• Stockton Island, looking south.

    Apostle Islands

    National Lakeshore Wisconsin

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Day Trip Information

If you have an entire day:

Enjoy a cruise to an island to explore a historic lighthouse, hike a forested trail, or wiggle your toes in the sand of a pristine beach.

The Apostle Islands Cruise Service offers shuttles to some islands, where you may visit a lighthouse, hike, picnic, bird-watch, or beach-comb during the layover on an island. For this year's schedule of shuttles, visit their website at apostleislands.com.

Recreational boating is very popular in the Apostle Islands. Captained day charters are available for visitors seeking to experience sailing in the Apostles. Outfitters in Bayfield also rent sea kayaks and guide day trips to the sea caves along the mainland portion of the national lakeshore. Lists of charter services and outfitters is available as a pdf file.

Did You Know?


In his “Report on Apostle Islands National Park Project, January 20, 1931”, landscape architect Harlan Kelsey noted that “the hand of man has mercilessly destroyed the islands’ virgin beauty, and, therefore, a largely controlling element as outstanding national park material even if other reasons made them eligible…this project does not meet National Park Service standards.”