If you’re like me, then you’ll take any opportunity to get out on the water. Some of those opportunities are in the state of Wisconsin, and you should put them on your bucket list. Wisconsin has an impressive number of national and state parks, but what you may not know is how many of them are on the lands of Wisconsin’s 11 tribal nations. In fact, reservations occupy more than 650,000 acres of the state, and much of this land is open to visitors.
Some of the real hidden gems of these tribal lands are out on the water. There’s white water rafting on the Wolf River in the Menominee Nation. On the Red Cliff Reservation near Bayfield, you can do one better than the standard kayak tour and paddle out in a traditional Ojibwe canoe. And while you’re there, be sure to visit nearby Sand Island. There you can kayak inside sandstone formations and caves, created by centuries of wave action, freezing, and thawing.
Watch all the waterfront adventures in part two of Hidden Gems: Wisconsin.
Watch part one, Meet the Nations. Then, head back next week for a new episode of Hidden Gems: Wisconsin.
For more Wisconsin adventures, check out:
- Peter’s Travel Podcast, Travel Today: Oneda Nation, Green Bay, Wisconsin
- Ask the Local’s City Guide, Madison, Wisconsin
- Travel Tip: Native American Sacred Sites