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?
There are actually 22 Apostle Islands (not 12, as might be implied by the name "Apostle"). All but one are included in the national lakeshore.