The third time apparently was the charm at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin, where continued frigid weather has frozen Lake Superior hard enough to allow for the public to tour the lakeshore's "ice caves" beginning Saturday, barring any significant changes.
You want to get out on the water, preferably for a few days at least. Scenery, wildlife, and solitude are on your checklist. Here’s where to go in the National Park System.
New units to the National Park System, a face-off over concession fees at Grand Canyon National Park that impacted nearly a quarter of the park system, and even the basic relevancy of national parks were among the top stories of 2014 involving the park system.
It'll Cost You A Little To See The Ice Caves At Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Next Time They Form
If the coming winter months ice over Lake Superior at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and turn the mainland caves into castles of ice, it'll cost you a little to see them.
In what could be the most significant legislative action pertaining to national parks since 2009, the U.S. House of Representatives is being asked to approve a defense authorization bill that has been amended to create a number of new units of to the National Park System, from a Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park in New York to a Manhattan Project National Historical Park spread across a handful of states.
As we told you last month, National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis has given his superintendents the OK to increase entrance and other fees in their parks once they've conducted the requisite public outreach and engagement. While many fees are likely to increase by $5 or $10, there could be more creativity into fee collections aimed at generating more money for the parks.
The two of us recently returned to Apostle Islands National Lakeshore for the first time in many years. It was a good time to visit northern Wisconsin, in light of the oppressive early September temperatures and humidity of south Georgia. The trip turned out to be quite an adventure beginning at 2:30 a.m. on the morning of departure when we received a call from Delta that our flight had been cancelled.
Most of us arrive in a national park by car, truck, or perhaps train, and then spend our visit either walking or driving around, stopping at scenic overlooks, exploring history, or searching for wildlife. One mode of transportation not to be overlooked, though, is watercraft. Here are five incredible national park excursions by boat that are worthy of your consideration.
The multi-year Light Station Preservation Project for Apostle Islands National Lakeshore’s six historic lighthouses is nearing completion.
With bears acting more like bears in terms of eating their normal fare, the dock at Oak Island in Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin has reopened to boaters.
Impacts of climate change on the National Park System are such that it is "no longer ecologically viable to manage resources solely within park boundaries," according to a study that found parks "are overwhelmingly at the extreme warm end of historical temperature distributions..."
I write this from the south shore of Lake Superior, not far from Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Two days ago, while casually birding the lakeshore, my wife Sarah spotted a Black-crowned Night-heron. That’s an extremely unusual bird to find as far north as the Superior shore.
It would be overly simplistic to define Apostle Islands National Lakeshore merely through its watery connection to Lake Superior. True, the lakeshore is comprised of 21 islands that dot the lake, but this 69,372-acre mix of water and land also boasts more lighthouses than any unit of the National Park System.
National Park Service Working To Map Bottom Of Lake Superior Around Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
A 28-foot silver boat gliding about the islands of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore this summer will be working towards completing a mapping of the Lake Superior lakebed around the islands.
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, home to the best collection of lighthouses and stations in the National Park System, is doing maintenance work this summer on five of those facilities, and visitors might find them closed at times.
With so many units of the National Park System tied to water, it shouldn't come as a surprise that the Junior Ranger program has a category for Underwater Explorers.
Spring is in the air, and in the waters of Lake Superior, where the ice cover that made access to Apostle Islands National Lakeshore's ice caves possible has broken up.
They are some of the most acrobatic fish you’ll ever encounter, hurtling their silver bodies high out of rivers when motorboats pass by. But Asian carp that have been invading the Mississippi River drainage the past two decades pose a serious threat to both the native fish in the Great Lakes and Minnesota’s waters and to regional economies.
After providing an estimated $10-$12 million boom in tourism, the ice caves at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin will soon be off-limits due to deteriorating conditions, according to lakeshore Superintendent Bob Krumenaker.
All throughout our National Park System there are waters perfect for paddling that range from placid ponds and lakes to tumultuous rivers filled with boulder-studded cataracts that require a careful eye and deft paddle. Here are some tips for staying safe on the water.
Adapting to climate change at Apostle Islands National Seashore means taking every opportunity to solve problems and communicate successes.
Lost pages from the past recently were presented to Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in the form of a lighthouse keeper's log book from the early 20th century.
With another layer of budget sequestration coming in January, barring any congressional intervention, national parks are cinching their belts wherever possible. At Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin, that means reduced services this winter.
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore's Sand Island, which has been closed to all visitors due to bear problems, has reopened to day use and soon will be open for camping, park officials said Friday.