A digital birthday card to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore from our partners

We join our Friends of the Apostle Islands partners in celebrating the first 50 years of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and we thank them for supporting the park we all love. Many of these people and their companies also help to make visiting the National Lakeshore an unforgettable experience to be treasured. 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!

Looking for another way to celebrate the park? Many of the businesses have created commemorative keepsakes and other products to go along with the birthday cake. Shop 50th Anniversary merchandise to share the spirit of our special place on Lake Superior. Some of the items are available online. You can buy others on your next visit to the Bayfield area.

We’ve created lots of ways for you to add your voice and your photos to our digital birthday card. Choose the method that works best for you:

  • Fill in the form below to send us your birthday greeting message. We’ll add it to the growing list at the bottom of the page.
  • If you want to share favorite photos of you, your family and friends enjoying the park, send those to us along with a little bit about the story behind them at our special email address, friendsoftheapostleislandsnl@gmail.com. We’ll be adding slide shows to this page as images come in.
  • You can also post birthday greetings and photos to the Friends facebook page and we’ll add them to the card.

Submit your Happy Birthday greeting below:

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 visitors tend to come here to mark special events in their own lives.

As we bring “Where in the Park is Neil” to a close, we are returning to one of Neil’s favorite spots in the park where he and his wife celebrated their first wedding anniversary. 

In September 1984, Neil and his wife Susan spent their anniversary on Raspberry Island.  These slides are from that trip.

There have been a few changes to the island in the past 36 years, but it is still recognizable.  For a more detailed virtual tour of Raspberry Island, visit the National Park Service website.

By the way, the only island that Neil missed on his virtual tour of the park was Ironwood.  Thanks for sharing this journey and stay tuned for upcoming further adventures around the park.  Happy Anniversary Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. 

To catch up on all of Neil’s adventures, click here to view the entire series.

You can find updates about NPS operations on www.nps.gov/coronavirus. For more information about Apostle Islands National Lakeshore,  call (715) 779-3398 or visit go.nps.gov/ApostleConditions.

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Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Kicks Off its 50th Anniversary

BAYFIELD, WISCONSIN (National Park Service) – Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and its partners will celebrate its 50th year with a year-long series of virtual and carefully planned community events beginning on Saturday, September 26, 2020.   

“We are very fortunate to be the caretakers of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and honored to be a part of engaging so many people in celebrating its legacy and future,” said Superintendent Lynne Dominy.

“As Wisconsin’s only national lakeshore, Apostle Islands will spend the entire year celebrating what the lakeshore means to the residents of Wisconsin and the many visitors who travel here each year.” 

Lynne dominy, superintendent

“We originally planned to start the Anniversary events in March 2020, but the arrival of the pandemic shifted our focus to staff and public safety instead. We spent this year working with the Friends of the Apostle Islands to rethink ways to bring the lakeshore into people’s homes so they can stay connected to the park and share their own personal experiences even from their living rooms. We are also still working on ways to ensure our celebration is rooted in the community and involves interested organizations, businesses, and individuals around the lakeshore,” added Dominy.

“We hope that everyone in the surrounding communities will consider integrating the Apostle Islands into their on-line conversations and existing events or will create anniversary logoed products for their businesses. What makes anniversaries fun and meaningful is when each business and organization creates their own way of showing their passion for our national lakeshore.

The possibilities are endless- from ice creams or entrees named after places in the park; to photo or art exhibits in galleries, schools or museums; from Apostle Island movie showings or music performances; to the sale of logoed mugs, t-shirts, jams, sodas, coffees, hats…the possibilities are endless for creative ideas.” 

“The 50th anniversary is about celebrating the connections between people and this special landscape,” said Friends of Apostle Islands (FAINL) President, Erica Peterson.

“We are creating conversations and ideas for ways for us all to care about this place now and into the future. FAINL is focusing on ways to make this lakeshore more accessible, ways to engage more youth in its stewardship, and in ways to get more people actively involved in caring for our national lakeshore.” 

erica peterson, friends of the apostle islands national lakeshore

For information about the Apostle Islands 50th Anniversary, visit the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore website atwww.nps.gov/apis.

To join our conversations, become a sponsor, or partner with “Friends” to create an anniversary logoed product, visit the website for Friends of the Apostle Islands at www.friendsoftheapostleislands.org.

“It’s not too late to become an Apostle Islands Anniversary partner,” added Erica Peterson. “Create an anniversary event, activity or product, and we will help promote it for your organization or business while encouraging visitors to help us celebrate.” The anniversary will also include an online dialogue where personal stories, photos, art, and ideas can be shared on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and local websites. 

For more information about Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, please visit www.nps.gov/apis or call (715) 779-3398. Join the conversation on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ApostleIslandsNationalLakeshore. Send 50th Anniversary inquiries via email to info@apostleislands50th.com.  

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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!

We invite you to enjoy some virtual birthday cake, tell us where you’re from and what you like most about the park we all love. Park visitors, park staff and supporters, you’re all invited to join this virtual celebration.

We’ve created lots of ways for you to add your voice and your photos to our digital birthday card. Choose the method that works best for you:

  • Fill in the form below to send us your birthday greeting message. We’ll add it to the growing list at the bottom of the page.
  • If you want to share favorite photos of you, your family and friends enjoying the park, send those to us along with a little bit about the story behind them at our special email address, friendsoftheapostleislandsnl@gmail.com. We’ll be adding slide shows to this page as images come in.
  • You can also post birthday greetings and photos to the Friends facebook page and we’ll add them to the card.

Submit your Happy Birthday greeting below and read the greetings submitted so far.

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!
— Jon Okerstrom, Madison, Wisconsin


I love kayaking in the islands.
— Ruth Oppedahl


Happy Golden Anniversary of the establishment of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore 50 years ago! We are so fortunate that these islands will still offer the same ecological, historic, spiritual and recreational resources to future generations yet unborn. Where else can you see deep clear waters, my favorite thing, like we have here?
— Mark Peterson, Bayfield, WI


 Happy 50th to this natural treasure! And my sincere gratitude to those who worked to secure the legacy of these beautiful islands. I have been lucky enough to spend the past 3 summers sailing in the islands and am continually awe struck by by the beauty of the Park’s beaches, sand spits, sea caves, and towering white pines. Hear, hear to many years more!
— John Boyle, Bayfield, WI


Happy 50th Apostle Islands National Lakeshore!

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 It is Always fun to come home to such a Treasure and enjoy the Beautiful Nature that Surrounds.
— Maria Bresette, Hagerstown, MD


Happy 50th. Thank you for allowing us to remain on our beloved Bear Island for the time that was given to us . Please keep her safe and loved.
— Joan Masotas-Hoel, Waukegan, IL


Happy Anniversary Apostle Islands National Park. I cannot imagine a better neighbor. Thank you for the countless hours you give all your visitors. I like most the sense of untrammeled wildness I feel with every visit, so important to my soul, and knowing that it will always be so.
— Erica Peterson, Bayfield, WI


Mino Dibishkaa – Happy Birthday – to one of the most sacred and beautiful areas of the world.
— Michele, Ashland, WI


When I was a kid, my best friend’s family would take me along on week-long summer trips to Stockton Island. We did that for a number of years, and it was really magical to spend time on the beach, explore the floating peat bogs, or hike the island trails. When I was in college my friend and I organized another week-long trip. I have always been impressed that the quiet seemed unchanged from the 1990’s into the 2000’s (I hope it is still that way.) I consider the Apostle Islands to be one of the most underrated park units. I no longer live in Wisconsin, but I hope to get back again some day again with my wife. (Though maybe to Outer Island, instead, or some kind of sea kayaking trip to multiple islands…) Thanks for everything you do to protect a place I consider truly special.
— Davyd Betchkal, Cantwell, AK


Business partners of the Friends of the Apostle Islands are celebrating too. See what they have to say on their digital birthday card to the park.

Want to learn more about the history of the National Lakeshore and the people who worked tirelessly to make it happen? Click here to read the story.

Where in the park is Neil? The week 22 answer is Rocky Island

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.

An unusual aspect of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is that hunting, trapping, and fishing are permitted in the park according to Federal and State laws.  

Now that Labor Day has passed, hunting seasons are beginning to open.  

Though deer populations on the islands are generally low today, that was not always the case.  In 1954, in order to thin the deer population, the Wisconsin Conservation Commission established an “any deer” season in the islands.  Hunters took 124 deer off this 1,100-acre island in just one year. 

Rocky Island, located at 47.0344° N, 90.6789° W, currently has five individual campsites, a group campsite, a picnic area, and a public dock that is popular with boaters in the summer.  

The island also features an historic district composed of five fish camps that began in the 1930s on the island’s eastern shore.  Many of the cabins and docks associated with these camps survive today and are used seasonally by the families that once commercially fished the waters around Rocky Island.  

  • Deer hunters and their bounty
  • Aerial view of the historic district
  • Fish camps from the water
  • Boaters enjoy evening entertainment dockside
  • Rocky Island campsite

Camping is not currently allowed in the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, due to the pandemic. Click here for information about the Rocky Islands campsites, all within a quarter-mile of the National Park Service dock.

Look for another digital adventure next week. To play along, simply like the Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Facebook page and check back next Wednesday for the clue to next week’s location. Make a guess in the comments and we’ll post the answer on Thursday. Click here to view the entire series.

You can find updates about NPS operations on www.nps.gov/coronavirus. For more information about Apostle Islands National Lakeshore,  call (715) 779-3398 or visit go.nps.gov/ApostleConditions.

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Friends annouce new Executive Director position – applications now accepted

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT 

Executive Director, Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

BACKGROUND:

Friends of the Apostle Islands (FAINL) are a diverse group of sailors, kayakers, boaters, divers, lighthouse lovers, hikers, campers, fishers, beachcombers, wildlife watchers, and many others, who share a love for the 21 islands and the 12 mile section of mainland that comprise the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore of Wisconsin’s Lake Superior north shore.  Our Mission is to promote an appreciation for, and preservation of, the natural environment and cultural heritage of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.  Our Efforts connect people with the history, beauty, and adventure of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore; support the educational, recreational, and resource protection efforts of the National Park Service; raise funds to support critical park projects and events; and increase community involvement with the Islands.  We work cooperatively with the National Park Service staff, similar to over 200 Friends groups across the country that are associated with other National Park units.

Established in 2002, the FAINL Board and dedicated volunteers have worked to build the organization with only a part-time administrative assistant.  Now, celebrating the 50th year of the National Lakeshore, and with a strong Board of Directors and a growing base of financial support and programmatic outreach, FAINL is poised for considerable growth and impact. Secure funding, a substantial and growing endowment, and tremendous growth opportunities makes it possible for FAINL to seek its first Executive Director.  

LOCATION: Proximity to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore headquartered in Bayfield, WI. 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

FUND-RAISING. Strategically lead the development and growth of FAINL’s philanthropic capacity to protect park resources, values and the visitor experience through fostering donor relationships, grant-writing, and fundraising activities.  Manage budgets effectively.

BUILD RELATIONSHIPS. Cultivate strong productive working relationships with FAINL board, supporters, volunteers, local elected officials, partners, businesses, as well as the park superintendent and staff of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.

COMMUNICATIONS. Develop effective communications and messaging to ensure they are effective and consistent with the organization’s objectives. Write for social media, website, newsletters, e-blasts and annual reports to communicate with supporters and build our network.

PROGRAMMING. Provide leadership in the direction, management and evaluation of FAINL’s four programmatic pillars: resource stewardship, visitor accessibility, visitor services, and outreach education. Develop and organize special public events to highlight the park and/or the organization.

VOLUNTEERS. Work to build a volunteer network for assisting the park staff with projects as well as FAINL directed projects.

SUPERVISION. Supervise one part-time Administrative Assistant and other staff as hired.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Self-motivated and able to work independently with direction from the Board President
  • Must have a commitment to, and passion for, the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
  • An undergraduate degree with relevant work experience
  • Possess proven excellent written and verbal communication skills including interpersonal communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively. Comfortable presenting before groups.
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Experience and demonstrated ability to build effective relationships and partnerships, design strategic plans, and achieve programmatic goals
  • Demonstrated excellence in project management, record-keeping, budget and data management. Well-organized with attention to detail and follow-through to meet deadlines
  • Ability to develop, organize, promote and manage public events
  • Ability to organize and lead volunteers and partners
  • Ability to work productively with the National Park Service
  • Proficiency with PC computer systems, Microsoft Office, ability to learn Little Green Light donor database software
  • Ability to work some weekends and evenings
  • Demonstrated experience with fundraising, grant writing, and donor relations a plus
  • Experience with social media a plus

SALARY AND BENEFITS:

This is a full-time position working from your home. The annual salary is $60,000. Benefits include contribution towards health insurance, paid vacation, and flexible work hours.

TO APPLY:

Please place your application materials in one PDF document that includes a cover letter summarizing your interest in and qualifications for the position, and your resume. Indicate your last name -first name in the file name and email it as an attachment with “Executive Director Search” as the subject line to: friendsofapostleislandsnl@gmail.com.  Professional references will only be required of final candidates.  

The position will remain open until filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply by October 15, 2020.

Where in the park is Neil? The week 21 answer is Otter Island

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.

Today, Neil is traveling back in time 60 years to participate in what was probably the largest campout in the history of the Apostle Islands. 

Where in the park is Neil? 

In 1960, the Boy Scouts celebrated their golden jubilee with a four-day camporee on Otter Island, located at 46.9929° N, 90.7008° W. 1,500 Scouts, leaders, and personnel were transported to Otter Island three hundred at a time on the landing craft tank Outer Island.  

Work parties from Bayfield equipped with shovels, axes, and chain saws began work two months in advance, preparing campsites and assembly areas, clearing out logging roads, and building a boat landing. The Boy Scout motto is “be prepared!” and they were.

Camping at Otter Island today is a much different experience.  Evidence from the camporee is hard to find.  There is a single campsite near the dock at the same landing used by the scouts.  Storm damage to the dock was recently repaired and the dock is once again open to the public.  A two mile trail leads from the dock and campsite to an overlook at the north end of the island. 

  • Scouts land at Otter Island
  • Scouts land at Otter Island

Look for another digital adventure next week. To play along, simply like the Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Facebook page and check back next Wednesday for the clue to next week’s location. Make a guess in the comments and we’ll post the answer on Thursday. Click here to view the entire series.

You can find updates about NPS operations on www.nps.gov/coronavirus. For more information about Apostle Islands National Lakeshore,  call (715) 779-3398 or visit go.nps.gov/ApostleConditions.

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Bear Activity on Oak Island Causes Restricted Access

Bayfield, WI (National Park Service News Release) – All public uses on Oak Island within Apostle Islands National Lakeshore are temporarily restricted to trained park staff due to unusual bear behaviors. This restriction is in effect beginning 8:00 am on August 28, 2020 until the bear no longer exhibits these behaviors. Public uses on Oak island are temporarily closed however public access to the rest of the park’s 20 islands remains open. 

“Multiple reports were received this month of a bear following researchers, park staff, and visitors and ignoring attempts to scare it away,” said park superintendent Lynne Dominy. “For public and employee safety, we have restricted access to Oak Island to only park staff who are trained in bear deterrence techniques.”   

Oak Island, one of the largest and closest islands to the mainland, has a very high density of bears. This time of year, bears are in-between food sources.  The berry season has ended and acorns and other nuts are not yet available, causing a reduction in their food supply and changes to their feeding behaviors. This happens annually, although most black bears avoid human interaction, run from noise, and respond to human attempts to scare them away.  

“Trained staff haze bears with a variety of techniques, including those that make noise, have a flash of light, and rubber bullets to discourage their presence in visitor use areas and from approaching people,” said park Chief of Resource Management Julie Van Stappen. “Learning this behavior then enables the bears and the people to both use these islands without negative interactions.” 


Remember, the park is bear country and bears can occur anywhere within the park:  

🐻 Remain at least 50 feet from a bear.   

🐻 If you encounter a bear on the trail, let it know you are there and back away slowly. If it follows you or doesn’t back away, make yourself big (raise your arms), and yell, until it leaves the area.  

🐻 If a bear approaches you near a dock, campsite, or picnic area, make yourself big (raise your arms), and yell, until it leaves the area.   

🐻 Be sure to keep your food and other smelly items locked on a boat or in a bear resistant food locker when not in use.   


Thanks for your help staying safe and keeping our bears wild!  

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For your safety, we ask that you enjoy another island or mainland location within the park.  The many trails and beaches within the rest of the park remain open.  The closure will be re-evaluated weekly.  As soon as it appears the bear will stay away from visitor use areas, the public access to Oak Island will be restored. Trails on Oak were the hardest hit by recent storms and sections are currently impassable. Those trails will remain closed until trail crews can remove hazard and downed trees. 

If contemplating a visit to a national park during this pandemic, the NPS asks visitors to adhere to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local public health authorities to protect visitors and employees.  This includes staying at home, with limited exceptions and, if using shared or outdoor space, maintaining social distancing of at least six feet.  As of September 3rd, community spread of the virus continues and forty-seven cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Bayfield County, and the county is asking all seasonal residents to stay in their winter homes due to limited health services and supplies in this area.  A high percentage of the local population is over 65 so COVID-19 exposure could have devastating consequences to this at-risk community. 

The NPS encourages you to take advantage of the many digital tools already available to explore Apostle Islands National Lakeshore from home, including the lakeshore website and Facebook page. Teleworking park educators are creating fun learning tools for kids. Parents and teachers can find resources at go.nps.gov/ApostleKids, with more resources added every week. 

Updates about NPS operations will be posted on www.nps.gov/coronavirus. Please check with individual parks for specific details about park operationsFor more information about Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, visit www.nps.gov/apis or call (715) 779-3338. Virtual park visitor centers are open with hours and services shown on the park website and Facebook.

(Editor’s note: The bear image is a file photo)   

Where in the park is Neil? The week 20 answer is the Lakeshore Trail

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.

Though the National Park Service’s goal is to preserve the Apostle Islands “unimpaired” for future generations, the fact is that the area changes all the time.  When you visit the same area repeatedly, you can often note of the changes.  Today, Neil is visiting an area that he has been to many times over the past 35 years. 

Where in the park is Neil? 

Neil Loves hiking the Lakeshore Trail to overlooks of the mainland sea caves.  Wind and waves are constantly carving the Devils Island sandstone that forms these cliffs.  

The cliffs and sea caves are not the only features along the trail that change.  The forests along the top of the cliffs change dramatically from season to season, and sometimes from day to day.  

Powerful windstorms this summer toppled hundreds of trees throughout the park, including a stand of century old red pines just north of the “Bowl” at the mainland caves. 

The slideshow below shows one of the views from the mainland trail in all seasons… winter, spring, summer and fall.

The Lakeshore Trail starts at the Meyers Road parking lot. The trail extends about 4.5 miles, from Meyers Road, past the cliffs above the mainland sea caves, and approximately halfway along the lakeshore’s mainland unit ending at a backcountry campsite.

You will find a boardwalk covering the first 0.7 miles of trail. A little more than a mile down the trail, you’ll find a natural bridge and the first of several sea cave overlook points. Click here for more information on hiking the Apostle Islands.

Look for another digital adventure next week. To play along, simply like the Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Facebook page and check back next Wednesday for the clue to next week’s location. Make a guess in the comments and we’ll post the answer on Thursday. Click here to view the entire series.

You can find updates about NPS operations on www.nps.gov/coronavirus. For more information about Apostle Islands National Lakeshore,  call (715) 779-3398 or visit go.nps.gov/ApostleConditions.

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Shaw Point on Sand Island designated a National Register Historic District

Bayfield, WI – (National Park Service News Release) Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is pleased to announce that the Shaw Point Historic District on Sand Island in Lake Superior was added to the National Register of Historic Places on July 27, 2020. 

Located in the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, the newly designated historic district holds a unique collection of three neighboring properties at Sand Island’s southeastern edge.

The district’s buildings and landscape reflect the interconnected commercial, agricultural, recreational, and seasonal residential development of the island. Shaw-Hill Farm started in 1870 as a commercial fishing camp and farm. Camp Stella, a summer resort founded in 1886, came next in the district’s evolution. In 1909, the Campbell-Jensch property was the first on Sand Island’s southern shore to be used solely as a second home. Eventually, Shaw-Hill Farm and Camp Stella became private seasonal getaways as well.  

The lengthy process behind the district’s designation was made possible by a public-private partnership overseen by Apostle Islands National Lakeshore staff, and funded and coordinated by the Apostle Islands Historic Preservation Conservancy (AIHPC) with donations from historic Sand Island families. Previous collaboration between the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and AIHPC was successful in nominating Sand Island’s West Bay Club to the National Register in 2014. The designation of the Rocky Island Historic District in 2008 also had financial support from the AIHPC member Benson family, which previously had a fish camp and cabins there. 

For Shaw Pont, AIHPC hired a multidisciplinary team lead by historian Charlene Roise of Hess, Roise and Company to assess the district’s significance. After extensive research, fieldwork, and evaluation, the team concluded that the property qualified for the National Register. Hess Roise subsequently prepared the nomination in close consultation with AIHPC, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, and the Wisconsin Historical Society’s State Historic Preservation office. All in all, the assessment and nomination process took seven years. 

“Although most people know Apostle Islands National Lakeshore for its dramatic sea caves and offshore beaches, every island is layered with human history extending thousands of years back in time. This national registry designation assures that we will remember that people have and always will be an integral part of this landscape.”

superintendent Lynne Dominy

AIHPC chairman Tom Gordon said, “A major part of what makes the Apostle Islands so special is the connection of the people who have lived here to the land and water. We are delighted to have been able to work with the National Park Service to achieve this designation that recognizes that historical connection.” 

The properties included in the historic district are subject to reserved rights held by the Sand Island families. The properties are not open to the public, except by appointment, however, the families are working on virtual ways to share these stories and on future ways to host public open houses.  The families maintain these properties to preserve the stories, structures, and landscapes for future generations.  

Listing on the National Register offers some legal protection for historic properties and can help maintenance and preservation. It is also raises public awareness of the significance and condition of the broad array of properties that represent America’s history. 

For more information about Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, visit www.nps.gov/apis, email apis_information@nps.gov or call (715) 779-3398. Details and updates on park operations will continue to be posted on our website go.nps.gov/ApostleConditions and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/apostleislandsnationallakeshore/