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Volunteers Gather for Earth Day 2022 Great Lake Clean Up Event

Volunteers Gather for Earth Day 2022 Great Lake Clean Up Event

Volunteers rolled up their sleeves up on Earth Day, 2022 for a beach and street cleanup in Bayfield, gateway to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. This Earth Day project is aimed at keeping trash off our islands by picking it up before it gets in the lake.  “Every piece of litter on our mainland shores will, if we don’t pick it up now, end up eventually in the lake and on our islands,” Executive Director Jeff Rennicke told the volunteers before the clean up. “Let’s stop the problem before it starts.”Jeff Rennicke talks to the groupThe two dozen volunteers included National Park Service...

Recreation.gov app can be used to pay fees in Apostle Islands National Lakeshore this summer

Recreation.gov app can be used to pay fees in Apostle Islands National Lakeshore this summer

There’s no need to carry cash, checks or credit cards to pay for parking at Meyers Beach or to pay docking fees at one of the islands, if you have the recreation.gov mobile app on your phone. This free app, offered in partnership by the National Park Service and other federal agencies, includes a feature called “Scan and Pay.” You simply download the app to your phone and set up your account. Best advice: do this before you arrive, as cell service may not be available everywhere in the park. When you need to pay a fee in the park, scan the appropriate onsite QR Code located at the payment...

Oldest National Park Service Ranger retires at 100

Oldest National Park Service Ranger retires at 100

Our national parks are a place for all ages, young and old. No single person embodies that sentiment quite as well as Betty Reid Soskin, the oldest active ranger in the National Park Service who retired recently at the age of 100. An interpretive ranger at Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historic Park located in Richmond, CA, Soskin used her formidable and rich life experience to share the stories of the efforts of women from diverse backgrounds who worked, often unseen and unheralded, on behalf of the war effort. Her programs, says a recent National Park Service news release...

By the numbers: Lakeshore visitation sets a record in 2021

By the numbers: Lakeshore visitation sets a record in 2021

Did you visit the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore during 2021? If so, you were part of a record-setting year. According to recently released figures compiled by the National Park Service, the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore saw 290,961 visitors in 2021, an increase of approximately 70,000 over 2020 and a number that sets a new record just barely topping the 290,059 visitors recorded in 2014, the famous year of the ice caves. The Lakeshore was one of 44 park units nationwide to set a new single year visitation record.   Fueled perhaps by pent up desires to travel due to the pandemic,...

Erica Peterson’s legacy will live on!

Erica Peterson’s legacy will live on!

Beach walks, bog smells, night skies, and flower gardens Erica Peterson’s legacy will live on in many forms as she steps down after nearly eight years of guiding the Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Enjoy a ranger talk at the all-accessible amphitheater at Stockton Island. Inhale the sweet scent of the flower beds at the Michigan Island Lighthouse. Stroll through history along the Sand Island boardwalk. These classic Apostle Islands experiences and many more have one thing, or rather one person, in common: Erica Peterson. Recently, Friends of the Apostle Islands announced...

Watch now: Friends receives 2021 Lake Superior Magazine Achievement Award Tuesday in Bayfield

Watch now: Friends receives 2021 Lake Superior Magazine Achievement Award Tuesday in Bayfield

What a beautiful day to celebrate the work of the Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. The Lake Superior Achievement Award has honored artists, authors, photographers, government agencies, museums, tribal governments, and now Friends of the Apostle Islands. Konnie LeMay, publisher of Lake Superior Magazine, presented the award on a perfect November afternoon in Bayfield, on Tuesday, November 9th, with the islands and the lake in the background.Earlier coverage (News Release) The Friends of the Apostles Islands National Lakeshore based in Bayfield, Wisconsin, has achieved many...

Rescuers Honored for Saving Capsized Kayakers at Mainland Sea Caves

Rescuers Honored for Saving Capsized Kayakers at Mainland Sea Caves

When five to eight-foot waves swamped kayakers near the mainland sea caves late this summer, life-saving help arrived in the form of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Rangers Karl Carlson, Mark McCool, and Tam Hofman as well as Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians Warden Zach Peterson. Last week, all four received Certificates of Merit from the United States Coast Guard Station Bayfield . These certificates are the highest public service award that can be given at the local level. Eleven kayakers were overtaken by sudden worsening conditions on August 21st. The big waves caused...

Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore honored with 2021 Achievement Award

Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore honored with 2021 Achievement Award

For “contributing significantly to the well-being of Lake Superior and its peoples,” Lake Superior Magazine awarded its 2021 Achievement Award to Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. Magazine Editor Konnie LeMay writes in the November 2021 issue, “The Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore provides a can-do role model for others, and even more, it has connected a national treasure to its local community in a way that energizes commitments and communication.” The award comes as the Friends wraps up the 50th Anniversary celebration for the National Lakeshore, at a time...

Ribbon cutting celebrates Wisconsin Lake Superior Scenic Byway’s national designation

Ribbon cutting celebrates Wisconsin Lake Superior Scenic Byway’s national designation

As the saying goes, "it's not just about the road." Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore joined leaders from many south shore communities in celebrating the National designation of the Lake Superior Scenic Byway, at a ceremony outside Legendary Waters Resort in Bayfield. Hosted by Legendary Waters and the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, the event was held on the shores of Lake Superior with a view of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and Chequamegon Bay. Friends Board of Directors Chair Erica Peterson said it was a beautiful afternoon to showcase a long effort to...

Senator Tammy Baldwin tours Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Senator Tammy Baldwin tours Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Big things happening on Sand Island. Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore toured several projects on the island with Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin on Thursday, September 2nd. The tour, led by Park Superintendent Lynne Dominy, including seeing dock work at East Bay, the accessible boardwalk project and more. The 2-mile-long boardwalk will connect the dock and accessible campsites, picnic areas, water sources and privies at East Bay with the Sand Island Light. The project is about halfway completed. It will be a major step forward in making the islands accessible to all. Friends...