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Beauty from above: A winter hike on the Lakeshore trail

Beauty from above: A winter hike on the Lakeshore trail

It has been a winter of extremes: the warmest December on record in many parts of the northland, historically low ice coverage on Lake Superior, and then the plummeting temperatures of mid-January. There were windless days on end with the lake barely rippled and then a storm bringing gusts up to 53 miles an hour at Devils Island churning the lake into waves of 12 to 15 feet.There is beauty in extremes, the kind of beauty that can turn a hike into a journey through a landscape of enchantment. Recently, our Executive Director Jeff Rennicke ventured into that enchanted landscape and sent back...

Watch Now: ‘Sailing the Apostles,’ from our Sense of Adventure series

Watch Now: ‘Sailing the Apostles,’ from our Sense of Adventure series

There’s nothing like feeling refreshing Lake Superior spray in your face and the power of the wind in your sails. We want to thank everyone who joined us for “Sailing the Apostles,” our second Sense of Adventure online event on Tuesday, July 27th. Watch the program replay below.Friends Excecutive Director Jeff Rennicke takes us on location to talk with sailors about various aspects of the sport. Whether you’ve always dreamed of chartering a sailboat in the Apostle Islands, getting your kids involved, or racing in Bayfield Race Week, we’ve got you covered with information you can use to make...

Watch now: Paddling the Apostles – Sense of Adventure series premiere

Watch now: Paddling the Apostles – Sense of Adventure series premiere

Paddling the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is an experience like no other in the world. Only in the park can you experience the combination of stunning sandstone sea caves carved by wind and water, pristine beaches and by area, the largest freshwater lake in the world. The park includes an archipelago of 21 islands, 155 miles of shoreline and more than 27,000 square acres of water. Sometimes the big lake is glass calm. Sometimes it can generate massive powerful waves, just like an inland ocean. Even during the hottest days of summer, the lake is cold enough to take your life if you’re...

Watch now: celebrating the science, arts and future of the Apostle Islands

Watch now: celebrating the science, arts and future of the Apostle Islands

Hundreds watched the virtual Apostle Islands 50th Anniversary Resource Stewardship Symposium event live. If you missed it – or want to watch some of your favorite sessions again – now you can, on the Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore website. Watch, learn and enjoy hearing from experts in all aspects of the national lakeshore, as we celebrate the first 50 years of the park we love and look to the future. If you’re a recreational user of the park – a paddler, a camper, a hiker, a sailor, a boater, or a lighthouse lover, the Apostle Islands 50th Anniversary Resource Stewardship...

“Friends” groups are a collective force for water and land protection

“Friends” groups are a collective force for water and land protection

Your Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore participated in Wisconsin Water Week, a weeklong celebration and study of all things water in our state. This virtual event highlighted innovative ways that groups devoted to protecting the state's most important resource are advancing their work in the face of unprecedented challenges. Erica Peterson Friends of the Apostle Islands Board Chair Erica Peterson was an invited guest on a panel discussing the importance of “Friends” groups in the Wisconsin Lake Superior region. Peterson joined Mike Koutnik from the Lake Superior Reserve in...

Watch now if you dare: Apostle Islands Folklore and Fake-lore

Watch now if you dare: Apostle Islands Folklore and Fake-lore

Pirates, hermits, ghosts of lighthouse keepers killed in a storm, haunted lighthouses, buried treasure: there are stories on every one of the Apostle Islands and some of them are even true! Enjoy a journey through the fact and fiction of some iconic Apostle Islands stories with retired Park Historian Bob Mackreth. Brought to us by the Bayfield Heritage Association and all the tall-tale tellers in island history. You’ll also see introductory comments by Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Executive Director Jeff Rennicke.We want to thank the BHA for creating a wonderful series...

Show your support on Giving Tuesday 2020

Show your support on Giving Tuesday 2020

Removing barriers for people of all abilities to explore the Apostle Islands is a core mission of the Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. Achieving that mission takes many forms and your donation can play an important role. We encourage all park lovers to "unleash your generosity" on Giving Tuesday, December 1, 2020. Through grants and donations, the Friends are actively funding a new, universally accessible amphitheater to be installed next spring on Stockton Island. Materials for the boardwalk and platform build are now staged on the mainland, awaiting transport to Stockton....

A digital birthday card to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore from the National Park Service

A digital birthday card to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore from the National Park Service

The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is the jewel of Lake Superior in large part due to the hard work and dedication of the National Park Service. We join the Park Service team members in celebrating the first 50 years of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and we thank them for protecting the park we all love and for providing park visitors with safe, educational and exciting experiences. Enjoy this digital birthday card filled with wonderful birthday greetings. And for an update on the celebration to come, visit this story. We’re just getting started!

Where in the park is Neil? The final answer is “making memories”

Where in the park is Neil? The final answer is “making memories”

As part of the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, we’re going on a virtual tour with Neil Howk, a man who has spent decades exploring the islands and teaching people about what makes them special. He knows the islands like the back of his hand. In the past five months we have explored Apostle Islands National Lakeshore with Neil as he visited nearly every island in the park. (Did you notice which one he missed?) On September 26, we are observing Apostle Islands National Lakeshore’s 50th anniversary.  A wonderful thing about this place is that...

Happy Birthday, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore!

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! 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!I love kayaking in the islands. Happy Golden Anniversary of the establishment of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore 50 years ago! We...