• Stockton Island, looking south.

    Apostle Islands

    National Lakeshore Wisconsin

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Plan Your Visit

Kayakers at the Mainland Caves

Kayakers at the Mainland Caves

Directions
Though Apostle Islands National Lakeshore features several points of interest located on the mainland, most people consider the islands themselves to be the most rewarding destination. More...
 
Sailing around the Apostles

Sailing around the Apostles

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. More...
 
Two tents at Presque Isle

Two tents at Presque Isle

Fees & Reservations
NPS recreational used fees were implemented at the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in 2007. More...
 
Fisherman and his catch

Fisherman and his catch

Things To Do

What's there to do in the National Lakeshore? The Apostle Islands offer outstanding opportunities for active, outdoor enjoyment and recreation. More...

 
Gulls on Long Island

Gulls on Long Island

Things To Know Before You Come

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore exists as a coastal park at the northeastern tip of the Bayfield Peninsula, the northernmost mainland point in Wisconsin. More...

 
Noquebay wheel

Noquebay wheel

Brochures
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Ashland Bay Express at Quarry Bay

"Ashland Bay Express" at Quarry Bay

Getting to the Islands
Getting to these islands on Lake Superior can be a challenge, but there are several ways to go about it. More...
 
Bayfield, gateway to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Bayfield, gateway to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

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Gateway to the Apostle Islands

Bayfield, Wisconsin, the park’s gateway community, has been called the “Best Little Town in the Midwest.” The park is a proud member of the Bayfield Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Bureau, which offers useful information if you will be visiting the area. The Bayfield Peninsula is home of Wisconsin's Lake Superior Scenic Byway, featuring scenic views of forests, pristine sandy beaches, and the sparkling blue waters of Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.

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.