Sailing Aboard the Inland Seas

Length: 7 days      Ages: 14-17      Price: $1890

July 30- August 5

Explore Lake Michigan Aboard the 72 foot Schooner Inland Seas, charting your course from island to island!

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Isle Royale Backpacking

Length: 15 days      Ages: 14-17      Price: $2,300

July 8-22

Adventure through America’s most secluded National Park and experience the pristine wilderness and incredible night skies!

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McCormick Wilderness Backpacking

Length: 8 days      Ages: 14-17      Price: $1,150

June 24- July 1

The McCormick puts the wild in wilderness. You’ll bushwhack your way through this beautiful tract of land exploring lakes, waterfalls and artifacts along the way.

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South Manitou Island Base Camping

Length: 3 days      Ages: 9-13      Price: $300

South Manitou A: June 22-24

South Manitou A is full! Register to be put on the waitlist!

South Manitou X: July 27-29

South Manitou E: August 17-19

South Manitou E is full! Register to be put on the waitlist!

South Manitou is a Crystalaire classic. It’s the perfect introduction to camping but also has plenty to offer experience trippers!

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North Manitou Island Backpacking

Length: 5 days      Ages: 12-15      Price: $500

North Manitou B: July 6-10

North Manitou C: July 20-24

North Manitou D: August 10-14

North Manitou D is full! Register to be put on the waitlist!

North Manitou is a great introduction to backpacking- The island has plenty of route options making it adaptable to different skill levels.

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Isle Royale Backpacking

Length: 15 days      Ages: 14-17      Price: $2,300

July 8-22


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Isle Royale National Park is an archipelago covering 893 square miles in northern Lake Superior. Because if it’s distance from the mainland (6 hours by ferry) and size, it is the most secluded National Park in the country. Some popular destinations are Mount Desor, which provides beautiful views of the island from 1,394 feet, inland glacial lakes, streams and the beautiful shores of Lake Superior.

Isle Royale Wolf-Moose project is the longest running study of any predator-prey system in the world, which makes this national park the best place on earth to learn about wolves and moose. There’s also a decent chance of seeing a Moose or two!

This is our longest trip of the summer, which provides a great opportunity to unplug and connect with fellow participants and the beautiful landscape.

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McCormick Wilderness Backpacking

Length: 8 days      Ages: 14-17      Price: $1,150

June 24- July 1


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The McCormick Wilderness is a 27-square-mile tract within the Ottawa National Forest in the Upper Peninsula. This piece of land was previously owned as a summer getaway for Chicago’s aristocratic McCormick Family (hence the name).  It was donated to the US Forest Service in 1967. Some artifacts of the Family’s homestead remain, but the land is largely untouched. There aren’t even trails through most of it, which means participants will be bushwhacking their way through.

This is one of our most demanding trips. The hiking is hard, so participants should be prepared. There are benefits to all that hard work: you’ll hardly ever see another person and the area is teeming with wildlife. Reintroduction programs make it especially likely to see moose and pine marten. There are also beautiful waterfalls on the Yellow Dog River and tons of old growth northern hardwood trees. It’s one of the most beautiful areas in Michigan!

Sailing Aboard the Inland Seas

Length: 7 days      Ages: 14-17     Price: $1890

July 30- August 5


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 This trip provides participants a truly unique view of Lake Michigan and its many islands. Participants will chart a course from island to island, guided by the ship’s captain Ben Hale, taking into account weather (reported by participants daily) and conditions for anchoring.
 
Many of the islands we visit are only accessible by private ship, and they all have a story to tell. The abandoned DNR cabins on High Island, the Ojibwe Cemetery on Garden Island and the bizarre story of King Strang of Beaver Island made for fascinating exploration last summer and we only scratched the surface!
 
Participants will learn the ecology and history of the Great Lakes from the Inland Seas’ professional crew. The ship is a fully equipped research vessel, so there are opportunities to examine zooplankton and microplastics under a microscope, experiment with pressure and depth, and, of course, learn how to sail a tall-ship with two masts and six sails. This trip will offer you a whole new perspective on the Great Lakes. Join is to make it an experience of a lifetime!
 
This trip is run in partnership with Inland Seas Education Association
 

South Manitou Island Base Camping

Length: 3 days      Ages: 9-13      Price: $300

South Manitou A: June 22-24

South Manitou X: July 27-29

South Manitou E: August 17-19


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South Manitou Island is in Lake Michigan 16 miles off the coast of Leland. Manitou Island Transit ferries campers aboard the Mishe Mokwa to this scenic island.

South Manitou was once a hub of maritime commerce; the island’s eastern bay is one of the few natural harbors between Mackinac and Chicago, making it a popular port. The island’s economy grew around provisioning these ships, particularly with lumber. As maritime shipping dwindled, so too did the island’s population. In the early 1970’s  the island became a part of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

Remnants of the island’s human history are some of the most popular destinations on the island. Lighthouse tours are a must, as well as a hike to the overlook of the shipwrecked Francisco Morazan (1960). Luckily the island wasn’t entirely deforested, so participants can see white cedar trees dating back 500 year. The island’s36360712116_252d7b6bb3_o attractions make for a busy three days!

We will set up camp at one of the island’s two campsites on Friday night. That will remain our home base for the rest of the trip, meaning participants do not have to hike with everything on their backs. From Friday to Sunday, participants will explore the island’s sights, prepare meals chosen from the Crystalaire Cookbook (or from their imagination), and swim and play on the island’s beautiful beaches.

These trips can be an add-on to Camp Lookout Sessions A, X or E (although you do not need to attend Camp Lookout to register).

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North Manitou Island Backpacking

Length: 5 days      Ages: 12-15      Price: $500

North Manitou B: June 6-10

North Manitou C: July 20-24

North Manitou D: August 10-14


36626123962_707e6b3054_oNorth Manitou Island is in Lake Michigan, 16 miles off the coast of Leland. Manitou Island Transit ferries campers aboard the Mishe Mokwa to this scenic island.

North Manitou doesn’t have quite the human history that South Manitou does, which gives it a slightly more wild feel. Participants will work together to choose a course over the five day trip based on what sites they want to see, how far they want to hike each day and how many times they want to change campsites (sometimes they’ll opt to set up a basecamp for a couple of nights to cover more ground).

Some of the popular attractions include climbing the potholes, a junkyard from island’s logging heyday, beautiful views from the island’s western bluffs and some great beaches. Last summer brought us some amazing wildlife sighting last summer as well: a bevy 36566484026_69271a5c17_oof otters and several juvenile bald eagles.

Participants should be prepared to hike 3-5 miles with their packs but the distance varies based on the comfort level of the group. When not exploring the island’s sights, they will prepare meals chosen from the Crystalaire Cookbook (or from their imagination), and swim and play on the island’s beautiful beaches.

These trips can be an add-on to Camp Lookout sessions B, C and D, although you do not need to attend Camp Lookout to register.

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Need something different?

Collaborate with us to build your own adventure. We will work with you to plan the trip of a lifetime!

Custom trips require as much or as little involvement from you as you want. If you have a group and a goal, let us know and we will put together a proposal.

These trips can range widely – any size, length or location. We are as excited to try new things as you are, so feel free to think big. Our trip planning services are at your disposal!

This option is available for all types of groups, including summer camps, families, youth groups, clubs, organizations, or more. We offer a variety of options as described in our trip planning documents in the links below. We also support groups of kids in fundraising and planning, coaching them through the process of raising funds and planning trips.

Contact us here if you’re interested!

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