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Ensō Education Institute Presents

Basecamp Great Outdoors 2022

Sea Kayaking the Apostle Islands

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This is the first! We get to work together to help shape what a Basecamp Great Outdoors experience is all about. We will rely heavily on the tried and true principles of adventure and environmental education, but we’ll also look to how other educational methods can help make environmental education a cutting-edge model that is truly effective in developing a world population committed to the preservation of our planet.


The Apostle Islands are a beautiful series of islands that spread out into Lake Superior at the northern end of Wisconsin. We will begin our journey learning the skills of kayaking in the shallow beach waters of the mainland in the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore near Bayfield, WI. Then, we will load all of our gear into kayaks and head out to the islands to camp, and learn about Lake Superior, each other, and life in the wilderness. We will explore secluded beaches, sea caves, cliffs, and old-growth forests with our circle of Enso friends. Everyone will be involved with paddling, camp set-up, cooking, cleaning, and hiking.


August 12-15, 2022


We will meet at noon, August 12 at the Little Sand Bay Visitor Center, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. Or we can pick you up in Duluth, Minnesota the morning of August 12.




Equipment – attached is an equipment list that includes what we provide and what you need to obtain.  Follow this closely; it is based upon extensive experience. Plan on weather that could range from the low 70s to the 40s and windy.  

Schedule – attached is an itinerary of what we will be doing.  

Health & Liability Form – complete these forms and return them within one week.

Training – We’ll be paddling up to 10 miles in a day. Be prepared to be physically active.

COVID-19 – We encourage you to get the vaccination! While vaccines are not mandatory, they boost your body’s defenses against COVID-19 and can lower the risk of spreading the virus to others.


We provide all group gear, food, quality paddling equipment, transportation, and expert instruction.


This itinerary is designed to be flexible based on many factors that include: weather, skill levels, and interests.  Listed are highlights of what will be seen and done.

Friday, August 12

We will meet at the Little Sand Bay Visitor Center, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore at noon. Or, we can pick you up in Duluth, Minnesota the morning of August 12.

We will go over introductions and expectations before setting up our camp. Then it’s onto a sea kayak skills shakedown where we all get wet! We will finish the day with dinner, and solving the world’s problems.

Saturday, August 13

We will take down your tents and eat breakfast. Then we load our kayaks and paddle to Sand Island. We will explore the sea caves before setting up our tents. After lunch, we will hike to the Sand Island lighthouse and back before dinner. After dinner, it’s more problem-solving, or we could just stargaze until we nod off to sleep.

Sunday, August 14

We will be staying two nights on Sand Island, so we’ll just pack our lunch and explore. Ideally, we will island hop to Raspberry Island for a tour of another iconic lighthouse, a walk beneath an old-growth forest, and maybe even a round of croquet! Then we’ll island hop back to our camp for dinner. This is usually the time for Great Lakes shipwreck stories! 

Monday, August 15

We will break camp, eat breakfast, and paddle back to Little Sand Bay. We’ll say goodbye and head back to Duluth. If we are feeling it, we might paddle one more time on the way back!

Sea Kayaking the Apostle Islands Equipment List

On this trip, the weather may vary from hot and sunny with a high of 70 degrees to cold, rainy, and windy and in the 40-degree range.  Plan your clothing items so they can be worn over each other in layers.  During the coldest possible weather, you may be wearing nearly all of your layers.  Your gear will be re-packed into dry bags in each kayak.


-Double and single sea kayaks

-Maps for the group


-Paddling jackets


-First Aid kit

-Dry bags for each participant

-Life jackets    

-VHF radio


-Toilet tissue    

-Spare rope

-Kitchen and cookware    

-Each meal while on the trail

-All transportation from UMD

YOU NEED TO BRING (avoid cotton):

-Sleeping pad (closed-cell foam or self-inflating style)

-Sleeping bag (rated to 20 degrees F) in a stuff sack


-1 Pair pants (wool, nylon, or light cotton)

-2 Piece rain-suit of durable material        

-1 Pair light tennis shoes for camp use        

-1 Pair long underwear (no cotton)

-1 Pair shoes or sandals which will get wet (if you use sandals, make sure they have closed toes)        

-3 Pair underwear

-4 Pair wool socks                

-1 Small towel

-1 Long-sleeved shirt,

-2 T-shirts            

-1 Pair shorts and 1 swimsuit    

-1 Heavy sweater    

-1 Lightweight jacket                

-Toiletries: Toothbrush/paste, Soap in plastic bag

-Sunglasses with safety strap            

-Gloves or mittens and a winter hat         

-Sunscreen lotion

-Baseball style or wide-brim hat for sun protection     

-Insect repellant                    

-Spare prescription glasses with safety strap        

-Unbreakable eating utensils (plate, cup, bowl, k,f,s)    

-Flashlight/headlamp with fresh batteries

-1 quart water bottle

-Optional: Paddling gloves


Our Rental Center has many items including sleeping bags & pads, rain gear. Call the Rental Center at 218-726-6134 to reserve equipment. Rental details can be found at

If you have equipment questions, contact Pat Kohlin

Phone: (218) 590-7350


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