Apostle Islands, Wisconsin: Kayak Through Sea Caves And Explore Untamed Wilderness On Lake Superior

Scattered like jewels in the cold blue waters of Lake Superior are a collection of wild islands that locals simply call The Apostles. Wisconsin’s Apostle Islands are a dream world, a place filled with sea caves, deserted beaches, and old lighthouses that still signal across waters littered with the wrecks of old sailing schooners.

For visitors, reaching this pure, remote beauty takes a bit of effort, but when you arrive at the islands, you’ll know why you came here. You’ll see the reasons around every turn – in the sculpted rock formations, in the rare and fragile wildflowers, and in the delicate bird tracks that dance across otherwise undisturbed sandy beaches. These islands will quickly become your islands, and like the locals, you’ll soon just call them the Apostles.

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No matter how you choose to explore the Apostle Islands, one thing is certain: you will never forget them.

General Information about the Apostle Islands:

Accessibility: The National Park Service has taken many measures to improve the accessibility of the islands, including adding paved paths and boardwalks, accessible campsites, and accessible features to the visitor centers. For more information about accessible areas, click here.

Pet Friendly: Leashed pets are allowed.

Parking: paid overnight parking ($10) is available at the Apostle Islands Bayfield Headquarters.

Seasonal Access: The Islands are open all year but are more challenging to access during the shoulder seasons and winter. The ferry shuts down for a period of time each winter when the ice prevents boats from crossing.

Cost: There’s no entrance fee, but there are fees for camping and lighthouse tours.

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