Apostle Islands National Lakeshore was established in 1970 and subsequently got to include the Gaylord Nelson Wilderness Area which was added to the national lakeshore on December 4, 2004. The total protected area today spans 69,372 acres of land located on two different counties in Wisconsin (Ashland County and Bayfield County). The closest city to the park is Bayfield.
There are several two main ways to access the national lakeshore, that is, by road or by water. The roads that you can use include Meyers Road, off WI 13 which is about five miles east of Cornucopia (this area offers lake access and a trailhead). Furthermore, the headquarters visitor center is located about one block off WI 13 in Bayfield while the fishery exhibit (at Little Sand Bay) is about 13 miles north of Bayfield by road.
Most other amenities within the national lakeshore are only accessible by water. When you get to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, you will find several attractive features that will draw your attention including over 154 miles of shoreline, 21 islands, and 12 mainland units adjacent to the Bayfield Peninsula on the south shore of Lake Superior. You will also see several other attractive features including the largest collection of lighthouses in the U.S. National Park System.
There are also virgin stretches of sandy beach, remnant old-growth forests, and sea caves. Besides these natural attractions, visitors to the national lakeshore can also get to enjoy recreational activities including boating, swimming, fishing, hiking, camping, scuba diving, sea kayaking, interpretive programs (seasonal), cross-country skiing, hunting, and excursion boat trips.
You will also see several other attractive features including the largest collection of lighthouses in the U.S. National Park System. Visitors are also welcome to bring their dogs into the park as long as they abide by the strict park rules enforced by the management of the national lakeshore. Some of the rules include the following.
First, no dog poop should be left on site without being immediately cleaned by the dog owner. In addition, dog owners are expected to keep their dogs on a leash or in a secured enclosure at all times at the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. Generally, dog owners are expected to make sure their dogs are well-behaved and respectful of the resources in the protected area.