While Wisconsin doesn’t have the extensive national parks acreage of other places, the state’s Apostle Islands National Lakeshore more than makes up for it in beautiful scenery. The 21 islands and 12 miles of mainland that make up the park show Lake Superior at its picturesque best.
It’s possible to enjoy this area of northern Wisconsin with a sense of humor, too, as State Journal reader Fritz Grutzner illustrates in this image submitted for our national parks photo contest. “I’m on an iceberg!” Grutzner has titled the photo, taken over Memorial Day weekend this year.
“The temp was 80 degrees, which is why everyone was wearing short sleeves, but the water temperature was 35 degrees,” he says. “There were icebergs floating all over the bay between Madeline Island and La Pointe.”
Grutzner says his brother, Eric, decided to “catch” an ice chunk by towing it to shore using his boat anchor, then tying it to his pier with a rope line. “So he had an ice-raft,” Fritz Grutzner recalls. “It was an amazing day.”
An amazing day at an amazing place. The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore features sea caves that turn into an icy wonderland in winter, diverse sandscapes and beaches perfect for summer use, recreational opportunities including popular sea kayaking, and more lighthouses than any other National Park Service area, with eight historic lighthouses on six islands.
On the Web: nps.gov/apis.
The State Journal’s national parks photo contest remains open through Sept. 1. We will choose some of the best submissions to feature in our Sunday Travel section, and one photo will earn a $200 gas card.
The contest also has paired with the nonprofit Western National Parks Association, which may use readers’ photos in materials that tell the story of our treasured parks.
It’s easy to enter the photo contest: Just visit the State Journal’s Facebook page — facebook.com/WisconsinStateJournal — and click on the National Park Travel Photo Contest icon. Fill out the online form, including a brief description of your national park trip, and upload your image from any national park to enter.
Find complete contest rules and directions for uploading photos at our Facebook page.