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compiled 3/2002 by Chris Wein
Emergency/Search Agency Weather Maps and Charts Camping Shipwrecks/Abandoned Vessels Day Trips under 10 Miles

map of Apostles area

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Headquarters
(aka Bayfield Visitor Center)
Route 1, Box 4
Bayfield, WI 54841
(715) 779-3397
Visitor Information Recorded Message (715) 779-3398
http://www.nps.gov.apis/

Located in the old Bayfield County Courthouse on Washington Avenue between Fourth and Fifth Streets, Bayfield.

Little Sand Bay Visitor Center
(715) 779-7007
Located on Little Sand Bay Road, 13 miles north of Bayfield, WI.

Meyers Beach
stairs to beach, picnic area, vault toilet, trailhead
Located on Meyers Road, off Highway 13 about 5 miles east of Cornucopia

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Emergency/Search Agency Contacts

Marine radio: channel 16

Phone (daytime): (715) 779-3397 (NPS Apostle Islands HQ)

Phone (after 6 PM): (715) 373-6120 (Bayfield County Sheriff)

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Weather

Marine radio: WX-1 or WX-2

Internet:

Bayfield, WI (via CNN)

Lake Superior Near Shore Marine Forecast (US)

Lake Superior Open Water Forecast (US)

Great Lakes Marine: West Lake Superior (Canada)

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Maps and Charts

Topo map:

National Geographic: Trails Illustrated
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
Wisconsin
($9.95)

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Map (PDF) 121 kb

NOAA charts:

14973 Apostle Islands

14966 Western Lake Superior

14960 Lake Superior


Mini-Chart of the Apostle Islands
(not for navigational purposes)

Click on chart to see full size

apostles chart thumbnail


Distance chart (courtesy NPS)
Click on chart to see full size

mileage chart thumbnail

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Camping

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore (islands)

Township of Russell (Little Sand Bay) (mainland)

Red Cliff (mainland)

All information valid as of 03/2002


Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Individual campsites are available on Basswood (6), Cat (1), Devils (1), Ironwood (1), Manitou (1), Michigan (1), Oak (5), Otter (1), Outer (1), Rocky (7), Sand (3), South Twin (4), Stockton (21), and York (3) Islands.

Group campsites are available on Basswood (1), Oak (2), Sand (2), and Stockton (3) Islands.

Permits can be obtained in advance, allowing campers to reserve the lakeshore's individual and group campsites. Permits should be obtained prior to departure for the islands. Each permit is good for up to 14 consecutive nights of camping. Camping permits are nontransferable. Campsites will be assigned when a reservation is made.

Individual campsites, which accommodate one to seven people, can be reserved up to 30 days in advance of the start of a trip. A $15 nonrefundable administrative fee will be charged for processing the camping permit. This fee must be paid (by credit card, check, or cash) at the time the reservation is made.

A party of eight or more people is considered a group. All groups must use designated group campsites. The park accepts group camping permit reservations beginning in January for that year. Please contact the park for details on how to reserve group campsites. A nonrefundable administrative fee of $30 must be paid (by credit card, check, or cash) for a group camping permit reservation when the reservation is made.

Reservations can be made according to the guidelines above, daily, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central Standard Time. To make reservations or for more information please call (715)779-3398, extension 6.

The name appearing on the permit is the individual that will be held legally responsible should anyone in the party fail to comply with the conditions of the permit.

Permits must be picked up in person at the lakeshore's Bayfield Visitor Center. Campers must occupy the campsite by 6pm or it may be reassigned. Any permit unclaimed at 6pm on the first day of its itinerary will be cancelled unless the camper calls that day to inform staff of late arrival or change to itinerary. Reservations can be changed one time before the departure date without additional fees. Anyone calling and canceling a permit will be allowed to reschedule for free within one month of call.

If you need to change your itinerary once your camping trip is underway, you must present your camping permit to park staff and they can assist you.

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Township of Russell campground (Little Sand Bay)
10 sites, vault toilets, NO reservations
(715) 779-3247
Camping: $6/site/day
Launch: $1/kayak.

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Red Cliff Marina and Campground
40 sites, some facilities, reservations
(715) 779-3743
Camping: available
Launch: $2/kayak
Parking: $2/day per vehicle

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Daytrips under 10 miles

  • Basswood Island (island and sea stack)
    Route: Bayfield to Basswood, head west around island

  • Meyers Beach (sea caves)
    Route: head east along mainland

  • Shipwrecks: Fedora, Ottawa & Coffinberry
    Route: Depart Red Cliff, head west along mainland

  • York Island (sand spit)
    Route: Depart Little Sand Bay, head east along mainland, cross to sand spit

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Shipwrecks/Abandoned Vessels

  • H.D. Coffinberry (steamer)
    Location: northern edge of Red Cliff Bay, parallel to the Ottawa
    Depth: 5-12 feet, portions extend above surface
    Note: can be seen from kayak, visibility permitting

  • Faithful (tug)
    Location: Southwestern shore of Outer Island
    Depth: scuttled on the island
    Note: the hull is nearly covered with sand

  • Fedora (steamer)
    Location: Buffalo Bay, just out of Bayfield
    Depth: less than 10 feet, portions extend above the surface
    Note: can be seen from kayak, visibility permitting
    GPS: N 46 deg 51.588', W 90 deg 46.709'

  • Noquebay (schooner-barge)
    Location: Stockton Island, Julian Bay
    Depth: 8-12 feet
    Note: can be seen from kayak, visibility permitting
    Sometimes there is a bouy on this wreck...
    GPS: N 46 deg 55.568 min, W 90 deg 32.717 min

  • Ottawa (tug)
    Location: northern edge of Red Cliff Bay, parallel to the Coffinberry
    Depth: 12-16 feet
    Note: can be seen from kayak, visibility permitting
    GPS: N 46 deg 52.978 min, W 90 deg 45.814 min

  • Pretoria (schooner-barge)
    Location: 1 mile northeast of Outer Island
    Depth: 55 feet
    Note: scuba dive to see this one, unless you are a freediver!
    GPS: N 47 deg 05.36 min, W 90 deg 23.66 min

  • Sevona (steamer)
    Location: Sand Island shoals (north of the island)
    Depth: 18-20
    Note: you need to snorkel, freedive or scuba dive to see this one
    GPS: N 47 deg 00.410 min, W 90 deg 54.520 min
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