Recreation Areas around Oneida

Huron Islands Wilderness


The Huron Islands Wilderness now contains a total of 147 acres and is managed by the Fish & Wildlife Service's Seney National Wildlife Refuge. All of the Wilderness is in the state of Michigan. In 1970 the Huron Islands Wilderness became part of the now over 110 million acre National Wilderness Preservation System.

The Huron Island Wilderness is located on the Huron National Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge was created in 1905, when President Theodore Roosevelt designated the 8 small islands a national bird sanctuary to protect large colonies of nesting gulls. All of the Refuge�s islands are managed as Wilderness. Lighthouse Island is the only island open to public access.

The eastern most island is known as Cattle Island in memory of the livestock marooned there in 1860 when a cargo ship, the Arctic, ran aground. This incident prompted the construction of a lighthouse on the West Huron Island, also known as Lighthouse Island. The lighthouse was completed in 1868 and is still active today.

The islands are sheer granite outcrops which rise nearly 120 feet above the Lake Superior waterline. In some areas the bare granite still shows deep grooves left by retreating glaciers, while in other areas the thin soil layer supports a ground cover with gnarled red and white pines, balsam fir, and white birch. On Lighthouse Island you will also find remnant plants from past light keeper�s gardens.

Wildlife is scarce during the winter months, only snowshoe hare and small mammals are year-round residents. Occasionally, other mammals may wander across the winter ice to explore, but they seldom take up residence. However, the islands are critically important for colonial nesting birds and they serve as a resting site for birds migrating across Lake Superior.

A half mile trail leads from the boat dock to the lighthouse and a 1 mile trail will guide you to the north end of the island.

Huron Islands Wilderness

Driving Directions


The only access to Huron National Wildlife Refuge is by boat. The refuge is located three miles off the south shore of Lake Superior. For safety purposes, always consult navigation charts for the proper location before leaving on any trip. There are public and / or private launching facilities at Big Bay, L�Anse and Skanee.

Lighthouse Island, also known as Huron Island, is the only island that is open to the public. 46 57'44.14" N -87 59'56.05" W

The refuge is not staffed and is managed by the Seney National Wildlife Refuge. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday. There is no entrance fee. 46 57'44.14" N -87 59'56.05" W

Keweenaw Waterway

At the upper and lower entrances of the Keweenaw Waterway Project on the Portage River in the Keweenaw Peninsula, Houghton County, Michigan, are two harbors of refuge. Recreational areas managed by State and local agencies at the upper entrance include boating, swimming, and picnic facilities. The lower entrance, Portage Entry, has a restroom facility and a boat launch.

Driving Directions

From Chassell, 4 miles east on US 41.

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Along windswept beaches and cliffs, visitors experience where water meets land and sky, culture meets culture, and past meets present. The 21 islands and 12 miles of mainland host a unique blend of cultural and natural resources. Lighthouses shine over Lake Superior and the new wilderness areas. Visitors can hike, paddle, sail, or cruise to experience these Jewels of Lake Superior.

Long Island Lightstation

Driving Directions

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore features several points of interest. Learn more about how to get to the park on the park website.

Wisconsin River islands in Stevens Point

Wisconsin, with its 84,000 miles of rivers and 15,000 lakes, is full of places to paddle, float, fish, or just watch and listen. The BLM has a share in all this beauty, as we manage almost 500 islands in Wisconsin's rivers and lakes. Many islands in this region were omitted from the original land surveys conducted in the 1830s and 1840s, and we don t manage all of them. Many of the islands we do manage are close to other state-owned and privately owned islands, so it's critical that visitors determine whether an island is public land before using it.

The flowages between Stevens Point and Nekoosa are chock-full of more than 60 public islands, ranging from small, low patches of willows and alder, to large stands of mixed pines and hardwoods. Below Castle Rock Lake, the islands down to Prairie du Sac are mostly floodplain forests with broad sandbars that invite paddler-campers. A few of these islands have remnant prairie and savanna vegetation.

Many public islands are perfect fishing spots, lunch stops for your next float trip, or overnight campsites. Future management plans include the posting signs so recreationists may know which ones are available for public use and local restrictions, if any.

Would you like to volunteer as a BLM public island steward? Contact Derek Strohl, dstrohl@blm.gov.

Wisconsin River Paddle

Driving Directions

Take Interstate Highway 39 North and exit onto U.S. Route 10, headed west. From central Stevens Point, take County Road HH across the Wisconsin River. Turn left onto River Road. Proceed approximately 1.5 miles to the Portage County boat launch.

Wisconsin River islands in Wisconsin Rapids

Wisconsin, famed for its 84,000 miles of rivers that meander through varying terrain and its 15,000 lakes, is full of places to paddle, float, and fish. Many islands in this region were omitted from the original land surveys conducted in the 1830s and 1840s. Because of this, there is a mixing of ownership between state-owned, privately owned islands. For those under federal management, the BLM administers to almost 500 islands throughout the area. Because of this varied ownership, it's critical that visitors determine whether an island is public land before using it.

The flowages between Stevens Point and Nekoosa are chock-full of more than 60 public islands, ranging from small, low patches of willows and alder, to large stands of mixed pines and hardwoods. Below Castle Rock Lake, the islands down to Prairie du Sac are mostly floodplain forests with broad sandbars that invite paddler-campers. A few of these islands have remnant prairie and savanna vegetation.

Many public islands are perfect fishing spots, lunch stops for your next float trip, or overnight campsites. However, there are no visitor services at any of these locations; as such, it is important to plan accordingly. If you have any questions about visiting the islands, please call (414) 297-4400.

Would you like to volunteer as a BLM public island steward? Contact Derek Strohl, dstrohl@blm.gov

Wisconsin Headwaters

Driving Directions

Coming from the North: Follow US-51S to WI-34S in Knowlton. Follow WI-34S/State Hwy 13S towards Hanson Park in Wisconsin Rapids. The exit for Hanson Park is on the right.

Coming from the South: Follow I-39N, also known as I-90W/I-94W, towards Plainfield. Take exit 136 for WI-73N/ State Hwy 13N towards Wisconsin Rapids. Follow State Hwy 13N towards Hanson Park in Wisconsin Rapids. The exit for Hanson Park is on the left.