Please Pardon Our Mess!
We know how disappointing a “Closed for Renovation” sign can be. We’re hoping any inconveniences you have this summer will be rewarded by great visitor experiences in the future. While the park will work to minimize public inconvenience during the light station repair work, there will be some necessary closures for public safety and to allow workers access to the light stations. Buildings will be closed to visitation while work is in progress, as will the adjacent grounds. The normal volunteer “keepers” will not be in residence during construction. In some cases lighthouse dock closures may also be required for visitor safety and to guarantee dock space for the work crews and materials. Michigan Island light is likely to be the most impacted by closures as dock space is limited, and work on the station and grounds will be very extensive.
We apologize in advance for any inconveniences, and we recommend that if you plan on visiting any of the light stations in 2013, you should check in advance to learn of any closures that might be in place. Call 715-779-3397 or check the park website at www.nps.gov/apis for the latest information. Watch for updates and “behind the scenes” construction photos on the park’s Facebook page!
Here are the anticipated dates for construction, which will result in partial or full closures to the light stations and in some cases the adjacent docks. These dates are subject to change.
Did You Know?
Black bear populations on the islands have their ups and downs. Between 2002 and 2010 the bear population on Stockton Island fell from 26 to 13. More bears were found on Oak Island (18) than on Stockton, and the numbers on Sand Island almost doubled from 6 to 10 individuals during that time.