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

Happy Birthday, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore!
Click here to add your birthday wish to our digital birthday card for the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore!
Where in the park is Neil? The week 22 answer is Rocky Island
An unusual aspect of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is that hunting, trapping, and fishing are permitted in the park …
Friends annouce new Executive Director position – applications now accepted
Now, celebrating the 50th year of the National Lakeshore, and with a strong Board of Directors and a growing …
Where in the park is Neil? The week 21 answer is Otter Island
Today, Neil is travelling back in time 60 years to participate in what was probably the largest campout in …
Bear Activity on Oak Island Causes Restricted Access
All public uses on Oak Island within Apostle Islands National Lakeshore are temporarily restricted to trained park staff due …
Where in the park is Neil? The week 20 answer is the Lakeshore Trail
Powerful windstorms this summer toppled hundreds of trees throughout the park, including a stand of century old red pines …
Shaw Point on Sand Island designated a National Register Historic District
The newly designated historic district holds a unique collection of three neighboring properties at Sand Island’s southeastern edge.
Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center renamed to honor David Obey
Supporters of The Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center gathered virtually and in-person on August 28, 2020 to celebrate the …


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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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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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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