National Parks in Wisconsin

Wisconsin is part of the Midwest region of the United States and is the 25th-largest by land area and the 20th-most populous. Lake Michigan makes up its entire eastern boundary.

National Parks in Wisconsin

There are no sites specifically designated as a “National Park” in Wisconsin.

The closest National Park to northern WI is either Voyageurs in Minnesota or Isle Royale in Upper Michigan, depending on the side of the state you’re on.

Voyageurs National Park

Voyageurs National Park

Best Months: May, June, July & August
Hours: Open 24-hours a day year-round
Entrance Fee: Free

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Isle Royale National Park

Isle Royale National Park

Best Months: June, July, August & September
Hours: Open yearly from April 16 through October 31. Closed other months.
Entrance Fee: $7 per person daily

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The closest National Park to southern Wisconsin is Indiana Dunes, located near Chicago, IL.

Indiana Dunes National Park

Indiana Dunes National Park

Best Months: June, July, August & September
Hours: 8:00am – 6:00pm
Entrance Fee: Free to enter National Park, $7-12 for State Park

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National Park Sites in Wisconsin

Even though there are no National Parks in WI, there are two official National Park Service sites located in the state.

NameDesignationLocation
Apostle Islands National LakeshoreNational LakeshoreBayfield, 54814
Saint Croix National Scenic RiverwayNational Scenic RiverwaySaint Croix Falls, 54024

State Parks of Wisconsin

As of 2022, there are 41 official state parks and 8 state forests located within Wisconsin.

The most popular state parks in the state are probably High Cliff, located near Green Bay and Mill Bluff in central Wisconsin.

Aztalan State Park
Big Bay State Park
Big Foot Beach State Park
Blue Mound State Park
Brunet Island State Park
Buckhorn State Park
Copper Culture Mounds State Park
Copper Falls State Park
Council Grounds State Park
Devils Lake State Park
Governor Dodge State Park
Governor Nelson State Park
Hartman Creek State Park
High Cliff State Park
Interstate State Park
Kinnickinnic State Park
Lake Kegonsa State Park
Lake Wissota State Park
Lizard Mound State Park
Merrick State Park
Mill Bluff State Park
Mirror Lake State Park
Natural Bridge State Park
Nelson Dewey State Park
New Glarus Woods State Park
Newport State Park
Old Wade House State Park
Pattison State Park
Peninsula State Park
Perrot State Park
Pike Lake State Park
Potawatomi State Park
Rib Mountain State Park
Roche a Cri State Park
Rock Island State Park
Rocky Arbor State Park
Terry Andrae State Park
Tower Hill State Park
Wildcat Mountain State Park
Willow River State Park
Wyalusing State Park