Family Vacations in Wisconsin

Family Vacations in Wisconsin: Apostle Island National Lakeshore

The cool blue waters of Lake Superior lap at the sandstone rocks along the shores of the Apostle Islands.

The 21 islands of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore dot the coast of northern Wisconsin just off Bayfield Peninsula. The popular Madeline Island is the largest of the group and the only one that permits commercial growth. Nesting bald eagles at Bay State Park are this island's main attraction. Winter brings cross-country skiers and ice fishers to the islands. During warmer weather, visitors enjoy hiking, picnicking, scuba diving, swimming, sportfishing, hunting, excursion cruises, kayaking, camping and sailing.

Once past Madeline Island, take in the beauty of the sandscapes, sea caves and waterfalls of the lakeshore. There are woods of hemlock, white pine, and northern hardwood and pristine old-growth forests on Devils, Raspberry, Outer and Sand islands. Deer and beavers are common on the islands, as are black bears, mink, muskrat, otters, red foxes and snowshoe hares.

Fishing has become a favorite pastime, too, with the successful restoration of lake trout. Lake sturgeon, brook trout, lake whitefish, northern pike, smallmouth bass and many other types of fish are found in these serene waters.

Apostle Island National Lakeshore Information

Address: 415 Washington Ave., Bayfield, WI

Telephone: 715/779-3397

Hours of Operation: Dawn - Dusk

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