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.
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
The multi-year Light Station Preservation Project for Apostle Islands National Lakeshore’s six historic lighthouses is nearing completion.
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.