Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

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Along windswept beaches and sandstone cliffs, visitors experience where water meets land and sky, culture meets culture, and past meets present. The 21 islands and 12 miles of mainland coast host a unique blend of cultural and natural resources.Apostle Islands National Lakeshore has more lighthouses than any other site in the National Park System with 9 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 more than 50 miles of maintained trails in the park. The Lakeshore Trail on the mainland extends about five miles from Meyers Beach past clifftop overlooks of the mainland sea caves. Island trails provide access to lighthouses, abandoned quarries, old farm sites, historic logging and commercial fishing camps, beaches, campsites, and scenic overlooks.

The visitor center at the Bayfield Headquarters is a good place to begin your visit to the national lakeshore. Here you can obtain orientation information, view an introductory film, and study exhibits about the park’s history, natural history and recreation opportunities.

  • Free Admission
    • Yes
  • Features
    • On Water
    • Disabled Access
  • Tour Type
    • Boat
    • Excursions & Tours
    • Lighthouses
  • Fishing style
    • Ice
  • Natural Attractions Type
    • Beaches
    • Caves
    • Parks, Forests, Trails
    • Scenic Vistas
  • Campground Type
    • Backpack
    • Tent
    • Group Sites
  • History/Heritage Type
    • Early Industry
    • Wisconsin History
    • Historic Homes
    • Transportation Heritage
    • Native American Heritage
  • Number of Campsites
    • Campsites can be found on 19 of the 21 islands as well as one site on the mainland
  • Publicly Owned
    • Yes
  • Nature Trails
    • Yes
  • Trail Length (miles)
    • 4.5 miles on the mainland, over 50 miles (total) of trails on 12 of the islands
  • State and National Trails
    • Yes
  • Swimming
    • Yes

Nearby Places

1
High Fiber Art Show and Sale 9/28/2018 - 9/29/2018 Bayfield - 0.21 miles away
2
Bayfield Apple Festival 10/05/2018 - 10/07/2018 Bayfield - 0.23 miles away
3
Erickson's Orchard Pre-Apple Harvest Festival 9/28/2018 - 9/29/2018 Bayfield - 1.2 miles away
4
Anishinaabe Cultural Days: Commemorating the Treaty of 1854 9/29/2018 - 9/30/2018 La Pointe - 2.71 miles away
5
Annual Red Cliff Cultural Days Celebration 9/21/2018 - 9/23/2018 Red Cliff - 3.38 miles away
6
Fall Color Ride Bicycle Tour 9/29/2018 Washburn - 10.09 miles away
7
Annual Exhibit - The Gathering 10/03/2018 - 10/27/2018 Washburn - 10.16 miles away
8
Red Clay Classic Races 9/28/2018 - 9/29/2018 Ashland - 18.65 miles away

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Green Innovations

  • Uses recycled lumber on boardwalks and stairs
  • All island water systems use solar electricity
  • Historic Raspberry Island light station has been rehabilitated and powered by solar or propane
  • All boat and snowmobile engines have been replaced with cleaner 4 stroke engines
  • Implemented slope stabilization projects that include the use of bioengineering techniques to stabilize eroding bluffs