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Kayaking in the islands offers a great way to explore the less accessible areas, such as sea caves, cliffs, and coastlines. Weather can quickly change, however, and it is important to be aware of the current and future forecasts, as well as where to take shelter along a kayak journey. PMG Charters can haul and transport kayaks into the islands so you can get the most out of your kayaking experience.

Closed cockpit Sea Kayaks have become very popular among tourists but the conditions of Lake Superior can be hazardous at times. Kayakers need to be aware of the ever changing conditions of the lake and their limits. It is recommended that kayakers wear either a wet or dry suit because of the cool temperatures of the lake. The water temperature in June averages 40°F (5°C) and peaks in August at about 63°F (17°C). Daytime temperatures range from the 60’s in May and September and high 70’s in mid-summer. On an average day waves are one to four feet high and winds range between 5-20 knots but it is not uncommon to have winds of 30-40 knots and waves up to 12 feet.

Stopping at the Islands

Paddlers must help protect the island resources. Beaches are the most popular destination to stop and the beaches also support fragile flora. The park service asks that you walk along the water line and on established trails. Campfires are not allowed at Julian Bay beach on Stockton Island, on Raspberry Island beaches, or on any beaches adjacent to campsites with fire receptacles. Always pack out everything you pack in.

Recommended Equipment

  • Marine Radio (Channel 16)
  • Cell Phone
  • First Aid Kit
  • Extra Paddle
  • Self-Contained Stove
  • Insect Repellent
  • Compass
  • Maps (Lake Survey Charts #14973 or #14966)
  • 50 Feet of Lashing Line
  • Rain Gear
  • Waterproof Matches
  • Dry Storage Containers