Why do we offer an alternate tour?
We believe an alternate tour is better than no tour and Grand Island is something very special! With safety as our number 1 priority, sometimes Mother Nature has different plans and we cannot safely kayak along Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. We know some of you travel far and we do our best to give you the service you paid for and expect from Pictured Rocks Kayaking.
When do you offer an alternate tour?
We offer an alternate tour when the winds are too strong and the waves are too big along Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. This safety hazard can be from the night before, the day of, or because of a directional switch of the wind.
How much is an alternate tour?
There are different situations that can occur with this scenario and we want to be transparent about this. $50 off each adult ticket
and $20 off each child. Please read possible scenarios below:
- If we know prior to your tour while we are on land that we will NOT be kayaking pictured rocks national lakeshore and our only option is Grand Island, then we offer the alternate tour at a discounted rate. Adult tickets will be refunded $50 each and child ticket $20 each. We also take into consideration that this is YOUR vacation. If you are unsatisfied with your alternate tour, please step into office after your adventure and we will give you a full refund. We look at this as a win win. We want YOU to be happy with our services and what we offer as a company.
- If we leave the dock and arrive at the launch point along Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and determine it is not safe to kayak, Option 1 above is what we will offer. We do not run people back to the dock as the timing and scheduling does not allow for this.
- In any of these scenarios, wind is not good at either paddling locations of Pictured Rocks or Grand Island. We will offer a full refund or allow for a ticket exchange for the next available day.
Will I see Pictured Rocks on the alternate tour?
This is 100% dependent on the wave height and will be determined by the Captain at that time. The last thing we want is to make anyone nauseous and then put them in a kayak. However, we do our absolute best keeping safety in mind to show everyone
what they came to see.
Where on Grand Island do we go?
We take you along the East side of beautiful Grand Island, which is located about 2 miles from our docking point. We have 2 drop off points that you can see located on the map below. Wildlife is abundant on the island, as well as waterfalls. You will get up close and personal with Grand Island and the guides will provide you with an amazing amount of history.
How long is the alternate tour?
This tour is shorter than our Pictured Rocks tour by no more than an hour. The paddling portion of the tour will take just under 2 hours but the boat ride to and from the Island is a shorter distance.
What will I see on the Island?
Grand Island has the same geological rocks layers as the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. We do not want to give all the details but the chances of seeing a Bald Eagle is high and we are sometimes surprised by Mother Nature and the wildlife she shows us. We do our best to point out wildlife and geological aspects of Grand Island and bring you right into the East Channel lighthouse which has amazing history and quite a few local stories. There is also at least one cave/archway that is accessible to paddle into and through.