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Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is open year-round; however, the islands become much more challenging to access during the 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.


Seasonal Conditions

Sea Caves Watch provides real time imagery, wind, and waves at the mainland sea caves. As well as, during the summer, wave conditions near Stockton Island and Sand Island. During this time of increased safety concerns due to COVID-19, please follow park closures (listed below) and updated safety guidance.

Updated on July 9, 2020
  • Current status of Meyers Beach Road: OPEN
  • Current status of the Mainland Lakeshore Trail: OPEN
    • 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
    • Beaches can be beautiful this time of year but are very narrow. Walk only on the sandy shorelines.
    • Please avoid crowded areas and practice appropriate COVID-19 safety measures.
  • Road Construction between Bayfield and Little Sand Bay.
    • Road construction on Little Sand Bay Road. Monday - Friday 7 am to 7 pm. Traffic will be restricted to a single lane utilizing flagging operations. Old County K Rd (east leg) closed to through traffic. Follow detour to west leg of Old County K Rd.

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.
  • Campfires are not permitted.
  • No new camping reservations will be taken during this time. Camping reservations will reopen after this overnight closure.
  • 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, and some brochures will be available:
    • Bayfield VC - Daily from 8:30am – 4:30pm, with brochures available on the ramp side entrance.

    • LSB VC – Wed - Sun, from 10am - 4pm, with brochures available at the main entrance vestibule.

    • The Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center in Ashland is hoping to provide visitor services later in the summer. More information will be released soon by USFS.

    • From Late June through Labor Day, park personnel will often be working in outdoor areas at Meyers Beach, Little Sand Bay, Stockton Island, and Raspberry Island.

Storm Damage Closures and Warnings

  • York Island:
    • Privy - CLOSED, due to winter storm damage.
  • South Twin:
    • Both double privies north of the dock are 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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Last updated: July 9, 2020

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415 Washington Avenue
Bayfield, WI 54814


(715) 779-3397

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