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 – Stu Whipple
In his logbook entry, Stu Whipple writes about being a conduit between park visitors and the natural and cultural wonders of the parks, its history, meaning and promise to the …
Lakeshore Logbook – Jim Feldman
Like the lighthouse keepers before him, Jim Feldman learned that island living can be solitary living. And he learned to love it.
Live Zoom event “Sailing the Apostles” set for July 27th, 7p.m.
There’s nothing like feeling refreshing Lake Superior spray in your face and the power of the wind in your sails. Have you dreamed of sailing the Apostle Islands?
Explorer’s guide to the Apostle Islands just released – buy a book to support the park
Apostle Islands Water Trips is an essential resource for paddlers and boaters who want to explore the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.
Lakeshore Logbook – Diane Chalfant
Diane writes in her entry, "I didn’t accomplish anything alone…." Read about what she and the team accomplished together.
Friends volunteers lend their green thumbs, time and talent on Michigan Island
In late June, a group armed with shovels, rakes and a willingness to get their hands dirty arrived on Michigan Island to care for the gardens.
Through a child’s eyes
When adults gaze out at the Apostle Islands, they may see lighthouses, or a chance for adventure, or the relaxation of miles of sandy beaches to comb. But what does …
Lakeshore Logbook – Ian Williams
Navigating the narrows on Stockton Island was part of a day at the office for Ian Williams, as you'll discover in this week's Lakeshore Logbook entry.
Real-time wave information expands for paddlers and boaters in the Apostle Islands
You can now get wave and temperature Information from seven spotter buoys recently deployed throughout the islands, plus Chequamegon Bay near Ashland and Siskiwit Bay near Cornucopia.
Lakeshore Logbook – Dave Chesky
Sometimes, one island becomes your favorite when you're working in the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. Dave Chesky knows.
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.
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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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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.