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Underwater Landscapes of the Apostle Islands

Underwater Landscapes of the Apostle Islands

In the upper Great Lakes region, the NPS protects diverse coastal environments in Lakes Michigan and Superior. Until recently, very little information existed with respect to the bathymetry, geomorphology, or benthic habitat features of these areas. Since 2010, NPS and partners have developed high resolution benthic habitat maps for six coastal parks in the Great Lakes, using a novel combination of LiDAR, multi-beam sonar, and satellite imagery. In addition to high resolution bathymetry, we collected photo and video imagery to validate substrate and benthic features documented in our mapping...

New National Park Service app features Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

New National Park Service app features Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Curious about the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and more than 400 other national parks? The National Park Service just launched an app that includes an interactive map and current information about the park we love. The app is called “National Park Service.” You can find it in iOS and Android app stores. According to the app description, ” The app was created by National Park Service staff—people who know national parks—to help you make the most of your visit. With all of these parks and a brand new app, it will take some time to finish creating content for each park. If you don’t find...

Wisconsin Lake Superior Scenic Byway receives national designation

Wisconsin Lake Superior Scenic Byway receives national designation

WASHBURN, Wis. (Bayfield County Tourism) – The Wisconsin Lake Superior Scenic Byway (WLSSB) received designation today as a National Scenic Byway in recognition of the high quality natural, cultural, historical and recreational features along the route.  The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced 49 new designations today, including 15 All-American Roads and 34 National Scenic Byways. With the new additions of the WLSSB and the Door County Coastal Byway, Wisconsin now has three nationally designated byways. The third is the Great River Road, which was previously designated as a...

Where in the park is Neil? The final answer is “making memories”

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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...

Where in the park is Neil? The week 19 answer is Bear Island

Where in the park is Neil? The week 19 answer is Bear 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. Neil is on Bear Island, located at 46°57′55″N 90°39′51″W. 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.    Though Bear Island may be a relatively lightly visited island today, it has seen a variety of uses in the...

Where in the park is Neil? The week 18 answer is South Twin Island

Where in the park is Neil? The week 18 answer is South Twin 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. Beaches tend to be some of the most heavily used areas in the Apostle Islands.  The fragile vegetation on these sandscapes cannot survive frequent trampling. Today Neil is taking a close look at efforts to help revegetate the sandscape on this island. At the eighteenth stop on our digital tour, Neil is on...

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...