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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 May 20, 2021

  • Current status of Meyers Beach Road: OPEN

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

    • 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.

  • Historic interiors are closed at Devils Light, Sand Light, and Manitou Fish Camp. The grounds of these spaces remain open to the public.
    • Volunteers will be on site at Sand Island and Manitou, mid-June to Labor Day, to provide information.
    • Raspberry Island - Rangers will be on site from mid-June to Labor Day. The grounds and fog signal building will be open. In addition, the 1st floor of the historic lighthouse will be available for self-guided walk through. The lighthouse tower will remain closed.
    • Michigan Island - Volunteers will be on site from mid-June to Labor Day. The old lighthouse and exhibits will be available for self-guided walk through. The new tower will remain closed.
  • Visitor Centers - park rangers are always available by phone, (715) 779-3398, and email.
    • Bayfield VC - West ramp entrance open beginning 5/17 through 10/8.
    • Little Sand Bay VC - Entrance vestibule open from 6/14 through Labor Day.
    • Stockton Island VC - Open from mid-June through Labor Day. Rangers available around the Presque Isle area.
    • Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center in Ashland - Front vestibule and gift shop open beginning 5/6.

Storm Damage Closures and Warnings

  • Oak Island:
    • Due to a severe blowdown, the Sandspit Trail between the dock and sandspit, and the Loop Trail heading north from the sandspit for 1 mile are closed. Access to the sandspit is only available from the water.
  • South Twin Island:
    • Both double privies north of the dock are full and closed.
  • 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: May 20, 2021

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415 Washington Avenue
Bayfield, WI 54814


(715) 779-3397

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