Caring for our place on Gichigami
On September 26, 2020, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore will recognize 50 years since its designation as a national lakeshore. All year long, Apostle Islands-area residents, businesses, and visitors will commerate this special place on Lake Superior (Gichigami), and its significance to our culture.
50th Anniversary Logo
Creating and marketing an approved anniversary product is a great way to be a part of the Apostle Islands 50th Anniversary and show your appreciation for this special place. Consider becoming an Official 50th Partner.
Join the fun!
The Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore promote an appreciation for, and preservation of, the natural environment and cultural heritage of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. They help support the educational, recreational, and resource protection efforts of the National Park Service; raise funds to support park projects and events, and increase community involvement with the Islands.
Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, a number of events have been cancelled or rescheduled, but we're going to keep thinking 50 years through 2021, too! We hope to have more special anniversary events over the next year. We'll update this schedule as we are able:
Superintendent's 50th Anniversary Welcome
As we enter into the 50th anniversary of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, I ask you to reflect on the value of human foresight.
Public lands are the gift to the next generation & to those of us here today. They are also a tribute to all of us who know or have known this lake, Gichigami. This lake is the boss. It creates its own weather. It sculpts the fiery red sandstone cliffs, creating sea stacks which “float” offshore and sea caves which lure you into their mysterious curves. If you listen closely, it shares the voices of all who have not heeded its warnings. If you look into its swirling depths, you see the hundreds of boats laying on its floor still waiting to find its sandy shores. Heed its warnings and enter its waters only with respect and with the right gear.
We hope you will choose now to become an active steward of this place as we move into the next 50 years. Please help us to continue the legacy of caring which the Anishinaabe Ojibwe started when they first arrived here. Join us!
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
We're not the only annversary in 2020. Our "park sibling," Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is turning 50 this year as well. Located on the eastern shore of another Great Lake, Lake Michigan, Sleeping Bear Dunes will be sharing festivities all year long.
Last updated: January 20, 2023