Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Features

  • Free Admission
    • Yes
    • On Water
    • Boating Services Available
  • Tour Type
    • Boat
    • Excursions & Tours
    • Lighthouses
  • Natural Attractions Type
    • Beaches
    • Caves
    • Parks, Forests, Trails
    • Scenic Vistas
  • Campground Type
    • Backpack
    • Tent
    • Group Sites
  • State and National Trails
    • Yes
  • Swimming
    • Yes
  • Publicly Owned
    • Yes
  • Nature Trails
    • Yes
  • Accessible Campsite
    • Yes

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

415 Washington Ave - Bayfield, WI 54814
Information: 715-779-3397
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Welcome to the breathtaking Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, where nature and history come together in perfect harmony. Along windswept beaches and majestic sandstone cliffs, you'll discover a place where water meets land and sky, nature meets culture, and the past meets the present.

Explore the stunning 21 islands and 12 miles of mainland coast, each offering a unique blend of cultural and natural wonders. With 9 historic lighthouses spread across 6 islands, the Apostle Islands boast more lighthouses than any other site in the National Park System. Bird enthusiasts will be delighted to know that over 240 species of birds breed and migrate through this beautiful archipelago.

Whether you're hiking, paddling, sailing, or cruising, there's no shortage of ways to experience the jewels of Lake Superior. Dive into clear waters to explore underwater rock formations and fascinating shipwrecks, offering some of the best scuba diving opportunities. Camping is a popular activity, with sites available on 19 islands and one on the mainland. Accessible campsites are located on Stockton Island and Sand Island.

The park features over 50 miles of maintained hiking trails. The Lakeshore Trail on the mainland stretches about five miles from Meyers Beach, offering stunning clifftop views of the mainland sea caves. On the islands, trails lead to lighthouses, abandoned quarries, historic farm sites, logging and fishing camps, beautiful beaches, campsites, and scenic overlooks.

Start your adventure at the park's visitor center in Bayfield. There you can gather all the information you need, watch an introductory film, and explore exhibits detailing the park’s rich history, natural beauty, and recreational opportunities.