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Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Around every curve in a boardwalk hiking trail and just beyond the next bend in a sandstone shoreline, there’s something special for you to discover in the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. Rugged landscapes and lakescapes. Diverse wildlife and rare ecosystems. Rich cultural history and an unforgettable starlit night sky.

Sharing knowledge about the park with people of all ages and interests is part of the Friends mission. We hope that learning about the park’s past and present will inspire you to recreate safely and responsibly and join us in protecting and preserving this special place for future generations.

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Discover the Islands!

Twenty-one islands spread out over 750 square miles of Lake Superior, twelve miles of mainland shoreline, lighthouses, historic fisheries, sixty-six campsites, bears, beaches, sea caves, the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is a rich and complex landscape. Learn more about this magical place below where you can explore each island and start planning your next adventure.

Basswood Island

Basswood Island

Bear Island

Bear Island

Cat Island

Cat Island

Devils Island

Devils Island

Eagle Island

Eagle Island

Gull Island

Gull Island

Hermit Island

Hermit Island

Ironwood Island

Ironwood Island

Little Sand Bay – Mainland

Little Sand Bay – Mainland

Long Island

Long Island

Manitou Island

Manitou Island

Meyers Beach – Mainland

Meyers Beach – Mainland

Basswood Island - Accessible features, camping, dock, hiking, popular

Bear Island - Camping

Cat Island - Camping

Devils Island - Camping, dock, hiking, lighthouse, popular

Eagle Island - No amenities

Gull Island - No amenities

Hermit Island - Camping

Ironwood Island - Camping

Little Sand Bay: Mainland - Accessible features, dock, mainland, popular, visitor center

Long Island - Dock, hiking, lighthouse

Manitou Island - Camping, dock, hiking

Meyers Beach: Mainland - Camping, hiking, mainland, popular

Michigan Island - Accessible features, camping, dock, hiking, lighthouse, popular

North Twin Island - Camping

Oak Island - Camping, dock, hiking, popular

Otter Island - Camping, dock, hiking

Outer Island - Camping, dock, hiking, lighthouse

Park Headquarters: Mainland - Accessible features, mainland, popular, visitor center

Raspberry Island - Dock, hiking, lighthouse, popular

Rocky Island - Camping, dock, hiking

Sand Island - Accessible features, camping, dock, hiking, lighthouse, popular

South Twin Island - Camping, dock, hiking

Stockton Island - Accessible features, camping, dock, hiking, popular, visitor center

York Island - Camping

Landmarks & Lighthouses

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Explore the lighthouses and landmarks of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore on our interactive map. You’ll also find the locations of other key points of interest in the park.

Recreation Resources

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Sailing the Apostle Islands – Jeff Rennicke photo

Whether you like active paddling, sailing and camping adventures, or you simply want to relax and enjoy solitude in the wilderness, get ready for an island experience that excites your senses and nourishes your soul. To make the most of your next visit, we encourage you to explore our website and these resources.

NPS Park Map
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Park map showing Ojibwe place names, park amenities and key features. (PDF)

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
The National Park Service team, headquartered in Bayfield, provides visitor services, park protection, facilities operations and maintenance, all in order to protect the park and to enable safe and rewarding park experiences for thousands of visitors every year — nearly 300,000 visitors in 2021 alone.

Recreation.gov
There’s no need to carry cash, checks or credit cards to pay for parking at Meyers Beach or to pay docking fees at one of the islands, if you have the recreation.gov mobile app on your phone. Read Post

WISC Watch – Real-Time Wave & Weather Information
Before your next paddling or boating adventure, it pays to learn as much as you can about the weather forecast and wave conditions. Lake Superior can be glass-calm in one instant and a short time later you might face three-foot waves from a fast-moving storm. Read Post

Near-Shore Marine Zone Forecast Map
Clickable map of zone forecasts for nearshore waters of western Lake Superior.

More Weather Resources
Resources including an interactive map of conditions and hazards, hazardous weather outlook and area forecast discussion.