Apostle Islands

Keeping Community Afloat Madeline Island Ferry Line and Apostle Islands Cruises keep service in mind Read more



Bob Jauch

The annual Apostle Islands Lighthouse Celebration cruises float by history with rare stops as some of the Apostles most remote lights. Put it on the Bucket List. Read more



Black Warrior Marine/Towboat U.S.

Around the Circle This Week: Sept. 8, 2017

Storm blasts Apostle Islands; UMD Medical School receives largest ever donation; Waatebagaa-giizis; Peter White Library sells treasures; Tourism Thunder Bay surveys web users; Madeline Island Ferry runs more often Read more

Sep 8, 2017 12:40 PM , Superior Notes


Michael DeWitt

Riding an Angry Lake

A "pop-up" storm with high winds and waves turned an Apostle Islands weekend boating-camping outing into a frightening ride on an angry Lake Superior. Read more

Sep 8, 2017 10:42 AM My Lake Superior 3 Comments

Our National Parks

John McCormick

We celebrate our Lake Superior national parks, from Apostle Islands to Pictured Rocks, with these brief introductions. We encourage you to “Find Your Park(s)” all around the Big Lake. Read more

Natural World

TV Show “Rock the Park” Dives Into the Apostle Islands

Courtesy Colton Smith and Jack Steward

TV Show “Rock the Park” Dives Into the Apostle Islands

The adventurer-hosts of TV program “Rock the Park” go hiking, kayaking and scuba diving in the Apostle Islands in Lake Superior in the episode that airs Sunday morning on Duluth’s ABC affiliate, WDIO-TV. Read more

Oct 30, 2015 9:31 AM Superior Notes

The Lake Is Boss: Returning a Little Wiser from an Apostle Islands Paddle

Benjamin Alva Polley

Quickly I understood this was not like any other water we’d paddled. Miles from shore, if you capsize you can’t just swim to safety. Read more


Apostle Islands National Lakeshore: Mainland Sea Caves

Phil Bencomo / Lake Superior Magazine

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Proposes Fee to Visit Ice Caves

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore will host two open houses to discuss a possible fee increase in 2015. The park proposes a $5 Special Recreation Permit fee to be collected at Meyers Beach during ice cave events. Read more

Oct 16, 2014 8:41 AM Superior Notes

Hermit Island Mansion

Joy Morgan Dey / Haunted Lake Superior

Whether the ghost of a man named William Wilson treads Hermit Island in Wisconsin’s Apostle Islands is unclear, but the history of the place certainly has enough bizarre twists to make it possible that his ghostly presence may still be lurking there. Read more

The Lake

Ice Breaks Up at Apostle Islands Sea Caves

Watch: Ice Breaks Up at the Apostle Islands Sea Caves

The ice at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore – upon which nearly 140,000 visitors walked this year – broke up on Sunday. Watch it happen. Read more

Apr 28, 2014 1:39 PM Superior Notes

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore: Mainland Sea Caves

Phil Bencomo / Lake Superior Magazine

Only in cold winters, when conditions are just right, can visitors tread across frozen Lake Superior to explore the caves and the dazzling ice formations that adorn the sandstone cliffs near Cornucopia, Wisconsin. Read more


The Cookery Maven: Our Morning at the Sea Caves

Mary Carlin Dougherty / The Cookery Maven

The Cookery Maven: At the Sea Caves

Last week, Mary Dougherty visited the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore sea caves – accessible by foot this winter for the first time since 2009 – and posted a beautiful photo essay about the trip on her website, The Cookery Maven. Read more

Jan 20, 2014 9:58 AM Superior Notes

Fifty years ago, in September 1963, President John F. Kennedy visited Ashland, Wisconsin, and Duluth, Minnesota, during a national tour, visits that would leave lasting impressions on locals and the region. Read more

The Lake


Francis S. DePerry

Featured Photo, 10/31/12 – Tour on the Lake

Taken on October 10 on the Apostle Islands Morning Grand Tour in Bayfield, Wisconsin, by Francis S. DePerry. Read more

Oct 31, 2012 8:09 AM My Lake Superior 3 Comments

Lake Superior’s two national lakeshores – Apostle Islands in Wisconsin and Pictured Rocks Michigan – share geological attributes, but remain distinct, says photographer Craig Blacklock. This spring, he released two photo books, one on each lakeshore. Read more



Photo by Gary Knowles

Bayfield Peninsula is large and the wildlife – deer, bears and wolves – far outnumber humans. You won’t find one stoplight in all of Bayfield County and your biggest stress might be catching the ferry to Madeline Island on time. Read more

Wisconsin 1 Comments

In the 1920s, one young schoolteacher found a fun haven in the Apostle Islands for her girlfriends that gave them freedom to let loose and be themselves. Read more


Ghosts of the Apostle Islands

John & Ann Mahan

As park historian at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, sooner or later I’ll hear The Question. “Are there any places that are ... haunted?” I believe that many places are haunted in the Apostles – but not in the way that the questioners mean. Read more

The Lake 1 Comments

Lighthouses of the Apostle Islands

Lynn E. Marvin

For more than a century, these light stations were home to men and women who endured the privations of island life to provide mariners with reliable beacons to guide them on the waters of Lake Superior. Read more


The latest trends in travel - “cultural” and “heritage” tourism - have arrived in the Lake Superior region. Read more


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