NPS Concession Operated Tours and Trips
Apostle Islands Cruises (AIC) is authorized by the National Park Service and U.S. Department of the Interior as a park concessioner to serve the public within the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.
AIC offers a variety of narrated sightseeing cruises, island shuttles, and charter trips to islands and offshore locations throughout the national lakeshore. The most popular is the 55-mile "Grand Tour" which travels through the heart of the Apostle Islands archipelago.
Daily shuttles provide visitors with boat transportation services to specific islands, where you can visit a lighthouse, hike, picnic, bird-watch, or explore natural and cultural areas on your own.
Other cruises are available in the afternoon and evening with the opportunity to see sunsets, sea caves, and lighthouses. For a complete schedule of this year's cruise offerings, visit their website at www.apostleisland.com.
Visitor Trips, Tours, and Expedition Services
NOTE: The park is in the process of streamlining the Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) program. There will be significant changes for the 2020 season, particularly to the conditions and application process for Guided Canoe and Kayak Expeditions. Consequently, no new CUA applications for Guided Canoe and Kayak Expeditions are being accepted at this time. All of the document links provided below are subject to change for the 2020 season. Revised program information and forms for the 2020 season will be available on this website by October 1, 2019. Questions may be emailed to APIS_Commercial_Services@nps.gov.
A Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) is required for all businesses, groups, organizations or individuals that provide guided trips and/or services for hire, compensation or reimbursement within the national lakeshore. Application forms and instructions can be downloaded below. If you have questions or wish to request hard copies of the application documents, please call the Business Services office at 715-779-9103 or send an email to APIS_Commercial_Services@nps.gov.
Attachment C - Day-Use Canoe/Kayak trip itinerary (54 kb .doc)
Attachment D - Operations Plan (97 kb .doc)
Attachment E - Vehicle Registration Form (85 kb pdf)
Checklist (60 kb pdf)
Complaint Notice (example) (23 kb .doc)
Philanthropy, Friends Groups, and Authorized Fundraising Partners
Private philanthropy is both a noble tradition of the national parks and a vital element of the Service's success. Donations come to the park from individuals, organizations, foundations, corporations, businesses, and other entities, purely as expressions of support, in response to the donor's awareness of needs, or as a result of an organized fundraising campaign by others. The NPS appreciates the generosity of those who donate directly, and those who work through authorized non-profit organizations to raise funds for the benefit of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore or its programs.
To assure the ethics,integrity, and impartiality of the National Park Service and its programs, all donations accepted by the park must strictly follow federal law and NPS policy. Any fundraising campaigns on behalf of the park must be authorized in a written agreement. For more information on that policy and how donations will be acknowledged at the Apostle Islands, please see our Donor Recognition Plan.
The park's current authorized non-profit fundraising partners are:- Friends of the Apostle Islands
- National Parks of Lake Superior Foundation
Last updated: June 20, 2019