GUIDED KAYAK TOURS


Experience the North Shore from the water. Sawtooth Outfitters provides guided kayak tours along with equipment, 
transportation and basic instruction. Our knowledgeable and experienced guides will ensure you and your
group have a safe and enjoyable tour.  

 

Select from one of these great options!

 

 

1/2 Day Tours: 




Lake Superior Gem Tour
On this half-day tour, we will paddle from Tofte Park down to Temperance River State Park to view the falls that flow into the gorge and search for agates along Lake Superior beaches. You’ll learn how the river was formed and what treasures abound here. When heading out on the “big lake”, we will travel in 2-person kayaks and we will be wearing wetsuits. 


Minimum age for this tour is 14. 

 
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Baraga's Cross to Taconite Harbor Tour
On this tour we will visit two historic sites on Lake Superior. The first is Father Baraga’s cross where we’ll provide a brief history of this brave missionary priest and why this cross was erected. From there we will paddle into the impressive Taconite Harbor. Although no longer used for the iron ore trade, Great Lakes Freighters up to one thousand feet long still deliver coal to this historic port. When heading out on the “big lake”, we will travel in 2-person kayaks and we will be wearing wetsuits. 
 
Minimum age for this tour is 14
   
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Wilderness Tour
This is a fun and relaxing tour for nature lovers. Your journey will include paddling a quiet wilderness lake located in the Superior National Forest. It’s  a great place for wildlife sightings like moose, eagles and loons. This tour is a perfect introduction to kayaking for beginners and also allows our guides to accommodate people who would like to expand their knowledge in paddling by trying out a single kayak. This tour is fun for all ages and abilities.

    
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1/2 Day Tour General Information

- Time: 9am-noon or 1pm-4pm. Arrive at our shop 15 minutes before the tour
- Cost: $55/person and includes round trip transportation from our shop and all equipment needed.
- Advance reservations required, credit card will hold your spot.
- Participants should be in good physical condition.
- 2 people minimum for the tour to go.
- Gratuities always welcome

 

Here’s what to bring on your half day tour:
- Swimsuits (for Lake Superior Tours Only) We wear wetsuits while out on our Lake Superior tours and swimsuits/shorts
  are the best to wear under them.
  All other tours are welcome to wear swimsuits if they would like to take a dip in the lake.
- Shoes that can get wet - Your feet will get wet stepping in and out of the water to get in and out of the kayak.
- Set of warm clothes - Weather can change quickly, be prepared for cool weather with a warm insulating top and jacket.
- Water and Snacks - Bring 1 bottle of water/person and any snacks you might want while you are out.
- Camera and/or Binoculars - We have dry bags for these items so they are safe to bring.
- Sunblock/screen lotion, sunglasses and a hat are a must to have while on the water, even if it is cloudy.

 

Full Day Tours:
 


 

 

Paddle to Palisade Tour
The view from atop Palisade Head with its beautiful shoreline features is quite breathtaking; the view from Lake Superior as seen from a kayak can be equally dramatic. Palisade Head rises more than two hundred feet above the lake and is home to the peregrine falcon. Paddle through beautiful sea caves, over gigantic boulders with a view relatively few have seen.

   
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Split Rock Lighthouse Tour
Paddle along magnificent shoreline, rugged cliffs and cobblestone beaches. We'll paddle beneath the lighthouse and learn some of its history. We will also paddle over the Madeira ship wreck and learn how she came to grief.

   
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Brule Lake Tour
Brule Lake is one of the largest entirely non-motorized lakes in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. With it’s seemingly endless number of islands, bays and peninsulas, you’ll want to have a camera handy to capture the serene beauty of this dramatic landscape.
   
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Full Day Tour General Information

- Time: 9am-3pm- Arrive at our shop at 8:45. Meeting us at the tour location is an option if it is closer to your lodging.
- Cost: $110/person and includes round trip transportation from our shop, all equipment needed, and lunch.
- Minimum age is 14 years.
- Participants should be in good physical condition.
- Two person kayaks will be used.
- Advance reservations required, credit card will hold your spot.
- 4 People Minimum for a tour to go.
- Gratuities always welcome.

 

What to Bring
- Wear your Swimsuit: we wear wetsuits while out on Lake Superior and swimsuits/shorts are the best to wear under them.
- Shoes that can get wet: Your feet will get wet stepping in and out of the water to get in and out of the kayak.
- Set of warm clothes: Weather can change quickly, be prepared for cool weather with a warm insulating top and jacket.
- Water and Snacks: We provide lunch, but you are responsible for bringing 2 bottles of water & snacks you might want to eat.
- Camera and/or Binoculars: We have dry bags for these items so they are safe to bring.
- Suntan lotion, sunglasses and a hat are a must to have while on the water….even if it is cloudy.



Kayaking Skills Course

This course is instructional and an opportunity for paddlers looking to improve their overall experience on the water. Learn how to become more comfortable and relaxed in a kayak plus gain confidence, stamina and finesse. Our knowledgeable instructor will go through proper sitting position, forward and backward strokes, sweep stokes, turning, edging, bracing and wet exit. Come prepared to get wet... swimsuit, towel and water shoes are appropriate for this course.

 

- Time: 1-5pm. Arrive at our shop 15 minutes before the tour.
- Cost: $70/person and includes round trip transportation from the shop and all equipment.
- Advance reservations required, credit card will hold your spot.


 
Custom Tours:
 

 

Custom Tours

We are able to provide ½ and full day custom tours to groups, families, or private parties. We will work with you to select a location and customize the tour to fit your group. Pricing will depend upon the number of participants and location.

   
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Cancellation Policy:
- $20/Person for ½ day tour and $40/person for full day tour fee will be charged for cancellations within 48 hours of the tour and for no-shows.
- No fees will be charged for tour canceled ahead of time due to wind or weather.
- No refunds for tours that need to be shortened due to changing weather.
- Please note that light rain, fog or cool weather does not cancel a tour. Customers find paddling in the rain more pleasurable then they thought; since they are well protected from the elements by the kayak, lifejacket, spray skirt, rain jacket and hat. 

 

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(218) 663-7643 | 7213 Highway 61 | p.o. box 2214 | Tofte, MN 55615