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

On the Islands and on the air: Apostle Islands Symposium recap on Wisconsin Public Radio
Hosted by award-winning radio personality Robin Washington, the first half of the hour-long program offers a taste of several of the nearly 30 programs given …
Friends teams up with Bigtop Chautauqua to celebrate Earth Day and the Islands
Cue the stage lights, strike up the band, or at least tune in at 7 pm on Friday, April 23rd for a Tiny Tent Show …
Lakeshore Logbook – Jason Johnson
Operating a park vessel in sea conditions greater than five feet and actually rescueing someone in these conditions is an amazing feeling.
A is for Apostle Islands—virtual book reception and reading on April 26
Join this celebration of the Apostle Islands 50th and the forthcoming book A is for Apostle Islands, an ABC book for all ages!
Watch now: celebrating the science, arts and future of the Apostle Islands
Watch, learn and enjoy hearing from experts in all aspects of the national lakeshore, as we celebrate the first 50 years of the park we …
Lakeshore Logbook – Sheree Peterson
APIS was a fairly new park, and no one that I knew had even heard of it. But I loved Lake Superior, and headed north …
A challenge for participants and for you, as the Apostle Islands 50th Anniversary Resource Stewardship Symposium ends
Saying, "stewardship starts with collaboration," Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Superintendent Lynne Dominy closed the 2-day online symposium with three questions.
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore reopens island camping for summer 2021
Great news! Access to island camping, including group, individual, and primitive zone camping will reopen for the summer of 2021.


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 support for the Friends of the Apostle Islands makes our work possible. Consider joining our cause to further our mission. Learn about giving options.

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More ways to invest in the park you love


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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Join our Cause

Learn more about the Friends of the Apostle Islands and see how you can get involved.

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Contact Us

Get in touch using our online form

Or reach us by mail at:
PO Box 1574
Bayfield, Wisconsin 54814

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Read the latest news from the Friends, in this chronological feed, starting with our most-recent stories.

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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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And check out the 50th Anniversary store.