Know before you go: Get your free Wave Watch QR code cling for the upcoming boating season

Wave Watch buoy in the water near mainland sea caves with Wave Watch logo

April 29, 2024

One scan of this new Wave Watch QR Code and you’ll be safer on the water this boating season. Friends of the Apostle Islands has partnered with researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the National Park Service to create Wave Watch, a series of strategically placed weather buoys offering boaters free, real-time wave data for five popular boating locations in the Apostle Islands starting in June of 2024. See the real-time data here

Wave Watch cling QR Code

Grab a FREE 4×4 inch sticker or cling for your boat window or water bottle or anywhere on your vessel.

Scan the QR Code with your phone and you’ll be taken directly to the Wave Watch data page with information that refreshes every 30 minutes for conditions at the Mawikwe Sea Caves, Sand Island, Devils Island, Stockton Island and Long Island.

The buoys are now live for the 2024 season. Watch the deployment video here

“Safe boating is informed boating,” says Jeff Rennicke, an Apostle Islands boater and Executive Director of Friends of the Apostle Islands. “Whether you are sailing, fishing, cruising or kayaking, Wave Watch can be your eyes on the water.”

FREE Clings and stickers with the QR Code are available to all interested boaters by filling out the form below.

You can also contact us at Friends of the Apostle Islands, P.O. Box 1574, Bayfield, WI 54814. Call (715)449-6900 or email us at

Know before you go with Wave Watch.

Wave Watch logo

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