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Family Wilderness Trips

There’s exploring the trails near your house. Then there’s exploring the great outdoors in a setting you can’t find anywhere else. From the Boundary Waters to the Apostle Islands, our Wilderness Trips provide adventure for families who love to be outdoors together.


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5-day Apostle Islands Sea Kayak Trips

This trip combines the adventure of exploring the world’s largest freshwater lake by kayak with the remarkable natural and cultural history of the Apostle Island National Lakeshore. Your Wolf Ridge naturalist guide will meet your group at Little Sand Bay in the National Lakeshore. From there you will learn the kayak skills needed to explore the Mawikwe Bay sea caves and the lighthouses and beaches of Raspberry, York, Oak and Sand Islands. Your group will spend one night on the mainland before heading out for 3 nights on the islands.

  • No experience necessary
  • Wolf Ridge will provide all kayak safety and skills training
  • Maximum 6 people
  • Participants must be 12 years or older
  • Trip cost is all inclusive; no hidden or extra fees
  • Wolf Ridge naturalists are experienced wilderness guides, certified in Wilderness First Aid, CPR and Lifeguarding/Wilderness Water Safety


5-day BWCAW Canoe Trips

Grab a paddle and start your adventure. Your professional naturalist guide will teach you all the skills needed to meet the challenges of a canoe trip in the Boundary Waters. While on trail, your guide will also offer additional opportunities that are designed to be active, hands on learning adventures for all ages.

  • Trip cost is all-inclusive
  • Our routes offer a wonderful blend of river and lake travel combined with the chance to stay put and explore the woods and water right outside your tent door
  • Wolf Ridge naturalists are experienced wilderness guides, certified in Wilderness First Aid, CPR and Lifeguarding/Wilderness Water Safety
  • Learn wilderness skills necessary to become confident and successful canoe country travelers
  • “Wild Classes” such as Ojibwe Stargazing, Wild Birds, Voyageur Life, Wild Trees and Critter Talks engage the whole family

Housing and Meals

A place to kick back and relax.



Families participating in Apostle Islands trips will meet their wilderness guide/naturalist at the Little Sand Bay Campground near Bayfield, Wisconsin.  Groups will camp there for the first night of the trip and will depart and camp on the islands themselves on the following day.

Families participating in Boundary Waters trips will be housed in the Wolf Ridge Village (see description below) at the beginning and end of their trip. Each room sleeps up to eight family members, with bathrooms and showers in the rooms. A great room features plenty of room for games and windows overlook the beauty of the northwoods forests.

While on trail, families sleep in tents.  Wolf Ridge uses sturdy and spacious 2, 4, and 6 person backcountry tents.


We’re pleased to announce the temporary Family Camp housing – deluxe RV trailers custom made for Wolf Ridge . They will be used during the later summer sessions while we renovate the dorm. Your family will have their own ‘home away from home’ in Wolf Ridge Village this summer. Each ‘dorm room’ is a top-of-the-line new RV. Your family will have a sofa, generous open area, cabinets, wardrobes, dinette, full size bathroom with a shower and tub, and electric service that is hard-wired into the grid. Each sleeps up to eight people; one queen bed in a private room, two bunked beds, and two singles. Laundry and internet are near-by. These brand new RV units are being specially made for Wolf Ridge’s summer use. See a 360-degree view of here.  (Note that our floor plan is slightly different that shown in the link – see diagram below.)

In summer of 2018, family trip housing will move into a new permanent home in the updated West Dorm.

Fuel for your imagination.

On trail, families eat delicious, high-energy foods to fuel their wilderness exploration. Backcountry meals include burritos, alpine pasta, hearty soups, fry bread, pancakes, oatmeal, with many other possibilities. Special dietary considerations can usually be accommodated on trail.  Canoe trip participants will eat on-campus meals in our dining hall before and after the trip.

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.

Learn more about our dining hall and see sample menus.


5-Day BWCAW Canoe and Apostle Islands Kayak Trips Dates


Contact David Butcher, Adventure Programs Coordinator, for available 2017 dates.

218-353-7414 ext. 111

Costs and reservations

The cost for a 5-day BWCAW Canoe Trip or 5-day Apostle Islands Sea Kayak Trip is all-inclusive.   It includes;

  • Meals
  • Housing
  • Equipment
  • Staffing
  • Teaching

$1900 – for up to 4 participants
$450 – per person after first 4 participants



Book your trip

For any questions, more information, or to register, call David Butcher at 218-353-7414 or david.butcher@wolf-ridge.org