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.
We’ve compiled the entire series here. Have fun exploring with Neil as we celebrate 50 years of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.
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.
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.
Today, Neil is travelling back in time 60 years to participate in what was probably the largest campout in the history of the Apostle Islands.
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.
From the sandstone ledge on the shore of this island named for a large furry animal you can see Devils Island across the lake to the north.
This island is home to the first lighthouse and the tallest lighthouse in the park.
This island is the westernmost and second-smallest island in the chain and the birds like it that way.
Hiking, birdwatching, picnicking, boating, sailing, paddling, cross country skiing, sightseeing cruises, playing croquet, and lighthouse tours are all popular ways of enjoying the island.
This island is known to some of the locals as Wilson Island.
This island is about as far from the mainland as you can go but the destination is worth the effort.
Fishermen began to use the camp on this island in the early 1900s, occupying a log cabin built by Swedish loggers.
This island is located at the mouth of Chequamegon Bay. It’s home to tiny rare birds.
This island’s mineral resources have been used from Bayfield to Milwaukee and Chicago.
In honor of Father’s Day, Neil and his son are visiting the largest island in the national lakeshore
Neil is exploring a brand new visitor center at Little Sand Bay. A lot of it is accessible now, despite the pandemic.
This island is remote and wild. You’ll find some plant species that grow nowhere else in the state.
This island is among the tallest points in the national Lakeshore. This arch is only a memory now…
Also known to the Ojibwe as Miskwabimijikag Miniss (Willow Tree Island), this island includes a story fit for Memorial Day.
This island is the easternmost, northernmost and largest island in the National Lakeshore.
This tiny island is located to the north of Michigan Island, on the eastern side of the archipelago.
This is one of the most western-most islands in the National Lakeshore and is clearly visible from Little Sand Bay on the mainland.
This island has gone by a number of names including Kagagiwanjikag Miniss (Ojibwe for “Island of Hemlock Trees”), Texas Island, Hemlock Island and Shoe Island.
We would like to introduce a new, fun feature for you and your family. It’s a way for you to enjoy the amazing Apostle Islands National Lakeshore virtually… a way to see some of what the islands have to offer, from the perspective of someone who knows the National Lakeshore like the back of his hand.