Located in south-central Wisconsin, Wisconsin Dells is famous for its breathtaking sandstone cliffs and dramatic rock formations formed millions of years ago by glaciers. People are drawn from all over the country to the outdoor activities along the Wisconsin River. Visitors can partake in kayaking, boating, hiking, duck tours and soaking up the sun along the embankment.
Camping is in no short supply at this nature enthusiast's paradise; have your pick of campgrounds like Arrowhead Resort Campgrounds. This campground is located within 188 acres of wooded land. Amenities include swimming pools, laundry facilities, a small grocery store and a game room.
Arrowhead Resort Campgrounds
W1530 Arrowhead Road
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
Red Oak Campground is another local camping favorite. This campground offers fishing, white-water paddling and close proximity to West Bluff Trail.
Red Oak Campground
S2350 Hwy 12
Baraboo, WI 53913
The Wisconsin Dells is located near three state parks: Devil's Lake State Park, Mirror Lake State Park and Rocky Arbor State Park. If you plan to fish, be sure to sign up for a fishing license online at the link provided below in resources. You can also get a license at one of the local bait shops such as River's Edge Bait Shop.
River's Edge Bait Shop
30 County Road A
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest
The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest is actually two separate parks that are managed as one. Both parks have mixed habitats of rivers, streams, wetlands, pine savannas, glacial lakes and forest areas. Roughly 1.5 million acres of the forest areas were replanted in the 1930s after they were cut down during the industrial age. This success story is evident in the fields of new-growth trees and wildlife that are thriving in the park. Hikers are delighted to see bears, otters, foxes and wild turkeys in their native habitats. Both the Florence Wild Rivers Interpretive Center and Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center greet visitors with historical photographs, maps and displays of ecological events. Camp at one of the 47 different campgrounds within the park. Ice fishing, cross-country skiing, hiking and biking opportunities exist in the parks.
Ice Age Trail
Ice Age Trail runs 1,200 miles up the state of Wisconsin. As a designated National Scenic Trail, it has 467 miles of hiking paths, 529.3 miles of roads and sidewalks and 103.2 miles of multi-use trails. The route was designed to follow the last continental glacier on this continent. You can start your journey hiking from Interstate State Park on the St. Croix River and end at Potawatomi State Park on Green Bay. As the trail was built specifically for hiking, visit the Ice Age Trail page on the National Park Service's website (see resources) to find out where biking and cross-country skiing is allowed.