Plan your Apostle Islands Vacation

Bayfield, Wisconsin, nestled against the south shore of Lake Superior, is an excellent destination for your Apostle Islands vacation. It’s an easy drive from Chicago and the Twin Cities, and many choices await you there. In Bayfield you can find water sports ranging from fishing and kayaking to sailing and power boating. Complete boat charters are available. Walk the brick-paved streets of this quaint old fishing village and shop in the specialty and souvenir shops. Or read a book on the porch swing of a beautiful Victorian B & B. The Apostle Islands Cruise Service offers daily cruises to see the Apostle Islands and their lighthouses. The Chamber of Commerce in Bayfield can help you with hotels. Apostle Islands camping is fun for the more adventurous. Just make sure you check with the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Park Service Headquarters before you make your plans. No trip to the Apostle Islands is complete without crossing the lake on the Madeline Island Ferry Line to visit scenic, historic Madeline Island. Cars are allowed on the Island, but you may prefer to rent a bike or moped and ride out to see Big Bay State Park and Town Park. Hike the lakeshore trail and see ancient rock formations. Or hike the lagoon trail for wetlands at their best. Madeline Island also offers complete charter services, and you may prefer to make the Island your base of operation. The Chamber there can help you. Start planning today for your Apostle Islands vacation.

1 Washington Avenue
Bayfield, WI 54850 (ferry landing on mainland)

Visit Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

In 1963 President Kennedy was so impressed with the beauty of the Apostle Islands, that he decreed that they should become the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and be protected for all time. You can enjoy their undisturbed wildness by visiting northern Wisconsin The headquarters of the park is located in Bayfield, Wisconsin, which is an easy drive from most places in the Midwest. Several water taxis operating out of Bayfield will take you out to the islands to camp, but you must check in with the park service before you go. Or, if you prefer, there is a cruise service that goes to the Islands and visits the lighthouses of the Apostles. Your visit to Apostles Islands National Park should include time to spend in both the quaint village of Bayfield and neighboring Madeline Island. Madeline Island is the only one of the Apostles that has year-round inhabitants, and they will gladly share with you their experiences, history and culture. Ask any local what it’s like to live on an island in the severe northern winter and you’ll hear stories of both high jinx and grim survival. A wide variety of both summer and winter activities await you in this area. ┬áDo it all at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.