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

Live Zoom event “Paddling the Apostles” set for May 25th, 7p.m.
Have you dreamed of sea kayaking the Apostle Islands? Want to hear stories of the big lake’s power and beauty, and learn tips on how …
Keep the wind in our sails!
Be the reason a child learns to kayak. Be the reason the flowers bloom at the lighthouses and the trails are accessible to all. Be …
Lakeshore Logbook – Elise Lennon
Bayfield High School students like Elise gain valuable work experience and life experience while working in the park.
Stockton Island prescribed burn and fuel reductions planned
Objectives of the prescribed cultural fire include restoring globally imperiled pine barrens habitat, with an emphasis on increasing blueberry (miin) production.
The singing wilderness: A magical night in the islands alone on a sailboat
I anchored in Frog Bay and started preparing dinner. As the sun set, the images turned into huge green ‘spikes’ of light, spurting and swirling …
Lakeshore Logbook – Merrith Baughman
Working in the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore can be a life-changing experience. It was for Merrith Baughman in more ways than one.
Remembering Dick Carrier
The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore lost an important historic figure last week. Dick Carrier, who passed away at 85, oversaw the park’s transportation program throughout …
Lakeshore Logbook – Jim Nepstad
A brush with fame on Outer Island, a hungry, reluctant mama bear and an Ojibwe ceremony are all part of this week's Lakeshore Logbook entry.


In 2020 and 2021 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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Your investment in the Friends of the Apostle Islands helps us to enhance and protect the park we all love. Learn about giving options for individuals and businesses.

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More ways to invest in the park you love

Four pillars of the Friends mission

Little Sand Bay Platform

From accessible boardwalks and docks to approachable information, Friends works to improve accessibility to the Park for visitors of all abilities.
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Sand Lighthouse

Part of our mission is to help protect, preserve and share the rich history of the Apostle Islands for future generations.
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Meyers Beach Kayakers

We focus on practices and projects that safely enhance the visitor experience without compromising a sense of adventure.
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We strive to build a foundation that ensures sustainable protection of all park resources – cultural and natural.
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Join our cause

Want to be a Friend? Invest your time, talent or treasure in the park we all love.

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Connect with us

We want to hear from you! Use our online form, email us or write us by mail at:

Friends of the Apostle Islands
P.O. Box 1574
Bayfield, Wisconsin 54814

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Shop with Friends

Show your love of the islands and support for the Friends by purchasing our beautiful annual Apostle Islands fine art prints.

Also, visit our 50th Anniversary store to see special commemorative gifts, many made by local artisans.