Apostle Islands will open docks to boaters

Campsites on islands will open in phases starting after June 20.

A Manitou Island dock at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore sustained damage. Storms take their toll on the islands every year, and it will take several weeks to assess the damage, said park superintendent Lynne Dominy in a statement. (Submitted photo)

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is expanding recreational access for self-contained boaters to include overnight use of most park docks as state and federal COVID-19 restrictions relax.

National Park Service officials on Monday said overnight docking will start Wednesday for self-contained boats at most sites. Manitou and Michigan Island docks will remain closed due to winter storm damage. Campfires are not permitted.

On June 20, the park plans to begin staffing some locations as usual for summer months, and the Little Sand Bay restrooms will reopen.

Camping on the islands is still prohibited, but phased opening of individual island campsites will begin after June 20 as COVID-19 mitigations can be implemented and operations can be modified.

Day use areas, beaches and trails at Meyers Beach and Little Sand Bay are already open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.


For more information about Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, go to , email or call 715-779-3398.

John Myers reports on the outdoors, natural resources and the environment for the Duluth News Tribune. You can reach him at
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