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Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

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Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

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Apostle Islands Maritime Cliffs

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore [2] is a United States National Lakeshore that is located in the state of Wisconsin. The park is located on the southwestern shore of Lake Superior and includes an archipelago of twenty-one islands in addition to twelve miles of mainland coastline.


The park is located near the city of Bayfield, which has a year-round population of 500 and serves as the gateway to the Apostle Islands. The park headquarters, as well as one of its visitor centers, is located in this quaint coastal town.


The Apostle Islands were formed as a result of the glaciers that covered much of North America during the Last glacial period. The islands are made of sandstone and hosted several quarries throughout the late 17th century The Apostle Islands were designated as a National Lakeshore by President Richard Nixon on September 26, 1970.


The shore has been carved by the wind and waves of the biggest lake in the world (by surface area) with many interesting rock outcroppings and caves. Truly a sea-kayakers freshwater paradise.

Flora and fauna[edit]


Get in[edit]

From the west or southwest (Minneapolis or Duluth), take WI-13 S to Bayfield. From the east or south east (Green Bay, Stevens Point, Madison, Milwaukee), take US-51 N to WI-13 N to Bayfield.

There is a small public use airport located on Madeline Island, and the nearest international airport is located in Duluth, Minnesota.


Get around[edit]

On the mainland, the park oversees about 14 miles of shoreline between the towns of Redcliff and Cornucopia. Note that the park lands are located adjacent to the land of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

A watercraft is required to access the islands, such as a motorized boats, sailboats, or sea kayaks. Several concessionaires (most of which are authorized by the park) offer guided sea kayaking tours, narrated tour cruises, water taxis, sailboat charters, and fishing charters. Unguided sea-kayaking is not recommended for inexperienced sea-kayakers, as Lake Superior is notorious for its cold waters and rough seas.

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Do[edit][add listing]

  • Apostle Islands Cruises. Boat cruises, kayak tours, charters  edit
  • Lost Creek Adventures & Outfitter. Sea cave tours, overnight kayak trips, SUP tours and kayak rentals  edit
  • Trek & Trail. Sea kayak tours  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Andy's Foods IGA. Grocery store  edit
  • Ehlers Store, 88545 Superior Av, Cornucopia WI (1 block off State Highway #13), 715-742-3232, [1]. Old time general store  edit
  • Keeper of the Light. Souvenir shop  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

There are no restaurants located within the park, but there are several restaurants in Bayfield County:

  • Cafe Coco. Breakfast and lunch  edit
  • Dalou's Bistro. Wood-fired pizza  edit
  • Good Thyme Restaurant and Catering. Fine dining in Washburn  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Adventure Club Brewing. The northern-most brewery in Wisconsin  edit
  • Copper Crow Distillery.  edit
  • The Wineries on Betzold Road.  edit

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Stay safe[edit]

Get out[edit]

  • Madeline Island - The only Apostle Island that is not part of the National Lakeshore, Madeline Island is home to Big Bay State Park. The island is accessible by the Madeline Island Ferry.
  • Washburn, Wisconsin - With a population of over 2,000, Washburn is another quaint coastal town that is home to the Washburn Cultural Center as well as some highly-rated restaurant options.
  • Ashland, Wisconsin - With a population of over 8,000, Ashland is home to the Ashland Historical Museum, the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, and the Ashland Mural Walk.
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