• Stockton Island, looking south.

    Apostle Islands

    National Lakeshore Wisconsin

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Stockton Anderson Loop
Stockton Anderson Loop
Photo by Damon Panek, NPS

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore protects several unique ecosystems, but the most noticeable is the interface of land and water. Systems of rock pools can be found at this interface, which are unique and unstudied in this area. These small and sometimes ephemeral water bodies are unique ecosystems that have diverse chemical, biological, and ecological features. The Mapping and Biological Studies of Shoreline Rock Pools study addresses a lack of basic knowledge of these systems at ISRO, APIS, and PIRO National Parks. Our survey of the Apostle Islands found rock pool systems on Bear, Devil’s, and Stockton Islands. Rock pools on Devil’s Island contained salamander larvae and eggs, as well as spring peeper eggs. Rock pools on Bear Island supported stoneflies and predacious diving beetles. Invasive spiny water fleas were found in pools on Stockton Island and in Lake Superior near shore to Bear Island (but not in the pools). Complete zooplankton, macroinvertebrate, amphibian, algae, water chemistry analysis and maps of rock pool distribution are forthcoming.

Mapping and Biological Studies of Shoreline Rock Pools in Three Lake Superior National Parks (3.86mb pdf)

Did You Know?


In his “Report on Apostle Islands National Park Project, January 20, 1931”, landscape architect Harlan Kelsey noted that “the hand of man has mercilessly destroyed the islands’ virgin beauty, and, therefore, a largely controlling element as outstanding national park material even if other reasons made them eligible…this project does not meet National Park Service standards.”