Explore Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
Discover the Apostle Islands’ many charms as you enjoy local culture, see a presentation on shipwrecks, learn about the region’s ecology and hear tales of early settlers.
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Program No. 12512RJ
5 days
Starts at
5 days
4 nights
12 meals
4B 4L 4D
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At a Glance

Discover the remote Apostle Islands, 22 Lake Superior isles (only one of them inhabited) off the northern tip of Wisconsin. Learn about the history of shipwrecks in this area and board a boat to discover the historic lighthouses that guide ships and boats safely through the sometimes-rough waters. In Bayfield, the small fishing town where this program is based, a National Park Service Ranger tells you more about the environment of this area including which wildflowers are in bloom.
Activity Level
Easy Going
Walking a few blocks on sidewalks; some moderate hills.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Ride the ferry to Madeline Island (the only inhabited island in the chain) to explore Big Bay State Park with its pristine barrier beach and boardwalk.
  • Delve into the history of shipwrecks near the Apostle Island in an expert presentation by the retired director of the Lake Superior Maritime Visitors Center.
  • Hear some great tales of how the locals survived in the early years in this beautiful but sometimes harsh environment.
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