• Stockton Island, looking south.

    Apostle Islands

    National Lakeshore Wisconsin

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Recreation User Fees

Oak Island Washout

Erosion next to Oak Island Dock

Recreational User Fees provide National Park units with critical project funding that is used to benefit the public by improving the condition of park facilities and services, reducing the maintenance backlog, and enhancing the condition of natural and cultural resources.

By National Park Service policy, 100% of the funds collected at the Apostle Islands will stay at the Apostle Islands and be used for these kinds of projects.

Fee revenue is used to restore services that have eroded and for repairs and improvements to campsites, trails, and docks; stabilization and restoration of historic buildings; improved signs and exhibits; educational programs, guided walks, hikes, and other popular visitor activities.

After extensive public involvement in 2005-2006, new NPS recreational user fees were approved by the NPS national office and have been in effect at the Apostle Islands in 2007. Click for Fees and Reservations.

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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.”