Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore was established in 1970 to preserve the naturally wild and beautiful islands just off the northwest shoreline of Wisconsin in Lake Superior. It includes 21 islands and 12 miles of mainland lakeshore. “The Friends” have been supporting the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore since 2002.

News from the Friends

Vegetation Legacies and Change Presentation, February 27, 2020
Join us for the third and final 50th Anniversary lecture hosted by Northland College. The event is free and …
Oppedahl hired at Friends of the Apostle Islands
The Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is excited to announce that Ruth Oppedahl has been hired as …
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore begins its 50th Anniversary year
Join us in 2020 as the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and its partners will celebrate the park's 50th anniversary …
The Friends reveal their new 2019 photo “MYSTIC DREAMS”
Most people experience the unforgettable sea caves and the shoreline of Devils Island by day… by kayak, by sailboat …
Welcoming Lynne Dominy, new Superintendent
She hails from Acadia National Park in Maine, but by way of Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Grand Canyon National …
Island School in 32nd Year
It is hard to determine who benefits most from every year’s Island School experience – 3 days of wilderness …
April 11th – APIS Quarter Launch and Coin Exchange
​10am at Legendary Waters Resort, 37600 Onigamiing Drive, Red Cliff, WICommemorating the release of the 2018 APIS NL coin …
Friends to Help Park With Gifts of Time & Money
​$31,000 is our contribution to the Park in 2018, and volunteers will once again be active come spring. “We …

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Your support for the Friends of the Apostle Islands makes our work possible. Consider giving today to further our mission.

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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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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.


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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