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 – Kayci Cook Collins
Kayci is the fourth generation of her family to work for the National Park Service. She served as Chief of Interpretation and Resource Education.
New National Park Service app features Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
The National Park Service just launched an app that includes an interactive map and current information about the park we love.
Lessons from the hermit in the times of COVID
Stuck inside, practicing good social distancing, my eyes drift to a large, framed map of the Apostle Islands that I keep just above my writing …
Lakeshore Logbook – Zach Rozmiarek
This former interpretive ranger says he desperately wanted to see a bear on the islands. What happened is a story he will never forget.
Watch now if you dare: Apostle Islands Folklore and Fake-lore
The ghosts of lighthouse keepers killed in a storm… is it folklore or fake-lore? The Bayfield Heritage Association presents…
50th Anniversary logo celebrates iconic beauty, experiences and cultural connections to the park we love
The designer shares the story behind the logo and how his own experiences and images played a role in its creation.
Apostle Islands ice caves remain closed
In spite of the recent cold temperatures, most of Lake Superior remains open water and the ice that has formed near the caves is unstable, …
A promise of spring in the sounds of chickadee
Some 88 percent of the bird species found in the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore migrate south for the winter, but not the chickadee.


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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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 boardwalks 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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Show your support for the Friends by purchasing merchandise including the beautiful annual Apostle Islands fine art print.
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Or reach us by mail at:
PO Box 1574
Bayfield, Wisconsin 54814

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