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Cat Island

Cat Island

About the IslandCat Island is one of the outer islands of the archipelago. One of the island’s former names was Hemlock Island. The island was last logged in the 1950s, and the trails left by the loggers are grown over and no longer recognizable. The sandspit offers protection for anchorage from northeast to southeast winds on the west side, and protection from southwest to north winds on the east side.The sandspit is a good place to swim in the afternoon sun, and the campsite usually comes with a beautiful sunset. Excerpt from Apostle Islands Water Trips by John C. Frank. Buy a copy here....

Bear Island

Bear Island

About the IslandAt 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...

Basswood Island

Basswood Island

About the IslandBasswood Island is located about 1.5 miles east of the mainland. Because of its location and accessibility, Basswood Island may be the first of the Apostle Islands visited by most novice paddlers.The southerly half of the island was used for several farms. The island has two stone quarries. The northwest corner is the location of a former fish camp. Basswood is the fifth largest island within the national lakeshore with an area of 1,917 acres. Excerpt from Apostle Islands Water Trips by John C. Frank. Buy a copy here. Proceeds benefit Friends of the Apostle Islands National...

Meyers Beach – Mainland

Meyers Beach – Mainland

About this LocationAs the primary launch point for kayakers wanting to explore the mainland sea caves, Meyers Beach is a very popular place in summer, and when conditions are just right for ice caves, in winter. Meyers Beach is also the trailhead for the Lakeshore Trail. Hike the trail for 2.5 miles and you’ll see the caves from above.For now, kayakers must carry their boats up and down a long staircase to the beach. The stairs are also challenging for people with mobility issues, but Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is working with the National Park Service and supporters...

Stockton Island

Stockton Island

About the IslandStockton is the second largest island (after Madeline) in the Apostles. It is about 7.25 miles long and 2 to 2.5 miles wide. Its terrain includes a sandy lake level lagoon and bog along the tombolo. There is also sandstone on the island, producing sea caves and majestic rock ledges and towers.Throughout the 1990s and the first decade in the new millennium, Stockton Island was known as the island with the highest density of black bears. With 14.5 miles of trails, Stockton provides hiking opportunities through the most diverse ecological backgrops in the national lakeshore....

Sand Island

Sand Island

About the IslandSand Island is the most westerly usable island in the National Lakeshore. The southwest corner of Sand Island is a bit over 2 miles northwest of the mainland launch site of Little Sand Bay. The Sand Island Lighthouse is perhaps the most beautiful in the Apostles. The keeper’s house and the tower for the light were built in 1881 using local sandstone.The population of Sand Island, mostly Norwegian immigrant farmers and fishermen, reached one hundred permanent residents in 1918. The Sand Island shoreline has it all - rock shelves, sea caves and long beaches. There are more than...

Devils Island

Devils Island

About the IslandThe north tip of Devils Island is the northernmost point in Wisconsin and the temperature and wind conditions at the lighthouse site reflect the conditions of the open lake. Devils Island’s name probably originates from the ungodly compression noises produced when the rollers off the lake trap air in the cavities in the sea caves.On September 30, 1901, a third-order Fresnel lens, manufactured in France, was placed into service in the Devils Island lighthouse. Now, a solar-powered light flashes red every ten seconds, 100 feet above the lake. Excerpts from Apostle Islands Water...

Michigan Island

Michigan Island

About the IslandMichigan Island stands alone as the southeasterly sentinel of the Apostle Islands. It is about 3 miles east-northeast of Madeline and just under 3 miles southeast of Presque Isle Point on Stockton Island. There are two lighthouses on the southeasterly shore about a mile from the sandpit. Michigan Island’s first lighthouse (and the first in the Apostle Islands) was built in 1856. The second lighthouse, a taller steel structure, was built in Pennsylvania in 1880 and moved to Michigan Island in 1929. The light still flashes at 6 second intervals, 170 feet above the surface of...