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.

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

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

      • 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. Most businesses are requiring them.
      • 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.
      • 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.
      • Call your favorite campground beforehand. Not all are open at this time. Apostle Islands Area Campground and Little Sand Bay is ready & open, National Lakeshore camping on the islands is NOT available.
      • Apostle Islands National Lakeshore will reopen access:
        • June 10th – for self-contained boats to dock overnight at most park docks, when fees are paid and space is available. Campfires are not permitted.  Manitou and Michigan docks will remain closed until winter storm damage repairs are completed.
        • June 20th – Little Sand Bay restrooms.
        • Select park locations will be staffed beginning Saturday, June 20th.  Phased opening of individual island campsites will begin after that, as COVID-19 mitigations can be implemented and operations can be modified.
          The following areas/services continue to be available:
        • 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 working on being READY & OPEN. As some businesses begin to open again, please note that many 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.


    Am I allowed to visit?
    Realize that Bayfield is a small city (pop. 487) with no ICU available in the entire county. Currently, there are no travel restrictions in place for Wisconsin or Bayfield County. However, your local area may still have a ‘stay at home’ order–please follow if that is the case. Read up on current county health Travel Safer Advisory here

    What’s open? Are there things to do?
    We recognize Bayfield is the hub for many outdoor activities involving natural social distancing. There are countless hiking trails, waterfalls, and beaches to enjoy. Sightseeing cruises are running multiple times per day. Kayak trips and sailboat charters are available. Many orchards and fruit farms are open. Lighthouses are closed, but you may see them from afar via cruise. A full list of business hours/availability here

    Do I have to bring a mask?
    YES! Bayfield and Ashland Counties have issued an advisory requiring masks. Most downtown businesses are requiring them. Masks are encouraged everywhere. Let’s protect each other!

    • Where can I eat?
    Check the latest availability for dine-in/outdoor/curbside pickup here

    • What should I know before visiting?
    Plan in advance. Pre-book activities when possible, as excursions are running with reduced capacity. Have your lodging booked as well. Bring a mask, be patient, be kind, and enjoy nature!

    • Where can I get a travel guide?
    Easy! View a digital version on our webpage, or sign up to get one sent to you here