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Land That I Love QBOM #5- January
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, WI
The Apostle Islands sit nestled in the shoreline of Lake Superior just a short two hour drive east of Duluth, near Bayfield, WI. Nearly 70,000 acres, spread over part of the mainland and 21 islands, the Park is a gorgeous mixture of land and water and the effects of years of erosion.
There are over fifty miles of trails wandering over the islands and mainland that lead to any of the six historic lighthouses on the islands as well as the remains of Bass Island Brownstone Quarry, historic farm sites and logging camps, and last but not least amazing breathtaking views of the mighty Superior and the Islands she manipulates.
Although the park remains open year round, some trails are not always accessible. However, the Mainland Sea Caves are a rare site as they are toured in the summer by canoe, and in the winter when the ice forms along the Lake Superior shoreline, people hike out onto the lake and tour the caves on foot.
The Park is a beauty at any time of year, and hosts an abundance of history on the islands however even more history lies hidden beneath the water amongst the many islands, in the form of the remains of shipwrecks from hundreds of years of exploring and shipping. Tours in glass bottom boats offer visitors an opportunity to see the many shipwrecks and underwater life.
Apostle Island National Park is an island vacation in our own backyard!
Want to learn more about this national park? Visit https://www.nps.gov/apis/index.htm