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Quick Fix: Apostle Islands

You don't need a boat to see this spectacular national lakeshore. Here's how to explore the best of its bluffs and beaches by foot (and paddle).

10 Hours
Paddle to Island Sea Caves

Experience an Apostles classic by launching at Little Sand Bay for a two-mile open-water crossing to 2,950-acre Sand Island. From the island’s southeastern tip, it’s a two-mile paddle north to the Swallow Point sea caves that dot the eastern shore’s peninsula. Calm waters? Explore tight squeezes, barely big enough for a boat, to caves the size of ballrooms. From Justice Bay beach, just past the caves, paddle two miles to the five-story Sand Island Lighthouse; volunteers lead tours to the top for sweeping views of Devils Island and Minnesota’s piney north shore. Turn back here to finish the 12-mile roundtrip before dark. Contact Living Adventure for rentals (866-779-9503;

Contact NPS.GOV/APIS; (715) 779-3397

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