The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore was established in 1970 to preserve the naturally wild and beautiful Lake Superior islands in northern-most Wisconsin. “The Friends” have supported the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore since 2002.

News from the Friends

Where in the park is Neil? The week 16 answer is Eagle Island
This island is the westernmost and second-smallest island in the chain and the birds like it that way.
Where in the park is Neil? The week 15 answer is Raspberry Island
Hiking, birdwatching, picnicking, boating, sailing, paddling, cross country skiing, sightseeing cruises, playing croquet, and lighthouse tours are all popular …
Share your adventure: Julian Bay after the storm
We love it when visitors to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore share their adventures, their photographs and their videos …
Where in the park is Neil? The week 14 answer is Hermit Island
This island is known to some of the locals as Wilson Island.
City of Bayfield coronavirus mask policy now in effect – what you need to know
"While indoors in any commercial business or City office, and in an Outdoor Space that is open to the …
Where in the park is Neil? The week 13 answer is Devils Island
This island is about as far from the mainland as you can go but the destination is worth the …
Mask advisory goes into effect Friday morning in Bayfield, Ashland Counties
Visitors to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore should be aware of new requirement to wear masks in certain situations …
Where in the park is Neil? The week 12 answer is Manitou Island
Fishermen began to use the camp on this island in the early 1900s, occupying a log cabin built by …


In 2020 the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore celebrates 50 years as a part of the National Park system. Join us for a year of special events and celebrations to mark the occasion.

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FAINL supports a variety of projects through funding and volunteer hours to improve accessibility to the Park for all visitors. From accessible docks and board walks to approachable information, we work to make everyone feel welcome in the Park.
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The Apostle Islands have been drawing people to the shores of Lake Superior for thousands of years and the area is filled with a rich history. Part of our mission is to help protect and preserve those valuable resources for future generations.
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We strive to build a foundation that ensures sustainable protection of all park resources – natural and cultural.
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We focus on practices and projects that safely enhance the visitor experience without compromising a sense of adventure.
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Volunteers make many of the projects in the Park possible. Consider joining our list of willing workers to help improve your National Lakeshore.
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“Your financial support for the Apostle Islands helps to secure the future of the Park.”

Erica Peterson, chair of the FAINL Board of Directors.

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PO Box 1574
Bayfield, Wisconsin 54814

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