• Stockton Island, looking south.

    Apostle Islands

    National Lakeshore Wisconsin

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    The Wisconsin DOT plans to replace three culverts on WIS 13 between Cornucopia and Red Cliff. Culverts will be replaced at these locations: Saxine Creek, Saxine Tributary, and Sand River Tributary. The construction may impact your trip to Apostle Islands. More »

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Essential Information for Camping

Camping opportunities on the Apostle Islands range from developed sites near docks to minimal impact wilderness camping. In addition, several public and private campgrounds are located in the area.

There are no developed National Park Service campgrounds accessible by road on the mainland unit of the National Lakeshore. However, there is one primitive site on the mainland, accessible to hikers and kayakers.

Camping permits are required for all camping in Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. A nonrefundable administrative fee is charged for processing a permit. The permit system allows campers to reserve campsites in advance. Careful planning is essential for a successful and enjoyable visit to the islands.

Camping in the Apostles - Brochure, (pdf, 199kb)

Did You Know?

Bear on Stockton Island

Black bear populations on the islands have their ups and downs. Between 2002 and 2010 the bear population on Stockton Island fell from 26 to 13. More bears were found on Oak Island (18) than on Stockton, and the numbers on Sand Island almost doubled from 6 to 10 individuals during that time.