Park improvements offer new camping options, force temporary closures of Park Headquarters and Quarry Bay dock

NPS Headquarters in Bayfield with fall colors

June 19, 2023

Two big projects designed to improve safety and services at the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore are forcing temporary closures. Two more recently completed projects are ready for you to enjoy.

Park Headquarters in Bayfield

First, the City of Bayfield is completing improvements to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore headquarters in Bayfield. The National Park Service leases this facility from the city. While the repairs and improvements are being completed, National Park Service rangers will be available from 9:30am to 4:15pm Friday through Tuesdays at the Bayfield Chamber & Visitor Bureau located at 42 South Broad Street in Bayfield, and at the Little Sand Bay Visitor Center 7 days a week. You can also call a ranger at (715) 779-3397, extension 2.

Stockton Island Quarry Bay dock - Jeff Rennicke photo

Quarry Bay Dock – Jeff Rennicke photo

Also, if you are heading for Stockton Island, be aware that the dock at Quarry Bay will be closed due to construction beginning on June 19th and continuing until completion of repairs (estimated late September). The dock there is being replaced in kind within its original footprint.

Raspberry Island dock vertical rub rails - Jon Okerstrom photo

Raspberry Island dock – Jon Okerstrom photo

Earlier this month, park maintenance crews completed work on the Raspberry Island dock, removing vertical rub rails seen in this file photo and replacing them with horizontal rub rails.

The project is designed to maintain the aesthetics of this historic site and improve the structure’s overall integrity.

The park has also opened two new campsites along the Meyers Beach Lakeshore Trail. Getting to the new sites involves hiking 3/4 of a mile in from the trail access point at Meyers Beach, then hiking another 1/4 mile on a new access trail.

The Park Service says both sites have beach access, bear lockers, campfire rings, picnic tables, and share an open-air privy. Get more information about reserving campsites here

For more information visit the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore website.

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