Before you head out, be sure to visit the National Park Service website for important information.
A place like no other in the United States is the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore which includes 21 islands and 12 miles of mainland shoreline. Dotting Lake Superior just off of the Bayfield County shoreline, the 'Apostles' have been formed by and are subject to the majesty and fury of the big lake called "Gitchigumi' by the Ojibwe tribe. Sandstone sea caves formed by centuries of freezing, thawing and wave action are a favorite travel destination in summer and winter. Summer days allow kayakers to "island hop" and on a calm day, to navigate deep into the caves to explore rock formations. In winter, spectacular ice formations hang from the caves that entice walkers, snowshoers and cross-country skiers to discover the ever changing, cathedral-like formations. (Old growth forest) Travelers can access the Apostles in a variety of ways...a guided cruise, an island shuttle, sailing or power boating, kayaking, or private boat charters.
Madeline Island, the largest of the Apostle Islands and the only island with commercial development and a year-round population, is not a part of the National Park property, but can be accessed by ferry most of the year and via an ice road in winter.