Bayfield, WI and the Apostle Islands
We found a great little City Park right above Bayfield overlooking Lake Superior. The weather didn’t cooperate for the few days we were there but we did manage to take a morning tour of the Apostle Islands before the rain set in. It was a long tour, we visited nearly every one of the 21 islands which comprise the Apostle Island National Lakeshore. We enjoyed the rock formations and views of some of the lighthouses but from the lake, there was a sameness about them. We felt that they were most probably best enjoyed when accessed by sailboat or kayak.
The Town of Bayfield
Prior to written history, legends have placed the Ojibwe (Chippewa) and others, including the Huron, Ottawa and Sioux, in this area. A turning point, after the European invasion, was that the Chequamegon Bay region was developed; in 1855, the “Soo” locks at Sault St. Marie opened, allowing for the first large ships to enter Lake Superior; and in 1883, the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis, and Omaha Railroads finally steamed into Bayfield, carrying quarried rock and tourists.
“You’ve gotta try whitefish livers, it’s a specialty here.
We really thought locals were ‘pulling our leg’. Whitefish livers? Being the adventurer, Colin tried this dish and decided they were tastier than chicken livers! Cheryl was the eye-witness to this event. Walking off our meal, we strolled the town, and visiting homes that were in the local Garden Tour. A fun evening.
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Bayfield, Wisconsin, gateway to the Apostle Islands