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  • Based on a July, 2004 visitor survey, the most common activities that visitors participated in during their visit included sightseeing (80%), walking on beaches (66%), and photography (57%).
  • Long Island is presently an island in name only. It has been connected to the mainland as part of a peninsula for more than 30 years.
  • Stockton Island in APIS has one of the densest concentrations of black bears in North America (up to 35 bears in 10,054 acres).
  • Apostle Islands NL has one of the newest federally designated wilderness area in the NPS (Gaylord Nelson Wilderness, 12/4/04).
  • Hunting, fishing, and trapping are permitted in the national lakeshore in accordance with the appropriate Wisconsin laws.
  • Long Island is home to the only known nesting sites in Wisconsin for the endangered Piping Plover. In 2006, three nests were successful with a total of five surviving chicks!
  • Brownstone (sandstone) was shipped from quarries in the Apostle Islands at the end of the 19th century to midwestern cities like Chicago, Milwaukee, Detroit, Cleveland, Minneapolis, and St. Paul where it was used to build some of the cities' most distinctive landmarks.
  • There are actually 22 Apostle Islands (not 12, as might be implied by the name "Apostle"). All but one are included in the national lakeshore.
This information is provided by the National Park Service (NPS), U.S. Department of the Interior.


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