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An archipelago of 22 islands in Lake Superior at the northernmost section of the Bayfield Peninsula makes up the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. In the 15th century these islands belonged to the Ojibwe Native Americans. Two centuries later came the French, fur traders and white settlers. Shuttle ferries to the islands leave from Bayfield, a charming town with many attractions for visitors: hiking trails, fishing charters, shopping, restaurants, sailing, boating and lake cruises. Meyers Beach is the launching point for kayaking the Bayfield Sea Caves along the peninsula. These copper colored tunnels in the bluffs were carved out ...

An archipelago of 22 islands in Lake Superior at the northernmost section of the Bayfield Peninsula makes up the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. In the 15th century these islands belonged to the Ojibwe Native Americans. Two centuries later came the French, fur traders and white settlers. Shuttle ferries to the islands leave from Bayfield, a charming town with many attractions for visitors: hiking trails, fishing charters, shopping, restaurants, sailing, boating and lake cruises. Meyers Beach is the launching point for kayaking the Bayfield Sea Caves along the peninsula. These copper colored tunnels in the bluffs were carved out millions of years ago and are truly beautiful to paddle through. Lake Superior’s waters can be very treacherous, however, so it’s best to paddle with one of the licensed kayaking outfitters recommended by the NPS: Adventure Vacations, Ascending Adventures, Chequamegon Adventure Company or Crawdaddy Outdoors LLC. If you have time to visit only one island make it Madeline Island, where you can get close to flora and wildlife while kayaking, walking or biking the island's trails. See what island life was like a century ago on a visit to the Madeline Island Heritage Center or the Madeline Island Museum. Each is a compound of century-old buildings filled with artifacts.

Frances Folsom
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Frances Folsom is the author of CitySpot Palermo, a contributor to the Reiskits guides to Milan and Italy's Lakes Region, and Thomas Cook's Independent Traveller USA.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: 21 islands (Apostle Islands) and shoreline encompassing 69,372 acres in Northern Wisconsin, on the shore of Lake Superior.
  • Research: Wikipedia | Wikitravel
  • Weather: Daylight | Rainfall
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  • Best Time to Visit:

    May to September