Rustic Makwa Den
Rustic Makwa Den
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Kayaking & Canoeing
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Kayaking,E Biking and adventure await you on the shores of Gitchigami(Lake Superior). Book a tour today to assure you get the best spots available for the 2022 season. Come see the world famous Apostle Islands sandstone cliffs, caves and beautiful scenery. Fleet of single, double and triple kayaks. Both sit on top and normal. Guided tours and kayak rentals available. Kayaking at its finest.
Bayfield, Wisconsin

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2022

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Kris I
Menomonie, WI1 contribution
Jun 2022
Before booking my tour, I called to ask a few questions. Troy, the owner was responsive, friendly and answered my questions. That made up my mind and I booked my trip and I'm glad I did! Jeff, our tour guide was new, but you'd never know as he was knowledgeable, friendly, patient, and ensured everyone in the tour group had a good time. Heck, at one point when he got out of his kayak to take pictures of everyone, he found a crawfish, scooped it up, and showed it to us. It's those little details that make it memorable. We only knew he was new to his role because he told us. I opted for the Red Cliffs tour because I wanted to see the sunken ship. I mean, who wouldn't?! The waters were calm and the sun came out just in time to see the Fedora, a steam shop that sank in 1901. Also got to see baby seagulls -- little speckled balls of floof, a kingfisher, and a mama duck and her ducklings. The stone arch was another highlight. If you plan to kayak the Apostle Islands, I recommend Rustic Makwa Den! And don't forget to tip your tour guide. I don't know if they expect it, but they are definitely worth it!
Written July 2, 2022
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Curious24068235908
Stow, OH1 contribution
Jul 2022
I wanted to offer a a big thank you to Troy and our tour guides at Rustic Makwa Den...they went the extra mile to accommodate our large party of 9 (including 5 children aged 8-11) for the Meyers Beach Tour. Troy made time to talk with me on a couple of occasions prior to be booking, answering my questions and discussing non-traditional options to ensure the needs of our party were addressed. In addition, we also arranged a day's rental of kayaks to continue to explore the area later in the week...using an enclosed UHaul trailer rented in nearby Ashland to transport the kayaks from place to place. Both experiences, the tour and the rental, were fantastic and something we look forward to repeating, and sharing with others, on future trips.
Written July 25, 2022
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David N
1 contribution
Jul 2021 • Couples
Our guide Lenard was great. My wife was nervous about going into the small cave openings but with his reassurance she was able to go outside of her comfort level. She can't stop talking about how great the experience was. This location was easy to get to. Had we done this paddle with our own kayaks we wouldn't have not gotten into the caves to explore them inside.
Written July 22, 2021
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hjk1962
3363988483 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
We had booked a Myers Beach Sea Cave tour for 4 people, paid the $300, and got a confirmation email. The communication ended at that point. The day before, after we had traveled 12 hours to get here, we saw that the weather at the time of our tour had storms, rain and wind. I tried calling the 2 numbers on the website, but only response was a message to text. I texted both listed numbers about 4-5 times asking if the tour was still going on, if we could reschedule the tour, or if there were other options. No response. I tried emailing 3 times. No response. About 1.5 hours before the tour was scheduled to depart, we got a response to say it was cancelled. This was surprising and disappointing given all the reviews about professionalism and communication. Be aware that once they have your money, customer service dissappears. As long as weather is good and no issues, should be fine. However.....
Written August 5, 2021
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safety_princess
Elizabethtown, PA343 contributions
Jun 2021
Spoke with co-owner Troy about going out on a kayaking tour and he talked me into booking the Night Cave Tour. What a nice experience for our first night in the area. Blaze was our guide and he was very patient and engaging as he took our group of 5 out along the Red Cliff shoreline. We had a tandem and a triple kayak. We went out as the sun was setting and kayak back as it was getting dark. We put the LED lights in the water and we were able to see the shipwreck Fedora clearly. We saw the stars and the shoreline with activity. Beautiful experience!
Written June 21, 2021
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jb1233
Saint Louis, MO168 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
Our 2 hour tour left from Meyers Beach. Plan to arrive 20 minutes before your tour time to use the restroom one last time, find parking ($5 National park fee) and get dressed in the spray skirt and life jacket. Our tour guide, Eli was helpful and friendly. Patient with paddlers with less experience. We felt safe and prepared with him as our guide. The sea caves were beautiful and Eli took us back into nooks and crannies.
Eli also had some excellent recommendations for us of a local restaurant in Cornucopia (Siskwat Farmhouse. It was delicious, specifically the whitefish chowder) .
Glad to support this native owned business and would highly recommend Rustic Makwa Den!
Written July 31, 2021
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Karen S
Hudson, WI69 contributions
Jun 2021
We had a great time going into the sea caves, with the most fun being going through the worm hole where there was only room if you laid back and used your hands to help yourself through.. kind of like spelunking in a kayak. Leonard did a great job of both giving us guidance, engaging us, and keeping us entertained. This group is unique in that they take smaller groups of people than the other outfits, which, I believe, gave us more time to see/experience the caves. In our group there where 2 young couples, and ourselves, who had to reschedule from the day before due to weather. I’d strongly recommend Rustic Makwa Den.
Written July 14, 2021
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MHR
2 contributions
Sep 2020
We felt so lucky to go on this kayak tour. Due to several days of high winds, we thought we had missed our chance. Fortunately for us, Travis, guide and owner of Rustic Makwa Den, patiently persisted and was able to schedule us for a time when the winds finally calmed down. It was worth the wait!

Travis was an excellent guide; enthusiastic, knowledgeable and adventurous while always respecting our comfort levels. We appreciated learning about the lake, the geology of the cliffs and the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

This was a two hour tour of the spectacular cliffs. My husband and I are in our mid 60s, very comfortable in boats but, being from coastal NC, not use to cold weather. No worries! Travis supplied us with wets suits and we were toasty.
Written September 13, 2020
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Dave7787
IA15 contributions
Sep 2022
Signed up for a kayaking tour of the Apostle Island Caves and had a fantastic experience!
John was our guide, and we were fortunate to be the only two on the 9:15 am tour. It was a very beautiful time of day and completely safe for all that are wondering.
He let us take our time seeing the shoreline formations/caves, and explained how it all formed along the way. As well as answered our questions and told about the Lake and kayaking. He was great; knowledgeable and experienced and fun:).
Recommend this trip and Red Cliff kayak tours (Rustic Makwa Den) if you are in the area.
Written September 16, 2022
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Oren F
13 contributions
Jul 2021 • Friends
Our small group rented kayaks from Troy for a multi-day island trip. The first day was too rough to begin, and Troy helped us reconfigure our plan to start the following morning instead. Throughout the rental process, Troy personalized our experience, told entertaining stories, was honest and clear in his communication, and shared his knowledge and love for the area. Everything worked out well, and we were very happy to support a native-owned business that is giving back to the community. Thanks for helping us have an excellent first adventure to the Apostles!
Written August 2, 2021
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