Current Closures

Updated Oak Island Bear Closure: Updated Closure on Oak Island (157kb pdf)
An expanded, temporary closure is in place for Oak Island for individual campsites 2,3, and 4, group campsite B, the dock, the Northwest Beach Trail from campsite 4 to the first trail junction, and the Oak Island camping zone. General day use is prohibited in the closure areas, including the dock, which is also closed to vessels mooring overnight. Backpackers with valid camping permits for other Oak Island sites can be dropped off at the dock or open campsite for which they have a permit. There is a resident bear frequently the area and has exhibited behavior indicating it is not afraid of humans. The help of visitors is needed to make sure no food is left unattended and any bear activity is reported to Park Headquarters at (715) 779-3398.

The Loop Trail on Oak Island is still closed from campsite 1 to the trail intersection with the Overlook Trail from storm damage.

Map of windstorm damage in Apostle Islands, with trail closures.
Windstorm damage to the Apostle Islands, with trail closures.


Storm Damage Closures as of July 26, 2016:
Severe thunderstorms and associated high winds that occurred during the early hours on Thursday, July 21 caused widespread storm damage on the islands. Park staff are still assessing damage, but there are numerous downed trees causing campsite and trail closures.

Current closures include:

  • Cat Island campsite
  • Manitou Island trails
  • Stockton Island Quarry Bay Trail from the intersection of Trout Point to Quarry Bay
  • Stockton Island Trout Point Trail
  • Oak Island trail, from Site 1 to the intersection of the overlook trail
  • Michigan Island trail

May 20th 2015. Sand Island East bay Dock Closed (243kb pdf)

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Bayfield, WI 54814


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