Agate Harbor

Photo courtesy of Ryan Holt

Agate Harbor Paddle – 4 ½ -5 hours (Half Day)

Navigate an area of the Keweenaw Peninsula that most closely resembles the shoreline of its sister rock, Isle Royale. We’ll launch from a rocky beach and explore a chain of barrier islands, the “arch rock”, finger bays and view the spiny ridgelines that parallel the peninsula. On calm water days, paddlers can view the remnants of the City of St. Joseph in about 20′-30’ of water. The 254′ barge was lost on the shallow reef during a northwest gale in September of 1942.

We lucked out with temps in the high 70s and sunny blue skies during the last weekend of September. We were visiting our Tech students and decided to try a kayak tour in addition to our usual hiking and cruising through the Keweenaw. We were so pleased with our entire experience, from booking the trip, to getting set up with gear, to our fantastic guide. This definitely tops our list of great ways to take in the beautiful fall colors!

What do I bring sea kayaking?

To ensure your sea kayak adventure is a good experience, we suggest that you bring the following:

  • A synthetic top such as polyester, polypropylene or capaline. Fleece is great for cooler days or evenings. Cotton should be avoided.
  • Shorts or a swimsuit that a wetsuit can be slipped over.
  • Water-shoes or sandals. Participants can choose to go barefoot if they desire. Shoes with laces are not allowed!
  • Hat for shade when it’s sunny. Cap for warmth if it’s cool.
  • Sunglasses and Sunscreen
  • Drinking Water – a pint is sufficient for most.
  • Camera – take advantage of the many photo opportunities while on ‘da Big Lake!

THE FINE PRINT:

  • Safety is always our number one concern and we do everything possible to manage the risks for our clients! Your guides have gone through sea kayak instructor and trip leader training with the American Canoe Association (ACA) on Lake Superior.  All of our guides are certified as either Wilderness First Responders (WFR) or in Wilderness First Aid (WFA).  Our guides carry two-way VHF marine radios, cell phones (though coverage is sporadic) and a GPS tracking device capable of sending messages and to call for advanced help in an emergency.  It’s important to know that we conduct many of our kayak tours in remote and sparsely populated areas with limited or no access to roads and emergency assistance could be distant and time consuming.
  • Wetsuits will be provided, and use is mandatory because of Lake Superior’s cold water. Drybags are also available for your use, though participants assume their own risk for damaged or lost goods.
  • Weight/Size Limits: There is a minimum of ~80lbs and a maximum of ~280lbs. Kayaks can be size discriminate and having a safe fit is largely dependant upon height and body shape, too. Our largest cockpits are 17 x 33 inches in size and elongated, so one must be able to comfortably fit into this space to have the freedom to get in and out of the cockpit.
  • All tours are subject to rescheduling, alternate destinations or cancellations due to wind, wave or other unfavorable weather conditions. While we will try to reschedule, full payments will be refunded in the event of tour cancellations due to unfavorable paddling conditions.
  • Rain, fog or cool weather does not necessarily cancel a trip… customers find paddling in the rain more enjoyable than they thought, since they are well protected from the elements by the kayak, spray skirt, wetsuit, lifejacket, rain jacket and hat and generate body heat as they paddle. We will not venture out in a heavy downpour or if thunderstorms are present.
  • Gratuities for your trip leaders are at your discretion.
  • CANCELLATION POLICY: Payments are refundable, less a 15% cancellation fee any time prior to 24 hours of the scheduled tour. No refund for cancellations less than 24 hours of the scheduled tour.

What do I bring sea kayaking?

To ensure your sea kayak adventure is a good experience, we suggest that you bring the following:

  • A synthetic top such as polyester, polypropylene or capaline. Fleece is great for cooler days or evenings. Cotton should be avoided.
  • Shorts or a swimsuit that a wetsuit can be slipped over.
  • Water-shoes or sandals. Participants can choose to go barefoot if they desire. Shoes with laces are not allowed!
  • Hat for shade when it’s sunny. Cap for warmth if it’s cool.
  • Sunglasses and Sunscreen
  • Drinking Water – a pint is sufficient for most.
  • Camera – take advantage of the many photo opportunities while on ‘da Big Lake!

THE FINE PRINT:

  • Wetsuits will be provided, and use is mandatory because of Lake Superior’s cold water. Drybags are also available for your use, though participants assume their own risk for damaged or lost goods.
  • Weight/Size Limits: There is a minimum of ~80lbs and a maximum of ~280lbs. Kayaks can be size discriminate and having a safe fit is largely dependant upon height and body shape, too. Our largest cockpits are 17 x 33 inches in size and elongated, so one must be able to comfortably fit into this space to have the freedom to get in and out of the cockpit.
  • Cancellation Policy: Payments are refundable, less a 15% cancellation fee any time prior to 24 hours of the scheduled tour. No refund for cancellations less than 24 hours of the scheduled tour.
  • All tours are subject to rescheduling, alternate destinations or cancellations due to wind, wave or other unfavorable weather conditions. While we will try to reschedule, full payments will be refunded in the event of tour cancellations due to unfavorable paddling conditions.
  • Rain, fog or cool weather does not necessarily cancel a trip… customers find paddling in the rain more enjoyable then they thought, since they are well protected from the elements by the kayak, spray skirt, wetsuit, lifejacket, rain jacket and hat and generate body heat as they paddle. We will not venture out in a heavy down pour or if thunderstorms are present.
  • Gratuities for your trip leaders are at your discretion.

Reviews We Love

Sea_Kayaking Overall rating: ★★★★★ 5 based on 6 reviews
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Great Bunch!

Sea_Kayaking
★★★★★
5 5 1
Jeff & I did the 4 night to Isle Royale last week with Ben Miller. Within the last 5 years we have kayaked ice fields in Iceland, the Na Pali Coast off Kauai, and Milford Sound in New Zealand, to name a few.. This trip was every bit as enjoyable as any we have done. Ben was a wonderful guide, and I really appreciated the effort Sam took in putting this together with the right people. It was a great bunch! Thank you Sam.

4 day/3 night Isle Royale kayak trip

Sea_Kayaking
★★★★★
5 5 1
I can't begin to describe how totally awesome this trip was for my Wife and I. Our KAC guide, JJ, is not only an excellent and highly experienced paddler, it turns out he is a great cook as well. He knew exactly where to go and, probably more important, where not to go. Early on in the trip JJ asked each of the 4 guest paddlers what their expectation was for the trip. The most common answer were things like good weather, see a moose and other wildlife etc. My answer was a bit more uncommon in that I wanted to kayak Lake Superior during high surf and bad weather; it's just how I roll. I have to say that JJ delivered on everyone's expectations, including mine. We saw a gigantic bull moose up close on Raspberry island, a huge beaver and 5 Bald Eagles soaring together overhead in Rock Harbor; truly amazing. JJ also pulled some strings and delivered some beautiful weather, except for a brief period when a brief squall came through as we were passing between two islands. Some of the most exciting paddling I have ever done. After we crossed to Raspberry Island JJ took me and another paddler out into open Lake Superior to experience the big surf I was hoping for. I cannot give JJ more praise for the experience that he provided. In the end, I think that Isle Royale should be on everyone's bucket list. The park is indescribably beautiful and the facilities at each of the campsites were fantastic. Our experience with KAC and JJ were all top notch and I have been relaying my experiences with anyone who will listen.

Sea kayak adventure

Sea_Kayaking
★★★★★
5 5 1
Went on a 2 hour tour with J.J. Yesterday 7/30/16, fantastic trip! J.J. Was very knowledgable about kayaks including the safety aspects. Nice too that he told a lot of facts about the area. Very well run operation, definitely will recommend Keweenaw Adventure and J J again! He was awesome!!

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