50th Anniversary

Join us in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. Nearby communities, two local tribes, and all who have visited feel the pull of Gichigami and the enduring allure of the islands. If you’ve visited, you’ve felt it too.

This year we celebrate the park’s significance, it’s rich history and promising future. Check back regularly as we add events, news, special features and more. For media inquiries, or to get involved as a partner, fill out the contact form and mention the 50th Anniversary in your comment.


Established by an act of Congress on September 26, 1970, the purpose of the park is “to conserve and develop for the benefit, inspiration, education, recreational use, and enjoyment of the public” the islands and their related geographic, scenic, and scientific values.


See the community and business partners helping us celebrate 50 years as an integral part of Wisconsin’s North Coast and learn how your business can join the celebration.


2020 and 2021 will be filled with special events celebrating the National Lakeshore.

New! The online version of the Apostle Islands 50th Anniversary Resource Stewardship Symposium

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Browse official 50th Anniversary commemorative gifts, many made by local artists.

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50th Anniversary News

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Become a Partner

Become a business partner and help support the activities to celebrate the 50th Anniversary. Learn more.

Media Resources

Download a packet of information for media including information and images.

Download the media packet here.

Contact Us

You can reach us by mail at:
PO Box 1574
Bayfield, Wisconsin 54814