Welcome to Willigan's Adventures!
Spend some time exploring our site and all that we have to offer. Our half day and full day, private charters in the Apostle Islands can be customized to your interests. Sightseeing, cruising, hiking, fishing, beach time, history, lighthouses, supervised kayaking, shore visits, island time and more or select from one of our pre-planned itineraries.
Don't know where to start or what to see and do? We can help! Give us a call or send an email. We will work with you, taking into consideration number in your party, ages of participants and special interests to design your adventure. As part of a travel agency, we can also assist with lodging, transportation and other area recommendations.
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.
Be sure to check out the image gallery below for photos of our past guests' adventures!
The Apostle Islands are twenty-two islands off of the Bayfield Peninsula in northern Wisconsin. Twenty-one of the islands and twelve miles of lakeshore make up the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.
The area is known for beautiful sea caves, historic lighthouses, island camping and exploration, bird watching, searching for shipwrecks, beach combing, pristine natural beauty, deep rooted Native history, amazing fishing and so much more!
Many of the sites within the National Lakeshore are only accessible by boat so pre-planning your visit is highly recommended.
Whether you only have a few hours to explore or a week to camp on an island we can help you plan your visit.
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.
If planning to hike or camp in the islands, 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 within 30 days of your anticipated stay.
We are family friendly and welcome all skill levels for fishing.
If you are new to Lake Superior fishing, no worries. Captain Will is happy to show you the ropes and especially enjoys introducing kids to Great Lakes fishing. Likewise, if you are an experienced fisherman he will share in the thrill and excitement as you search for the fish and reel in the big one!
We offer half day, full day and full weekend fishing charters
for up to 4 people.
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?
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 paying attention to the little details and will personalize a trip that will meet your wants and needs.
While online booking is an option, your charter 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
You must secure your own Wisconsin fishing license with Great Lakes salmon/trout stamp. Annual or two-day are available from the Wisconsin DNR website and many local convenience and gas stations. A printed copy of your license is required. All other fishing gear is provided. 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.
Fishing charters are for up to 4 passengers.
Sightseeing charter prices are for up to 4 passengers. We can accommodate 6 but 4 is more comfortable. Passengers 5 and 6 are $50 additional per passenger.
A 50% deposit is required at the time of booking to secure your departure date. Balance is due 7 days prior to your charter. Prices are subject to Wisconsin and Bayfield County Sales tax plus a 3% National Park Service market fee.
All excursions are weather permitting. We can't fault Mother Nature for doing her job even though her work might interfere with our plans for fun. Weather cancellations will be decided by your Captain. If we need to cancel due to weather, we will do our best to reschedule your excursion or offer a refund. If your Captain 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 are happy to answer any questions you have and do a safety briefing before every charter departure.
What to bring - a complete list of what to bring and what not to bring will be provided with your booking confirmation.
Captain Will has been exploring Lake Superior his entire life. He has a genuine appreciation and respect for the power of the lake and is as eager as you to find the fish, see the sights, and spend an unforgettable day out exploring. He enjoys sharing all the wonders of nature that can be found in the Apostle Islands. From the singing sands of Julian Bay to identifying trees and looking for signs of wildlife while on a hike. As a career first responder you can rest assured you are in safety conscious, capable hands while on your adventure.
Captain Randy has been a lifelong resident of Ashland, Wisconsin on Chequamegon Bay. He is truly passionate about the natural beauty of Lake Superior, the Apostle Islands and the surrounding area. He has been a Captain for 20 years and has over 30 years of experience in the marine industry in the mechanical and hospitality fields.
He enjoys spending time with his family, camping, fishing, scuba diving and sharing all that Lake Superior has to offer.
Behind the scenes and helping you plan your adventure; Tawnya is the lead consultant and owner at Anchor Travel. She has been in the hospitality industry and traveling the world for nearly 30 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 enjoys working with Captain Will & Captain Randy to bring you safe, memorable and breathtaking excursions in the Apostle Islands.