Come and explore the “Unholy Apostles” and find out how they got that name. For scuba divers, ship wrecks abound in the Bayfield, Wisconsin region. Or for a tamer introduction to the Apostles, you can tour Apostle Islands lighthouses. The local cruise service in Bayfield offers tours daily that will show you all around the Islands and their historic lighthouses. Several of them have been restored to look exactly as they did when they were operating lighthouses. You can tour them and see how these “keepers of the light” and their families lived a hundred years ago. Apostle Islands facts are available at the National Park Service Headquarters in Bayfield, and, should you choose to camp on any of the Islands, you must check in with them. While you’re in the area, there is much more to do in the quaint village of Bayfield and the nearby historic Madeline Island. For sportsmen, fishing, sailing and kayaking are all available for charter-either bare boat or with a captain. For shoppers, Bayfield and La Pointe (the only town on Madeline Island) both offer a variety of specialty and souvenir shops. You can stroll Bayfield and see the Victorian homes built by captains and their wives over a hundred years ago. Or, a twenty-minute ferry ride will take you to Madeline Island where you can rent bikes or mopeds and visit the beautiful Big Bay State Park. Apostle Islands lighthouses will bring you to the northland; gorgeous scenery and friendly people will bring you back.
Pack your swimsuit, your snorkeling equipment and your nautical map: Apostle Islands underwater exploring is a trip back into the past. The shorelines of the Apostle Islands are a rich source of both history and geology. You can find old coins, old musket balls and Ojibwa bugle beads-even agates-just by looking underwater near the shoreline. Plan your Apostle Islands vacation around some water adventures! You can stay on historic Madeline Island and enjoy the scenery in the evening: vast panoramas of the largest lake in the world. Lake Superior water is so cold that items found underwater are in nearly perfect condition. Madeline Island, a two-mile ferry ride from Bayfield, Wisconsin, offers cabin-style lodgings as well as condominiums and campgrounds. Check with the Madeline Island Chamber of Commerce regarding availability. An outfitter can provide you with a navigational map: Apostle Islands shipwrecks can be located by contacting the national park service in Bayfield. While you’re on the Island, visit the historical museum for inter-active displays that show the history of the local Ojibwa Indians. The Island also offers many hiking trails along the lakeshore and through the wetlands. You might also be interested in renting a moped or bike, canoe or take a guided kayak tour. Apostle Islands vacation destination-yours to enjoy.
If you’re looking for a unique vacation experience, Madeline Island Wisconsin has it all. From water sports-fishing, sailing, swimming, kayaking-to hiking, camping, or just sitting on the beach, this quiet island in Lake Superior will give you the peace and quiet you’ve been looking for. From the moment you drive onto the ferry, you know that this vacation will be different. You feel the stress slipping away as you make the two mile trip across the lake to the island. The Island is an easy drive from Chicago, Madison or Minneapolis, and the Madeline Island Chamber of Commerce can provide you with all the information you need to plan your trip. The island is only 42 square miles so come and explore the hiking trails and beaches; visit the state park and see ancient rock formations and wildlife viewing areas. Madeline Island is a great place to show your kids nature and wildlife as it was intended to be. All kinds of rental equipment are available on the Island. You can rent bikes and mopeds, canoes or stand up paddle boards by the hour or by the day. You can take a guided kayak or arrange for boat tour. Boats are available for charter with captains and bare boat. Camping is certainly an option, but you can also rent a cabin or condo. And, of course, because the Island is small, you are never far from the water! So plan your vacation to this idyllic spot where summer temperatures are moderate and the air is clean and healthy.
20 Washington Avenue
Bayfield, WI 54850 (ferry landing on mainland)
Sitting on the shores of beautiful Lake Superior, Bayfield Wisconsin truly has something for everyone! See the historic Victorian homes, many of which have been turned into B & B’s. The Rittenhouse Inn offers rooms as well as delicious lunches and dinners. The Maritime Museum gives you the flavor of this old fishing town, and you can even get out on the lake yourself at any of the charter outfitters. Fishing, sailing and kayaking are all available. The Bayfield Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Bureau can help you plan these activities. Or you can walk the streets of this village and visit the shops. A wide range of goodies await you-one of the best features locally-made hand-blown glass. The kids will love the candy stores! Bayfield Wisconsin is also just a short ferry boat ride from Madeline Island. The ferry dock is easily accessible and the ride is only twenty minutes. Madeline Island also offers a wide range of activities. Bike and moped rental, kayak tours, golf, hiking, as well as shops and galleries, bars and restaurants are just a few. You’ll want to visit the scenic Big Bay State Park and take advantage of its many opportunities to see nature close up. Hike the lake trail and watch for eagles or hike the lagoon trail and see beautiful wetlands. Contact the Bayfield Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce for more information regarding your trip to the Bayfield Peninsula.
There are many reasons to head to the north woods. One of them is Madeline Island camping. Many options are available-all of them within yards of the beaches of Lake Superior. The largest body of fresh water in the world, Lake Superior surrounds this tiny island and creates a 42-square mile playground. You can opt for a primitive camp site if tenting is your preference.
Fire wood is available at both locations. However, because of invasive forest insects and diseases, firewood burned in Wisconsin campgrounds must originate from within the state and within 10 miles of the campsite. In addition, firewood that has been harvested, purchased, stored or moved through an Emerald Ash Borer quarantine area may not leave the quarantine area. For more information on campground firewood see Big Bay State park Range of Allowable Firewood.
“Take home your memories, not gypsy moths!” Inspect your vehicle and outdoor articles for gypsy moth egg masses, remove and destroy them (burn or drown in water with a little bleach) before you leave the island. Thank you for helping keep Madeline Island free of invasive species!
And of course, it’s a very short walk to the beach. To enhance your camping experience, learn about a primary feature of the island: the culture and heritage of the Ojibwa. Madeline Island treasures its connection to the ancient tribe and preserves their past at the historical Madeline Island Museum on the Island. The museum features the art of the Ojibwa, and many handmade items are for sale in the gift shop. There are also children’s books that will help youngsters learn about the first Americans to come to the Island. For a true island experience, plan some Madeline Island camping: explore the beaches and wetlands, the hiking trails and tall trees, the rock formations and the eagles that soar above them. You’ll want to come back again and again to this peaceful idyllic location.