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Old 02-21-2015, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Mequon, WI
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What are our Top 10 Nature Areas of the state. if someone were to come to Wisconsin and wanted to see our natural landscape and wanted to be impressed where would you take them? Now I am looking for specifics since I know nothing of the subject. Give a list in order of our best nature attractions, whether it's a state park, a trail, a beach, a waterfall, a lake, a view or anything.
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Old 02-21-2015, 03:25 PM
 
Location: IN
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What are our Top 10 Nature Areas of the state. if someone were to come to Wisconsin and wanted to see our natural landscape and wanted to be impressed where would you take them? Now I am looking for specifics since I know nothing of the subject. Give a list in order of our best nature attractions, whether it's a state park, a trail, a beach, a waterfall, a lake, a view or anything.
1) Headwaters of the Wisconsin River, Lac Vieux Desert, Vilas County.
2) Peninsula State Park, Door County and Whitefish Dunes State Park, Door County.
3) Copper Falls State Park, Mellen, WI.
4) Devils Lake State Park, and Parfrey's Glen Natural area, Baraboo, WI.
5) Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Bayfield County.
6) Blue Mounds State Park, Blue Mounds, WI, Dane County.
7) Rice Lake, Grindestone Lake, other lakes, Hayward, WI, Sawyer County.
8) Chequamegon National Forest, Bayfield, Ashland, Sawyer, Price counties.
9) Nicolet National Forest, Forest, Florence, Langlade, and Oconto counties.
10) Wildcat Mountain State Park, Ontario, WI, Vernon County.

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Old 02-21-2015, 03:29 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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It depends on where they're coming from. If they're coming from an arid climate, I'd focus on the lakes & southern half of the state. If they're coming from a flatter state than Wisconsin, I'd focus on the hills in the west. These are my 5 favorite state parks ranked.

1. Copper Falls - Doughboys trail! Northwoods is the best Wisconsin has to offer. Pines, river gorges, clean looking water
2. Perrot - hills, Mississippi, locks & dams (those aren't natural, are they)
3. Pattison - Northwoods, waterfalls, nice lake
4. Peninsula - Lake Michigan, pines, lookout points
5. Devils Lake - sandier soil which I like, pines, nice swimming lake, nice trails, hills
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Old 02-21-2015, 03:51 PM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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1) Headwaters of the Mississippi River, Lac Vieux Desert, Vilas County.
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tee hee hee
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Old 02-21-2015, 04:02 PM
 
Location: IN
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tee hee hee
That is what it is called, based on French terminology.
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Old 02-21-2015, 04:54 PM
 
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That is what it is called, based on French terminology.
I don't think the tee hee hee was in reference to the name of that body of water, but the incorrect ID of the other body of water in what he quoted.

A number of good recommendations already. Might also consider the Horicon Marsh, Kohler Andrae State Park (sand dunes), many segments of the Ice Age Trail, and the Wisconsin Dells ... the actual Dells of the Wisconsin River, not the waterparks.
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Old 02-21-2015, 05:03 PM
 
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I don't think the tee hee hee was in reference to the name of that body of water, but the incorrect ID of the other body of water in what he quoted.

A number of good recommendations already. Might also consider the Horicon Marsh, Kohler Andrae State Park (sand dunes), many segments of the Ice Age Trail, and the Wisconsin Dells ... the actual Dells of the Wisconsin River, not the waterparks.
Oh, just saw that, my fault!
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Old 02-21-2015, 05:03 PM
 
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tee hee hee
fixed now
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Old 02-21-2015, 06:28 PM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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Muskies eh? I often wondered just where the wisconsin river came from and see that I'm just over 4 hours away, so may have to combine this with the next trip up to the Apostle Islands.

Great hiking minutes from me at Interstate State Park in St Croix Falls

Interstate Park- Wisconsin DNR

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Old 02-23-2015, 09:11 AM
 
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Wisconsin Great River Road | 250 miles, 33 cities

Especially the SW portion, but it is a beautiful drive.

We went to Copper Falls one year in late September, and happened to hit peak leaf season. It was an incredible warm (70s) fall day with the sun shining, and I have to say that it was magical. I don't know that I've ever seen anything more golden. So, I add my vote to that.

The driftless area is beautiful as well.
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