When snow falls on Wisconsin, it transforms. You will be amazed by how some of your favorite sites look even more amazing with a fresh blanket of snow. Don’t believe me? Here are 12 awesome shots of sites across Wisconsin that will drop your jaw.
1. Apostle Islands
These 21 islands in northern Wisconsin will blow your mind any time of year, but particularly in the winter. When the lake has frozen over and is deemed safe, people are actually allowed to walk out and through the caves, which have transformed from sea caves to ice caves. Already magnificent structures, they look so amazing in the ice.
2. Devil's Lake State Park
As Wisconsin's most visited state park, it doesn't get too much love over the winter. And that should change. Just look at the awesome view of the lake you get when the trees are bereft of leaves. You can really appreciate the imposing rock formations, too.
3. Kettle Moraine State Forest
Kettle Moraine is such a massive forest that it is actually split into two units. But whatever unit you choose to explore, you will leave happy. There are 250 miles of hiking trails to explore, and 100 miles of cross-country trails. Feeling lazy? That's just fine--you can take your car on the Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive, a 115 mile drive that links the two units.
4. Perrot State Park
Wisconsin's Driftless Area looks super stunning in the winter. Located in western Wisconsin along the mighty Mississippi, Perrot State Park offers some phenomenal views off of its 500-foot bluffs.
5. Horicon National Wildlife Refuge
Indeed, the wildlife do not all disperse when the weather turns colder. Many of them stay right here in Wisconsin. And boy, do they look stunning against the snow. Just look at this shot of a cardinal taken at the refuge.
6. Big Manitou Falls
Wisconsin's largest waterfall, towering and tumbling 165 feet, Big Manitou Falls is imposing. When all of the area around it is snow covered and when bits of ice form in the falls themselves, it is just taken to a whole other level.
7. Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest
Consuming 1.5 MILLION acres in Wisconsin, Chequamegon-Nicolet pretty much is Wisconsin's Northwoods. Whether you are walking in the middle of the woods or along the beaches, it isn't winter in Wisconsin unless you are exploring the Northwoods.
8. New Glarus Woods State Park
New Glarus makes a darn good beer, but the town is something else, too. For instance, you will love walking around the New Glarus Woods State Park. Explore over 430 acres of forest and prairie.
9. Peninsula State Park
Door County in the winter is totally underrated. People flood from all over to see Peninsula State Park in the fall, but you'd be surprised by what you find in the winter. Just look at this gorgeous shoreline.
10. Blue Mound State Park
Blue Mound offers some fantastic views of Wisconsin, as it is the highest point in southern Wisconsin. You can also get to this observation tower (one of two) for even more elevation. Unique geological features make this is great place to explore, especially during the winter months.
11. Governor Dodge State Park
Occupying 5000 acres in Dodgeville, Governor Dodge State Park has all sorts of gems to offer you, like sandstone bluffs and even a waterfall. There are two lakes, which also look stunning when frozen over.
12. Willow Falls State Park
With its panoramic river scenery, Willow Falls State Park is a must-see. Great views of the Willow River, beaches, prairie and a nature center are just some of the offerings here at Willow Falls State Park.
Aren’t these spectacular? If you happen to take a shot capturing Wisconsin in its winter glory–whether at these sites or not–be sure to share them on the Only in Wisconsin Facebook page!