Who needs the ocean? Here on the South Shore of Lake Superior, we have some of the most immaculate, awe-inspiring beaches in the country. Come explore!
- Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Beaches
With over 69,000 acres of pristine shoreline, this national lakeshore offers several incredible beaches as well as lush wilderness areas, historic lighthouses, extraordinary sea caves, and enough outdoor adventures to satisfy the most ardent nature lover.
Composed of 21 islands just off of the Bayfield Peninsula – 22 if you count Madeline Island – visitors can enjoy boating, camping, fishing, hiking, kayaking, and more.
Two of its most popular beaches are Meyers Beach, which offers a huge stretch of sandy shoreline and kayaking access to the beautiful mainland sea caves, and Julian Bay in Stockton Island, home of the famous singing sand beach.
- Big Bay Town Park
2305 Town Park Circle, La Pointe, WILocated across from Bayfield on Madeline Island, this award-winning campground and family park is home to what many consider the “best beach in northern Wisconsin.”
Featuring a pristine 2.5-mile beach, Big Bay Town Park offers up to 61 campsites and several outdoor adventures and activities such as fishing, swimming, biking, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, bird-watching, and more.
The park can be accessed via ferry from downtown Bayfield. Electric and non-electric camp sites are available. Visitors also have easy access to Madeline Island’s famous Big Bay Lagoon.
- Little Sand Bay Recreational Area
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, 34155 WI-13, Bayfield, WI Just 15 minutes north of downtown Bayfield via Old County Highway K, the Little Sand Bay Recreational Area is a favorite among boating and outdoor enthusiasts.
Featuring a dock and boat ramp, Little Sand Bay also has a wide swath of sandy beach and a campground with over 40 sites. Its clean sands and clear waters are great for fishing and swimming. The campground offers a variety of amenities such as picnic areas, RV access, restroom and shower facilities, a gazebo, fish cleaning areas, and a sports field.
Owned and operated by the Town of Russell, the area has everything a family needs to enjoy hassle-free camping and relaxing at the beach. Electricity, firewood, and ice are readily available. Numerous water spigots are located throughout the campground as well.
- Bayview Park
543-1783 Lake Shore Dr E, Ashland, WI
Located along the shore of Chequamegon Bay in the City of Ashland, Bayview Park is home to a well-maintained beach and recreational park that features a ship-themed playground and a wooden pier.Just half an hour south of downtown Bayfield, this hidden gem offers convenient access to great fishing and swimming.
The City of Ashland has recently acquired a grant to develop plans for constructing a new pier for the park with improved safety and accessibility.
- Herbster Campground
Bark Point Road, Herbster, WI 54844 Less than 10 minutes west of Cornucopia, this beautiful campground offers campers a front row seat to a scenic beach with some of the most spectacular views of Lake Superior on the South Shore.
The beach is clean and offers popular activities such as swimming, boating, kayaking, and fishing. This family favorite features comprehensive amenities ranging from wooded campsites and a boat launch to a pavilion, playground, and free Wi-Fi.
- Port Wing Sandy Beach and Marina
9130 Beach Rd, Port Wing, WI 54865 Located just around half an hour from Bayfield, the serene village of Port Wing is known for its long stretches of pristine sandy beaches. The main beach is right next to Port Wing Marina, which offers shower facilities, fuel and pump out, shore power and water, and seasonal and transient slips. There are picnic areas and a campfire pit as well.
Sandy beaches also line the shore along the Port Wing Boreal Forest, a state natural area. Quarry Beach, which has been voted one of the best beaches in the South Shore (Lake Superior Magazine), is simply gorgeous.