Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Lake Superior's windswept beaches and cliffs offer visitors experiences where water meets land and sky, culture meets culture, and past meets present. The 21 islands and 12 miles of mainland host a unique blend of cultural and natural resources.
Grand Portage National Monument In the northwest tip of Minnesota, travel into the past to discover the present. Explore the history of Ojibwe people and the North West Company of the North American fur trade.
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore* Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore hugs 15 miles of the southern shore of Lake Michigan and has much to offer. Hikers will enjoy 45 miles of trails over rugged dunes, mysterious wetlands, sunny prairies, meandering rivers, and peaceful forests.
Isle Royale National Park Explore a rugged, isolated island where wolves and moose abound, far from the sights and sounds of civilization. Surrounded by Lake Superior, Isle Royale offers unparalleled solitude and adventures for backpackers, hikers, boaters, kayakers, canoeists and scuba divers.
Keweenaw National Historical Park Native peoples made Keweenaw copper into tools and trade items. Investors and immigrants arrived in the 1800s in a great mineral rush, developing thriving industries and cosmopolitan communities. Though the mines have since closed, their mark is still visible on the land and people.
Mississippi National River and Recreation Area In the middle of a bustling urban setting, this 72 mile river park offers quiet stretches for fishing, boating and canoeing. Other spots are excellent for birdwatching, bicycling and hiking. And there are plenty of visitor centers that highlight the history and science of the Mississippi River.
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Sandstone cliffs, beaches, sand dunes, waterfalls, lakes, forest, and shoreline beckon you to visit Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and its wild beauty on the Lake Superior shore.
Pullman National Monument Pullman preserves the stories of diverse people whose stories intertwine. All sought opportunity. Some succeeded. Others were limited—by race, gender, or economic status. Their stories came together in the town of Pullman, a planned community famed for its urban design and architecture.
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Miles of sand beach, bluffs that tower 450' above Lake Michigan, lush forests, clear inland lakes, unique flora and fauna make up the natural world of Sleeping Bear Dunes.
St. Croix National Scenic Riverway The St. Croix and Namekagon Rivers offer 255 miles of clean water gliding or rushing past a lush green landscape, with glimpses of human presence. Choose to canoe and camp amid the Northwoods, or boat and fish surrounded by wooded bluffs and historic towns.
Voyageurs National Park Voyageurs National Park lies within the heart of the North American Continent. Here you can see and touch rocks half as old as the world, experience the life of a voyageur, immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of a boreal forest, view the dark skies, or ply the interconnected water routes.
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National Park Service, Great Lakes Region The Great Lakes Research and Education Center works with national parks and their partners in a region in the western Great Lakes area known within the National Park Service as the Great Lakes Region. We collaborate with other Natural Resource Challenge Programs within that same area.
Last updated: December 20, 2016