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Encounter Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

October 19, 2013 by

Apostle Islands Kayaking

Camping along the windswept beaches and cliffs found among the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore offers campers the opportunity to experience a unique landscape where water meets land and sky.

The 21 islands and 12 miles of mainland offer a unique blend of cultural and natural resources with a number of lighthouses nestled within the area that shed their light over Lake Superior and the new wilderness areas. Campers can enjoy hiking, paddling, sailing, or even a cruise during their stay.

Apostle Islands Camping


Along with a wilderness experience, the Apostle Islands offer campers a chance to experience historic culture. Today, modern campers enjoy the same shoreline clearings that were once stopping places for prehistoric Indians and fur traders. Over time, many of these same clearings became sites for homes and workplaces for pioneer farmers, fishermen, and lumberjacks.

Camping zones can be found on 15 of the islands in the national lakeshore for campers who want to encounter a remote backcountry experience. Permits are required for all camping in the national lakeshore which allows campers to reserve campsites.

Individual campsites can be reserved for one to seven people at $10 a night a month in advance, while group camps for 8-20 campers can be reserved starting the second week of January for $20 per night. Pictures and descriptions of the campsites are available online.

Kids at Apostle Islands

Kids Love the Adventure of Apostle Islands

Kids will enjoy exploring the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. Whether they run along the sandy beaches, paddle a kayak along the shore to explore sandstone caves, or visit one of the many lighthouses, kids will find plenty to do.

Visitors to the park can also take their own boat out onto Lake Superior, or rent a kayak from one of the outfitters who also offer guided trips. Water taxi services and sailboat rentals are also available in nearby Bayfield.

As a family you can take advantage of a cruise that carries you past the Devils Island sea caves or enjoy a sunset cruise to the mainland caves. No matter how you pass the time, you and the kids will return home with stories about the coolest vacation they’ve ever had.

Photo credits: TimWilson, mjmonty, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

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