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Real-time wave information expands for paddlers and boaters in the Apostle Islands

Real-time wave information expands for paddlers and boaters in the Apostle Islands

APOSTLE ISLANDS NATIONAL LAKESHORE, WISCONSIN (Wisconsin Sea Grant News Release)  – The brains behind the SeaCavesWatch.org website have developed a new website that offers real-time wave condition information for the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Lake Superior. Before venturing onto the lake, paddlers and boaters should check WISC-Watch, which stands for Water Information for a Safe Coast Watch. The WISC-Watch site provides information from seven spotter buoys recently deployed throughout the islands, plus Chequamegon Bay near Ashland and Siskiwit Bay near Cornucopia. The buoys...

Ahead of holiday weekend, Wisconsin DNR encourages paddlers, boaters to wear PFDs

Ahead of holiday weekend, Wisconsin DNR encourages paddlers, boaters to wear PFDs

Wearing a personal flotation device when you're boating can literally be a life saver. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources made that point today, in releasing a report on boating fatalities so far during 2021. All six people had one thing in common: none wore PFDs. Of the six, two were kayakers, two were canoeists and two were in motorboats. In a news release, DNR Boating Law Administrator Darren Kuhn said, “Safety is an important part of water fun. Most drowning victims on Wisconsin waterbodies were not wearing life jackets.” The DNR says operator inexperience, inattention,...

Weather forecast change for Apostle Islands boaters, paddlers, sailors, is now in effect

Weather forecast change for Apostle Islands boaters, paddlers, sailors, is now in effect

In an effort to improve boater safety, changes made by the National Weather Service will result in marine forecasts and alerts targeted specifically to an area in the Apostle Islands that had been covered by offshore forecasts. The Weather Service Forecast Office in Duluth is removing a large portion of the offshore zone (in purple) and turning it into a near shore zone, which includes the Apostle Islands beyond 5 nautical miles from the mainland. This change allows forecasters to deliver marine forecasts and small craft advisories tailored to the unique conditions in the islands. National...

​Meet RTWOS

​Meet RTWOS

She has been providing summer wave and winter ice conditions in the sea caves since 2012.  Her full name is Real Time Waves Observation System. RTWOS was conceived by Dr. Chin Wu at UW–Madison, an expert in dangerous waves and tracking conditions along shorelines. Kayakers, outfitters and ice cavers can pull up her hour-by-hour information at http://www.wavesatseacaves.cee.wisc.edu and PLAY IT SAFE. Many of our supporters are paddlers and ice walkers. A reported 20,000 paddlers visit the caves in the warm months and in the winter, up to 138,000. We feel it is within our mission to help...