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Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
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A cluster of 21 islands dotting the waters of Lake Superior; great for hiking, boating and camping.
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Jane V
Antigo, WI51 contributions
We are residents of Wisconsin, I am 53 and my husband is 57, and this is the first time we both have visited the Islands and Bayfield. We plan to return soon! We have traveled to many parts of our country by car to see National parks, beaches and cities and this natural beauty is only a 3 1/2 hour drive to the north west of where we live! We have always been aware of the Apostle Islands but I guess, as many of us do, we take our "home" state for granted. OMG, I can't believe it took us so long to visit! Take "The Grand Tour" when you come, you will not regret it! If you take an evening tour bring a jacket or a hoodie, you will need it.
Written July 11, 2021
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Angie G
Chicago, IL106 contributions
Couples
Definitely worth making this a trip! Recommend staying in Bayfield and going on a kayak tour with Rustic Mukwa Den. Lake Superior is very cold but you do get used to the water. We didn’t make it to Madeline Island, but will be back to visit the island. We found a random beach near Corpunicous which was a great place to be for the day. We had lunch at Little Nikkis, good bar food with lots to offer.
Written July 12, 2020
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Kim N
United States185 contributions
This is such a beautiful area! We enjoyed a boat cruise around the islands and the ferry to Madeline Island. Wonderful hiking trails along the lake shore in Madeline Island. I recommend bringing your car to Madeline Island so that you can explore the trails at the state park.
Written July 24, 2020
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Esther A
Fair Grove, MO8 contributions
Family
The cruise was cool! literally and figuratively. Take a jacket and a hat and a camera. Be prepared for wind and some spray and the beauty of Lake Superior. The captain narrates the cruise and gives lots of history on a 55 mile cruise. We took the Grand cruise and saw 2 lighthouses close enough to photograph. The seacaves are neat, and if you are adventuresome a Kayak trip would be even better but people said it was hard on the arms.
Written July 8, 2021
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Christina B
Louisiana2,488 contributions
Couples
We had Dave as our Captain and narrator. He was great. Informative and funny, Remember to bring a jacket as it’s gets quite chilly once they get moving. You can sit down stairs if needed. We saw a lot of the islands, not all 23, but we saw plenty!! Beautiful views, great history and sights. We had a great 2 1/2 hours. Highly recommend doing the Grand Tour!!
Written July 26, 2022
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Lanita H
Madison, WI41 contributions
Couples
Beautiful hike to overlook the sea caves, but it can be very challenging in certain areas. There is a fair amount of climbing up and down root and rock paths. The sea cave shoreline and views are fantastic….have to come back when the colors are changing. Chatted with the knowledgeable Rangers at Meyers Beach start point of the trail.
Written September 7, 2021
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MrLorin
Escondido, CA260 contributions
Couples
My girlfriend and I visited several of the Apostle Islands in July. Mother Nature was very cooperative that day. The weather was near perfect. I do not understand why Duluth is listed as the address on this TripAdvisor review site. As most of the reviews here state, the point of departure to visit these islands is usually Bayfield, Wisconsin, which is approximately 90 miles from Duluth. In fact, we booked PMG Charters out of Bayfield for the day with Capt. Pete Georgeson and his lovely wife, Ashley. It was this couple that made a nice trip extraordinary. Not only are the Apostle Islands beautiful to see and explore, but PMG Charters provided a flawless experience. In case you are curious, my review of PMG Charters on the TripAdvisor site gives you more insight with our experience with this business. Hope your visit is as wonderful as our visit was.
Written September 4, 2015
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Kara G
Duluth, Minnesota, United States153 contributions
Family
Spent the last weekend of June exploring the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. We had our own boat to use, but there are different tours that can be taken. We visited the sea caves on Devil's Island, these caves are much bigger and sharper than the caves on the mainland. We visited Stockton Island visitor center, nice display. Saw the Raspberry Island, Michigan Island, and Devi's Island Lighthouses. We visited the shipwrecks of the Ottawa, which is in about 10 feet of water, you can look down and see it; the H.D. Coffinberry, which is a skeleton on the shore, right next to the Ottawa; and the Fedora, which is in shallow water and parts of it actually stick out of the water. We visited the old fishing camp on Manitou Island, pretty cool Lake Superior Fishing History.
Written June 28, 2015
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Jazzicat08
Kankakee, IL61 contributions
Couples
During a recent trip to Wisconsin, my husband and I decided to drive up to the Bayfield Peninsula and take the drive around Hyw 13. It certainly looked, on the map, like it would be a pretty drive, and Bayfield had been reviewed pretty well. I wouldn't say it was necessarily a waste of time, but for our age group, I would not recommend it. My husband is 72 and I am almost 60. We are past our hiking days. The drive around 13 was almost entirely trees. There were very few places that you could see the lake from your car. Very disappointing. The stop in Bayfield was ok, nothing special. There are a few upscale shops there, but not enough shopping to justify the trip. Bayfield is very pretty, and if you have the time, or are spending more than one day, there is a 3 1/2 hour trip out and around the islands that may be pretty. If you bike, or kayak or hike, you would enjoy this area very much. But if you are on the other side of those activities, I would highly recommend a drive around the Keweenaw Peninsula in the UP of Michigan instead, and a stop at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. We were there last fall at the height of the trees, and it was breathtaking.
Written July 20, 2014
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Galeda
Kansas City, MO321 contributions
My husband and I toured the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore recently; we didn’t have enough time to take a cruise through the islands or take the ferry out to Madeline Island, but we were able to stop at most of the sites on the mainland. Taking Hwy 13 (Wisconsin Lake Superior Scenic Byway) is the best method; it’s a lovely drive that winds along the Wisconsin coast from the edge of Brule State Forest and the town of Orienta in the west to the town of Ashland in the east.

Our first stop was the town of Cornucopia; although not strictly part of the National Lakeshore, it’s definitely worth a stop. The beach is less than a mile off the road, and there’s an artesian well where you can fill your water bottle with tasty, pure water, as well as public restrooms that were still open to the public. The views from the beach are lovely, and there’s a museum (the Green Shed) that unfortunately was closed for the season. There’s also a little marina lined with pretty little boat houses, like a village around a small lagoon.

Our next stop was the Meyers Beach trailhead (east of Cornucopia, west of Russell); even though it was overcast and intermittently misting, it was a lovely stop. The Park rangers were very helpful in giving us recommendations about what to do and see at this trailhead as well as further along the Lakeshore. There is a short flight of steps leading from the parking area to the beach. There is also the Lakeshore Trail that follow the cliffs’ edges above the beach, directly from the parking area.

Traveling on, we came to Little Sand Bay in Russell; it’s about 5 miles off Hwy 13, so be prepared for a bit of a drive. Although all the buildings were closed for the season (including the bathrooms!), there was an open-air kiosk with a fishing boat and interpretive plaques about the fishermen of Lake Superior. We were also able to walk out to the breakwater and take in the lovely panorama of the lake. There are even mounted binoculars available to see some of the Apostle Islands on a clear day.

Our next stop was to be Frog Bay in the Red Cliff Tribe of Lake Superior Chippewa Reservation. But either we took the wrong road, or the signage was badly placed, because we ended up on a dirt trail lined with mobile homes. So we turned around and made it back to SR 13 eventually.

Our favorite stop on the journey was Bayfield; the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Visitor Center and Park Service Headquarters was closed to the public, but there was a small kiosk open in the back where we could stamp our National Parks Passport. And the building itself was lovely, made of huge blocks of rose-grey brownstone. The Bayfield Heritage Museum and Maritime Museum were also closed for the season. But it was lovely to stroll around the town of Bayfield, which is right on the lake and has a marina and pier available for viewing the open waters.

Our final stop was the city of Ashland; again, not strictly part of the National Lakeshore, but definitely worth visiting. We drove along the Main Street Historic District and made our way over to the old train depot, which had been lovingly restored and repurposed as several shops and businesses. On our way out of town, we stopped at Maslowski Park and Beach which also had an artesian well; I filled up a cup in the car and, again, it tasted refreshingly pure.

Touring the National Lakeshore was a full day for us, but extremely rewarding in the gorgeous vistas and charming towns we visited.
Written October 16, 2021
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