Light Station Maintenance Under Way At Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Means Temporary Closures

It takes a lot of maintain lighthouses, particularly old ones. So, not surprisingly, work on some of the historic light stations at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin mean there will be some temporary closures this year.

Overnight Use Of Sand Island At Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Closed Due To Bears

An acquired taste of human food by a black bear has forced the overnight closure of Sand Island at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin.

Climate Change Workshop For Teachers Coming To Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Next Month

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore will be participating in the 2013 Parks Climate Challenge program using national parks as classrooms to educate students about climate change, thanks to funding provided by the National Park Foundation.

Camping At Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Could Stink This Summer Due To Sequestration

Campers might not be too happy come mid-summer or so at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, where budget cuts could leave vault toilets at some island campsites full.

Quick Ice Breakup Shows Challenge, And Dangers, Of Visiting Apostle Islands National Lakeshore's Ice Caves

Literally overnight the ice on Lake Superior at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore broke up, preventing an opportunity for visitors to walk across the ice and explore the lakeshore's "ice caves."

Creature Feature: Piping Plovers Face Challenges But Keep On Piping

The piping plover, Charadrius melodus, sparks recreation area closures in many parts of the national park system drawing critics and champions all across the country and causing a much larger stir than its tiny size suggests.

Four Light Stations At Apostle Islands National Lakeshore To Be Restored

Fans of lighthouses can start counting down the days until four more light stations at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore have been restored to a certain degree.

New Camping Option At Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

There's a new campsite for you to choose from when you make plans to visit Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.

Some Things To Keep In Mind When It Comes To Making Your National Park Charitable Gifts

With so many organizations clamoring for your charitable dollars, how can you decide which group to give to in support of the national parks? Do your homework, urges Jacqueline Vaughn.

Birding In The National Parks: Top 10 Birding Spots In The National Park System

Spring migration is winding down across much of North America, and it’s time for birders to relax and reflect. I’ve been contemplating happy thoughts such as where I would go if given an all-expenses paid birding trip to any U.S. National Park in the next 12 months. No one has offered this to me yet, but I made up a list in my head.

New Dock Coming to Basswood Island At Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

It will be easier getting onto Basswood Island in Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in the not-too-distant future, as crews are going to be rebuilding the island's dock.

Buy A Starry Print, Help Friends of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

For the third year running, a spectacular shot of the Milky Way over Apostle Islands National Lakeshore has been snared photographically and reproduced in a beautiful print you can buy. All proceeds are earmarked for Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.

Technology Making It Easy For Kayakers To Determine Wave Heights At Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

No word yet if there's an app for it, but if you have a computer you can quickly check on the wave heights at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore if you're planning a paddling trip there.

Celebrate National Park Lighthouses On August 7, National Lighthouse Day

It's been nearly 225 years since Congress called for lighthouses "beacons, buoys and public piers" to be built for the safety of the public and seafarers. You can celebrate that occasion, which fell August 7, 1789, by visiting one of the many lighthouses across the National Park System.

With Summer Arriving Tomorrow, Don't Find Yourself In National Park Search-and-Rescue Reports

With summer officially getting under way tomorrow, more and more folks will be heading out to the national parks for some summer fun. Just be sure to be careful out there so you don't find yourself added to a search-and-rescue report as these folks were.

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Finalizes Long-Term General Management Plan

After more than six years of work, community input, and public review, officials at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore have released the final version of their general management plan for the next 15-20 years.

By the Numbers: Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Wisconsin's Apostle Islands National Lakeshore features picturesque islands, historic light stations, sandstone cliffs, sea caves, pristine beaches, old-growth forest, and abundant wildlife.

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Proposing to Preserve Five Light Stations

No one place in the country harbors the rich diversity in lighthouses as that which resides at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore on the shores of Lake Superior. But preserving those historic buildings is neither easy nor inexpensive, but it is something the Park Service would like to do.

Traveler Recommends: Friends of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

You have to like, and applaud, a national park friends group that supplies toilet paper to outhouses. But that's just one of the tasks the Friends of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore takes on in its support of the lakeshore.

How to Survive a Fall Through the Ice – Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Offers Timely Training

A fall through the ice into cold winter waters is a frightening and life-threatening emergency, and in an attempt to reduce those risks, Apostle National Lakeshore recently offered "ice awareness" and ice rescue training for the park staff and other area agencies.

A Second Starry Night Print Offered to Raise Funds for Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

A second starry night photograph from Apostle Islands National Lakeshore has surfaced, and the park's friends group is selling prints to raise money to reinvest in the lakeshore.

This Miss Was Better Than a Mile – Hiker Falls into Lake Superior at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

A visitor to Apostle Islands National Lakeshore provided a different twist on the expression, "A miss is as good as a mile" when he fell over a 35-foot cliff into the very chilly waters of Lake Superior. In his case, quick thinking and fast reflexes allowed him to miss the rocks at the bottom of the cliff, but his wet landing meant his troubles were far from over.

Fall Spectacular: Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Mirror of Time

Paddling along a sandy shore, watching ripples of sand and light beneath the kayak, I could imagine for a moment I was in the tropics, not here in northern Wisconsin, on the shore of Lake Superior. As we glided along, channels between islands opened and closed; new islands appeared.

Loons Employed To Help Biologists Better Understand The Birds and Great Lakes Botulism

Avian botulism has been a problem at some units of the National Park System located along the Great Lakes. Biologists working to better understand the spread of the disease are turning to loons to help with their research.

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore's Latest Lecture Focuses on A Backwoods Convenience

Call it a loo, a latrine, an outhouse, vault toilet or privy, but when you're out hiking or paddling a national park's backcountry and you have to answer the call of nature, it's awful nice not to have to squat over a cathole.

Lecture Series At Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Touches on Shipwrecks, Sailors, and Ice Conditions

When was the last time you heard an 1850s yarn put to song? If you're in the neighborhood of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore on Monday, you'll be able to hear what it sounds like. Or, if you're curious about Lake Superior's shipwrecks, you can bone up on them at the lakeshore as well.

Another National Park Arch Collapses, This One at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Another national park arch has collapsed. Not one of the famous ones at Arches National Park, but rather one of the icons at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.

National Park Mystery Photo 22 Revealed: Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

There are many great places to paddle in the National Park System, whether you choose to go by canoe, raft, or sea kayak. And, there also are many park shorelines that are dotted with caves and grottoes.

21 National Park System Units Nominated For "Marine Protected Area" Status

Twenty-one units of the National Park System, including five national seashores and four national lakeshores, have been nominated for status as "Marine Protected Areas."
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National Park Mystery Plant 5 Revealed: It’s the Red Baneberry

Did you identify the red baneberry as the mystery plant in yesterday’s quiz? Here are some more interesting facts about this widely-distributed plant and its toxic effects.