Oak Island Trip (June 14-17, 2018)
Trip Leaders– Deb Strike, Dan Morrison
Sign-up is limited to 8 paddlers.
Cost - $15.00 non-refundable fee for camping permit
This trip is aimed at people who have been on Lake Superior but have not had the pleasure of camping on an island. However, paddlers of higher skill levels are welcome too. Paddlers should be comfortable in level 2 conditions and be able to handle some level 3 conditions if necessary (see ISK guidelines at the link below). PLEASE READ THESE CAREFULLY! Paddlers will be expected to be able to maintain an average speed of 3.0 mph and can paddle up to 15 miles (with breaks) in a day.
We will be paddling to Oak Island Group Camp A and using it as a base camp. Oak Island offers many excellent paddling and hiking opportunities. There is easy access to several destinations for day trips including Raspberry Island Lighthouse, Manitou Island Fish Camp, and Bear Island (beautiful beach on north end). The trip will be 4 days and 3 nights. Remember the weather is unpredictable so these plans could change.
Departure point will be Bayfield on the beach next to Trek and Trail. Plan to meet at 8:00 am and launch at 10:00 am. We will be paddling to the Oak Island Group Camp A which is located on the sand spit near the southern end of the island (about 10 miles from the launch site), and use this as our base camp. We will spend the next two days paddling and/or hiking. We will depart for the mainland early Sunday morning, June 17.
This is Lake Superior and water temperatures will be very cold. Minimum cold-water immersion gear is a wet suit but a dry suit is highly recommended.
If you have any questions or wish to be placed on a waiting list should all the available slots be taken, please contact Dan Morrison (firstname.lastname@example.org).
ISK paddling levels:
Minimum skill requirements:
- Must be able to do a wet exit outdoors
- Must be able to do a self rescue outdoors (paddle float, re-enter and roll, etc)
- Must be able to do at least one assisted rescue outdoors (rescuer and rescuee)
We will be setting up opportunities to do some paddling and to demonstrate/practice rescues. Ability to demonstrate the above rescues is mandatory.
Must have a sea kayak (16-18' long) with bulkheads or dry bag/air bag (if no bulkheads), dry/wet suit, paddle, spray skirt, PFD, and warm paddling shoes.
For those of you who have not kayak camped and may not have all the equipment needed (ex. – stoves, dry bags...), Dan has some spare gear if you need it for this trip. Contact Dan if you need anything to see if it is available. Otherwise, everyone is expected to provide their own gear.