About Friends of the Apostle Islands

Kayakers in the Apostle Islands - Lake SuperiorFriends of the Apostle Islands are a diverse group of sailors, kayakers, boaters, divers, lighthouse lovers, hikers, fishermen, beach-combers, wildlife watchers, and many others, who share a love for these 21 islands (and a 12 mile section of mainland) that make up the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore of Wisconsin's Lake Superior shore.

We invite you to join us, and be a voice for these Islands.

Our mission is to promote an appreciation for, and preservation of, the natural environment and cultural heritage of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.

Our 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

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Erica Peterson, Board Chair - Bayfield, WI
Mark Weller, Vice Chair - Waunakee, WI
Rick Charboneau, Treasurer - Washburn, WI
Karen Graff, Secretary - Mosinee, WI
Theron O'Connor, Corporate Secretary - Bayfield, WI

Board Members

Katherine Jenkins - Washburn, WI
Sarah Johnson - Ashland, WI
Chuck Ludwigsen - Bayfield, WI
Kelley Linehan – Bayfield, WI
Lori Nelson – Woodbury, MN
Jeff Garrett – Bayfield, WI

Emeritus Board Members

Martin Hanson, Founder - Deceased 2008
Bud Jordahl - Deceased 2010
Matt Dallman - Minocqua, WI
Tia Nelson - Madison, WI
Thomas Rossberger, Jr - Mellen, WI


National Park Service Support for the Friends is provided by:

Bob Krumenaker, Superintendent
Myra Foster, Chief of Interpretation & Education
Julie Van Stappen, Chief of Planning & Resource Management