THE APOSTLE ISLANDS

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The Apostle Islands is a wild region in the Bayfield Peninsula, at the extreme north of Wisconsin, bordering the Superior Lake and a part of the Apostle Island National Lakeshore.

These Wisconsin northern islands offer hiking trails, waterfalls, ski trails, snowmobile, lakes for fishing and opportunites for camping, swimming and boating. 

Bayfield is the great hub to the islands and the region, and it also includes the popular National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum in Hayward.

See:
Best time to visit & travel to the Apostle Islands
When not to go to the Apostle Islands
What to visit the Apostle Islands
Hotels and flights to the Apostle Islands

See also: 
Best time to visit Madison and Spring Green
Best time to visit the Door County
Best time to visit Milwaukee
Best time to visit Wisconsin


WHAT TO VISIT IN THE APOSTLE ISLANDS

Bayfield, Rocky Run Resort (near Washburn) and Madeline Island (the main island, with it's La Pointe sole town) are the main references in the region.

In them or around them you will encounter what this mainly wild region has to offer: skiing and snowmobiling, blue lakes for fishing and great places for camping, swimming, boating or hiking.

National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum, in Hayward and where you can visit a gigantic fish sculpture which you can actually walk through, has become another popular attraction.


BEST TIME TO >VISIT THE APOSTLE ISLANDS

Summer is the best time to visit the Apostle Islands, namely July and August. 

June and September are also good months, but meteorological conditions are much more unstable. The possibilities of snow and harsh meteorological conditions are high even in Spring and Autumn times and some attractions are closed in the winter (the National Freshwater Fishing Hall and Museum is closed on winter weekends (after November 1st), and even regular Madeline Island ferry lines stop their activity in Winter. 

Summer temperatures average 75-80ºF (24-27ºC) during the day and 55ºF (13ºC) at night. Summer thunderstorms may create severe, rapidly changing winds and waves. Visitors should bring layers of clothing and rain gear and sea kayakers should bring both wet and dry suits. 


WHEN NOT TO GO TO THE APOSTLE ISLANDS

Even winter sports may be disrupted by the severity of the weather. Winter temperatures of -10ºF/-24ºC are very common. So, avoid the winter months, unless you are an extreme snow-sports lover. 

You should also avoid April, May, October and November -the winter's harshness and disruptions may easily extend to these months.


HOTELS AND FLIGHTS TO 
THE APOSTLE ISLANDS

Bayfield, La Pointe (in Madeline Island) or Washburn and Hayward offer a reasonable set of accommodations, though often pricey (specially in the most popular travel time, July and August). 

Madeline Island has its own airport (Madeline Airport) but the main airport is elsewhere, in the neighbouring city of Duluth, Minnesotta (Duluth International Airport).

 

 

 

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