South Twin Island

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Green islands on blue water with South Twin Island called out in orange

About the Island

South Twin is shaped like a lima bean. Before the island became part of the national lakeshore, it was used for a fishing resort and earlier, for commercial fishing camps. Most of the buildings have now been removed from the island. Second growth forest is now reclaiming the island in all but the dock area.

There is a hiking trail about .5 miles in length leading from the dock clearing to the southwestern end of the former airstrip. The camping facilities on South Twin can provide a more civilized base camp for an exploratory trip to the islands farthest from the mainland. 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

Dock at South Twin Island with NPS boat

Dock at South Twin Island. Click image to enlarge. – Photo: NPS

South Twin Island – Waaboozo-minis

Location:  47.0346° N, 90.6433° W

Features: 

  • Former site of historic fish camps
  • Relatively flat, small island
  • 360 acres
  • 18 miles from Bayfield
  • Dock and beach on west side
  • 4 campsites, ¼ mile from dock
  • Primitive camping

NPS South Twin Island Information:

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