The National Park Service (NPS) is committed to making all practicable efforts to make NPS facilities, programs, information, services, employment, and meaningful work opportunities accessible and usable for all individuals.
Accessibility comes in many different forms from wheelchairs, hearing, and blindness. Apostle Islands National Lakeshore has strived to help make park facilities accessible for each type of accessibility need. In 2017 the park received the “Accessibility Excellence” award for their beautifully crafted accessible campsites on Sand and Stockton Island Quarry Bay.
The Bayfield Headquarters and Visitor Center:
There are 3 handicap accessible parking spots. There is a ramp entrance on the west side of the building with a handicap accessible door. The women’s bathroom also has a handicap accessible door. The front desk was remodeled in 2017 to accommodate wheelchairs and small children. The park unigrid in braille translation is available upon request. The park film is closed captioned and large print text script and hearing devices are available upon request.
Little Sand Bay Visitor Center:
There are 3 handicap accessible parking spots near the restrooms and 2 near the visitor center. A paved path leads to the visitor center at the rear entrance. The restrooms are handicap accessible. The park unigrid in braille translation is available upon request. The park film is closed captioned and large print text script is available at the front desk.
Accessible campsites are located on Stockton Island and Sand Island East Bay. The accessible sites on Stockton Island at Julian Bay are group sites A and B. These sites have a wooden tent pad. Stockton Island Presque Isle site 1 is an accessible campsite but does not have a wooden tent pad. The accessible sites on Sand Island are group campsite C and individual campsite 3. These sites have a wooden tent pad. All accessible sites have a boardwalk leading from the dock to the campsites. Vault toilets located near each location can accommodate wheelchairs. Wheelchair accessible picnic tables, fire rings, and bear lockers are at each location. Well water is located along the boardwalk but may not always be available.
Camping permit reservations must be made by calling park staff at 715-779-3397 extension 2 or by going online to www.recreation.gov. The overview provides information about the park including fees and regulations.
The Apostle Islands Cruises have boats that can accommodate up to 28” non-motorized wheelchairs for their lower deck seating. Check out the FAQ’s for the cruise service regarding their trips.
The America the Beautiful Interagency Access Pass is available at the park headquarters for those who qualify. Documentation is required in order to receive a pass. Click here for more information from the USGS site regarding passes. Access Pass holders will receive a discount for parking, docking, camping, and interpretive services at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.
The park unigrid in braille translation is available at the Bayfield Visitor Center, the Little Sand Bay Visitor Center, and also at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center upon request.