Last updated: March 3, 2011
Lake Superior, WI
Along windswept beaches and cliffs, visitors experience 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. Lighthouses shine over Lake Superior and the new wilderness areas. Visitors can hike, paddle, sail, or cruise to experience these Jewels of Lake Superior.
National Scenic Trail
A mere 15,000 years ago during the Ice Age, much of North America lay under a huge glacier. Mammoths, saber tooth cats and cave lions roamed the earth! Some of the best evidence of this glacier is found in Wisconsin such as the state’s many lakes, river valleys, gently rolling hills, and ridges. The nearly 1,200 mile Ice Age National Scenic Trail, established in 1980, traces the glacier's edge.
National Scenic Trail
Seven States-New York to North Dakota , MI,MN,ND,NY,OH,PA,WI
Come to the North Country. Trek the hills and valleys. Lakes and streams remain from glaciers that molded the landscape 10,000 years before. Experience clear-flowing water, the red and gold of autumn, a fairyland of snow, tall grass prairies, and distant horizons. From New York to North Dakota, you're never far from a great outdoor adventure. Experience your America at a walking pace.
National Scenic Riverway
Saint Croix Falls, WI,MN
Grab your paddle and your longing for adventure and head to the St. Croix and Namekagon rivers! Together they form the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, offering over 200 miles of clean water that glides and rushes through a forested landscape. Paddle, boat, fish, and camp among this wild and scenic beauty. Hiking and historic towns also beckon, if you can bear to leave the cool water.
By The Numbers
- 2 National Parks
- 532,556 Visitors to National Parks
- $44,400,000 Economic Benefit from National Park Tourism »
- $817,336,002 of Rehabilitation Projects Stimulated by Tax Incentives (since 1995) »
- $78,759,820 of Land & Water Conservation Fund Appropriated for Projects (since 1965) »
- 69 Certified Local Governments »
- 77 Community Conservation & Recreation Projects (since 1987) »
- 4,055 Acres Transferred by Federal Lands to Parks for Local Parks and Recreation (since 1948) »
- 19,639 Hours Donated by Volunteers »
- 2 Wild & Scenic Rivers Managed by NPS »
- 2 National Trails Managed by NPS »
- 2,367 National Register of Historic Places Listings »
- 42 National Historic Landmarks »
- 18 National Natural Landmarks »
- 784 Places Recorded by Heritage Documentation Programs »
- 798,556 Objects in National Park Museum Collections »
- 283 Archeological Sites in National Parks »
- 1 Teaching with Historic Places Lesson Plan »
- 4 Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itineraries »
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These numbers are just a sample of the National Park Service's work. Figures are for the fiscal year that ended 9/30/2016.