June 26, 2012

Badger State Marvels

Experience Wisconsin’s deepest lake, strangest animals and most beautiful natural area

The Badger State is home to an incredible variety of animal species, natural habitats and scenery. In that dazzling assortment, you’ll find some things that really stand out above all the rest. Here are three Wisconsin marvels that are definitely worth the trip.

Diving in Black River CountryAn Amazing Lake

You should never judge a book by its cover. The same can be said for lakes.

Black River Country’s small but remarkably deep Wazee Lake is a good example. At just 146 acres, the lake provides onlookers with no hint of what lurks beneath the surface.

Wazee Lake plunges to more than 355 feet, making it the deepest lake Wisconsin. This exceptional depth, along with the lake’s crystal-clear waters, attracts scuba divers from around the Midwest.

If you don’t happen to have any scuba gear in your trunk, the 1,300-acre recreational area that surrounds the lake offers 12 rustic campsites, hiking trails, a three-mile bike trail, a swimming beach and exceptional fishing for walleye, smallmouth bass, bluegill and trout.

Learn about the history of this one-of-a-kind lake.

Boulder Junction Albino DeerGhosts of the Forest

A pure white creature slowly makes its way through the forest. You decide that you must be seeing things and rub your eyes. But there it is, perfectly white. You’ve just seen one of the wonders of Wisconsin: a Boulder Junction albino deer.

The best time of year to see albino deer is the summer. The white animals stand out against the green leaves, making them easy to spot. Ample public lands in the Boulder Junction area, including the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest, provide potential viewing opportunities.

Although visitors aren’t guaranteed an albino deer sighting, the chances are greater in the Boulder Junction area than in any other region of the state. The best times to see albino deer are at sunrise and sunset. Keep your eyes peeled, and you just might see one of Mother Nature’s most interesting creatures.

Get more information about these extraordinary animals.

Rusk County Blue HillsAncient Hills

Once part of an ancient mountain range, the Blue Hills of Rusk County are a set of rolling hills covered in thick forests. The hills take their name from the bluish color they take on when viewed through the morning mist. However, they are beautiful any time of day. Hiking or mountain biking are excellent ways to experience the Blue Hills.

In addition to an extensive trail system that winds through the Blue Hills, you’ll find some unique geological features. The most interesting is the felsenmeer, or “sea of rocks.” You’ll find felsenmeers in small valleys scattered throughout the area. These sloping fields of rocks were formed by thousands of years water freezing in crevices and breaking the rocks into smaller and smaller pieces. The result is one of the most interesting geological features in Wisconsin.

Find out more about the Blue Hills Trail System.

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