Raspberry Island hosts one of six lighthouse stations in the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. This one has been meticulously restored inside and out. It’s a regular stop for the tour boats and a must-see destination.
The lighthouse building appears a lot like it was in 1906. It includes keeper’s quarters in one half and a wonderful museum in the other half. No tour of the museum is complete without climbing up the wooden staircase to see the view from the top of the lighthouse. You might even find a lighthouse keeper dressed in his uniform, ready and willing to tell you stories about what life was like back then.
While we’re all practicing social distancing in the pandemic, join us on a virtual tour through the lens of Friends volunteer photographer Jon Okerstrom. As we celebrate 50 years of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, we’re looking forward to the day when lighthouse tours resume and you can see it for yourself in person.
We hope you enjoy our virtual video tour of Raspberry Island. We invite you to like Friends of the Apostle Islands on Facebook and to choose “see first,” so you’re in the know when we post our next virtual video tour stop.
Learn more about this history of the Raspberry Island lighthouse in this detailed story from the National Park Service. Click here for a deep dive into the history of the lighthouse and the people who lived on the island.
The Friends are proud to share the natural and cultural beauty of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, and to support the National Park Service in its mission to protect and preserve the park and the park experience for generations to come.
Updates about NPS operations will be posted on www.nps.gov/coronavirus. Please check with individual parks for specific details about park operations. For more information about Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, call (715) 779-3398 or visit go.nps.gov/ApostleConditions.