Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Study Documents Impacts Of Climate Change Across National Park System

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..."

Birding In The National Parks: Odd Birds Showing Up In National Parks

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.

Discover Lighthouses, Sea Kayaking, And Musical Sand At Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

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.

Restoration Work On Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Light Stations Could Close Some To Visitors

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.

Junior Ranger Program For Underwater Explorers

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.

Lake Ice At Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Breaks Up, Signaling Spring

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.

Essential Paddling Guide: Asian Carp Just One Aspect Of Non-Native Invasion Of Great Lakes

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.

Ice Caves At Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Coming To End Of Season

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.

Essential Paddling Guide: Staying Safe On The Water

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.

Winter Of 2014 Brings Record Crowds To View Ice Caves At Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

For much of the country weary of the cold, the winter of 2014 can't end soon enough, but at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, the combination of frigid conditions and word spread by social media has resulted in record visitation to the park. The draw? Sea caves, accessible only by boat in the summer, are festooned in ice in winter, and can be reached by walking across the now-frozen waters of Lake Superior.

Hard Freeze Opens Ice Caves At Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

A sturdy ice bridge might not yet have formed between Canada and Isle Royale National Park in Lake Superior, but the recent cold weather has made it possible to open the "ice caves" at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore on the lake's south shore.

The Consequences Of Climate Change At Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Adapting to climate change at Apostle Islands National Seashore means taking every opportunity to solve problems and communicate successes.

Communities Step Forward To Help Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Through Winter

Communities near Apostle Islands National Lakeshore are standing ready to help the park operate as close to normal as possible this winter, which means the popular "ice caves" could be more easily accessible if the ice allows.

Early 20th Century Lighthouse Keeper's Logbook Given To Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

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.

Budget Cuts Lead To Reduced Services At Apostle Islands National Lakeshore This Winter

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.

Musings From Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

I’m sitting on the shore of Lake Superior just looking across the water from the mainland of northern Wisconsin toward Madeline Island, one of 22 islands that comprise the Apostle Islands. A parade of sailboats works upwind across the water and I’m breathing air so fresh it still has labels attached. I’ll be leaving tomorrow morning. With regrets.

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Kayakers Gain Better Real-Time Information On Water Conditions

Kayakers at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore have gained more tools to gauge water conditions before they leave shore and head to the park's sea caves.

Sand Island Reopening To Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Visitors

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.

Are Bear Problems At Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Tied To Sequestration?

Are bear problems at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin tied to the budget sequestration? They could be, as the lakeshore wasn't able to hire as many seasonal rangers as it has in the past.

Birthday Party Planned For Raspberry Light At Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Raspberry Light at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore turns 150 on July 20, and a party is planned.

Sand Island At Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Closed To All Visitors Due To Bears

Continued aggressiveness by one or more black bears at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin have forced park officials to close Sand Island to all visitors until further notice.

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.
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