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Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

…named one of the best national parks

Named one of the ten best national park destinations in 2005 by the National Geographic Traveler Magazine, the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is Wisconsin’s northernmost landscape, jutting into Lake Superior as the scenic archipelago of 21 of 22 Apostle Islands. Located in Lake Superior, this area’s scenic, historical, biological and recreational values were recognized in 1970 when Congress named twenty of the islands and 2,500 acres of the peninsula as a national lakeshore. In 1986 Long Island was included and in 2004, the Gaylord Nelson Wilderness including 33,500 acres of Lake Superior shoreline was established.

This fascinating Lake Superior national lakeshore features a combination of spectacular natural beauty and rich cultural history. The wooded islands are trimmed with sea caves, sandstone cliffs, and miles of pristine sand beaches. Six of Lake Superior’s light stations were built in the Apostle Islands to aid Great Lakes navigation. One of the six lighthouses, the Raspberry Island Lighthouse, was recently restored, and continues to provide Lake Superior visitors with ranger guided tours. From mid-June into September, park staff is also available to conduct free guided tours of lighthouses at Devils, Michigan and Sand Islands if arrangements are made ahead of time.

Bayfield is known for some of the best sailing in the world due to the shelter offered by the Apostle Islands. While in Bayfield, enjoy exhibits and further information on the Apostle Islands as well as services such as permits by visiting the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore headquarters and visitor center.

And if you are interested in lighthouses, don’t miss the annual Apostle Islands Lighthouse Celebration in September which features narrated cruises with guided lighthouse tours, keeper’s dinners, and plenty of history!

Download a map (PDF) of the Apostle Islands.

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