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Difficulty: Moderate

Sand Island – Paddle + Hike trail is located from Sand Bay in Wisconsin’s Bayfield County. This is a 11 mile (17.7 km) out and back trail on the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore’s Sand Island. The trail departs from Sand Bay by sea kayak for 4.5 miles to Sand Island’s East Bay Dock then a 1 mile hike to the Sand Island Lighthouse on the northern tip of the island. The east coast of the island features some beautiful sea caves. Professional guides are recommended particularly for novice kayakers.

Sand Island Lighthouse was built in 1881 and stands 44 feet tall (13.4 m.). The light tower begins as a square rising, then gracefully flows into an octagon surmounted by the lantern and walkway. Carved wood trim decorates the steeply sloped gable end of the quarters. National Park Service volunteers provide tours of the lighthouse, usually during the hours of 12:00 noon and 4:00 pm.

For a full list of hiking trails visit the Lake Superior Hiking Trails Blog

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