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23rd annual Apostle Islands Sled Dog Race

February 4 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Attend the largest sled dog race in the Midwest!

Over 50 sled dog teams come to Bayfield to compete in this event. Pick your favorite team and cheer them on as they race a challenging course of hills and flats, through forests and over ice. It’s an unforgettable experience for all ages, spectators and racers alike.

There are two main races: a 10-dog, 80-mile race and a 8 dog, 60-mile race. There’s also a 40-mile Sportsmen’s Race, a 6 to 8-mile Family/Rec Race and a 6 to 8-mile Youth Race (16 and under). Multiple spectator locations are available with amenities including a warming tent, concessions and bonfires.

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Be a Voluntourist Have fun, do good!

Experience the Apostle Islands Sled Dog Race as a participating volunteer. Our voluntourism packages combine the excitement of handling the sled dogs and the thrill of the start chute with restful nights and warm firesides.We will arrange lodging, with your choice of a local hotel, condo or B&B. Meals and tickets for all of the weekend’s special events are also included. On race days you will have the chance to be right in the action or help from the sidelines. There is no better way to be a part of this remarkable event. Individuals and groups welcome.

Let us take care of the details! Call 715-779-3335 for more information on our Voluntourism packages, or visit us online.


The start/finish line is located 15 miles north of downtown Bayfield at the Echo Valley Gravel Pit on Highway 13 with the course following The Sand River Trail System of Bayfield County. Programs with a map of the course will be available at the Visitor Center of the Bayfield Chamber and Visitor Bureau (42 S. Broad St.) and on the race grounds.