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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.


Seasonal Conditions

Sea Caves Watch provides real time imagery, wind, and waves at the Mainland sea caves. When traveling on Lake Superior, conditions can change rapidly. Be prepared and check the weather and marine forecast regularly.

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

Updated on April 9, 2021

  • Current status of Meyers Beach Road: OPEN

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

    • Trail may be muddy in some spots. Please stay on the trail to avoid erosion along the edges.
    • 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.

  • 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

  • Oak Island:
    • Due to a severe blowdown, the Sandspit Trail and Loop Trail, heading north from the sandspit for approximately 1 mile and ½ mile, respectively, are not passable. Access to the sandspit is only available from the water.
  • South Twin Island:
    • Both double privies north of the dock are full and closed.
  • York Island:
    • Privy is full and closed.
    • All three campsites are closed until privy can be dug out from winter storms and pumped.
  • Devils Island:
    • Dock & Campsite - CLOSED
  • Sand Island:
    • Stairs at the Sand Lighthouse - CLOSED
    • West Bay Club - CLOSED
    • Partial Closure of the "L" 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: April 9, 2021

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Mailing Address:

415 Washington Avenue
Bayfield, WI 54814


(715) 779-3397

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