Outdoor Activities

In every season, Driftless Wisconsin outdoor activities provide ample options for those who enjoy recreation in an extraordinary setting.

Driftless Wisconsin Outdoor Activities by Season

Spring brings the ephemerals. Wildflowers push their way through the leaves on the forest floor, and with them, the delicacies of spring—morel mushrooms, fiddlehead ferns, and ramps. Hundreds of bird species begin their migration up the Mississippi Flyway and through contiguous forests. Trout fishing begins and turkey hunters prowl the woods.

Canoes and campers signal the start of summer. Mountain bikers share the trails with horseback riders and backpackers. Farmers markets grow in abundance as more and more vegetables ripen and flowers bloom. The backwaters near the Mississippi are full of anglers and fishing boats.

Fall brings visitors to the orchards for every variety of apple, and the baked goods and jams that accompany the harvest. Wineries are harvesting their grapes, and the farmers markets are at their peak. The fall colorsdraw people to the roads. Later, the hunters come in search of turkey and white-tailed deer.

When winter arrives, the snow beckons the hardy outdoorsmen. Cross-country skiers and snowshoers take to the trails and the fields. Hikers explore ice caves and snowmobilers race along the sides of highways. Ice fishing shacks appear on the banks and backwaters of the Mississippi under the watchful eyes of the bald eagles which are in abundance.

Explore Driftless Wisconsin Outdoor Activities

Driftless Wisconsin is truly a great place to be every month of the year. Click on an activity for more information.

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