Located on the northern tip of Lake Superior and consisting of 21 unique islands, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore offers untouched beauty and fantastic recreational activities. Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is a very diverse area that is comprised of beaches, cliffs, water, and the 21 islands. In total the Lakeshore encompasses a gigantic 69,372 acres and is well known for its historic lighthouses, sandstone sea caves, old-growth remnant forests and natural animal habitats.
The history of the park dates back to when the Apostle Islands were part of the glaciers that once covered North America. Although the exact history of human inhabitants on the islands isn't known, it is widely believed that Indians were the first to inhabit the island during the 14th century. The lakeshore was officially protected in 1970 and in 1986 all ownership of the lighthouses were transferred to the National Parks Service.
Since there are so many different islands within the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore the options for recreational activities are abundant. Lake Superior is known for being an incredible fishing and boating destination but the waters are also great for scuba diving and kayaking. If you want to learn more about the history of the islands you can go on ranger led tours of the lighthouses at Devils, Michigan, Raspberry and Sand islands or participate in campfire programs at the Presque Isle on Stockton Island.
Due to the islands only being accessible via boat, no RVs are allowed to camp throughout the lakeshore. Despite this, you do have the option to stay the night at one of the 60 campsites located in nearby Big Bay State Park. Sites can be reserved or claimed on a first come, first served basis. Peak season at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore runs from May until mid-October.