Oak Island

Bayfield, Wisconsin

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Come for the day or camp for the night on the highest and driest of the Apostle Islands. Much of the 11.0 miles of trails passes through shady forest and the middle of the island is the highest point on Wisconsin’s Lake Superior shore. Pristine beaches and wildlife viewing await. Walk north 100 yards from the dock on Oak Island’s west side and a trail sign will direct you onto the Loop Trail, a shady path in a pleasant, mature hardwood forest. The trail ascends slowly and gains 400 feet in the next 1.7 miles. After 1.2 miles you pass the junction of the Northwest Beach Trail and at mile 1.7 you top out near the highest point in the Apostles Islands and turn left (north) on the Overlook Trail.
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Hiking Wisconsin

by Eric Hansen, revised by Kevin Revolinski (Falcon Guides)

Come for the day or camp for the night on the highest and driest of the Apostle Islands. Much of the 11.0 miles of trails passes through shady forest and the middle of the island is the highest point on Wisconsin’s Lake Superior shore. Pristine beaches and wildlife viewing await.

Walk north 100 yards from the dock on Oak Island’s west side and a trail sign will direct you onto the Loop Trail, a shady path in a pleasant, mature hardwood forest. The trail ascends slowly and gains 400 feet in the next 1.7 miles. After 1.2 miles you pass the junction of the Northwest Beach Trail and at mile 1.7 you top out near the highest point in the Apostles Islands and turn left (north) on the Overlook Trail.

© 2016 Eric Hansen, revised by Kevin Revolinski/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Bayfield
Distance: 7.8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Season: June - September
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, 415 Washington Ave., Bayfield, 54814; (715) 779–3397; www.nps.gov/apis
Local Maps: USGS Oak Island, York Island; National Geographic / Trails Illustrated Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Map
Driving Directions: Directions to Oak Island

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