Tombolo

Bayfield, Wisconsin

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Take a turn across two islands—Presque and Stockton—which became one over the centuries due to the wear and tear of Lake Superior’s waves. A boardwalk crosses a notable dune and bog ecosystem and leads to a splendid beach walk that may include a bit of wading. Ask most visitors to the Apostle Islands how the lake shapes the shoreline and they would point to the sea caves. Those sandstone caverns are a clear example of waves, ice, and time nibbling away at rock with grains of sand washing away. Waterborne sand, perhaps even the same grains, is also an element in the landscape of this hike. Here, however, the process adds to the shoreline, forming sandbars that mature into vegetated dunes as the lake recedes.
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Hiking Wisconsin

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

Take a turn across two islands—Presque and Stockton—which became one over the centuries due to the wear and tear of Lake Superior’s waves. A boardwalk crosses a notable dune and bog ecosystem and leads to a splendid beach walk that may include a bit of wading.

Ask most visitors to the Apostle Islands how the lake shapes the shoreline and they would point to the sea caves. Those sandstone caverns are a clear example of waves, ice, and time nibbling away at rock with grains of sand washing away. Waterborne sand, perhaps even the same grains, is also an element in the landscape of this hike. Here, however, the process adds to the shoreline, forming sandbars that mature into vegetated dunes as the lake recedes.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Bayfield
Distance: 3.8
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: June - September
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Apostle Islands National Lake- shore, 415 Washington Ave., Bayfield, 54814; (715) 779–3397; www.nps.gov/apis
Local Maps: USGS Stockton Island; Trails Illustrated Apostle Islands
Driving Directions: Directions to Tombolo

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