• Stockton Island, looking south.

    Apostle Islands

    National Lakeshore Wisconsin

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Hiking in the Apostle Islands

Hikers can enjoy more than fifty miles of maintained trails on the islands of the National Lakeshore. These trails provide access to lighthouses, abandoned quarries, old farm sites, historic logging camps, beaches, campsites, and scenic overlooks.

Besides trails, there are numerous sandy beaches that are great for walking and exploring. Some of the favorites are Little Sand Bay and Meyers Beach on the mainland, Julian Bay on Stockton Island, Long Island beaches, Raspberry Island sandspit, East Bay on Sand Island , South Twin sandspit and Rocky Island sandspit. Beaches are highly sensitive to human disturbance, so remember:

  • Walk on boardwalks where they are provided.
  • Keep pets on leash at all times (park regulation).
  • Do not walk through sandscape vegetation.
  • Walk on beach areas without vegetation and enjoy unique sandscape plants from a distance.


Lakeshore Trail

With the opening of the first segment of the Lakeshore Trail, the park now offers hiking opportunities on the mainland, as well. When finished, this trail will run the length of the Lakeshore's mainland unit. The section now open extends 4.5 miles, from Meyers Road, past the cliffs above the mainland sea caves, and approximately halfway along the Lakeshore's mainland unit.

This trail is a rugged path for use by experienced hikers, with stream crossings and steep slopes along the way. Consult a ranger for up-to-date information on trail conditions.


Basswood Island

Outer Island

Devils Island

Raspberry Island

Manitou Island

Rocky Island

Michigan Island

Sand Island

Oak Island

South Twin Island

Otter Island

Stockton Island

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.