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Lakeshore Logbook – Jim Dahlstrom

Lakeshore Logbook – Jim Dahlstrom

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 fifth 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. Jim Dahlstrom served as a Protection Ranger at Little Sand Bay during his time at the Apostle islands National Lakeshore, from October...

Lighthouses are for lovers: an Apostle Islands love story

Lighthouses are for lovers: an Apostle Islands love story

Love can make a person do crazy things but would it be enough to make you brave nearly 25 miles of rough Lake Superior waters rowing in an open boat just to spend a few precious moments with your soulmate? Well, it would if you were Walter Daniels.  Although best known as the keeper of the Outer Island Light from 1918-1935, Daniels also did a stint at as the Assistant Keeper at the Michigan Island Light from 1908-1910. It was during this time that the young, perhaps more impetuous Daniels found himself smitten with one Emma Hahn, the niece of Sand Island Lightkeeper Emmanuel Luick. It is...

New series: Lakeshore Logbook

New series: Lakeshore Logbook

The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is far more than the rugged beauty of the iconic sandstone sea caves, the many moods of cold and clear Lake Superior, the pristine beaches, the island forests and the wildlife. The park is also a treasure trove of human history... stories of hope and hardship... of adventure, discovery and of celebration. 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 first in our series called "Lakeshore...

Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore receives new capacity building grant from National Park Foundation

Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore receives new capacity building grant from National Park Foundation

BAYFIELD, Wis.  Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is one of 36 park partner organizations to receive a Strong Parks, Strong Communities capacity building grant from the National Park Foundation, the official nonprofit partner to the National Park Service. This grant will enable Friends to facilitate a community-wide effort that acknowledges the important role local businesses, organizations, schools, nonprofits, tribes and individuals have in stewarding this park’s future. Lynne Dominy (NPS photo)   “The economy of the local area is closely tied to the integrity of its...

Where in the park is Neil? The week 17 answer is Michigan Island

Where in the park is Neil? The week 17 answer is Michigan 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. Lighthouse historian F. Ross Holland said that “within the boundaries of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is the largest and finest single collection of lighthouses in the country.”  At the seventeenth stop on our digital tour, Neil is on Michigan Island. It is home to the first lighthouse and the tallest...

Where in the park is Neil? The week 13 answer is Devils Island

Where in the park is Neil? The week 13 answer is Devils 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. At the thirteenth stop on our digital tour, Neil is in the light tower on Devils Island looking for the only Fresnel lens still found in an Apostle Islands tower. Devils Island is located at 47.0730° N, 90.7257° W. At various times in the 1800s, this island was also been known as Louisiana Island, Barney and...

Where in the park is Neil? The week 4 answer is Outer Island

Where in the park is Neil? The week 4 answer is Outer 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. At the fourth stop on our digital tour, Neil is at the fog building on Outer Island. Outer Island is the easternmost, northernmost and largest island in the National Lakeshore, in the at 47.0478° N, 90.4330° W. Many light stations included steam whistles or horns to warn mariners of danger when the lights...

Where in the park is Neil? The week 2 answer is Sand Island

Where in the park is Neil? The week 2 answer is Sand 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. At the second stop on our digital tour, Neil is on Sand Island with his daughter Sophie. Sand Island is relatively close to the mainland at 46.9791° N, 90.9485° W. It is one of the most western-most islands in the National Lakeshore and is clearly visible from Little Sand Bay on the mainland. Neil...

Check It Out! For NPS History Buffs

Check It Out! For NPS History Buffs

​Get To Your Park Online: Michigan Island Fresnel Lens Featured in Google Cultural Institute Google recently partnered with the National Park Service to make their museum collection more available to explore online. Their NPS Museum Collection, Centennial One Object Exhibit, will let you browse over 3,800 historically and culturally significant objects of interest by Park. Look for a beautiful photo of our own Michigan Island Fresnel Lens under Apostle Islands National Lakeshore at the Google Cultural Institute. You can also find the historic boot sole from St. Croix National Scenic Riverway...