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Ageless in the Apostles: Are you ever too old for an island adventure?

Ageless in the Apostles: Are you ever too old for an island adventure?

At what age should one stop kayak camping in the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore? Sixty? Seventy? Even eighty years old?  For more than 30 years a group of us has been spending a long weekend over the 4th of July holiday kayaking and camping in the Apostle Islands. We are all aging (the median age of the group was 70 this year), but we are still strong paddlers and competent campers. Perhaps it was only the oldest one of us who had been giving the “at what age …” question serious consideration. Come along with us on this year’s holiday trip. Perhaps you can help answer the question. Maybe...

Attention Paddlers and Boaters: The Buoys are Back!

Attention Paddlers and Boaters: The Buoys are Back!

“The lake is the boss” and “know before you go” are literally words to live by when kayaking in the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. Before your next paddling or boating adventure, it pays to learn as much as you can about the weather forecast and wave conditions. Lake Superior can be glass-calm in one instant and a short time later you might face three-foot waves from a fast-moving storm. The islands themselves influence wind and wave patterns every day and the cold water presents and ever-present risk of hypothermia. That’s why proper gear, training and forecast knowledge are so...

Explorer’s guide to the Apostle Islands just released – buy a book to support the park

Explorer’s guide to the Apostle Islands just released – buy a book to support the park

Bayfield, WI – "My first visit to the Apostles was over two decades ago. Every wave over to Basswood Island made me wonder if we were going to die," says longtime explorer, paddler and author John Frank. "That feeling has since been replaced with a sense of awe and respect." Frank has just released the second edition of Apostle Islands Water Trips, an Explorer's Guide. And thanks to his generosity, we at Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore are pleased to be able to sell a thousand copies of the book, with proceeds benefiting the park that we - and John Frank - love. Apostle...

Lakeshore Logbook – Daniel Blankenship

Lakeshore Logbook – Daniel Blankenship

Daniel Blankenship As part of our 50th Anniversary celebration, we are collecting and sharing the stories of people connected to the islands, whether they are park guests, former residents or former park employees. This is the 19th in our series called “Lakeshore Logbook,” a collection of memories provided by former National Park Service employees. Living and working in the park on a day to day basis, they’ve experienced a lot to be sure. We hope you enjoy their perspectives. Daniel Blankenship worked in the park from 2008 to 2014. He worked for the interpretive division of Apostle Islands...

Lakeshore Logbook – Josh Sweet

Lakeshore Logbook – Josh Sweet

Josh Sweet As part of our 50th Anniversary celebration, we are collecting and sharing the stories of people connected to the islands, whether they are park guests, former residents or former park employees. This is the 17th in our series called “Lakeshore Logbook,” a collection of memories provided by former National Park Service employees. Living and working in the park on a day to day basis, they’ve experienced a lot to be sure. We hope you enjoy their perspectives. Josh Sweet worked as a seasonal Park Ranger at Meyers Beach from May to October of 2014. What is the coolest thing you did in...

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...

Lakeshore Logbook – Tom and Wendy Bredow

Lakeshore Logbook – Tom and Wendy Bredow

Tom Bredow As part of our 50th Anniversary celebration, we are collecting and sharing the stories of people connected to the islands, whether they are park guests, former residents or former park employees. This is the 16th in our series called “Lakeshore Logbook,” a collection of memories provided by former National Park Service employees. Living and working in the park on a day to day basis, they’ve experienced a lot to be sure. We hope you enjoy their perspectives. This week's entry is a father-daughter collaboration. Tom Bredow lived in park housing at Little Sand Bay when he was the...

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,...

Lakeshore Logbook – Christy Baker

Lakeshore Logbook – Christy Baker

Christy Baker As part of our 50th Anniversary celebration, we are collecting and sharing the stories of people connected to the islands, whether they are park guests, former residents or former park employees. This is the 15th in our series called “Lakeshore Logbook,” a collection of memories provided by former National Park Service employees. Living and working in the park on a day to day basis, they’ve experienced a lot to be sure. We hope you enjoy their perspectives. Christy Baker worked as Branch Chief of Cultural Resources from 2005 to 2010. What is the coolest thing you did in Apostle...

Live Zoom event “Paddling the Apostles” set for May 25th, 7p.m.

Live Zoom event “Paddling the Apostles” set for May 25th, 7p.m.

Have you dreamed of sea kayaking the Apostle Islands? Want to hear stories of the big lake’s power and beauty, and learn tips on how to experience it safely? Join Friends of the Apostle Islands at 7pm on Tuesday, May 25th to talk sea kayaking with guide, writer, and photographer Maddy Marquardt. You'll also enjoy some of Maddy's fantastic photography. If you would like to learn more about Maddy and some of the many ways you can enjoy the Apostle Islands, check out her website here. This free online event is the first of our Sense of Adventure series of events celebrating the 50th Anniversary...