• Stockton Island, looking south.

    Apostle Islands

    National Lakeshore Wisconsin

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Weather and Lake Conditions

Lake Superior is renowned for its cold temperatures, rough seas, fog, and sudden squalls. Boaters and paddlers should monitor marine weather forecasts and be constantly alert to changing conditions.

Average daytime high temperatures range from 60 degrees Fahrenheit in May, to the upper 80s in mid-summer, to the mid-60s in September. Average lows vary from 40 degrees in May, to the upper 50s in mid-summer, to 50 degrees in September. Average water temperatures in May and June are only in the 40s. Even in late summer, surface temperatures rarely exceed 60 degrees, except in protected bays. Average summer winds blow at from 5 to 20 knots with waves of from one to four feet. Winds of 30 to 40 knots and 6 to 12 foot seas are possible.

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Near Shore Marine Weather Forecast, within 5 miles of shore

Offshore Marine Weather Forecast, beyond 5 miles from shore

Weather Station - Devils Island, WI, located on the Devils Island Lighthouse

West Lake Superior Bouy, located 48 nautical miles North of Ironwood, Michigan

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.”