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.
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 10, 2022
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.
Storm Damage Closures and Warnings
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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:
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: July 26, 2022