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Introducing the Apostle Islands
The Apostle Islands are a group of 22 islands on Lake Superior, off the Bayfield Peninsula in northern Wisconsin. In 1970 the United States made it an official National Park, with the famous politician, John Kennedy spearheading this undertaking before his death. This area was originally inhabited by the Native Americans by the thousands, but overpopulation led to the area’s resources being depleted and the Native Americans dispersing from this area. They returned to this area around the time Spanish explorers “discovered” the Americas. This area has been held by 4 different countries since its “discovery”, including Spanish, French, English, and now United States control.
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History of the Apostle Islands
Though archeological finds have pointed to traces of human activity as early as 100 BC, the earliest known full-time settlers to the islands were Anishinaabe peoples migrating from the east coast beginning around 950 AD, following the waterways comprising the established trade routes that had connected the eastern nations to western nations for thousands of years. Details and stories of these migrations were preserved in birch bark scrolls. The few of which that survived the eventual burning by the European missionaries, can now be seen being preserved in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. As these migrations continued west, they created several prominent settlements, but when they discovered how to grow wild rice in the marshes of shallow Chequamegon Bay, they made Mooningwanekaaning (now Madeline Island) their capital, with settlements on Stockton Island and Manitou Island, as well as along the mainland shoreline.
On and around these islands, the Ojibwa people discovered and innovated agricultural advancements, including excavating copper deposits and creating specialized tools for agriculture, hunting and fishing, the use of canoes for rice harvesting, conjugal collaborative farming, and the Three Sisters Crop Complex, enabling the Ojibwa to greatly expand their population, territory and power outward in all directions creating an enormous nation. However, these rapid advances in technology, along with five more centuries of migration from the east, also caused divisive ideological disagreements over traditionalism, and ultimately, the Potowatomi, Ottawa, and other tribes spliting off, leaving the Ojibwe alone wielding full control over the entire Lake Superior region, with the Islands remaining as their nations capitol.
When the early French traders arrived around 1640, the capital city on Madeline Island was given the name La Pointe, and by 1693 it was fortified and included as an official Trading Post city in the Empire of New France, but with the westward expansion of European colonialism, conflicts boiled into formal wars from 1775 onward. Over the next 35 years, as more and more Native populations were concentrated into increasingly smaller areas, these areas became unable to provide sustenance for the swelling populations, and in 1811, the recognized principal, Chief Buffalo from La Pointe led an army of Ojibwa to fight in Tecumseh's War against the U.S.. However, he had a change of heart and pursued diplomacy when he met Michel Caddotte in Sault Ste Marie, who convinced him that by avoiding violence against the US, he could negotiate better treaties for the Ojibwa people. Though the American flag was hoisted over the Islands in 1816, Chief Buffalo fought decades with the United States government, and mining and lumber capitalist's continual and sometimes deadly efforts to completely remove the Ojibwe people, successfully securing permanent reserves of land including the mainland coastline nearest the Islands for the Red Cliff band, as well as entire reservations for other bands in the region.
Marina address and slip information:Marina Address: Port Superior Marina 34480 Port Superior Rd, Bayfield, WI 54814 Boat Slip: Pier 4, Slip 174B
Charter arrival and rentun times:Guests Arrival: 5 pm Guests Return: 3 pm Departure and return times can be adjusted. Please communicate these requests prior to your charter start date, to make accommodations.
Could I get sea sickness?Yes, it could happen, but let's take some of the worry out it for you. If you are prone to sea sickness, or you are unsure if you are, we recommend starting a Dramamine regimen the night before your charter start date. This will ensure you do not get sick while aboard, and you can always stop taking it if you feel comfortable during your trip.
What should I pack?We try and provide as much as we can on the boat, so you don't need to bring so much with you. Basically guests are responsible for persona items, and food and beverages. We provide linens, ice, coolers, bathroom supplies, and kitchen supplies. The boat and all of it's utilities are for you to use and enjoy while on charter. We even have extra sunscreen, Dramamine, and lots of games!
Are guests responsible for provisions?All guests are responsible for their own food and beverages while aboard. We provide coolers and ice for beverages. The boat has a full kitchen. Think of a camper kitchen when planning. The captain will provide his own food, but feel free to include him in your planning if you would like, but it's not required. Side Note: There are a couple restaurants within walking distance from the water, if you would like to take a break from some cooking. Also, Captain Beau is gluten free, so don't feel bad if he doesn't join you for a meal.
What do you mean be adventure ready?Granted we have a lot of comforts you will find at home, aboard, this is still an adventure vacation. You are experiencing what it is like to live aboard a sailboat and visit this national park like people have for hundreds of years. There is no AC, you will get bug bites, it might rain, a boat part might brake, you might even get poison ivy. These are some of the risks to this adventure, but the reward is so worth it!
What about linens?We have fresh linens for bedding and dishes, plus extra hand towels and towels for bathing. It's recommended that guests bring their own beach towels, as we would like to keep all linens aboard the vessel. We also do not have wash cloths for bathing. This should be considered a personal belonging and is the guests responsibility. There are new, clean pillows, but feel free to bring your own.
What is the music situation?For all your playlist needs, we have a bluetooth enabled sound system onboard. Make sure to download your favorite playlists and you'll be able to jam out to your favorite music while we sail along. Captain Beau enjoys boat music, so you can always ask him to play his favorite jams, but be ready for some Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefers!
What should I use to pack?This is a sailing adventure similar to camping in a camper. Space is limited. Please don't pack hard sided luggage, it won't fit! A duffel bag is perfect and more than enough packing space for what you will need. They are easy to stow away, move around without damaging the boat, and easier to handle in small spaces. Honestly, people bring suitcases that wouldn't fit through the door!
What is the bathroom situation?The bathroom, or head as they are referred to on a boat, is like you would find in a camper. The head consists of a electric flush toilet, hand sink, mirrors and plenty of counter space. This room also doubles as a shower, if privacy is needed. Most guests enjoy the deck shower, for ease of use and the wonderful feeling of showering in nature. Remember, this is supposed to be a "roughing it "adventure.
What is the life jacket situation?We carry coast guard approved life jackets. They are very good at keeping you afloat and saving lives, but not very comfortable to wear. If you feel as though you will want to wear a life jacket, we suggest bringing your own. All children under 12 are required to wear a life jacket while underway. For the safety of your children, we ask that you bring your child's own life jacket.
What is the kitchen situation?Think of a small camper when you think of the kitchen amenities available to you. There is a 3 burner stove and small oven. Double sink, small fridge, outdoor propane grill and plenty of counter space. We have full dish settings for at least 6 people, plus all the pots, pans, bowls, utensils, knives, silverware, glasses, coffee makers, and normal spices you would need. We fall short of having a microwave and a blender. This is supposed to be roughing it! Everything is available for your use.
Where is a good place locally to buy groceries?Hansen's IGA - Washburn, Wisconsin A great local grocery store for ALL of your provisioning needs; including beer, wine & spirits.
Discover Our Sailboat
Welcome aboard Nauti Adventures! Our boat is a 35' catamaran sailboat, with two hulls and a stable beam of 14 feet. The boat features one master state room with queen bed, a smaller guest room with double bed, a small crew cabin, and the salon seating area transforms into a large queen size bed as well. Guests can use any arrangement they would like, besides the crew cabin occupied by the captain.
Enjoy this quick video showing you the design and layout of our sailboat. Please note this is not actual footage of our boat, but a walkthrough video from the manufacturer. Enjoy!
Watch and Discover
What to see and do while visiting the Apostle Islands // Family Detour - E18
Gemini Legacy 35 View Preview
On the Edge of Gichigami - Voices of the Apostle Islands
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