Jewels of Lake Superior

Along windswept beaches and cliffs, visitors experience where water meets land and sky, culture meets culture, and past meets present. The 21 islands and 12 miles of mainland host a unique blend of cultural and natural resources.  Lighthouses shine over Lake Superior and the new wilderness areas. Visitors can hike, paddle, sail, or cruise to experience these Jewels of Lake Superior.

Icicles hang off of the lip of a frozen sand ledge.

Current Conditions

The park is open year-round; however, changing conditions can dictate what areas are accessible. Check the conditions before setting out.

A lone person stands on a frozen lake looking at an ice-covered, sandstone cliff.

Mainland Ice Caves: Closed

The unique beauty and temporal nature of these ice formations serves to make this event all the more memorable and desirable.

The 50th anniversary logo, featuring: Lake Superior, lighthouse, flowers, islands, eagle, and water.

It's Our Birthday!

In 2020, we're recognizing 50 years designated as a national lakeshore. Join us in this special place on Lake Superior.

A number of sailboats are anchored out in the lake, just off of a sandy beach.

Make Your Plans

Everything you might need to know as you start planning your trip.

Two kayakers paddle in front of large sandstone cliffs with water carved caves visible.

Guided Kayaking

Not ready to experience the Big Lake by yourself? A guided trip can be a fun and safe way to experience the park.

A large catamaran tour boat travels around an overhanging sandstone cliff at sunset.

Apostle Island Cruises

Apostle Islands Cruises offers a variety of nonstop sightseeing excursions and island shuttles featuring stops at several islands.

Sailboat with sails up passing in front of white lighthouse on an island cliff.

Charters and Water Taxis

There are lots of ways to explore the park, including sailing and fishing charters or a water taxi to drop you off on an island.

A tent is set up in a small clearing among tall trees.

Camping in the Apostles

We have the beautiful, secluded campsite you're looking for.

A hiker scrapes their boot on a brush to clean off dirt and debris.

Fees and Reservations

While there is no entrance fee, there are some parking, docking, camping costs to be aware of.

A small inset map showing Sand and York Islands and the Little Sand Bay area.


Find out where you are going and how to get there.

Last updated: January 13, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

415 Washington Avenue
Bayfield, WI 54814


(715) 779-3397

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