Get your copy of the National Geographic feature on the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

National Geographic cover, March 2023 issue, which features a story on the Apostle Islands

March 4, 2023

The Apostle Islands are a national treasure. In its March 2023 issue, National Geographic magazine celebrates their beauty and importance.

Return to Wild Waters - title of National Geographic story with image looking out at the lake from a sea cave

The story, “Return to Wild Waters” calls the Apostle Islands a “sublime, yet dangerous playground for kayakers, sailors and powerboaters to explore.”

Author Stephanie Pearson and photographer David Guttenfelder collaborate to capture in words and images the alluring beauty, the cultural significance, and what the future may hold for this untamed wilderness in northern Wisconsin.


Park Service volunteer dressed in a historically accurate lighthouse keeper uniform stands on the dock in front of the Raspberry Island lighthouse in a photo accompanying the National Geogeraphic story
Sand Island's shoreline of sea caves on a foggy day - part of the National Geographic story

Pearson writes, “… in August 2021, I joined Guttenfelder for a segment of his kayaking journey and explored other islands on my own. Along the way I met with conservationists, scientists, and community members, many of whom have lived and worked here for decades. Their backgrounds were diverse, but everyone shared the same deep veneration for the Apostles.”

Celebrate the Apostle Islands with us. Subscribe or buy the magazine at the newsstand. UPDATE: As of April 3, 2023, Friends has secured 50 additional copies available for resale. Fill out the form below to buy online.

If paying by check please make the check out to Friends of the Apostle Islands and mail it to P.O. Box 1574, Bayfield, WI 54814.

Also look for an upcoming story on our website as Friends board member Neil Howk gives us a behind the scenes look at accompanying the NGS team on their 18-day exploration of our islands by kayak.

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