Things To Do In the Apostle Islands Area

Updated: Jan 1

Spoiler alert; I'm an outdoor enthusiast, so most of my recommendations revolve around getting outside.


Hey, we're a paddling outfitter, so that comes first, right? When it comes to getting out in the islands, you need at least a full day. Sand, York, Raspberry, Oak, Hermit, Basswood, and Madeline are all within reach for novice to intermediate sea kayakers, so long as the weather is cooperating.

But for first-timers we recommend taking a tour. We offer half-day tours to the world-famous sea caves which are actually on the mainland. (You need at least a full day to kayak out to an island) We also run kayaking/hiking trips to Sand Island. You can check out what we offer here.


The area has some great hiking options. The best all-around resource we've found is the Landmark Conservancy Trails guide. Also great options are Mt. Valhalla Recreation Area which is part of our National Forests, and Mt. Ashwabay Ski Area which has great summer hiking with views of several of the Apostle Islands from the top. You can just head up the hill from the ski lodge or hike one of the many marked ski trails.

There are also thousands of acres of public land throughout our local county and national forests, free to roam.

Road Biking

County Highway C between Cornucopia and Washburn is 20 miles of low-traffic (usually) biking. Some folks pedal the peninsula by connecting County C with Hwy 13 for a 52 mile ride.

Forest Road 236 runs from Ino to Highway C and is fairly famous for it's almost zero traffic and smoothly paved roads. Head up highway C to the 236 pull-off and park. You can ride 40 miles round trip from Ino and back.

Trail Biking

Our area has recently gained a lot of press as being one of the top mountain bike single track destinations in the upper Midwest. CAMBA north is located at the previously mentioned Mt. Ashwabay ski area, which also hosts great winter fat biking opportunities.

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