Southern Region

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Vast and open, the Southern Wisconsin region offers many opportunities to leave the cares of the world behind. The “Driftless Area” in the southwest borders Minnesota and Iowa to the west and Illinois to the south. The Eastern Ridges and Lowlands border Lake Michigan and Illinois to the east and the south. 

It may come as a surprise to many people, but eight of Wisconsin’s ten largest lakes are in the southern part of the state, including Lake Winnebago, the state’s largest inland lake by far with a surface area of over 137,000 acres.

The entire Fox River Valley has long been known for its scenic beauty and good fishing and the lakes of Walworth, Racine, and Kenosha counties that were at one time harvested for their ice are now top fishing destinations for those in the large cities of Milwaukee and Chicago who want to wet a line on a weekend. 

The area is also home to the famed Wisconsin Dells, the “Waterpark Capital of America” and the Midwest’s top tourist destination.

The Aldo Leopold Foundation maintains its home in Baraboo. There visitors can check out the Aldo Leopold Center and the Aldo Leopold Shack. Leopold was one of the foremost conservationists of all time and his five children have preserved his life’s work through the foundation.

The region is also home to the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge, a 44,000 acre habitat of savannas, sedge meadow, and pine-oak forest. Necedah is home to a population of Whooping Cranes, an endangered species and North American’s tallest bird. 


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