Register now for the Spring Rendezvous and paddle the Apostles!
Join us for our annual season kick-off. We car camp on the mainland and paddle to our heart’s content in the Apostle Islands! All skill levels welcome. See details below and save your campsite now.
Friday, May 24 - 27, 2024
Spring Rendezvous 2024
1 - 31
November – March
Sundays – check the event details for location and time.
1 - 31
Wednesdays and Sundays – check the event details for location and time.
Non-members welcome. Come paddle with us!
REI Bloomington, 6:30
Paddling Iceland & the Faroe Islands
ISK Member Peggy O’Neal will be sharing the stories of two trips last summer – one to Iceland and one to the Faroe Islands. Both trips had two weeks planned for paddling, both were island destinations in the North Atlantic, and they included many of the same people. But … the two trips could not have been more different.
Iceland: A 165 mile journey with fantastic weather. Magnificent campsites, glacier carved fjords and ridges and valleys. The arctic fox, the minke whales, the orca that swam through our pod, the puffins, the humpback whale, the glacier capped volcano, the final paddle out in the wind and cold and landing at midnight, and more.
The Faroe Islands: An archipelago with improbable islands and cliffs jutting out of the North Atlantic sea. A prime target for every low pressure system from the south, west, or the north with fierce tide races that squeeze between the islands. Storms bookended our trip, and wind and swells made frequent appearances. Two weeks camped in a sheep pasture. Finding the best day trips possible on the eight days we could paddle. Making our way beneath towering cliffs, often amid swells crashing onto rocks. Paddling into one stunning cave after another that made us feel very, very small. Sheep. Lots of sheep.
And a chance to see a glimpse of two Nordic cultures with many shared values as well friendly rivalries.
About the speaker: Peggy has been messing around with boats most of her life, primarily sailboats, rowing shells, and kayaks. She started sea kayaking in 2008 and was a greedy learner. Despite having avoided camping all of her adult life, as soon as she started kayaking she knew that camping needed to be part of the adventure. She became an ACA L3 instructor in 2009 and a British Canoeing 4 Star (sea leader) in 2013. She’s been fortunate to have worked with some terrific coaches and to have paddled in Alaska, the San Juan Islands (WA), San Francisco Bay, Cumberland Island and Tybee (GA), Maine, Nantahala and Ocoee Rivers (NC), the Bay of Fundy, Norway, Scotland, Iceland, and the Faroe Islands.
Paddling Washington State with Coach Alex LaLonde
Alex LaLonde, kayaking coach and owner at Body Boat Blade International, will be giving a presentation on kayaking in the great state of Washington. Alex will take you on a journey through some of the amazing paddling areas in Washington from the San Juan Islands National Monument, to Deception Pass, Cattle Pass, and all the way down Olympic Peninsula to Cape Flattery!
Washington’s ocean environments have it all. Kayakers of all skill levels will find what they’re looking for. Alex will explore the types of skills a paddler interested in paddling some of these areas would need. We’re looking forward to exploring our waters with you!
We’ll also talk about some of the trips, venues and courses that his school offers, as well as some of the logistics of getting here. Body Boat Blade is a premier paddlesport school located in Anacortes, WA – the Gateway to the San Juan Islands.
This event is over Zoom. Link is in the events calendar, link below.
13 - 14
Wilderness First Aid
ISK Member Tom O’Neal will be providing a 2-day class following ECSI, Emergency Care and Safety Institue format for Wilderness First Aid.
Class size: 12 people
Cost: $175 paid directly to Tom
All skill levels.
St. Louis River Estuary
Join us for two glorious nights in Jay Cooke State Park. We’ll have a full day of paddling on the estuary, below the dam and before the mouth of Lake Superior. With shoreline on the MN and WI sides, lots of bays to explore, and sunny, open water, you’re sure to enjoy this trip.
Last year’s group loved the traffic-free paddling on a week day and easy parking at launch sites. Come on Sunday, paddle all day Monday, possible morning paddle on Tuesday before departing.
Want to know more about this trip? See the trip report from last year.
Apostle Islands Camping
A perfect trip for intermediate paddlers!
Expect a kayak camping trip in the Apostles. Ready to get off the mainland? See some other islands? Put on some more miles over 4 days of paddling? Want to put that ultralight stove and tent to use?
Check back for details as they become available.
August – September
Car camp with us in Little Sand Bay campground. Join club-led paddles in the Apostle Islands. We’ve got something for everyone. Details about camping, paddles, gear, and skill levels at registration page.
ISK Annual Picnic
Join us for a picnic in a park! We’ll have food, fun, a playground for the kids, and of course paddling! This year we’re bringing the picnic back into the heart of the Twin Cities, but across the river. We’ll paddle and picnic on the Mississippi at Hidden Falls Park in St. Paul.
The paddle launches at 9:30. Gather for the picnic at 11:30, lunch at noon.
Have fun on and off the water, and bring your family for a day that’s all about celebrating our paddling community!
A Sampling of Past Events
Cold Water Immersion
Join Inland Sea Kayakers annual cold water immersion event.
This is a good event to start your paddling season if you have not already. You will have the opportunity to do the following in cold water and in a controlled environment:
- Check our your gear
- See what it is like to be in cold water if you come out of your boat
- Do wet exits and self rescues
- Practice T-rescues
- Practice rolling
ISK Service Trip: Mississippi
Let’s show some love to our home waters!
Inland Sea Kayakers is dedicated to giving back to our beautiful water ways. This spring we’ll host a day paddle on the Mississippi and clean up as we go. Enjoy a leisurely paddle as we weave along the shoreline, collecting all the flotsam and jetsam we can.
Voyageurs National Park
Join us on Lake Namakan in Voyageurs National Park July 29 – August 1st. We have the Namakan Island Northeast site (N55) for 3 beautiful remote nights in the wilderness with plenty of time to explore the many interesting and historical sites of Namakan Lake.
Voyageurs National Park
Join us on a trip in Voyageurs National Park’s forgotten lake, Sand Point. Thursday September 28th. to Sunday October 1st. We have the Ingersoll Cove (S30) campsite for 3 beautiful remote nights in the wilderness with plenty of time to explore the many interesting sites and fantastic paddling of Sand Point Lake. From this site we will have access to many great day trips including the Grassy Bay Cliffs.
There are even more events on the club calendar.
I want to go. Now what?
Where do I sign up?
You’re on our main site. It’s fun and user friendly, but it doesn’t handle administrative duties, like membership dues, trip registrations, and forum communications.
If you have questions about navigating registrations, feel free to reach out to any board member. Our email is below, at the bottom of every page.
Is this trip/event/workshop for me?
Be honest with yourself about your paddling and/or camping abilities. Descriptions should give you an idea of time, distance, and conditions. If you aren’t sure, email the trip leader or organizer. Contact information is listed on the registration page.