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Frog Bay Tribal National Park Bayfield Wisconsin

Frog Bay Tribal National Park Bayfield Wisconsin

Frog Bay Tribal National Park Bayfield Wisconsin

Frog Bay Tribal National Park is the first national tribal park in Wisconsin and all of the United States. The property is owned by the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and has 180 acres, of which, there are two trails open to the public.

Address:
Frog Bay Tribal National Park Bayfield Wisconsin
92070 Frog Bay Rd
Bayfield, WI 54814

Map Frog Bay Tribal National Park

The park has a Bayfield address but is in Red Cliff, Wisconsin
The land is owned by the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa band of Ojibwe Native Americans. The Red Cliff Band is located on the Red Cliff Indian Reservation, on Lake Superior in Bayfield County, WisconsinRed Cliff, Wisconsin




Frog Bay Tribal National Park Bayfield Wisconsin

Parking: Anywhere in the u-shaped turning area.
Admission: As of this date it is free.  There is a donation box by trail #2 that I talk about below.

Trail #1Trail Through Woods:
The first trail starts at the bridge and leads you through a lush boreal forest with what I like to call tripping tree roots. You just have to watch the ground in a few spots …they will get you, a few times if you are not careful 🙂 This trail is about 1.5 miles one way to the shoreline.

Frog Bay Tribal National Park Bayfield Wisconsin

Tree Markers Keep You On The Path:
If using the trail through the woods look for trail markers and stay on the trail. The trail is easy to follow by looking up at the tree markers.



The trail winds over streams that have cut log bridges and also additional wooden bridges.

Frog Bay Tribal National Park Bayfield Wisconsin

Lichens, Moss and Mushrooms – Oh, My! 

If you are a moss and lichen fan – the bright green coloring of the forest and varieties of moss and lichens are outstanding!

Frog Bay Tribal National Park Bayfield Wisconsin

Lichens and Moss are thick, vivid and a rich, striking green. I have never been to a place with so many varieties in such a short distance.

Frog Bay Tribal National Park Bayfield Wisconsin

Plenty of varieties of mushrooms for fungi fans too. The sweating of the mushrooms shows that the conditions are perfect to grow thick and fast. 

Wildflowers Too

Frog Bay Tribal National Park Bayfield Wisconsin

These beautiful Fringed Polygala wildflowers caught my camera’s attention, but I can assure you there are many, more wildflowers to look at if you have an eye out for them in the spring.

Beautiful Waters of Frog Bay

Frog Bay Tribal National Park Bayfield Wisconsin

The ravine gives you little glimpses of Lake Superior gleaming waters before you arrive at a smaller section of beach.
Frog Bay Tribal National Park Bayfield Wisconsin

The lake water meeting the sand has warm, golden tones and the lapping waves are enough to lull anyone to sleep.

Frog Bay Tribal National Park Bayfield Wisconsin

A little further down the path or shorline with you wish, you arrive at the larger beach. Which is where trail #2 comes out.

Trail #2
Frog Bay Tribal National Park Bayfield Wisconsin

Trail number two starts a short distance away from trail #1 at the top.  The trail is to your right, before the circle turn around when you arrive.

Frog Bay Tribal National Park Bayfield Wisconsin

This path is a much shorter and wider path to the beach.  About 1/4 of a mile in length.

Frog Bay Tribal National Park Bayfield Wisconsin

The larger beach has what I believe to be an old boathouse.

Frog Bay Tribal National Park Bayfield Wisconsin

The beach also, an old cabin and a clear view of a few of the Apostle Islands.

Thanks for tagging along to Frog Bay Tribal National Park Bayfield Wisconsin!  Now, get out there and explore somewhere yourself….

Frog Bay Tribal National Park Bayfield Wisconsin


 

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