Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Head to the remote northern reaches of Wisconsin to find the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. Covering 12 miles of the Lake Superior coast and an archipelago of 21 islands, this is a haven for kayakers and sailors. On a calm day, you can paddle through rock arches, slip into silent caves, and land on beaches that can only be reached by boat. Elsewhere in the islands, fish for trout and salmon, scuba dive an ancient shipwreck or hike 50 miles of trails. With its rich tradition of Native American and maritime history—and more lighthouses than any other national park site—this protected lakeshore area has something for all types of travelers. Wherever you go, you're never far from the dense Wisconsin forests and the cold waters of the largest, deepest Great Lake. 

Things to Do

Things To Do Near Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

The best way to experience the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is from the water. If you're feeling active, rent a kayak or book a guided tour; local outfitters also offer sailing and motorboat trips. On land, a 50-mile network of trails takes you to remote, rocky cliffs and deep into hardwood forests. If you're ready to brave the winter snow, visit one of the ice caves that form when the temperatures drop.

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How To Get To Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore sits off the northern coast of Wisconsin. From southern Wisconsin, take I-39 north to Knowlton and continue on US-51 north in Wausau. When you reach Ironwood, head west on US-2; turn north on WI-13 just after Ashland. If you're coming from Duluth, take I-535 east to US-53, and turn east on WI-13 in Parkland. WI-13 runs through Bayfield, which is the jumping-off point for the Apostle Islands.


415 Washington Avenue, Bayfield, WI 54814

Fee: Entry Fee (per person)

There is no entry fee.

With its hidden caves and stunning freshwater location, the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is a hot spot for boating and fishing. Whether you're coming for the warm summer sun or the sparkling winter ice caves, RV camping is the perfect way to surround yourself with the beauty of Lake Superior.