Ready & Open

As you plan your visit to Bayfield and the Apostle Islands, please follow city, county, and state health recommendations and know what to expect. The safety of our visitors, employees, and community remains our top priority.

The City of Bayfield and the State of Wisconsin require that face coverings be worn inside businesses and outside if social distancing is not an option. You can view the details of the mandates below.

July 15, 2020 – City of Bayfield Passes Face Covering Resolution.
August 1, 2020 – State of WI Passes Face Covering Emergency Order
State of WI FAQ on Face Coverings
September 3, 2020 – Red Cliff Tribal Council passes Stay at Home Resolution
September 4, 2020 – Bayfield County Restriction on Public Gatherings


Local COVID-19 Information Hub


The Bayfield County Public Health recommends the following when traveling:

A. Check with local communities for area specific safety updates and closures.
B. Check with local business or events you plan on attending in advance for updated changes in operation or new safety protocols in place.
C. Respect local businesses and other patrons by following their safety protocols when visiting their establishments.
D. Practice enhanced personal hygiene including: a. frequent hand washing b. wearing a mask when in public c. using hand sanitizer when hand washing is not available d. disinfect frequently touched surfaces often
E. Do not travel when you or someone in your household is ill or exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19.
F. Limit non-essential trips and limit the number of people participating in errands.
G. Consider limitations in facilities (i.e. restrooms, handwashing stations) open to public during this time and plan accordingly.
H. Continue to practice physical distancing and maintain 6’ from others whenever possible.
I. Keep track of places you visit while traveling in case an outbreak in that area occurs or you become ill and need to provide that information to health officials. One way to do this is with photos.
J. Avoid crowds and crowded areas when possible.

What to Expect

There are some changes to be aware of as you make your travel decisions. Many of our restaurants have temporarily closed as a result of staff shortages and positive COVID-19 cases within Bayfield County. Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has issued a Stay at Home resolution and Bayfield County has placed a restriction on public gatherings over 100 people. As you plan your trip, be aware of closures and limitations. Be patient and kind with our businesses who remain open and follow its protective measures.

We, the Bayfield Chamber & Visitor Bureau, strive to provide information and resources that inspire travel to the Bayfield and Apostle Islands area. The health and safety of our community, employees, and visitors remains our top priority. As we continue facing uncertainty and ever-changing pandemic consequences, the Bayfield Chamber and Visitor Bureau is urging all travelers to make informed travel decisions and take the appropriate protective measures as guided by our county and state health departments.

Stay inspired to visit the beautiful natural gems in Bayfield and the Apostle Islands. For local COVID-19 information, please check with the Bayfield County Health Department at: bayfieldcounty.org/1178/CORONAVIRUS-COVID-19. For future travel inspiration, request a travel guide here: bayfield.org/request-information.

      • Be patient and stay kind–we are truly all in this together.
      • Plan your itinerary ahead of time
      • Book your lodging in advance: bayfield.org/stay
      • Bring a facemask. They are required by City of Bayfield ordnance and by State of Wisconsin order.
      • The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is open for day-use only. Take in the views while social distancing.
      • Many retailers are open with limited capacity. Be kind, be patient, and enjoy the beauty of the area while you wait!
      • Lodging establishments are modifying their procedures to prioritize your comfort and safety.
      • Many area restaurants are temporarily closed as a result of staff shortages.
      • Outdoor dining will fill up quickly–avoid the wait and order to-go
      • Madeline Island Ferry Line requires masks in the terminal building and on-board if you are not in your vehicle.
      • Apostle Island Cruises requires masks on-board on all of their tours.
      • Call your favorite campground beforehand. All are open at this time except the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore camping on the islands is NOT available.

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore accessibility:

      • Day use areas, beaches and trails at Meyers Beach and Little Sand Bay
      • Day use areas, beaches and trails on 19 park islands from 7 am to 7 pm
      • Virtual visitor services from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm daily via email, social media, and phone

Bayfield is READY & OPEN but some services are limited. Be prepared. Bring your own masks, sanitizer, wipes, and even garbage bags if there aren’t trash cans at the beach/park/trailhead where you are recreating. Remember to be patient and stay kind–we are truly all in this together.

Thank you,
Bayfield Chamber & Visitor Bureau