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The Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore was founded in 2004 to help foster an appreciation and to build support for the national lakeshore. "The Apostle Islands are gemstones in Lake Superior, and we want to invite people to visit these special islands and to help protect them so that future generations may enjoy them as we do now,"
said Martin Hanson of Mellen, WI. Hanson, a driving force in founding the Friends and its Board of Directors, worked to establish the national lakeshore in the 1960s. He was the personal tour guide of President John F. Kennedy who briefly visited the Apostles as he considered a push by former U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson to designate the islands as national parkland.

Friends Mission:

To promote an appreciation for and preservation of the cultural and natural heritage and the natural environment of the Apostle Islands.

Friends Efforts:

  • Connect people with the history, beauty, and adventure of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.
  • Increase community involvement with the Islands.
  • Support the educational, recreational, and resource protection efforts of the National Park Service.
  • Raise funds to support park projects and events.
  • Learn more about the Friends Contributions in Support of the Park. (24kb PDF)


The National Parks of Lake Superior Foundation (NPLSF) is a newly organized, privately supported effort to fund special projects in the five U.S. national parks on Lake Superior, over and above appropriated funds. These projects include preservation of historic structures and lighthouses, improved visitor services and facilities, enhanced environmental education programs and more.

This effort is meant to complement efforts by the Friends organizations of individual parks. Any private donations received will be split evenly between the parks, unless the donation has a specifically targeted project or park. The NPLSF is actively seeking partners to assist in developing this special new funding organization and invite individual and major donors.

To learn more about how to become involved in these efforts write to the following address:

National Parks of Lake Superior Foundation
1901 W. Ridge St.
Suite 9
Marquette, Michigan 49855


Last updated: April 4, 2016

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