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Description - Discover the Nicolet National Forest with its 1,200 lakes and 1,100 miles of streams. Hike the Ahnapee State Trail along a scenic 30-mile abandoned railroad bed connecting Sturgeon Bay and Algoma. A portion of the trail overlaps with the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. Experience the Northern Highland / American Legion State Forest where wilderness areas provide that necessary solitude, or stir a campfire at one of its 900 campsites. Photograph its striking habitat where deer, beaver, otter, fox, coyote, black bear, loons, bald eagles, goshawks, blue jays, yellow-bellied sapsuckers, and chickadees make their home. As one of five state parks in Wisconsin's very popular Door County, Peninsula State Park juts into scenic Green Bay waters offering four campgrounds, bike trails, observation tower, summer theater, the 125-year-old Eagle Bluff Lighthouse and the state's only 18-hole golf course. Take a ferry to Rock Island, a primitive Lake Michigan island that LaSalle and Hennepin visited in the Griffon in 1679. Or unleash the water wonderland within Marinette County, a land known for its fast-flowing streams and rivers, nine waterfalls and excellent whitewater rafting and canoeing opportunities. Don't miss the Marinette County Historical Museum with its excellent exhibits detailing the area's rich lumbering and maritime history. While in the area, stop at the Peshtigo Fire Museum, a commemorative to the Great Peshtigo Fire. Gills Rock is another community that showcases maritime history through its shipbuilding and commercial fishing exhibits.

Attractions - Outdoor recreation abounds in Northeast Wisconsin attracting millions of tourists throughout the year. From fishing its fine lakes to big game hunting the deep forests to paddling some of the country's most exciting whitewater, Northeast Wisconsin offers something for everyone.

Discover the Nicolet National Forest with its 1,200 lakes and 1,100 miles of streams. Hike the Ahnapee State Trail along a scenic 30-mile abandoned railroad bed connecting Sturgeon Bay and Algoma. Experience the Northern Highland / American Legion State Forest where wilderness areas provide that necessary solitude, or stir a campfire at one of its 900 campsites. Photograph the striking habitat where deer, beaver, otter, fox, coyote, black bear, loons, bald eagles, goshawks, blue jays, yellow-bellied sapsuckers, and chickadees make their home. As one of five state parks in Wisconsin's very popular Door County, Peninsula State Park juts into scenic Green Bay waters offering four campgrounds, bike trails, observation tower, summer theater, the 125-year-old Eagle Bluff Lighthouse and the state's only 18-hole golf course. Complete your recreation experience in the northeast by taking a ferry to Rock Island, a primitive Lake Michigan island that LaSalle and Hennepin visited in the Griffon in 1679.

One seasonal Wisconsin Travel Information Center is located within the Northeast Travel Region: Marinette (US 41 / Bridge Street), open April through October.

Recreation - Hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, hunting, wildlife watching and camping are some of the land based recreation activities. The ample water provides opportunities for canoeing, kayaking, boating, swimming and excellent fishing. When the winter snow comes, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and dog sledding are popular.

Climate - Northeast Wisconsin has four distinct seasons with warm summers and long winters. Great Lakes Michigan and Superior tend to make summers cooler and winters milder close to shore. January's average temperature is in the teens F (-teens C). Average July temperature is 68-70 degrees F (20 degrees C). During summer, temperatures can climb to above 90 degrees F (32 degrees C) for a several day stretch. The area's average yearly precipitation ranges from 30-32". Annual snowfalls in the Northeast Region have a wide range; the southern areas may receive 50" while the northern areas may receive in excess of 180". Nighttime summer temperatures can dip below freezing. Dressing in layers is a good way to remain comfortable in Wisconsin.

Location - Northeast Wisconsin is comprised of exquisite viewscapes that include Lake Superior and Michigan's Upper Peninsula to the north, Green Bay and Lake Michigan on the east, portions of Portage, Waupaca, Outagamie, Brown and Kewaunee counties on the south and a vertical boundary line just west of U.S. Highway 51.


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Contact Information:
Wisconsin Department of Tourism, 201 W. Washington Avenue, P.O. Box 7976 , Madison, WI, 53707-79761, Phone: 800-432-8747

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Wisconsin Regions - The four travel regions of Wisconsin are divided into near proportionate quadrants.

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