Current Conditions



Seasonal Conditions

The mainland area of the park is often accessible during the wintertime. During major snow events, it may be a few days before the road to Meyers Beach or Little Sand Bay are 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.

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 x2, during normal business hours.


Updated on January 22, 2024

  • Current status of the Mainland Ice Caves: CLOSED

    • Please note: The formation of Ice Caves along the mainland coast of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is a RARE event. The last time the park had safe and publicly accessible ice caves was in 2015.

    • The ice formations can still be viewed from above along the Lakeshore Trail.

  • Current status of Meyers Beach Road: OPEN

    • There is currently no potable water available at Meyers Beach.

    • Please note: after snowfall, it may take a day or two before the road and parking lot are plowed.

  • Current status of the Lakeshore Trail at Meyers Beach: OPEN

    • Traction devices and/or hiking poles are recommended.


Current Closures

Seasonal Closures

  • Visitor Centers - park rangers are always available by phone, (715) 779-3398, and email.

    • Bayfield Visitor Center - Closed

    • Little Sand Bay Visitor Center - Closed

    • Stockton Island Visitor Center - Closed

    • Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center in Ashland - Open Mon-Sat, 9 am - 5 pm.

Storm Damage Closures and Warnings

  • Devils Island:

    • Dock & Campsite - CLOSED

  • Sand Island:

    • West Bay Club - CLOSED


Information 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.

When the CDC's COVID-19 Community Level is LOW or MEDIUM in Bayfield and Ashland Counties, individuals are not required to wear masks within federal buildings, including visitor centers.


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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 22, 2024

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PO Box 770
Bayfield, WI 54814


715 779-3397

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