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Get out and explore this summer with our outdoor adventure series!

Upcoming Adventures

In an effort to provide these experiences to as many individuals as possible, please do not sign up for more than 2 trips. When you sign up, your email will be recorded and you will be emailed if space remains on any adventures. Want to be notified about additional trips as they are posted? Join our email list!


June 7      Canoeing at Bark Bay Slough  trip is full

June 9    Canoeing at Bark Bay Slough- Trip 2 – trip is full

June 14    Brule River Canoe Trip 1

June 16    Houghton Point Sea Kayak -trip is full

July 16      Cable Natural History Museum Raptor Talk- cancelled

July 21      Great Lakes Aquarium Visit- Duluth

July 26      Brule River Canoe Trip 2 – trip is full

July 30      Family Houghton Point Kayaking –trip is full

August 1    Brule River Canoe Trip 3

August 9   Lost Creek Falls Hike

August 11     Half Moon Lake Canoe Trip

August 16    Bike Daycancelled

August 18     Lake Owen Canoe Trip

August 22     Namekagon River Canoe Trip – trip is full

August 25     Bark Bay Canoe Trip

August 30     Cable Natural History Museum Trip

Spots are available on adventure unless otherwise noted.


Bayfield County 4-H & Youth Development Educator

Ian Meeker


Ian has been leading wilderness adventures and working with youth for over 35 years.  As an Instructor for Voyageur Outward Bound he led Canoe and Winter Dogsled camping trips in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Sea Kayaking trips around Isle Royale.  Ian infuses his knowledge and enthusiasm for exploring wilderness locations while canoeing, kayaking, hiking and biking to teach youth necessary skills to safely access remote areas in and around Bayfield County.


Superior Adventures Program Coordinator

Cole Schinstock


Cole is a Northland College graduate, originally from Lincoln, Nebraska. He holds a degree in Outdoor Education and has 5 years of experience leading trips for Outward Bound, Northland College’s Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute and Outdoor Orientation, and through Superior Adventures. This is his second year as our Superior Adventures summer coordinator and trip leader. He enjoys canoeing, backpacking, and above all else riding his bike. Cole is a Certified Wilderness First Responder, and is certified in AMA Swift Water Rescue Level 4.

What We Do

We offer place based hands-on experiences to teach a wide variety of skills including canoeing, kayaking, hiking, biking, rock climbing, & sailing all while exploring unique areas our county has to offer.


Programming targets Bayfield County youth aged 10-15 and is led by trained and certified youth outdoor educators. All abilities and skill levels are welcome. Skill based training and assistance will be provided.


We work with area summer school programs and youth groups, and have a variety of summer events that are open to all area youth. If your youth group would like to schedule an adventure with us please contact us!


Available for trips are: 12 passenger van, 2 tandem & 4 solo kayaks, & 6 canoes. We mostly work with smaller groups of 4-16 youth, but can accomodate groups of up to 45.


Unless indicated, programs are free of charge.


2021 Programming

Canoeing at the Bark Bay Slough

Tuesday, August 31st, 9:00 am-1:30 pm

Limited to 6 participants. Paddle all the way out to the Big Lake by way of the Bark Bay Slough. Enjoy the wetland scenery and eat lunch on the beach overlooking Bark Bay.

 Canoeing at Lake Owen

Thursday, August 26th,  9:00 am-2:00 pm

Limited to 6 participants. Paddle around stunning Lake Owen and keep an eye out for turtles, eagles, and fish as we duck in the coves and bays of the lake.

Climbing at Vertical Endeavors

Tuesday August 24th , 10:30-4pm

Limited to 5 participants
Come with us and climb at Vertical Endeavors in Duluth! Please note this adventure comes with a $25 fee to cover entrance and rental fees.


Hiking at Lost Creek Falls

Thurday August 19th, 9-1pm

Limited to 6 participants
Hike to and splash around in the stunning Lost Creek Falls in Cornucopia.

Intro to Pickleball

Wednesday August 11th (8/11)

Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in America! Come learn the basics and play a few games of this casual tennis/ping-pong hybrid. Meet at the lower Washburn tennis courts on East 3rd street.

Brule Canoe Series

Thursday August 12th (8/12) and Tuesday August 17th (8/17)  9am to 5pm both days

Limited to 6 participants, participants must be able to go on both days.

Join us in our Brule River Canoe Progression. On the first day we’ll get our feet wet and learn the basics of river canoeing such as strokes, navigation, and running rapids starting from the Stones Bridge landing and ending at the Winneboujou landing. On the second day we’ll put our knowledge to the test and run some of the iconic ledge rapids that make the Brule famous.

Family Houghton Point Kayaking

Saturday August 14th (8/14) 9am to 1pm

Meet at the Washburn Coal Dock. Limited to 14 participants. Participants must be at least 10 years of age.
Embark on a family day trip to Houghton Point by way of kayak. We’ll travel along the from Washburn in tandem kayaks and explore what the lake has to offer.

Superior Adventures

More adventures coming soon!

Check back later for adventures through August, and maybe even into September







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Ian Meeker
4-H & Youth Development Educator
County Administration Bldg
117 E. 5th Street
Washburn, WI 54891-9464
Phone: 715-373-3289  711 for Wisconsin Relay (TDD)


Cole Schinstock

UW-Extension Youth Program Leader
County Administration Bldg
117 E. 5th Street
Washburn, WI 54891
Phone: 715-373-3287
711 for Wisconsin Relay (TDD)

“An EEO/AA employer, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Division of Extension provides equal opportunities in employment and programming, including Title IX and ADA requirements. Please make requests for reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access to educational programs as early as possible preceding the scheduled program, service or activity.”


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