The Bayfield Area Contains 4 of the 7 Wisconsin National Treasures
Bayfield County has more national designations than any other county in the Midwest. Bayfield County's list of national treasures is impressive, but when the state of Wisconsin's natural areas, fisheries, and wildlife areas are added to the list, the recreational opportunities are unrivaled. You can explore a new area every time you visit.
Let's explore 4 of the local nationally recognized treasures.
1. Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is equipped with 21 islands and 12 miles of mainland shoreline, sandstone sea caves formed by centuries of freezing, thawing and wave activity. You have access to the islands via guided cruises, island shuttle, boats or private boat charters. Madeline Island, not part of the National Park property, can be accessed by ferry most of the year and via an ice road in the winter months.
2. Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest
The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest comes with 268,700 acres of forest, streams, inland lakes and wilderness areas in Bayfield County. There are many excellent fishing opporutnities amidst the 600+ lakes. The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest also has an 8,700-acre open pine barrens area; Moquah Barrens. Mt. Valhalla Recreation Area is also located within the forest and features recreational trails, a sledding hill and chalet. Rainbow Lake Wilderness Area is a 6,583 acre area that allows both motorized and non-motorized recreational trails.
3. Frog Bay Tribal National Park
Frog Bay Tribal National Park is located on the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa reservation and protected by a conversation program to ensure pristine waters, eco-systems, and lands are preserved. This 180-acre property comes with sandy beaches, views of five of the Apostle Islands, and a 3/4 mile of Lake Superior Shoreline, and hiking trail.
4. Whittlesey Creek National Wildlife Refuge
Whittlesey Creek National Wildlife Refuge comes with 329 acres of coastal wetlands with a Class I trout stream. One of the primary goals is the restoration of coaster brook trout. Common activities in the areas including birding photography, hunting and fishing. You can find Whittlesey Creek National Wildlife Refuge just adjacent to the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center on Hwy 2.
Explore the Shore
225 E Lynde Ave
Bayfield WI 54814
Explore the Shore