• Stockton Island, looking south.

    Apostle Islands

    National Lakeshore Wisconsin

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Wilderness Study

Final Wilderness Study

Record of Decision Signed by NPS Midwest Regional Director

May 5, 2004

The Regional Director of the National Park Service Midwest Region, Ernest Quintana, has signed the Record of Decision for the Final Wilderness Study/Environmental Impact Statement for Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. With this Record of Decision, the National Park Service is proposing that roughly 33,500 acres of the park's 42,160 acre land base be designated as wilderness by the United States Congress. None of the waters of Lake Superior are proposed as wilderness, so access to the islands will not change. Until Congress makes its determination, the lands proposed as wilderness will be managed to preserve their wilderness character, as required by NPS policy.

Download the Record of Decision (166kb 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.”