Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

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415 Washington Ave.
Bayfield, WI 54814

715-779-3397

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Your hometown national park preserves and protects 21 of the scenic Apostle Islands, 12 miles of mainland shoreline north of Bayfield, and 7 historic light stations, including the Ashland Harbor Breakwater Light, visible from Ashland’s waterfront. Experience wilderness, while enjoying sailing, sea kayaking, boating, camping, hiking, sightseeing cruises, and the famous sea/ice caves. Plan your visit at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center 2 miles west of Ashland, or the main park visitor center in Bayfield.

Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, we are expanding recreational access within the Lakeshore.

Beginning June 10 (Wednesday), park docks will be available for overnight use to self-contained boaters when fees are paid and space is available. Manitou and Michigan docks will remain closed until winter storm damage repairs are completed.

At this time, overnight camping will remain suspended and campfires are not permitted. Phased opening of individual island campsites will begin at a later date, as COVID-19 mitigations can be implemented and operations can be modified.

We encourage visitors to continue to follow CDC guidance to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, and Recreate Responsibly, including regular hand washing, maintaining social distancing, and avoiding gathering in large groups on docks.

In addition to overnight docking, the following areas of the park are also currently available:

  • Day use areas, beaches and trails at Meyers Beach and Little Sand Bay.
  • Day use areas, beaches and trails on 19 park islands from 7 am to 7 pm.
  • Park rangers are available to answer questions, daily from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm, via email, Facebook, and phone:  715-779-3398 x2 or apis_information@nps.gov

For up to date information on the park conditions at any time, visit:  go.nps.gov/ApostleConditions.

To read the full Press Release: https://www.nps.gov/apis/learn/news/increases-recreational-access-to-self-contained-overnight-boaters.htm

Ashland Chamber’s Business of the Week for March 16, 2020:
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Each week the Ashland Chamber of Commerce highlights a business on Heartland Communications radio station WATW 1400AM.  The Chamber draws a name from our membership and the radio station writes a 30-second ad exclusively for that business.

Click the link below to hear the ad:
https://www.visitashland.com/files/Apostle-IslandsNationalLakeshore20.mp3

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