Apostle Islands are a group of islands almost 21 of them, situated in the Lake Superior, off Bayfield Peninsula in the northern Wisconsin in the United States. There are islands named Raspberry, Otter, Devil’s Island, and Oak Island etc. There are boat cruises available for the ride. These Apostle Island cruises are offering a unique experience to the tourists visiting this area. There are several options for this three and half hour cruise, there are a number of boat options and the latest craze in them is the glass bottom boat. These tours are open between Mid-May to Mid-October.
These boats are coast guard approved boats that take the visitors for the 3 and ½ hour ride. They take the tourists through a stunning experience with the beaches, natural scenery. The places of special interest are the historic lighthouse, caves formation in the sea, rock formations along with the underwater mysteries such as the sunken ships and marine wildlife. The Ashland Bayfield Express provides convenient shuttle services to several islands also for all those who wish to explore and experience the wilderness individually. There are several places that can be enjoyed.
- Raspberry Island Lighthouse:
This lighthouse built in 1863 to mark the entrance to the west channel is the Showpiece of the Apostle Islands. Till 1947 several lighthouse keepers had stayed here for years; however now since the operation is made automatic no keepers are needed to reside here.
- Devil’s Island:
This is the farthest point of the cruise in the northern edge. The Devil’s Island is unique in the rock formations. There are dramatic rock formations and sea caves wrapping the island. The lighthouse in this was built in 1898. The same was made automatic in 1978. Even today the Devil’s Island is strong tourist attraction due to the sea caves and the natural rock formations.
- Sea Stacks:
These are stunning and beautiful rock formation at various locations that give an excellent view and offer wide opportunities to the people who love photography. There are several places where the rocks tower up above the sea level in different formations.
Apostle Islands National lake-shore supports wide range of wildlife and the visitors enjoying the boat cruise can have the opportunity watching eagles, deer and bears among the other wildlife that thrive in the natural habitat on the islands.
- Sunset points:
There are these Evening Grand Tours that take the tourists around in the cruise to witness the colorful and breath- taking sunset, indeed a stunning experience.
- Glass Bottom Tour:
These are the newest to come in operation, the boats have glass bottom and the people travelling in them can view the underwater scenario for a memorable experience. There are shipwrecks of the past as well as the underwater historic artifacts of the lake. The crystal clear water and the glass bottom of the boat give unforgettable experience to the visitors. This 3 hour tour will cost $37.95 for adults and $ 20.95 for the children between 6 years to 12 tears and for the children below 6 the fare is just $1. There are viewing wells where the enthusiastic visitors can dive to the bottom, it is indeed a comfortable adventure worth experiencing.
The Apostle Islands National Lake-shore encourage the visitors to enjoy camping in the protected area for camping for thrill and adventurous outing.