Wisconsin State Outdoors

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Wisconsin State Parks

Copper Falls State Park
Canyons, streams and waterfalls to delight photographers, hikers and cross-country skiers; just north of Mellen in Ashland County. Swimming, beach, miles of trails. Family campgrounds, plus walk-in and backpack campsites available. For information call: (715)274-5123


Rib Mountain State Park
This billion-year old hill is one of the oldest geologic formations on earth. The top of the 60-foot observation tower is 700 feet above the surrounding plain and offers spectacular views. Downhill skiing is available during the winter. For information call: Summer: (715)842-2522 Off-season: (715)359-4522


Devil's Lake State Park
An Ice Age unit where 500-foot bluffs flank a 360-acre lake. Swimming, fishing, boating (electric motor only), canoeing, scuba diving, hiking, nature center, year-round naturalist, cross-country skiing. For information call: (608)356-4274


Merrick State Park
Located between stately 500-foot bluff and the lazy Mississippi river north of Fountain City. River waters are a haven for summer and winter anglers. The marshy backwaters are home for egrets, herons, muskrats and otters. For information call: (608)687-4936


Willow River State Park
Two dams, two lakes, a trout stream, sand beach, prairie remnants and a nature center are featured on 3,155 acres of rolling countryside. Popular campground and excellent cross-country skiing. For information call: (715)386-5931


Camping and Hiking in Wisconsin

Aztalan State Park
This park is an archaeological site, the location of a 12th century Indian village. Open daily April through October, the park offers picnic areas, hiking trails and fishing. For information call: (920)648-8774


Big Bay State Park
Located on Madeline Island, the park features picturesque sandstone bluffs with caves where Lake Superior laps at the shoreline. A family campground, including walk-in campsites, indoor group camp, hiking and nature trails, and 1.5 miles of sand beach await visitors For information call: 715/779-4020; Summer: (715)747-6425


Black River State Forest
This four-season recreation area is best known for its hiking and cross-country ski trails. Camp, swim, hunt, fish, snowmobile, ATV and canoe on the forest's 66,000 acres For information call: (715)284-1400


Buckhorn State Park
A 2,500-acre peninsula in the Castle Rock Flowage of the Wisconsin River offers a full range of water-related activities. A paradise for hunters, hikers and nature lovers. Outdoor group camp, 24 cart-in campsites, two-level accessible wildlife blind. For information call: (608)565-2789


Copper Falls State Park
Canyons, streams and waterfalls to delight photographers, hikers and cross-country skiers; just north of Mellen in Ashland County. Swimming beach, miles of trails. Family campgrounds, plus walk-in and backpack campsites available For information call: (715)274-5123


Hunting and Fishing in Wisconsin

Department of Fish and Game
Wisconsin has hundreds of public hunting locations throughout the state. Big game includes white-tailed deer and black beer. Upland game includes: wild turkey and grouse For information call: 608-339-3385


Wisconsin's Great Lakes
Lake Superior and Lake Michigan. Find Qualified charter captains ready to take you out in fully-equipped boats. Tremendous potential for trophy fish. Rainbow and Brown Trout, Lake Trout, King and Coho Salmon.


Fee Fishing
At many locations in Wisconsin, privately owned fish hatcheries offer fee fishing. In their rearing ponds find everything from bass to bluegills, northern pike to salmon, brook trout to rainbow trout. Fee fishing operations will provide all the gear.


Other Wisconsin Outdoor activities

Wisconsin also offers the following outdoor activities:
  • Boating and Boat Tours
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • ATV
  • Birding
  • Horseback Riding
  • Train Excursions
  • Waterfall Watching
  • Lighthouse Tours
  • Golf
  • Snowmobiling
  • Skiing (Downhill and Cross Country)
  • Ice Skating
  • Biking
  • Canoeing
  • Dogsledding
  • Sleigh Rides