Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Along windswept beaches and cliffs, visitors experience where water meets land and sky, culture meets culture, and past meets present. The 21 islands and 12 miles of mainland host a unique blend of cultural and natural resources. Lighthouses shine over Lake Superior and the new wilderness areas. Apostle Islands National Lakeshore has more lighthouses than any other National Park Service area with 8 historic towers on 6 islands. More than 240 species of birds breed in and/or migrate through this archipelago. Visitors can hike, paddle, sail, or cruise to experience these Jewels of Lake Superior. Clear water, underwater rock formations, and fascinating shipwrecks combine to provide outstanding scuba diving opportunities. Camping is available on 19 of the Lakeshore’s 21 islands and at one campsite on the mainland. The park offers hiking opportunities on the mainland, as well as many of the islands. The Mainland Lakeshore Trail extends 4.5 miles, from the Meyers Beach area, past the cliffs above the mainland sea caves. Hikers can enjoy more than fifty miles of maintained trails on 12 islands of the National Lakeshore. These trails provide access to lighthouses, abandoned quarries, old farm sites, historic logging camps, beaches, campsites, and scenic overlooks. The Bayfield Visitor Center is a good place to begin your National Lakeshore visit, whether by car, afoot, or by private boat. At the visitor center you can view audiovisual programs and study exhibits about the park's history, natural history, and recreation opportunities.


One block north of Hwy 13 in Bayfield. Washington Avenue between 4th and 5th.

Free Admission

  • Yes

Runs Memorial Day through Labor Day

  • Yes


  • On Water
  • Disabled Access

State and National Trails

  • Yes


  • Yes

History/Heritage Type

  • Early Industry
  • Wisconsin History
  • Historic Homes
  • Transportation Heritage

Tour Type

  • Excursions & Tours

Fishing style

  • Ice

Publicly Owned

  • Yes

Nature Trails

  • Yes

Campground Type

  • Tent
  • Group Sites

Trail Length (miles)

  • 4.5 miles on the mainland, over 50 miles (total) of trails on 12 of the islands