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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 x2, 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 December 7, 2022

  • Current status of the Mainland Ice Caves: CLOSED

  • 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

    • The trail is slick in sections, especially in and out of the ravines. Consider traction devices and/or hiking poles.

    • 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.

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.

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

    • Bayfield VC - Closed for the season

    • Little Sand Bay VC - Closed for the season

    • Stockton Island VC - Closed for the season

    • Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center in Ashland - Entrance vestibule and gift shop currently open daily, 9 am - 5 pm.

 

Storm Damage Closures and Warnings

  • Devils Island:

    • Dock & Campsite - CLOSED

  • Sand Island:

    • West Bay Club - CLOSED
  • Little Sand Bay:

    • Historic 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: December 7, 2022

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Bayfield , WI 54814

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715 779-3397

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