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.
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 - 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
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.
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.
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.
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.