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Gaylord Nelson Wilderness

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Recreational Opportunities

The Apostle Islands are a premier sailing, boating, and sea kayaking destination on Lake Superior. With 154 miles of coastline, you will find numerous opportunities to walk along miles of undeveloped beaches, hike along trails though old-growth forest, or observe nature reclaiming a formerly-logged area. Opportunities for solitude are especially outstanding within island interiors, away from the shorelines.

Climate and Special Equipment Needs

Lake Superior is a cold lake, and strongly influences local weather. Be prepared for nearly any type of weather, regardless of when you visit.

You will need your own watercraft to access the islands. For those who lack their own watercraft, shuttle service is available to a small number of islands via the park's concessioner - the Apostle Islands Cruise Service. A number of outfitters also offer guided sea kayaking and sailing excursions among the islands.

Visitors are strongly encouraged to contact the park at 715-779-3397 prior to visiting to discuss weather and other important safety issues.

Safety and Current Conditions

Lake Superior is cold and unforgiving. It can appear calm and tranquil at times, but it is also capable of producing 10 to 12 foot waves within the islands. Never go out onto the lake without checking local marine weather forecasts, and always be prepared to stay on the islands at least one or two extra days if weather prevents you from safely departing.

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