Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is at the extreme western end of Lake Superior. It is known for its historic lighthouses, sandstone sea caves, old-growth remnant forests, and natural animal habitats. More lighthouses shine over this section of Lake Superior than in any other National Park. It is at the tip of the Bayfield Peninsula, the northernmost mainland point in Wisconsin. Dedicated to the preservation and public enjoyment of significant historic, scenic, natural, and recreational resources, it's a fantastic cruising area, with sea caves that can be explored by dinghy. Unlike the California's Channel Islands, the caves are not deep and don't have sea lions barking in the darkness.
The crystal clear deep water between the islands, generally more than 100 feet, separates the islands from each other by approximately two miles. The shoreline topography is often rugged and steep on the north end of the island, littered with caves and sandstone bluffs created by Lake Superior. The southern ends of many of the islands are gentle sand spits, which require a wide passage but offer excellent anchorages. The islands are a National Park, so there are no shore facilities for dining, boat services, showers, and the like. The itinerary below includes returning to the charter base mid-week for those things. As the islands are all close together, daily distances are generally not large.
We have reserved two boats for this one-of-a-kind trip, with little chance of getting a third, from Superior Charters in Bayfield, Wisconsin. Both are three-cabin, two head models, with dodger and bimini. The boats will also have motorized dinghies. In addition, linen rental is available for $35 per person. Please indicate on the sign-up form if you want them.
The itinerary below provides for visiting seven of the islands. The exact sequence may change, and some substitutions may be needed, due to wind and sea conditions.
August 5 (Sunday) - Travel day.
August 6 (Monday) - Sail to Sand Island
August 7 (Tuesday) - Sail to Rocky Island
August 8 (Wednesday) - Sail to Devils Island and Raspberry Island
August 9 (Thursday) - Return to Bayfield
August 10 (Friday) - Sail to Oak Island
August 11 (Saturday) - Sail to Stockton Island Today's ultimate destination is Stockton Island and Julian Bay, with its singing sands. Along the way, a stop at Michigan Island will be possible, in order to see the first lighthouse built in the Apostles, in 1857. It was apparently built there by mistake. It was used for one year before being shut down. But it was reactivated in 1869, and not deactivated until 1929 when a new, taller lighthouse, and the last built in the Apostles, was built next to it, having been dismantled and relocated from Schooner's Ledge on the Delaware River near Philadelphia.
August 12 (Sunday) - Return to Charter Base
The cost of this trip is $975.00 per person (Skippers and Trip Leader $488.00). This price covers charter fees, insurance, and dinghy motor rental. Provisioning, fuel, and other incidentals are additional and will be handled by each boat's crew. Car and linen rentals are not included in the trip price. A $150.00 deposit and Release of Liability and Zero Tolerance Form must accompany your reservation form.
Please make your check payable to The Sailing Club, Inc. and mail it, along with your completed reservation and release forms, to Gary Brubaker at the address below. Reservations will be processed beginning April 7, 2018 with a random draw of those received by that date. All reservations received after that date are on a first come, first served basis. A second payment of $425.00 is due on May 15, 2018, and the final payment of $400.00 is due on June 21, 2018. The Club's standard thirty-day cancellation policy applies for this event.
A pre-trip meeting will be held about a month before the trip, at a time and place to be announced. All crewmembers should make every effort to attend in order to meet your crewmates, plan your meals, and make travel plans.
Please note that sailing conditions are dynamic, that your safety, and that of your crewmates, depends on your good physical health and agility.
Assistant Trip Leader
11 Clark Ct.
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
554 Marietta Avenue
Swarthmore, PA 19081