How to Visit Devil's Island in the Apostles

June 2nd, 2022  |  Apostle Islands National Lakeshore | Lake Superior Wisconsin


ADVENTURE AWAITS!

If you’ve been dreaming of a vacation full of adventure and outdoor fun, look no further than the Apostle Islands in northern Wisconsin. And if you’re looking for the ultimate Apostle Islands experience, it needs to include a visit to Devil’s Island!

As one of the twenty-one islands that make up the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore on Lake Superior, Devil’s Island is the furthest northern point in Wisconsin and is without question one of the most beautiful places you’ll ever see. Dramatic sea caves and red sandstone cliffs, majestic arches, sunlight bouncing and reflecting in crystal clear waters, and an historic lighthouse keeping watch over it all.

Sound good? Let's go!!



sunset from a sea cave on devil's island in the apostle islands national lakeshore on lake superior wisconsin.


Another spectacular summer day comes to an end from inside a sea cave on Devil's Island.

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HOW DO I GET TO DEVIL’S ISLAND?

There’s only one way, and it’s across the water! If you’re up for a challenge, you can kayak out to Devil’s and then explore the sea caves and rugged coastline for an experience few ever get. A word of caution: Lake Superior is notorious for unpredictable weather, cold water, and fog. Unless you are a VERY experienced big water paddler, it’s best to book a trip with a local outfitter.

Easier, but no less fun, is to book a tour with a private charter boat, some of which bring kayaks and paddle boards along for guests to use once they reach Devil’s Island, and some that will bring your kayak along for the ride. Either way - sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride while cruising through the islands.

While those are great options for seasoned adventurers, most people who visit Devil’s Island do so aboard a tour boat operated by Apostle Islands Cruises in the beautiful harbor town of Bayfield, Wisconsin. During the narrated Grand Tour, you’ll learn about the history of the Apostle Islands while reveling in the natural beauty that abounds here.

Pro Tip: Take the Evening Grand Tour for a chance to see an amazing Apostle Islands sunset!


devil's island, apostle islands national lakeshore on lake superior wisconsin at sunset in a seacave


Sunlight and sandstone shimmer and sway in the quiet evening waters of Devil's Island.

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WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR ADVENTURE IS OVER

After you've had your fill of sea caves, sandstone cliffs, wildlife, and lighthouses, don't forget there's ample opportunity for more fun back in Bayfield, where you'll find family farms with fruits and berries to pick, orchards with every variety of apples imaginable in the fall season, and so much more!

If that isn't enough, just a short hop across the channel from Bayfield lies Madeline Island, which is probably worthy of a vacation all its own!


view from a porthole on devil's island in the apostle islands national lakeshore on lake superior wisconsin


The view from a small porthole in a sea cave on Devil's Island, on a day The Lake was dead calm.

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