There are 21 islands you can paddle to at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. Many of the Islands offer sand beaches, lighthouse tours, hiking, picnicking, sea caves, swimming, and overnight camping. Camping permits are required for all camping within the National Lakeshore.
Distances between various mainland and island locations in miles.
Alternative Places to Paddle
Lake Superior is known for its cold temperatures, rough seas, fog, and sudden squalls. Always observe and evaluate wind and wave conditions before entering the water. Sometimes its best to choose an alterative place to paddle for the day. The Bayfield Peninsula has multiple inland lakes, sloughs, and rivers to choose from. Some options may include:
Visitors are drawn to the Apostle Islands in the summer and winter to visit the sea caves and witness Lake Superior's ever changing handiwork. In the summer, the sea cave formations are best seen by boat on Devils Island, Sand Island and on the mainland near Meyers Beach.
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore offers visitors the opportunity to experience and enjoy a variety of natural and cultural features. Whether you are camping on the islands or just visiting for the day, respecting the land and the water is essential. Paddlers must do their part to help protect the park resources. Please follow the seven principles of “Leave No Trace” land ethics:
These leave no trace practices are caring activities designed to decrease the negative impact of users on the environment and keep the islands unspoiled for future generations.
Last updated: August 3, 2021