are happy to partner with a variety of organizations that are interested in helping you attend Wolf Ridge. Available to those who qualify. You can find details in Resources “For Summer Campers.”

Bring a Friend Discount

When you invite a new camper to Wolf Ridge, you & your friend each get $50 off your camp fee. To take advantage of this special offer, both fill out and mail us “Bring a Friend” forms. You find can this in Resources “For Summer Campers.”

Sibling Discount

Available for multiple campers from the same household (must all be residents of the same household address). Call 218-353-7414 Monday-Friday between 8 and 4:30 for details.

Local Discount

Available for campers whose permanent residence is Lake or Cook County in Minnesota.  To apply for this discount, please call the office at 218-353-7414 Monday-Friday between 8 and 4:30 pm.

 

Cancellation Policy

  1. The $150 deposit is non-refundable in the event of a cancellation.
  2. The entire camp fee is non-refundable for  cancellations made less than 2 weeks prior to the start of the camp.
  3. Transportation registration must be paid in full prior to your child boarding the bus. This fee is non-refundable if cancellation is made less than 2 weeks prior to the start of the camp session.

Resources: Get Ready for Your Trip!

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Packing lists and more can be found in Resources “For Summer Campers.”