Happy Birthday, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore!

September 17, 2020

Watch the video join us in singing happy birthday as we share birthday wishes for our Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. The park’s official birthday was September 26, 1970. We’re celebrating 50 great years!

Here are some of the greetings we received.


Happy Birthday,
Apostle Islands
National Lakeshore!

Happy Birthday, Apostle Islands! I love kayaking the sea caves and exploring your rugged beauty. Introducing friends and family to the park doubles the fun!

— Jon Okerstrom, Madison, Wisconsin

I love kayaking in the islands.

— Ruth Oppedahl

Happy Golden Anniversary of the establishment of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore 50 years ago! We are so fortunate that these islands will still offer the same ecological, historic, spiritual and recreational resources to future generations yet unborn. Where else can you see deep clear waters, my favorite thing, like we have here?

— Mark Peterson, Bayfield, WI

 Happy 50th to this natural treasure! And my sincere gratitude to those who worked to secure the legacy of these beautiful islands. I have been lucky enough to spend the past 3 summers sailing in the islands and am continually awe struck by by the beauty of the Park’s beaches, sand spits, sea caves, and towering white pines. Hear, hear to many years more!

— John Boyle, Bayfield, WI

Happy 50th Apostle Islands National Lakeshore!


 It is Always fun to come home to such a Treasure and enjoy the Beautiful Nature that Surrounds.

— Maria Bresette, Hagerstown, MD

Happy 50th. Thank you for allowing us to remain on our beloved Bear Island for the time that was given to us . Please keep her safe and loved.

— Joan Masotas-Hoel, Waukegan, IL

Happy Anniversary Apostle Islands National Park. I cannot imagine a better neighbor. Thank you for the countless hours you give all your visitors. I like most the sense of untrammeled wildness I feel with every visit, so important to my soul, and knowing that it will always be so.

— Erica Peterson, Bayfield, WI

Mino Dibishkaa – Happy Birthday – to one of the most sacred and beautiful areas of the world.

— Michele, Ashland, WI

When I was a kid, my best friend’s family would take me along on week-long summer trips to Stockton Island. We did that for a number of years, and it was really magical to spend time on the beach, explore the floating peat bogs, or hike the island trails. When I was in college my friend and I organized another week-long trip. I have always been impressed that the quiet seemed unchanged from the 1990’s into the 2000’s (I hope it is still that way.) I consider the Apostle Islands to be one of the most underrated park units. I no longer live in Wisconsin, but I hope to get back again some day again with my wife. (Though maybe to Outer Island, instead, or some kind of sea kayaking trip to multiple islands…) Thanks for everything you do to protect a place I consider truly special.

— Davyd Betchkal, Cantwell, AK

Business partners of the Friends of the Apostle Islands are celebrating too. See what they have to say on their digital birthday cardto the park.

Want to learn more about the history of the National Lakeshore and the people who worked tirelessly to make it happen? Click here to read the story.

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