• Stockton Island, looking south.

    Apostle Islands

    National Lakeshore Wisconsin

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Designated Camping Zones

Camping is available outside of individual or group campsites on all islands except Devils, Eagle, Gull, Long, and York. Camping zones have been established on the rest of the islands for visitors seeking a remote backcountry experience. Camping zone maps are available at the headquarters visitor center. A fee of $10/party/night will be charged. Only one camping party will be allowed per zone per night. Parties camping in designated camping zones are limited to a maximum of five campers and two tents. They should use backpacking stoves for cooking and practice "Leave No Trace" camping techniques.

The following areas are CLOSED to camping:

  • Areas excluded from designated camping zones and closed to camping to protect sensitive natural and cultural resources.
  • Areas posted as closed to protect bird nesting areas and threatened or endangered species.
  • In view of any designated trail.
  • Within 1/4 mile of any building, historic structure, individual or group campsite.
  • Within 100 feet of a flowing stream.
  • Private land or leaseholdings.
  • All of Eagle and Gull Islands.

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.”