Long before there were thrill rides and water parks in the Wisconsin Dells, the area was covered by a vast sea – and much more recently, a large glacial lake. The geologic and natural history shaped the terrain in some incredible ways, and in the 1800s the unique scenery caused this area to become a tourist destination. A lot has changed in the Dells in recent years, but the timeless beauty of the bluffs and rock formations in the Wisconsin Dells continues to wow visitors.

Learn more about the Dells of the Wisconsin River, including trail and paddling information on the state Department of Natural Resources website. While you’re in the Dells area, you might want to visit the studio of an early photographer who documented the Dells. But be warned: it’s a little spooky!

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