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Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is open year-round; however, the islands become much more challenging to access during the shoulder seasons and winter. It is always a good idea to check on current conditions before setting out.

This site is updated regularly to reflect the latest conditions, as is the Ice Line at (715) 779-3398 x3 and Facebook. If needed, contact the park headquarters directly at (715) 779-3398, during normal business hours.


Winter Conditions

The mainland area of the park, accessed from Meyers Beach is often accessible during the wintertime. During major snow events, it may be a few days before the road to Meyers Beach is plowed. The islands become much more challenging to access during the shoulder seasons and winter. Winter weather can be quite cold and extreme.
Sea Caves Watch provides real time imagery, wind, and waves at the Mainland sea caves.

During this time of increased safety concerns due to COVID-19, please follow park closures (listed below) and updated safety guidance.

Updated on January 21, 2021

  • Current status of the Mainland Ice Caves: CLOSED

    • The frozen surface of Lake Superior is currently CLOSED to public access at the mainland ice caves due to unsafe ice conditions.
    • Open water exists around the caves and Meyers Beach area. .
  • Current status of Meyers Beach Road: OPEN
  • Current status of the Mainland Lakeshore Trail: OPEN
    • Trail is well packed. Traction devices and hiking poles are recommended, as it may be slick, especially in and out of the ravines.
    • If you are choosing to hike during this pandemic, practice appropriate COVID-19 safety measures, including social distancing of at least 6 feet from other people.
  • Current status of Meyers Beach and Little Sand Bay Beach: OPEN

Current Closures

Information and Closures related to COVID-19

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore encourages everyone to follow CDC guidance to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Together, we can help keep park staff, visitors, and the community safe and healthy and maintain access for everyone.

This property of the U.S. Department of the Interior is under limited operations due to COVID-19. Some facilities may not be available and staffing may be limited. Visitors should adjust their expectations accordingly and should practice social distancing, personal hygiene, and other behaviors to avoid infection in public areas. Visitors should not rely upon site staff to ensure their protection from contagious disease.

Following guidance from the CDC and recommendations from state and local public health authorities in consultation with NPS Public Health Service Officers, the following facilities and services are suspended until further notice:

  • Overnight camping (7:00 pm to 7:00 am) in the lakeshore is suspended until further notice. Overnight docking for self-contained vessels and day use of the islands is permitted.
  • No new camping reservations will be taken during this time. Camping reservations will reopen after this overnight closure.
  • Campfires are only permitted in designated areas:
    • Between the hours of 7am and 7pm, beach fires are allowed on the islands, below the vegetation line, so there will not be trampling or damage to shoreline vegetation.
    • Note: fires are still prohibited on beachs at Presque Isle Bay, Julian Bay, Raspberry Island, and Meyers Beach.
    • Please ensure fires are properly extinguished before departing.
  • All historic interiors are closed at Raspberry Light, Michigan Light, Devils Light, Sand Light, and Manitou Fish Camp. The grounds of these spaces remain open to the public.
  • Visitor Centers in Bayfield, Little Sand Bay, and Stockton Island are closed to the public, however park rangers will be available by phone, (715) 779-3398, and email.

Storm Damage Closures and Warnings

  • South Twin:
    • Both double privies north of the dock are full and closed.
  • York Island:
    • Privy is full and closed.
  • Devils Island:
    • Dock & Campsite - CLOSED
  • Sand Island:
    • All stairs - CLOSED
    • West Bay Club - CLOSED
    • Partial Closure of the end of East Bay Dock
  • Little Sand Bay:
    • Hokenson Dock, herring shed, ice house, and beach area of Fish Camp - CLOSED

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Winters in Northern Wisconsin can be quite frigid at times, with strong winter winds across the Lake, making it feel even colder. For the safety of our staff and visitors, the park will be closed under the following weather conditions:

  • Wind Chill of -40oF

  • Air Temperature of -25oF

  • Combination of -35oF wind chill & -20oF air temperature

  • Extreme snow conditions resulting in delayed removal of snow will close areas until snow can be removed (Meyer’s Beach & Little Sand Bay).

During a park closure due to weather, park offices will be closed, snow removal operations may be delayed, and the Meyers Beach area will be closed, including the ice caves (if accessible at that time).


Last updated: January 21, 2021

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415 Washington Avenue
Bayfield, WI 54814


(715) 779-3397

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