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Planning our first three day cruise in the Apostles on a 33ft Jeanneau in Mid-August. Would love any suggestions on best anchorages, things to see, avoid, etc. I have read Bonnie Dahls' guidebook, which gives a great overview, but I'd love to get some additional opinions. Thanks in advance
 

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First of all, Bonnie Dahl's book " Superior Way" is a great resource. Anchorages at Stockton Island are roomy but all so popular, so both Presque Isle Bay and Julian Bay can get crowded on the weekends. There are other good places to anchor as well, but as Bonnie points out, you need to be aware of the wind direction and how much protection that each anchorage provides or you could be in for a rough night.
Going ashore at Stockton, if you like hiking, has some nice trails. With three days, you would have time to get to Devils Island which has a lot of fascinating sea caves. Others hopefully will share their favorite places.
Although you will generally have plenty of water under your keel, the south end of several islands have a sand spit which extend out a long way from land, so watch your charts and your depth.
I will be up sailing in the Apostles Aug 10-14. Maybe see you there. My boat is in Port Superior Marina.
Hope you have a great time.
 

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Thanks for the input silverbeard. We will be up the 18-21, so we won't have overlap on this trip. I hope we both have great weather!
 

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As Silverbeard stated the winds determine your anchorage. Our favorites in the Aposles are Julien Bay at Stockton, the north side of York Island, Sand Island and may people also like Rasberry Island and the north side of Oak Island.

Day stops are good at Manitou fishing village and Devils Island.

The water has been warm again so bring your swimsuits. Last few weekends it has been in the 60's plenty warm to swim in.

Enjoy
 

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Very interested in a write up when you get back. I have sailed there before but it was a class so not much exploring went on. Was a starting point for a run from Bayfield to Duluth too, so nothing in the way of exploring there either. Would like to hear about your cruising experiences in the Apostles.
 

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mmcguire... Now that you're back, would love to hear how the trip went. We'll be up there this weekend on s/v Breezes... Wouldn't happen to be the same 33' Jeanneau would it?
 

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Capt-T, we were scheduled on the 33' Jeanneau but an electronics issue had us move over to a 36' Catalina. I hope the boat was working well for your trip! We had a great sail up to Stockton I and anchored overnight in Quarry Bay in really calm conditions. Sailed back along the eastern side of Madeline Island and made it back in just around four hours in beautiful 12-15 knot winds. We plan to make a longer trip next year to do more exploring and hiking. I would highly recommend the trip.
 

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Glad to see you had a great time, it is beautiful up there. Got any pics to share of your trip? I am not going to be able to get up there this year.
 

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Sorry, I'm bringing this thread back up even though its older but I'm going up to the Apostle's in August and chartering a boat for 4 days. What should be on my 'must do' list? What are some of the less known places? Do you have any personal favorites? Any other suggestions you have are welcome!

Cheers,
Greg
 

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Stockton Island, though a popular place, does have a couple of nice anchorages and some hiking trails. Raspberry has a lighthouse, hiking trails and a nice anchorage on the east side but you need to pay attention to the wind and wave direction or you will likely be in for a rocky night if you anchor there. As others have mentioned, Bonnie Dahl's book "The Superior Way" is a great source of information.
 

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My family really enjoyed Stockton Island. Nice beaches and hiking and a pretty snug place to anchor for the night in most wind conditions. I hope you have a great trip!

Mark
 

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Thanks again for the advice everyone. If anyone is up there, the dates I'll be up there are 25th - 28th. Send me a message if you're sailing up there!
 

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Stockton is nice, as is Raspberry. For a little less traveled area, check out the Outer Island Light, and Devil's Island Light. Devil's Island sea caves are a must if the waves are small enough. Rocky/South Twin is a nice anchorage, with decent areas to get out and stretch your legs on shore.
 

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As stated watch the wind when anchoring overnight. Plan an anchor watch or set an alarm on the GPS. A charter dragged anchor last week around the islands, grounded and called for a tow.
 
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