From snowshoeing and ice fishing to snowmobiling and crosscountry skiing, Bayfield and the Apostle Islands have fun winter activities down cold.
When the snow falls, the landscape is transformed into a wonderland of winter splendor. Between Bayfield and Madeline Island, the bay freezes over, creating the perfect protected platform for ice fishing and unforgettable ice skating. The famous Apostle Islands sea caves become magical sparkling cathedrals of ice, amazing all those who hike out to glimpse them. Even those who prefer not to get out into the elements can admire the dramatic ice formations on the lake from the comfort of their cars on a drive along the shoreline.
Love to snowshoe or cross country ski? You’ll find more than 100 miles of snowshoe trails and 130 miles of groomed cross country ski trails. Some of the best can be found at nearby Mt. Ashwabay, which has become an area favorite for these activities. You can also find challenging snowboarding and Nordic skiing at Mt. Ashwabay, where 13 runs and a chairlift await.
With rare exception, Lake Superior freezes deep enough to allow us to fashion our famous “Ice Road”, allowing you to drive, hike or ski back and forth to Madeline Island.
Up for a real backcountry experience? Join a guided dog sledding expedition to experience the snowy solitude of the surrounding landscape. Or take a brisk hike or walk along one of the many area trails through the woods, made even more tranquil by the stillness of the season.
Snowmobilers will discover miles of nearby groomed trails plus an entire Great Lake to satisfy their need for speed and adventure.
Bayfield offers an idyllic snowy setting for adventure and fun winter activities! For a weekly update on conditions for all winter activities, check our Winter Recreation Report and download an area trail map below.