Nestled along the south shore of Lake Superior, the historic communities of Cornucopia, Herbster and Port Wing offer beautiful beaches and quaint shops along with plenty of small town charm
Take a step back in time and explore the fishing villages of Lake Superior’s south shore.
From Bayfield, follow State Highway 13, the Wisconsin Lake Superior Scenic Byway, 21 miles north, as it makes its way along the Bayfield Peninsula until you come upon Cornucopia, Wisconsin’s northernmost town and the Western Gateway to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and the famous sea cave at Meyers Beach. This community has a historic harbor that provides a safe port for commercial fishing vessels and pleasure craft alike.
Continue on for 8 miles until you reach the village of Herbster. This former logging community, is now a quiet hamlet characterized by natural beauty, outdoor family activities, and quality art. With its popular campground right on the shore of Lake Superior and adjacent sandy beach, Herbster is a mecca for the outdoor lovers and family fun.
Nearby is the pristine Bark Bay Slough State Natural Area, where you can canoe and kayak amongst rare species of flora and fauna. Just beyond the Bark Bay Slough is a boat launching site on Bark Bay, popular with fishermen and kayakers. Within walking distance from the beach and campground is the historic log cabin gym.
The Historic Herbster Gym is a classic 1930’s WPA project, made from local logs and lumber, is currently available to the public 24/7 for basketball, volleyball, pickle ball, ping pong, and a walking area. In addition, Herbster boasts about the visual arts. The third weekend of each August, Herbster artists open their art studios to the public. This popular event showcases the artwork of painters, printmakers, fiber artists, jewelers, quilters, potters, photographers, and woodturners.
The final stop is Port Wing, another 8 miles further and named for one of Bayfield’s prominent early residents, Col. Isaac Wing. This community has two historic churches and a restored saloon, each of which have been converted into art galleries.