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LODGING

When booking an overnight trip with Day Tripper of Duluth, all you need to do is choose your activity and duration, we take care of the rest! When you arrive to the campgrounds after your day of exploration, your guide will help set up the tents & get the campfire going. Kick back & relax as you admire the glow of the Milky Way with the occasional passing meteor; and with luck, you might catch a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights)! Lodge-to-lodge trips are available for biking & hiking overnight trips.

GEAR

Our overnight trips are fully-outfitted. This means we bring your camping equipment including a tent, camping packs, a camp kitchen, and other general camping supplies. You will also be provided with high-quality gear for your adventure. From paddle to packs, we bring it all!

FOOD & DRINK

Our guides will prepare delicious meals with a local flair. If you have any specific dietary needs (food allergies, gluten-free, vegetarian, etc.), we will be happy to accommodate. Breakfast and dinner are prepared by the guides at the campsites. During the travel, we'll stop along the way for a trail lunch. We will be well stocked with snacks and drinks to help keep your battery charged. We will also provide a variety of beverages including: locally roasted coffee, water, and evening drinks of choice. 


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KAYAK CAMPING TRIPS

Day Tripper of Duluth offers fully-outfitted overnight kayak camping trips along Minnesota's North Shore. Kayak camping trips are offered June through October. You guide(s) will plan a point-to-point kayak trip so you'll experience new waters every day. You'll kayak during the day and spend your evening relaxing by the campfire while your guides set-up camp and prepare delicious meals.

You will be provided with high-quality gear that includes a kayak, a paddle, a PFD (life vest), a wet suit, and a spray skirt. We have touring/expedition kayaks that are designed for performance and have more capacity than recreational kayaks. The design of the kayaks offers increased speed, maneuverability, and gear storage while maintaining a relaxed fit to keep you comfortable during your adventure. The predictable handling allows both beginners and experts to venture on long excursions in a variety of types of water. We recommend that solo paddlers be at least 13 years of age unless experienced in solo kayaking. We have tandem (two person) kayaks available for younger children (1 adult and 1 child per tandem kayak) and for those that who wish to paddle with a partner.

PRICING

* Pricing varies by accommodations.
* Prices vary based on number of participants, trip duration, and location. When booking your trip, you can determine the number of campers, trip destinations, lodging style (lodge-to-lodge trips available), and trip duration (2-night minimum).  The price is based on your custom itinerary. Prices listed are for tent camping and 3 days/2 nights per paddler. 

• 2-3 paddlers: $170/each per day
• 4-6 paddlers: $150/each per day
• 7-12 paddlers: $130/each per day

What's included?

Each itinerary is specially planned by your guide. Your custom kayaking camping adventures includes:
• Custom itinerary & menu
• Campsite reservations/permits
• Food & beverages
• Kayak gear (kayak, paddle, PFD, spray skirt)
• Camping gear (tents, sleeping bags, head lamps, etc.)
• Cooking gear (water filter, camping kitchen, dinnerware & utensils, etc.)
• Camping packs (guide will provide a specific packing list and instructions)
• Guide helps set up & pack up campsites
• Guide prepares & cleans up meals
• Guided tour with education on camping & kayaking basics & on the outdoors

NORTH SHORE 3-DAY/2-NIGHT KAYAK CAMPING TRIP (EXAMPLE ITINERARY)

DAY ONE
• Meet at Gooseberry Falls mid morning
• Intro to Lake Superior kayaking
• Review of paddling skills, safety orientation and wet exits
• Paddle to Split Rock State Park (6 miles)
• Set up camp
• Dinner, camp life, enjoy evening

DAY TWO
• Breakfast
• Pack kayaks
• Explore Split Rock Lighthouse area
• Paddle to Tettegouche (16.4 miles)
• Lunch during paddle
• Explore Palisade head
• Dinner, camp life, enjoy evening

DAY THREE
• Breakfast
• Paddle back South towards Silver Bay
• Explore Palisade Head in depth
• Lunch & packing up for return drive to Gooseberry Falls.

LODGING OPTIONS
The Lake Superior water trails is a great option for kayakers of all skill levels. With overnight options ranging from back country campsites to grand lodges we can make your paddle as adventurous or relaxed as you want!


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    CANOE CAMPING TRIPS

    Day Tripper of Duluth offers fully-outfitted overnight canoe camping trips in the Superior National Forest and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). Canoe camping trips are offered May through October. Your guide(s) will plan a loop trip (end where you started). Enjoy the pristine Northern wilderness as you canoe and portage along ancient fur trade routes. After your day of travel (and fishing along the way if you'd like), your evenings will be spent relaxing by the campfire while your guide sets up camp and prepares delicious meals for you. 

    You will be provided with high-quality gear that includes a canoe, a paddle, and a PFD (life vest). We have touring canoes that are designed for performance and comfort. They are light-weight, stable, maneuverable, and will haul plenty of gear. They are perfect for novice paddlers and for families with young children, yet they have the speed and precision that experienced canoeists will appreciate. We recommend paddlers be at least 10 years of age unless experienced in canoeing. Duffing, or riding in the boat's center compartment, is a great beginning place for all young paddlers. Though duffers may not be helping to propel the boat, they are learning about the feel of the boat.

    PRICING

    Prices vary based on number of participants, trip duration, and location. When booking your trip, you can determine the number of campers, departure location (Sawbill, Brule, Seagull, etc), and trip duration (2-night minimum).  The price is based on your custom itinerary. Listed below is for the price for a Sawbill BWCA 4-day/3-night Canoe Camping Trip. 

    • 2-3 paddlers: $170/each per day
    • 4-6 paddlers: $150/each per day
    • 7-12 paddlers: $130/each per day

    What's included?

    Each itinerary is specially planned by your guide. Your custom canoe camping adventures includes:
    • Custom itinerary & menu
    • Campsite reservations/permits
    • Food & beverages
    • Canoe gear (canoe, paddle, PFD)
    • Camping gear (tents, sleeping bags, head lamps, etc.)
    • Cooking gear (water filter, camping kitchen, dinnerware & utensils, etc.)
    • Camping packs (guide will provide a specific packing list and instructions)
    • Guide helps set-up & pack-up campsites
    • Guide prepares & cleans up meals
    • Guided tour with education on camping & canoeing basics & on the outdoors

    SAWBILL (BWCA) 3-DAY/2-NIGHT CANOE CAMPING TRIP (EXAMPLE ITINERARY)

    DAY ONE
    • Late morning meet at Sawbill Trailhead
    • Intro to canoe camping
    • Pack gear into Duluth Packs
    • Review of paddling & portaging skills
    • Trail lunch en route
    • Short paddle to a Sawbill Lake campsite
    • Dinner, camp life, enjoy evening

    DAY TWO
    • Breakfast & pack up gear
    • Paddle & portage to area Lake
    • Trail lunch en route
    • Paddle to campsite & set up
    • Afternoon exploration of campgrounds, nearby islands, fishing, etc.
    • Dinner, camp life, enjoy evening

    DAY THREE
    • Breakfast & pack up gear
    • Paddle & portage to Sawbill Trailhead
    • Trail lunch en route
    • Early to late afternoon departure depending on desired route
    • Early departure: guide will recommend points of interest to stop on way home
     


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    BIKE CAMPING TRIPS

    Day Tripper of Duluth offers fully-outfitted overnight bike camping trips in the Superior National Forest. Bike camping trips are offered May through October. Your guide(s) will plan a route tailored to your riding style. Enjoy the pristine Northern wilderness as you pedal rarely used gravel roads and trails. After your day of travel, your evenings will be spent relaxing by the campfire while your guides set up camp and prepare delicious meals for you. 

    You will be provided with high-quality gear that includes a bike and helmet. We have high quality hardtail mountain bikes that will insure a comfortable and efficient ride. We recommend riders be at least 13 years of age unless experienced cyclists. You won't need to worry about hauling you gear, our guides will provide gear transportation via vehicle to the next campsite. All you need to do is enjoy the ride!

    PRICING

    Prices vary based on number of participants, trip duration, and location. When booking your trip, you can determine the number of campers, trip location, and trip duration (2-night minimum).  The price is based on your custom itinerary. Listed below is for the price for an Boreal 3-day/2-night Bike Camping Trip.

    • 2-3 bikers: $170/each per day
    • 4-6 bikers: $150/each per day
    • 7-12 bikers: $130/each per day

    What's Included?

    Each itinerary is specially planned by your guide. Your custom bike camping adventures includes:
    • Custom itinerary & menu
    • Campsite reservations/permits
    • Food & beverages
    • Bike gear (bike, helmet)
    • Camping gear (tents, sleeping bags, head lamps, etc.)
    • Cooking gear (water filter, camping kitchen, dinnerware & utensils, etc.)
    • Camping packs (guide will provide a specific packing list and instructions)
    • Guide helps set-up & pack-up campsites
    • Guide prepares & cleans up meals
    • Guided tour with education on camping & biking basics & on the outdoors

    3-DAY BOREAL BIKE CAMPING TRIP (EXAMPLE ITINERARY)

    DAY ONE
    • Transport from Duluth to Tofte
    • Fit bikes & gear
    • Bike safety
    • From Sugarbush Trailhead, ride north on Sawbill Trail for 20 miles (longer route option available)
    • Trail lunch at half-way
    • Set up camp at Sawbill Trail
    • Swim, canoe, fish, bike, explore
    • Dinner, camp life, enjoy evening

    DAY TWO
    • Breakfast
    • Pack up gear
    • Ride 14 mile gravel & forest road route to Crescent Lake Camp (longer route option available)
    • Arrive to have lunch
    • Set up camp (optl. backcountry site accessible by canoe)
    • Swim, canoe, bike, fish, explore
    • Dinner, camp life, enjoy evening

    DAY THREE
    • Breakfast & pack up gear
    • Opt 1: 25 mi. ride to Lutsen, trail lunch, pick up & transport to Tofte (or can ride the addl. 10 mi)
    • Opt 2: Ride to Lake Clara (13 mi), trail lunch, swim, pack-up. Drive to Carlton Peak & hike 3.5 mi loop
    • Stop by Coho Cafe in Tofte for dessert and coffee.
    • Transport back to Duluth


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    BACKPACKING TRIPS

    Day Tripper of Duluth offers fully-outfitted overnight hike camping trips along the Superior Hiking Trail. Hike camping trips are offered May through November. Your guide(s) will plan a point-to-point trip so you'll explore new trail every day. After your day of trekking through the Laurentian (and maybe the Boreal) Forest, your evenings will be spent relaxing by the campfire while your guide sets up camp and prepares delicious meals for you. 

    You will be provided with high-quality gear that includes a backpacking packs, camping gear, and binoculars to share. Hiking is a great family activity. We recommend hikers of all ages join! Activities such as measuring the age of towering white pines and bird watching will keep the youngsters entertained. 

    Let us know if you're interested in snowshoe winter camping during the snowy season.

    PRICING

    Prices vary based on number of participants, trip duration, and location. When booking your trip, you can determine the number of campers, lodging style (lodge-to-lodge trips available), and trip duration (2-night minimum).  The price is based on your custom itinerary. Listed below is for the price for a North Shore 4-day/3-night Backpack Camping Trip. 

    • 2-3 hikers: $170/each per day
    • 4-6 hikers: $150/each per day
    • 7-12 hikers: $130/each per day

    What's included?

    Each itinerary is specially planned by your guide. Your custom backpacking trip along the SHT includes:
    • Custom itinerary & menu
    • Campsite reservations/permits
    • Food & beverages
    • Hiking gear (packs, head lamps, hiking poles if needed)
    • Camping gear (tents, sleeping bags, etc.)
    • Cooking gear (water filter, camping kitchen, dinnerware & utensils, etc.)
    • Camping packs (guide will provide a specific packing list and instructions)
    • Guide helps set-up & pack-up campsites
    • Guide prepares & cleans up meals
    • Guided tour with education on camping & backpacking basics & on the outdoors

    NORTH SHORE 4-DAY/3-NIGHT BACKPACKING TRIP (EXAMPLE ITINERARY)

    DAY ONE
    • Mid-morning meet at departure location
    • Intro to SHT backpacking, camping
    • Pack backpacks & hit the trail!
    • Short hike to first campsite
    • Set up camp, eat lunch
    • Evening hike & learn about area
    • Dinner, camp life, enjoy evening

    DAY TWO
    • Breakfast
    • Pack up camp
    • Hike 3-4 miles to lunch spot
    • Hike 3-6 miles to campsite
    • Set up camp
    • Evening hike & explore North Woods
    • Dinner, camp life, enjoy evening

    DAY THREE
    • Breakfast
    • Pack up camp
    • Hike 3-4 miles to lunch spot
    • Hike few more miles to departure location
    • Salutations and farewells
    • Recommendations on spots to visit on way home


    Urban Overnights

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    URBAN BIKE OVERNIGHT

    Day Tripper of Duluth offers fully-outfitted urban overnight bike trips in Duluth. With close to 100 miles of trail to choose from we will find plenty of dirt to ride. Your guide(s) will plan a route tailored to your riding style. Cruise down the flowy Duluth Traverse or test yourself on steep rock rolls. After your day of riding, your evenings will be spent exploring what Duluth has to offer. 

    You will be provided with high-quality gear that includes a bike and helmet. We have high quality hardtail mountain bikes that will insure a comfortable and efficient ride. We recommend riders be at least 13 years of age unless experienced cyclists. You won't need to worry about hauling your gear, our guides will provide gear transportation as requested. All you need to do is enjoy the ride!

    LODGING OPTIONS

    In addition to many hotels, Duluth has some great camping options to choose between. Options include Jay Cooke State Park, Spirit Mountain, or Indian Point.

    PRICING

    Prices vary based on number of participants, trip duration, and location. When booking your trip, you can determine the number of adventurers, trip destinations, lodging style, and trip duration (2-night minimum). Prices listed include camping costs, additional lodging fees for hotel or other room will be added if desired.  

    • 2-3 riders: $190/each per day
    • 4-6 riders: $170/each per day
    • 7-12 riders: $150/each per day

    What's included?

    Each itinerary is specially planned by your guide. Your custom biking adventure includes:
    • Custom itinerary & menu
    • Campsite reservations/permits
    • Food & beverages
    • Bike gear (bike and helmet)
    • Camping gear (tents, sleeping bags, head lamps, etc.)
    • Cooking gear (water filter, camping kitchen, dinnerware & utensils, etc.)
    • Guide helps set up & pack up campsites
    • Guide prepares & cleans up meals
    • Guided tour with education on camping & biking basics & on the outdoors

    3-DAY URBAN BIKE OVERNIGHT (EXAMPLE ITINERARY)

    DAY ONE
    • Meet in Duluth mid morning
    • Fit bikes & gear
    • Bike safety
    • Ride at Lester Park
    • Set up camp
    • Enjoy the campfire

    DAY TWO
    • Breakfast
    • Ride at Mission Creek
    • Lunch
    • Ride or drive back to camp
    • Cook dinner
    • Enjoy hanging out at the campsite

    DAY THREE
    • Breakfast & pack up gear
    • Ride at Piedmont and Brewer Park
    • Lunch
    • Jump in Lake Superior
    • Well wishes