About Whitecap Kayak

We're different. (And that's a good thing.)

Our ability to customize each and every trip sets us apart from other kayak guiding services.
And our passion to serve you sets us above.

Your Schedule

Many kayak guiding companies have a pre-selected trip dates. We, however, let you pick the dates. You tell us what dates are the most-convenient for you, and we create a trip around your schedule.

Custom Destinations

Feeling ambitious about your multi-day kayaking trip? Sure, we can do some island-hopping and lots of site-seeing! Can hardly wait to kick back and relax? No problem-o! We’ll set up camp and make sure we get plenty of time on the beach.

Not an Assembly Line

While other guide services operate like an assembly line, we customize each trip, and specialize in guiding small, family-sized groups.

We Provide the Gear

No need to bring a bunch of stuff with you — we’ll provide you with one of our excellent guides, a trusty sea kayak, and the gear to go with it. (Let us know if you need camping gear.) Yep, it’s all included for free! (You pack your own undies though.)

We Provide the Food

No need to worry about meal-planning. We provide all the food, cater to your dietary needs and, of course, take care of the cooking.

Smart Matching

Although we specialize in custom trips, sometimes people like to join an existing trip. When that happens, we make sure we pair you with people who share your interests and skill-level.

We Mentor Youth

The heart and soul of Whitecap Kayak is to train up youth to become the responsible, hospitable, and knowledgable guides you’ll meet on your trip. They go through months (even years) of book work and hands-on training before they can become certified senior guides.

Group Discounts

We want to provide you with an enjoyable and affordable experience. Save some greenbacks and ask us about our group discounts.

No Experience Necessary

No experience is necessary for any of our trips. And safety is our highest priority. So before your trip, we’ll spend about a half hour getting you up to speed on the basics of kayaking (and what to do in the rare case that you take a little spill).

Meet our guides

We err on the side of silliness (and safety, of course)

Dr. Neal Schroeter

Dr. Neal is the founder, owner and director of Whitecap Kayak. He dreamed of the idea while riding on a bus in Nepal. (No – he wasn’t there being a hippy! Lest you get the wrong idea. He was there doing medical mission work). He came home and started teaching teens in his church youth group to kayak, and thus Whitecap Kayak was born. He is a full time Emergency Room physician, and part-time associate pastor of the Range Community Bible Church. He is an ACA Level 3 Coastal Kayak Instructor Trainer; L4 Coastal Kayak Instructor and an L4 Whitewater instructor.

LeaAnn Schroeter

LeaAnn is co-owner of Whitecap Kayak (and wonderful wife to Neal). She has paddled kayaks since long boats were used for whitewater and paddles had a 90 degree feather. She has since “retired” from paddling whitewater, but loves to teach beginners on simple rapids. She works as a pediatrician and is an ACA Coastal Kayak Level 2 instructor.

In Memory of
Clint Mabie

The friends and family of Whitecap Kayak deeply and profoundly grieve the loss of our beloved Clint Mabie. He went to be with his precious Savior, Jesus, on April 16, 2016. He was the co-leader of Whitecap Kayak. He was a Level 4 ACA instructor working towards becoming an Instructor Trainer. He was passionate about mentoring youth and was seen as a great father figure by many! He is so greatly missed, that at times and in ways, it seems hard to continue our kayak ministry/business without him. But in Clint’s honor, we press on doing it better than ever before because of him!

Sydney Mabie

Syd has become an expert kayaker since the inception of Whitecap Kayak, when she and her husband, Clint, joined. They have both served as great youth group leaders at the Range Community Bible Church and thus fit in well with the youth mentoring focus of Whitecap Kayak. Syd is a Level 2 instructor, works as a paramedic, and is a camp chef extraordinaire. She is loved by all. And the Whitecap Kayak friends and family wish to express their unending love and sympathy, as she grieves the loss of her best friend/ husband.

Rachel Salvey

Rachel has learned to kayak since she was 12 and has guided since. It didn’t take her long to be able to “paddle circles around” her instructors and she usually gives everyone a “run for the money” in whitewater competition! She works as an RN and is an ACA Coastal Kayak Level 4 Instructor. She is also heavily involved in leading youth at the Range Community Bible Church.

Tyler Salvey

Tyler is a full time pastor at the Range Community Bible Church and is the main youth pastor. He is a great part of the Whitecap Kayak guide group in his ability to relate to the teens. He is an ACA Coastal Kayak Level 3 instructor.

Britta Schroeter

Britta has been put in canoes and kayaks since she was first walking! She has gone along to help on guided trips since she was probably 12 years old and hasn’t stopped since! She loves whitewater and sea kayaking. She is an ACA Level 3 Coastal Kayak instructor. She has finished her fourth year at the University of Wyoming studying Microbiology and Environmental Studies. She has been active on the university Nordic Ski Team.

Anna Schroeter

Anna has been in canoes and kayaks (along with her twin sister, Britta) since soon after she could walk. She has been along on guided trips since she was 12. She has a passion for dance and is currently a dance major at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point.

Mark Silver

Mark is a long time sea kayaker and a certified Level 3 Coastal Kayak Instructor who can help you with your paddling skills as well as show you around Lake Superior and one of his inland favorites, the Gile Flowage. Cruising the islands on the Flowage or paddling around the Apostle Islands on the big lake with Mark is always interesting. He has a lot of area history to share with you and enjoys getting to know new people. Mark loves living in the U.P. and sharing the outdoors. In the summer if he’s not paddling he’s probably fishing for muskies or smallmouth bass, spending time with his wife, Margaret, or working on his whitewater boating skills (something new on the water for him). Winter is filled with snowboard riding instruction, (he’s a level 2 instructor) cross country skiing, and snowshoeing. He looks forward to meeting you. Ask him about his grandsons.