Oak Island

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

About the Island

Oak is the tallest island in the archipelago, rising about 480 feet above the lake level. The Ojibwe used the island prior to Europeans for gathering maple syrup and other purposes, according to historical sources. Fishing and lumber attracted the European settlers in the mid 1800s.

There are over 11 miles of trails to hike on Oak Island. All of the Oak Island campsites have vault toilets, food lockers, and picnic table. Besides the designated campsites, Oak Island offers a single primitive camping zone outside of the designated campsites. Excerpt 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 woman sits on the Oak Island beach, sketching her view

A woman sits on the Oak Island beach, sketching her view. Click image to enlarge. – Photo: Jeff Rennicke

Oak Island – Mitigominikaani-minis

Location:  33.9204° N, 78.1608° W

Features: 

  • Oak Island is the highest point in the Apostle Islands
  • 5 campsites and 2 group sites
  • Primitive camping
  • 11.5 miles of maintained hiking trails
  • Public dock on west side
  • Sandspit on south end
  • Overlook on north end

NPS Oak Island Information:

 

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