Little Sand Bay Visitor Center Replacement Project

The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore staff is planning for the replacement of the Little Sand Bay Visitor Center. The visitor center is in very poor condition and, unfortunately, restoration is not feasible. The National Park Service (NPS) does, however, want to honor the site's rich history and is seeking your input on draft architectural designs. Color and other details will be decided at a later time.

The building housing the new visitor center would be smaller and more energy efficient (LEED silver standard), while providing similar visitor services. Most of the exhibits will be outside of the building, providing orientation, safety information, and history of the Little Sand Bay area year-round and after hours. In addition, a permanent display for the Twilite, a historic fishing tug associated with the Hokenson Fishery, is included within this project. Also included within this project is remediation of contaminated soils that are underneath the current building. These soils were contaminated as a result of leaky underground fuel tanks that predated the NPS ownership of the site. The tanks were previously removed and some remediation has been completed, but more still needs to be done.

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Last updated: December 1, 2015

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