Camping is available on 18 of the Lakeshore's 21 islands, and at one campsite on the mainland. The mainland campsite is only accessible by kayak or a 6-mile hike on the Lakeshore Trail from Meyers Beach. There is NO drive up car, tent, or RV camping available in the Apostle Islands. There are a variety of these camping options available in the local area. The islands are only accessible by sea kayak, motor boat, sail boat, shuttle service, or water taxi. Be sure to make your arrangements ahead of time to visit the islands. Reservations are required for all camping, and camping fees do apply.
Types of Campsites In The Apostle Islands:
Campsite access and amenities throughout the Apostle Island National Lakeshore vary from island to island.
Primitive Camping Zones: $15/site/night. Group size of 1-5 people.
The following areas are closed to primitive zone camping:
Group Campsites: $30/site/night. Group size of 8-21 people.
Accessibility: Individual site #1 on Stockton Island at Presque Isle and site #3 on Sand Island are Accessible. Groups sites A & B on Stockton at Quarry Bay and group site C on Sand Island are Accessible. All have boardwalks leading from the docks to the campsites and vault toilets, as well as raised wooden decks for tent pads which connect with the boardwalk. Picnic tables and fire rings are all designed to be Accessible. If you need these sites, please request them when making a permit reservation.
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How to make a reservation online.
Some visitors choose to visit the islands and sleep in their personal self-contained vessel. If you are traveling out to the islands with your own boat there are a few things you should know before you visit. Public docks are found on 12 of the islands in the national lakeshore. Space is reserved at some docks for National Park Service (NPS) vessels and excursion boats. The remaining space is available to the public on a first come, first served basis. Overnight docking fees are in effect from 6pm to 6am.
The Apostle Islands’ protected bays, public docks, and pristine beaches offer outstanding boating opportunities. Many visitors choose to anchor out in bays overnight. There are no fixed anchorages within the park. There is no cost for overnight anchoring within the park. Weather conditions can change rapidly on Lake Superior, so it is important to regularly check the area marine forecasts.
Beaches, sand spits, and campsites are some of the park's most popular attractions. Please follow island ethics of Leave No Trace to protect the outdoors and keep the park pristine for future generations. Remember that you are in bear country. Check out the Bear Country Safety page for more information about bears and how to help prevent them from being attracted to campsites. Keep in mind that camping in the Apostle Islands is remote. Be prepared and plan ahead. Camp safety is your responsibility. Always be aware of your surroundings and up to date on current weather conditions in the park.
Local Area Camping
Camping on the Apostle Islands can be a unique and memorable experience, unfortunately, there is no drive up car or RV camping available in the Apostle Islands. However, our gateway communities provide many options for more traditional drive up car, tent, and RV camping.
Last updated: February 17, 2023