New Member Intro: Explore Algoma LLC
With Lake Michigan and the Ahnapee River being integral parts of the Algoma landscape, it makes sense to add even more opportunities for people to enjoy recreation that includes the water.
Explore Algoma aims to do just that by offering kayak and paddle board rentals to guests of all experience levels.
Located at Olson Park, N8108 WI-42 just north of town, Explore Algoma offers kayak or stand-up paddle board rentals to get you on the water and enjoy the warm Wisconsin season, no matter your experience level.
You will get help with selecting the right rental kayak based on your age and experience. You can rent a single or tandem kayak by the hour or the day. Paddleboards are singles. Life vests are provided. You’ll love simply gliding along, taking in the landscape and wildlife.
There is plenty of parking and a kayak launch that was installed in 2018 by the Algoma Parks and Recreation Deparment that is free to use.
You can book right online and see what dates are available to make it very easy for you to plan your visit. Feel free to call as well (920) 212-1678 and get started on your Algoma outdoor adventure!
- Couple and co-owners Don Chic and Katie Crossman opened the business the first weekend of June 2019. They are renting their location, a charming (now white) shed from the City of the Algoma to operate out of. We asked them:How long have you been in the Algoma area?
We live in De Pere. We keep our boat at the marina and Algoma is our favorite place. Donnie and his dad have been coming here for 30 years. Katie’s great grandpa used to take her mom to Algoma in the 1960’s to gather rocks for his rock garden. She remembers going to the beach and the beauty of the lake. Algoma has welcomed us for generations and we consider it our second home.
What do you find most interesting about your business or industry?
A kayak rental business is a great way to meet people. Most of the customers are here for recreational reasons which means they are relaxed, happy, and they are ready to learn new things. Most of the folks we meet are interested and active in the outdoors. We love being a part of connecting people to nature. It also is nice we can see people at their happiest. On vacation or locals out for a relaxing paddle. It is easy to smile when everyone around you is happy.
What is one thing you want people to know about your business?
We are here for the community. We love nature and want to contribute to preserving the environment. We would love to be part of keeping the environment viable for tourism as well as supporting the locals.
What is your favorite thing about the Algoma community?
The people! They are so friendly and willing to help. They really make us feel like family. We are also amazed by the rich history of the area and how the local community has been able to make generations of travelers feel welcome and share its beauty.
Why did you want to join the Algoma Chamber of Commerce
We wanted to be a part of the community and get the word out that we are here!
Photo credit: Explore Algoma’s Facebook page.