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

Celebratory candles, commitment and cupcakes mark finale of 50th Anniversary festivities
On Saturday night, September 25, 2021 Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore held a candlelight ceremony on a Lake Superior beach to celebrate, to honor, and to recommit ourselves …
Wisconsin Governor issues proclamation celebrating Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and its positive impact
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers issued a proclamation in honor of the park's first half century in existence and its positive impact on the state and its people as it begins …
Watch now: Sense of Adventure: Inspire!
In our new installment of our “Sense of Adventure” series, part of our 50th anniversary summer celebration, we will look at the many ways these islands and this lake inspire …
Lakeshore Logbook – Warren Bielenberg
One of the first park employees shares his memories of the early days of the National Lakeshore. Days filled with accomplishments and opportunities.
Ribbon cutting celebrates Wisconsin Lake Superior Scenic Byway’s national designation
The adventure and beauty of a visit to the Apostle Islands begins even before you set foot in the National Lakeshore.
Lakeshore Logbook – Heidi Van Dunk
Heidi Van Dunk started as a volunteer and wore many hats in the years that followed.
Luminaires on the Lake: Apostle Islands Anniversary Commemoration set for Saturday, September 25th
You're invited to a candlelight commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, to wrap up the year-long celebration.
New research published: Apostle Islands play key role in regional spread of American marten populations
Researchers used DNA from hair samples to estimate how many animals are in the park and where their relatives live. They published the results of that work this summer.
Park visitors praise Stockton Island amphitheater and ongoing accessibility initiatives
With tears in her eyes she expressed her gratitude for the amphitheater…
Kids paint their passion for the Apostle Islands as stewardship flags fly high at Bayfield Art Fair
Artists as young as a-year-and-a-half up to adults painted more than 100 flags showing their love for the Apostle Islands.
Lakeshore Logbook – Jim Stowell
Jim Stowell says knowing his programs connect with park visitors fills him with pride. So do the lasting relationships he built on Raspberry Island.
Experience youth stewardship art and make your own on Saturday
Come peruse the creative expression of local youth from this summer, and/or, join us in creating a visual representation and message about why you love the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore …
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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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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 while encouraging 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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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.