• Stockton Island, looking south.

    Apostle Islands

    National Lakeshore Wisconsin

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Operating Hours & Seasons

The mainland portion and the islands of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore are open to visitors year round. From time to time closures or advisories will close or limit access to certain locations. Check here for current closures and advisories.

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Bayfield Visitor Center
Little Sand Bay Visitor Center
Devils, Michigan, and Sand Island Lighthouses
Stockton Island Visitor Center
Raspberry Island Lighthouse

 
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Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Headquarters

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Headquarters

Damon Panek

Bayfield Visitor Center

From October 21 through April 2014, the Headquarters visitor center will not be open regularly scheduled hours. The visitor center will only be open to visitors by prior arrangement by calling 715-779-3397 ext. 302. Offices at park headquarters will be open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4:30 pm, except on Federal holidays.

Closed Columbus Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Day, and President's Day

Phone:
715-779-3397

TTY/ASCII: 800-877-8339 FedRelay allows the general public to conduct business with the federal government and its agencies. Calls are relayed using specially trained Communications Assistants.


Location:
Located in the old Bayfield County Courthouse on Washington Avenue between Fourth and Fifth Streets, Bayfield.

Closures:
The visitor center is closed on federal holidays, except Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day.

Exhibits:
A good place to begin your National Lakeshore visit, whether by car, afoot, or by private boat, is at the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Visitor Center in Bayfield. Apostle Islands brownstone was used to construct this stately building, as well as many other elegant public buildings and residences throughout the Upper Midwest. At the visitor center you can view audiovisual programs and study exhibits about the park's history, natural history, and recreation opportunities.

Available Facilities:
Rest rooms, information desk, exhibits, camping permits.

 
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Little Sand Bay Visitor Center

Little Sand Bay Visitor Center

Damon Panek

Little Sand Bay Visitor Center
Open:
Mid-June to Labor Day, daily 9am to 5pm
Labor Day to the end of September, Friday to Sunday 9am to 5pm

Phone:
715-779-7007

Location:
Located on Little Sand Bay Road, 13 miles north of Bayfield, WI.

Exhibits:
Lakeshore exhibits, park film, Hokenson Brothers Fishery exhibit.

Available Facilities:
Rest rooms, information desk, exhibits, camping permits, marina.

 
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Devils, Michigan, and Sand Island Lighthouses
Location:
On islands; accessible by boat only.

Special Programs:
Volunteer lighthouse keepers provide free visitor access to historic lighthouses from mid-June to early September. Tours are generally available on request from about 9am to 4:30pm when staff is present.

 
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Stockton Island Visitor Center
Location:
Presque Isle, Stockton Island.

Available Facilities:
Visitor Center staffed intermittently, but open daily for self service use from 8 am to twilight from mid-June to Labor Day. Exhibits, brochures, camping registration, sales items.

 
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Raspberry Island Lighthouse
Location:
Raspberry Island, accessible by boat only

Special Programs:
Ranger guided tours of the restored lighthouse are offered from mid-June to mid-September. Tours include access to the lighthouse tower and the refurnished head lighthouse keeper's quarters, and are available on request daily from 9 am to 4:30 pm. Guided tours cost $3/person or $8/immediate family.

 
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Did You Know?

1930-Outer-Island

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.”