Communities

Bayfield sits on the eastern edge of the Bayfield peninsula overlooking Lake Superior. National Scenic Byway, Highway 13 is the main traffic artery that wraps around the peninsula.  

Whether coming from the east or west, you’ll pass through a number of small communities, each with its own unique charms.

Washburn - Head north 10 miles on National Scenic Byway Highway 13, from the Ashland roundabout on Highway 2, you’ll hit Washburn. Tucked between the shore of the Chequamegon Bay of Lake Superior and the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest there is no shortage of space for you to spread out and enjoy all the natural beauty. 

Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa - From Bayfield, follow Highway 13 north for about three miles where you will find Red Cliff. Known as a fishing community, it’s among the smallest of the Indian reservations in Wisconsin today.

Cornucopia - From Bayfield, follow Highway 13, 21 miles north, as it makes its way along the Bayfield Peninsula until you come upon Cornucopia. It’s Wisconsin's northernmost town and the Western Gateway to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and the famous sea caves at Meyers Beach.

Herbster - Continue on from Cornucopia for 8 miles until you reach the village of Herbster. This former logging community is now a quiet hamlet characterized by natural beauty, outdoor family activities, and quality art. 

Port Wing - The final stop is Port Wing, another 8 miles further and named one of Bayfield’s prominent early residents, Col. Isaac Wing. This community has two historic churches and a restored saloon, each of which have been converted into art galleries. 

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