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

Lakeshore Logbook – Daniel Blankenship
During his off hours, Daniel led a group of kayakers who learned first-hand that the lake is the boss and her mood can change in minutes.
This month: 50th Anniversary exhibit at Washburn Cultural Center
Visit the Washburn Cultural Center to explore and enjoy the intersection between art, poetry and science this month.
Buy and fly a 50th Anniversary burgee!
Flying the flag on your boat or anywhere else you like is a great way to show your love of the islands. Get them while they last!
Lakeshore Logbook – Jerry Banta
Former Superintendent Jerry Banta's Logbook entry reflects more than a decade of accomplishments and memories.
June 10th solar eclipse: what you’ll see from the Apostle Islands
The good news is that we will be able to see some of the eclipse from the Apostle Islands, weather permitting. The bad news is that the best part will …
Scientists discover tiny new species on Outer Island
You'll need a microscope to see it but this tiny life form could unlock secrets about environmental changes of the past to help predict the future.
Prescribed pile burns scheduled for Raspberry and Michigan Islands during week of June 13th
Piles of accumulated wood debris at the Raspberry and Michigan Island light station cultural landscapes will be burned later this month.
Project update: accessible amphitheater construction nears completion Stockton Island
National Park Service crews are assembling the new accessible amphitheater on Stockton Island, helping to make the islands experience more accessible for all.
Lakeshore Logbook – Josh Sweet
It doesn't take long for the Apostle Islands to make a big impression, as you'll discover in this week's Lakeshore Logbook entry.
Watch now: Paddling the Apostles – Sense of Adventure series premiere
Paddling the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is an experience like no other in the world. Only in the park can you experience the combination of stunning sandstone sea caves carved …
You can solve Apostle Islands History Mysteries this summer
The Apostle Islands are full of nature's beauty, wildlife and adventure. The Islands also have a rich and varied human history. This summer, as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of …
A day at the beach: Friends volunteers help to restore the Lakeshore’s sandscapes
Thanks to the Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore volunteers who spent a day planting beachgrass at Little Sand Bay on the mainland, as well as on Raspberry Island.
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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 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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Friends of the Apostle Islands
P.O. Box 1574
Bayfield, Wisconsin 54814

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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.