Outer Island Loop

Bayfield, Wisconsin

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The Outer Island loop includes eleven of the Apostle Islands and some of their best beaches, sea caves, and historic lighthouses. The larger islands also have extensive hiking trails. Rounding the north end of Devil’s, Rocky, and Outer Islands can be very difficult in strong northerly winds. Plan for extra time to explore the islands on foot when it is too rough to paddle. Plan on a full week to explore the islands. Planning for extra food and windbound days is especially important in the outer exposed islands such as Outer Island and Devil’s Island. By doing out and back trips to Devil’s or Outer Island from the Red Cliff or Little Sand Bay launch sites, shorter trips of 25 to 50 miles can be done as an alternative to the full outer-islands loop. TRIP HIGHLIGHTS : Excellent sea caves (Sand Island/Devil’sIsland), good sand beaches (Sand, York, Raspberry, Rocky, Outer, Stockton, and Oak Islands), hiking trails (Sand, Stockton, Outer, and Oak Islands), and historic lighthouses (Raspberry, Sand, Devil’s, and Outer Islands).
Guide to Sea Kayaking on Lakes Superior & Michigan

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Guide to Sea Kayaking on Lakes Superior & Michigan

by Bill Newman, Sarah Ohmann, & Don Dimond (The Globe Pequot Press)

The Outer Island loop includes eleven of the Apostle Islands and some of their best beaches, sea caves, and historic lighthouses. The larger islands also have extensive hiking trails. Rounding the north end of Devil’s, Rocky, and Outer Islands can be very difficult in strong northerly winds. Plan for extra time to explore the islands on foot when it is too rough to paddle.

Plan on a full week to explore the islands. Planning for extra food and windbound days is especially important in the outer exposed islands such as Outer Island and Devil’s Island. By doing out and back trips to Devil’s or Outer Island from the Red Cliff or Little Sand Bay launch sites, shorter trips of 25 to 50 miles can be done as an alternative to the full outer-islands loop.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS : Excellent sea caves (Sand Island/Devil’sIsland), good sand beaches (Sand, York, Raspberry, Rocky, Outer, Stockton, and Oak Islands), hiking trails (Sand, Stockton, Outer, and Oak Islands), and historic lighthouses (Raspberry, Sand, Devil’s, and Outer Islands).

©  Bill Newman, Sarah Ohmann, & Don Dimond/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Bayfield
Distance: 70
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: Full week trip
Season: Spring to fall, weather permitting
Local Maps: NOAA 14966 or 14973, USGS: Bayfield County at 1:100,000
Driving Directions: Directions to Outer Island Loop

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