Family Wilderness Trips

For families ready to take the next step in outdoor adventuring

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.

Trips Available in 2021

6-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

6-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

Other Details


A place to kick back and relax

Families going on an Apostle Islands trip 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 going to the Boundary Waters will meet their trip leader at a campground near their put-in, camp there the first night, then head out into BWCAW lakes the next day.

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

Dining Service and Meals

Fuel for your imagination

On the 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 the trail. Canoe trip participants will eat on-campus meals in our dining hall when not on trail.

Before and After your Trip


Private trips are available each week, Sundays through Fridays (6 days and 5 nights,) June through August.
Custom schedules may be available upon request.


The costs listed are the costs for your entire family, everything included.  There are no extra costs.

Boundary Waters
$650 per person (4-6 people)
$600 per person for additional 1 or 2 people

Apostle Islands
$675 per person (4 people)
$625 per person for each additional person

How to Sign Up

Click to fill out a short request form. Our staff will contact you at the next opportunity to arrange your trip or tour or answer your questions. Staff hours are generally Tuesdays through Sundays.