Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

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.

NASA, National Park Service Team To Offer Climate Change Podcasts

While rising sea levels are a concern for some national parks, dropping lake levels are a concern for others. A unique partnership between NASA and the National Park Service examines these issues in two podcasts for your listening ease.

New Coalition Brings Groups Together to Push for Water Stewardhip in Great Lakes, Chesapeake Bay, Everglades, and Puget Sound

There was a news event earlier this week that seemed to sail under the radar, but it's something to keep an eye on. A large coalition of groups has come together to lobby for the waters that flow through Everglades National Park, the parks and lakeshores that dot the Great Lakes and touch the Chesapeake Bay, as well as many other watery ecosystems across the country.

Friends Groups Help National Parks In Many, Many Ways, Even Providing the TP In Some

Across the country there are dozens of "friends groups" that help national parks in myriad ways. Just recently the Yellowstone Park Foundation announced a drive to buy bear-proof lockers for front-country campgrounds in Yellowstone National Park. At Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, the friends group actually provides the TP!

Fourteenth Annual Apostle Islands Lighthouse Celebration Runs through September 12

Raspberry Island Lighthouse
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is sometimes described as the "Holy Grail" for lighthouse buffs. Nowhere else in the country can you find such a wide variety of lighthouses in such a compact area. The area's annual Lighthouse Celebration is underway with special tours through September 12.

It Ain't Sexy: Charting The Next Two Decades At Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Perhaps one of the least publicly intriguing issues when you're talking about national parks is that of the general management plans used to guide a park's growth and use. But when these documents come up for revision, the opportunity is ripe for you to have your two cents considered. For instance, should the lighthouses at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore be turned into bed-and-breakfasts?

Climate Change and National Parks: A Survival Guide for a Warming World -- Loon and Other Birds of the Great Lakes

Change is under way in the Great Lakes, the source of 84 percent of North America’s fresh water and more than 20 percent of the world’s supply. It is a progressive sweeping change that threatens to greatly transform the ecosystems of these inland seas by warming their waters and supplanting native species with harmful invasives. And it is a change that ultimately may threaten the viability of the common loon and dozens of other birds that depend on the lakes.

Are You a Fan of Lighthouses? National Lighthouse Day is Coming Up

Sullivan's Island Light.
National Lighthouse Day is being observed around the country on August 7, and there are some excellent examples of those beacons in NPS areas. Some parks will host special events this weekend; one of them is more often associated with a famous battle than a lighthouse.

Historic Lighthouse Aids in Rescue at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Raspberry Island Light
A historic lighthouse had a role in one of three recent rescues at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin, and quick work by the park staff averted several potential tragedies.

Winter In Summer at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Sure, it's summertime, and the weather is hot, but there's talk of winter at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore next week.

How to Save a Historic Lighthouse. Sometimes the Answer is ... Give it Away

Chicago Harbor Lighthouse.
There's just something about a lighthouse that appeals to history buffs, romantics, and lots of other people. The National Park System includes some great lighthouses, but the NPS can't save them all. Sometimes, the best way for the feds to preserve one is to give it away.

National Park Quiz 39: Winter

This week’s quiz will find out if you are a winterwise park visitor. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you explain why the Bergeron-Findeisen process grows snowflakes only because the equilibrium vapor pressure of water vapor with respect to ice is less than that with respect to liquid water at the same subfreezing temperature.

Planning to Visit Apostle Islands National Lakeshore? Leave Your Gun At Home

Planning to visit Apostle Islands National Lakeshore? If you fear for your safety in national parks, you'll have to either skip this lakeshore or go it without your firearm and hope for the best.

Part of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Lands on National Register of Historic Places

Great Lakes fishing history has led to a segment of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore being named to the National Register of Historic Places.

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Not Immune to Bear Problems

A cantankerous black bear on an island in Lake Superior is proof that bear problems in the National Park System are not restricted to the West or the Appalachians.
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