Bear Island

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Green islands on blue water with Bear Island called out in orange

About the Island

At about 233 feet above the surface of Lake Superior, Bear Island is second only to Oak Island in elevation. Although it was logged as late as the mid twentieth century, the second and third growth has returned most of the island to a fairly wild state.

Bear Island is centrally located among the islands and can be used as a relaxing overnight stopping point, or a place to rest and relax in the middle of a longer paddle. Excerpts from Apostle Islands Water Trips by John C. Frank. Buy a copy here.

Proceeds benefit Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and the park.

Fast Facts

NPS map showing the island outline and features

NPS Map – Click image to enlarge

A boat lands on a pristine Bear Island beach, the perfect spot for a picnic lunch

Picnic on Bear Island beach. Click image to enlarge. – Photo: Jeff Rennicke

Bear Island – Makwa-minis

Location:  46°57′55″N 90°39′51″W

Features: 

  • 1,824 acres
  • No designated campsites
  • Primitive camping on east side
  • No trails
  • No docks

NPS Bear Island Information:

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