We offer customized, private, fishing and sightseeing excursions in the Apostle Islands on Lake Superior. Feel free to explore below to learn more about who we are and what we offer. Our excursions are tailored and custom built to your needs and wants. You can start your booking process below, call us at 763-381-7076 or email Will@willigans.com and we will be in contact with you soon to plan your outing.
COVID - 19 UPDATE
The safety of our passengers and crew as well as the local community will always be our number one priority. We are receiving updates from the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore as well as local, state, and federal instructions and guidelines during the pandemic. We have safety measures in place for before, during and after each charter.
Please contact us with any questions or concerns. ~ Captain Will
Tawnya Hoffmann is the owner and lead consultant at Anchor Travel. She has been in the hospitality industry and traveling the world for over 25 years yet she never overlooks the amazing beauty and opportunities that we have right here in the Midwest. Born, raised and still living in East Central Minnesota, she has always been drawn to the mysteries, power and spirit of Lake Superior. She is excited to partner with Captain Will Pennings to bring you safe, memorable and breathtaking excursions in the Apostle Islands. They will build your trip to your specifications, communicate details, answer questions and ensure you have a memorable experience.
Captain Will Pennings has been exploring Lake Superior his entire life. He loves sharing his passion for the Lake, his appreciation and respect for the amazing natural beauty of the Apostle Islands and their history, as well as his excitement of finding fish with others. His "other job" as a career first responder assures that you are in safe and capable hands. He is as eager as you are to find the fish, see the sights, and spend an unforgettable day on the lake. If you are new to Lake Superior fishing, no worries. He is fantastic at showing people the ropes. Likewise, if you are an experienced fisherman he will share the thrill with you as you reel in the big one!
We are family friendly and welcome everyone from beginners, "I know nothing about fishing," to the expert fisherman.
Your experienced captain will show you the ropes and with luck you will have fish in the box at the end of the day.
We offer half day, full day and full weekend fishing charters for 1 to 4 people.
The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is a treasure chest of 21 islands and mainland coast. Some of which include amazing rock formations, sea caves, historic lighthouses and exquisite natural beauty. Explore the islands on our half and full day trips. Select from one of our pre-planned itineraries or contact us for customization.
There are over 50 miles of hiking trails in the Apostle Islands and remote campsites are available on 18 of the 21 islands. None of these are accessible by car. Water taxi service is the private transport of the islands.
Contact us for our rates and availability.
Whether hiking or camping please plan accordingly. Cell phone service is very limited. The National Lakeshore encompasses 500 square miles of Lake Superior. It is vast, remote and weather conditions can change quickly.
Please note that if camping, campsite reservations are REQUIRED and can be made via the link below.
** please check National Park Service Page for current COVID restrictions that may affect hiking or camping **
Planning a special getaway for you and your spouse?
A birthday surprise for the guy who loves to fish?
Interested in seeing just the lighthouses, only the sea caves or want to "see and do it all"?
Are you only in the area for a few hours? He wants to fish, she wants to see things?
We can split your day or an entire weekend with part fishing, part sightseeing, allow time for hiking, customize departure times and more. Being part of a travel agency, we are experienced with the details and will personalize a trip that will meet your wants and needs.
Must secure own Wisconsin fishing license with Great Lakes salmon/trout stamp. Annual or two day are available. Departure and return times are approximate based on season and weather. All fishing charters depart from and return to Bayfield, Wisconsin. Rates are for 1 to 4 people.
Explore more of the Apostle Islands in our customized sports-fishing powerboat. We get there faster, see and do more but don't lose any of the comfort. We comfortably seat 4 but can take up to 6 for sightseeing. Rates are for 1-4 people. Passengers 5 and 6 are additional $50 per person.
While we do offer the option to begin your adventure by booking online below please know that your date is not confirmed until you have received a confirmation email from us. If you don't receive a confirmation within 48 hours please call 763-381-7076
Fishing Charters are for up to 4 passengers.
Sightseeing Charters are for up to 4 passengers. We can seat 6 (4 is more comfortable). **Restrictions may apply due to COVID-19. Passengers 4 and 5 are $50 per passenger
A 50% deposit is required at the time of booking to secure your departure date. Balance is due at time of departure. Prices are subject to Wisconsin and Bayfield County Sales tax which will be added at time of final payment.
All excursions are weather permitting. We can't fault Mother Nature for doing her job and sometimes that might interfere with our fun. If we need to cancel due to weather we will do our best to reschedule your excursion or offer a refund of your deposit. Weather cancellations will be decided by the Captain. If he deems it safe to travel you may be exploring in the rain (we like to say it's just water, you won't melt!). If you cancel your trip we reserve the right to retain a cancellation fee. Your confirmation email will have complete terms and conditions listed based on your booked excursion.
Safety - we know that some are a bit apprehensive about going out on Lake Superior. We will answer any questions you have and will go over life jackets/sizes etc while customizing your trip.
What to bring - a complete list of what to bring and what not to bring will be provided with your booking confirmation.