The National Park Service in Wisconsin manages and protects the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, the Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway and the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. The service also manages the North Country National Scenic Trail that crosses Wisconsin on its route from New York to North Dakota.
The Apostle Islands include 21 islands and a 12-mile strip of mainland on the edge of Lake Superior. The villagers who made their livings fishing and quarrying brownstone for New York have moved away. The buildings are overgrown, but lighthouses remain. Visitors enjoy visiting the beaches and virgin forests or kayaking to visit sea caves.
The Saint Croix and Namekagon rivers flow for more than 250 miles through forests and gorges, past former logging encampments and Native American burial grounds. The Ice Age scenic trails trace the edge of a glacier that covered most of North America 15,000 years ago.