Wolf Ridge

North Shore Coastal Kayaking

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Expand your sea kayaking skills, explore beautiful places, and learn from ACA-certified instructor David Butcher. This workshop is designed primarily for new, beginning, to advanced-beginning sea kayakers who are looking to learn and/or practice essential skills for coastal sea kayaking, gain confidence with paddling on larger bodies of water, and explore the beautiful and diverse landscape of the North Shore.

No previous experience necessary.

  • Equipment knowledge and skill development, including an American Canoe Association (ACA) accredited course on stroke development and basic rescues.
  • All-day paddling excursion either along the shoreline of Lake Superior (weather permitting), or on inland waters in the Finland State Forest or Superior National Forest area (foul weather option).
  • Wolf Ridge provides wet suits and life jackets as well as kayaks.
  • Note that the class involves several hours sitting in a kayak.

This and other Fabulous Fall Adult Workshops are open to ages 18 and up.



About Instructor David Butcher

David is the Adventure Programs Coordinator at Wolf Ridge and has been working as a naturalist and wilderness guide for over 10 years. He is an ACA certified Coastal Kayaking Instructor and his teaching experiences include working in parts of Minnesota and upstate New York, as well as guiding wilderness trips in the Boundary Waters, Quetico, Isle Royale, and the Apostle Islands. When he’s not working you might find him sea kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, hiking, cycling, or home-brewing beer.


Fuel for your imagination

We take great pride in creating delicious daily meals.  Whether coming in from a day spent outside, or getting ready for the day, everyone will find choices to satisfy their appetites in the Lake Superior Dining Room.

Chris O’Brien, our food service director, believes “we should all be fed well, every meal, every day.” From-scratch vegan, vegetarian and meat dishes are available at each and every meal. Vegan dishes are inherently free of any animal product, including dairy, and are most often gluten free as well. All dietary requests are addressed and often the menu is adjusted to reflect the needs and wants of our clients. Those with common food allergy and sensitivities, including to dairy or peanuts, will find good, healthy food that addresses their needs. Fresh fruit, veggies, and homemade breads are available all day, in addition to coffee and tea.

Chris and his staff go above and beyond to meet our guests needs and work hard 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 and our meats and other products are sourced as locally as possible. It’s about quality. It’s about passion. It’s about good food done well.


A place to kick back and relax

The new Margaret A. Cargill (MAC) Lodge features wonderful views of the campus’s maple-covered hills, valleys and cliff-lined lakes. The common areas also have great views and lots of windows. You’ll find comfortable furniture to relax in, tables for socializing, and a small kitchenette with sink, microwave and refrigerator. Two of the five common areas have massive stone fireplaces.

MAC Lodge sleeping accommodations are divided into suites. Each suite includes two bedrooms, a shared space with two sinks, and separate toilet and shower rooms. Those who want more privacy can close the sliding door to their individual bedroom. Each bedroom contains two bunkbeds and can sleep one to four people. For adult programs, a maximum of 6 people share a suite.  If you choose to pay for a single bedroom, you will have a private sleeping space, and will share a bathroom and shower with 1-3 suite-mates. Groups of four or may may request to share a suite.

The newly remodeled MAC lodge is one of the most sustainably-designed buildings in the nation. It is one of only 45 in the world to be seeking full Living Building Challenge certification.


Dates and Cost

September 27 – 29, 2019

Program starts with 5:30 dinner on Friday and ends after Sunday lunch.

$405  – Includes meals, lodging, instruction, and kayaking equipment.

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CANCELLATION POLICY: Refund requests must be made in writing and received no later than two weeks prior to the start of the session. All cancellations made less than two weeks prior to the start of the camp session are non-refundable. If cancellation occurs less than two weeks prior to the start of the session a refund, minus the $150 deposit, may be given for illness, injury, or death in the immediate family.

At the time of registration a $150 NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT PER PERSON must be made to hold your session spot.


For more information, or to register by phone…

Send your question via “Contact Us”.
Call us to register or get more information at 218-353-7414.
Our office hours are Monday – Friday, 8-4:30.