Northwoods Islands Adventure

Take a break from the everyday humdrum of life and discover just how rich the natural world can be. Turtle-Flambeau Flowage in central Wisconsin is incredibly beautiful, and absolutely TEEMING with wildlife. You’ll paddle from island to island, dig deep into life with your fellow adventurers, and experience God’s presence in unique and awe-inspiring ways. 


Ages: 11+

Group Size: 3-5

Cost: $2250/group

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about the destination

As a loon breeding area, and a home to an abundant eagle population you are sure to have some cool encounters with wildlife on your trip. The flowage also boasts dozens of small islands, peninsulas, and inlets that make for premier camping and fishing. 

You’ll spend a few days paddling and exploring the flowage, camping on private islands or secluded inlets each nightWith something for everyone, you’re sure to have fun, make life-long memories, and experience God in awe-inspiring ways.  

Trip overview

The week begins at Amnicon, where you have a day or preparation and orientation to learn everything you need to know, such as how to pack and what to do if your canoe tips. We do a big campfire on our sandy beach of Lake Superior that night. The next morning, we drive you out to the Flowage. You spend each day paddling and exploring, and then setting up camp each afternoon. There is time to swim, relax, and play before cooking dinner over the fire. You end each evening with a meaningful community conversation around the fire. At the end of your trip, we’ll pick you up and bring you back to Amnicon. You’ll spend your last night sleeping under the stars on our sandy beach of Lake Superior. It’s AWESOME! 

frequently asked questions

What COVID precautions are you taking?

We’ve carefully considered the recommendations of the CDC, the American Camps Association (our accrediting organization), and the WI Dept of Health. Overall we’ve been very encouraged by our research! Apparently the way we operate (with small groups staying outdoors in remote locations) is one of the safest ways to come together in person. We found a COVID-safe way to run our wilderness adventures in 2020, so no matter what 2021 brings we know we’ll be ready to run these adventures again.

To protect our campers and staff, we’ve come up with the following practices:

  • Group sizes are kept small
  • All members of a group must be coming from the same geographical region
  • Different groups are kept apart from each other
  • All group activities take place outdoors
  • We wear cloth face coverings and stay behind impermeable barriers any time we share an indoor space (such as walking through the dining hall to get food or riding in the van to the trailhead)
  • We ventilate indoor areas as best as possible
  • We assign equipement and reduce sharing
  • Campers are given hammocks with bug nets & rain fly’s for private sleeping accomodations

There are a few other precautionary measures we’re taking as well. If you’re interested, click here to read our full COVID response policies. 

Who can come on this trip?

Trip participants must be

  • At least 11 years old on the first day of the trip,
  • In reasonably good health, AND
  • Have a licensed medical practitioner sign a health form certifying that they are healthy enough to engage in the kinds of activities we’ll do on this trip.
  • Anyone with a chronic medical condition must be able to manage their own care without assistance, bring all their own medications and supplies, be willing and able to communicate with Amnicon staff if they’re not doing well, have experience managing their condition during periods of increased stress & exertion, and have not had any medical emergencies within the last year. 
What are the bathroom facilities like?

Campsites have pit toilets that are often referred to as “Ranger Boxes”. They are down a path and out of view of the campsite. It’s like sitting on a toilet seat without any walls. It might be a little weird your first time, but once you get used to it, the view is quite nice! And no walls means they usually don’t smell bad.

Is there any portaging?

Nope! The flowage is all one contiguous waterway.  

Is there time for swimming?

Usually there is ample time to swim on this trip, and many of the campsites have excellent swimming areas.

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