Uncommon Adventures

Uncommon Adventures

Welcome to Uncommon Adventures!

We specialize in guided paddling adventures - both expedition style kayaking and lodge-based paddling retreats - in the Great Lakes, Roatan, Greenland, Iceland, Alaska and more. We also offer kayak skills training and ACA Coastal Kayaking Instructor Training.

Since 1984 we have been known for professional, certified instructors, outstanding cuisine, and quality equipment that helps create an enjoyable learning environment for all experience levels.

Kayaking Isle Royale

Great Lakes

Warm Water
Paddling Retreats

Sea Kayaking Greenland

Bucket List
Kayak Expeditions

Coastal Kayak Instruction

Coastal Kayak



Experience: Since 1982, we’ve continually grown skills in multiple paddling disciplines and approaches to learn to travel the world from the water. You can too. Let us show you how. 

Equipment: Kayaks from NDK, Valley, Wilderness Systems and Boreal. Werner, Epic, Kokatat help flesh out the quiver of gear that’s purchased to fit YOU. Our philosophy…students have the most to gain from the best equipment. Don’t you deserve it?  

Food: In the kayak world I have sort of become “the food guy” at symposiums around the country. Having written a popular cookbook, its a label I wear proudly, but hey, I paddle too.  You’ll eat as if your time off is precious, because it is! 

Small Groups: We specialize in small groups of 2-6. No one else does that. Think boutique, built just for you.  

Professional: High standards for skills and risk management keep us continually updating Instructor and Wilderness First Responder training.