Our Partners

Apostle Islands Cruise Service
Island Princess-Apostle Islands Cruise Service-Authorized NPS Concessioner

NPS Concession Operated Tours and Trips

Up to 140 passengers
Narrated Sightseeing Tours, Island Shuttles and Charter Boat 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.

Apostle Islands Cruise Service (Authorized NPS Concessioner)P.O. Box 691
Bayfield, WI 54814
Phone: (715) 779-3925
E-mail: info@apostleisland.com
Website: http://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.

Business partners of the National Park Service provide a variety of ways to see and enjoy the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. They offer opportunities to learn, explore, and experience the park through unique and specialized trips, tours, adventures and expeditions.

- Adventure Tours and Water Taxi Service
- Canoe and Kayak Expeditions
- Charter Fishing Services
- Sailboat Charters
- Scuba and Diving Services
- Towing and Salvage Services (marine)
- University Recreation and Education
- Youth Camps

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.

Please read and follow the instructions carefully. You are encouraged to read the Provisions and Specific Conditions (Exhibits A and B) to ensure you're willing and able to comply with all terms before you submit an application. If you have questions or are uncertain of the status of your Commercial Use Authorization, please call for clarification.

Download the Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) Request for Application Form:

CUA/SUP Questions & Answers (28 kb pdf)

CUA Permit Request Form 10-550 (218 kb pdf)

Attachment A - Provisions (68 kb pdf)

Attachment B - Adventure Tours-Water Taxi (64 kb pdf)
Attachment B - Backcountry (71 kb pdf)
Attachment B -Canoe/Kayak (64 kb pdf)
Attachment B -Fishing (50 kb pdf)
Attachment B - Marine Towing/ Salvage (64 kb pdf)
Attachment B - Sailing (65 kb pdf)
Attachment B - SCUBA (57 kb pdf)

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)

Figure 1 - Certificate of Liability Insurance (example)(42kb pdf)

Group Camping Permit Lottery Instructions


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

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415 Washington Avenue
Bayfield, WI 54814


(715) 779-3397

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