Happy Birthday, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore!

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!

We invite you to enjoy some virtual birthday cake, tell us where you’re from and what you like most about the park we all love. Park visitors, park staff and supporters, you’re all invited to join this virtual celebration.

We’ve created lots of ways for you to add your voice and your photos to our digital birthday card. Choose the method that works best for you:

  • Fill in the form below to send us your birthday greeting message. We’ll add it to the growing list at the bottom of the page.
  • If you want to share favorite photos of you, your family and friends enjoying the park, send those to us along with a little bit about the story behind them at our special email address, friendsoftheapostleislandsnl@gmail.com. We’ll be adding slide shows to this page as images come in.
  • You can also post birthday greetings and photos to the Friends facebook page and we’ll add them to the card.

Submit your Happy Birthday greeting below and read the greetings submitted so far.

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 Parkโ€™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!

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 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 card to 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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