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Wisconsin Geography

Rolling green hills extend across the western third of Wisconsin. Referred to as the Western Uplands, they end at the sandstone bluffs and cliffs that front the Mississippi and St. Croix Rivers.

The Northern Highlands (anchored by Hayward, Eagle River and Wausau) is a forested, hilly area that includes the state's highest point, Timms Hill, at 1,915 ft.

The 21 Apostle Islands, located off the northern tip of Wisconsin on the shore of Lake Superior, are known for pristine birch forests and rugged sea-cliffs.

The Door County Peninsula, about 75 miles in length, is ringed by sand dunes, small bays and coves, and a few sandy beaches. It ends in a series of small, rocky islands; Washington Island and Chambers Island are the largest in that group.

Uncountable lakes (mostly small in size) dot the entire landscape of Wisconsin. Lake Winnebago is the 2nd largest natural freshwater lake in any state, behind Lake Okeechobee in the State of Florida.

Wisconsin's most significant rivers include the Chippewa, Fox, Menominee, Mississippi, St. Croix, Wisconsin and Wolf.

A closer look at the topography of Wisconsin is here!

Wisconsin Photographs

A Shot Down the Shoreline of One of the Apostle Islands

The shoreline of one of the Apostle Islands...
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Wisconsin Cities, Counties & Area Codes

City County Area Code
Friendship Adams 608
Ashland Ashland 715
Rice Lake Barron 715
Washburn Bayfield 715
Green Bay Brown 920
Mondovi Buffalo 715
Grantsburg Burnett 715
Chilton Calumet 920
Chippewa Falls Chippewa 715
Neillsville Clark 715
Portage Columbia 608
Prairie du Chien Crawford 608
Madison Dane 608
Beaver Dam Dodge 920
Sturgeon Bay Door 920
Superior Douglas 715
Menomonie Dunn 715
Eau Claire Eau Claire 715
Florence Florence 715
Fond du Lac Fond du Lac 920
Crandon Forest 715
Platteville Grant 608
Monroe Green 608
Berlin Green Lake 920
Dodgeville Iowa 608
Hurley Iron 715
Black River Falls Jackson 715
Watertown Jefferson 920
Mauston Juneau 608
Kenosha Kenosha 262
Luxemburg Kewaunee 920
La Crosse La Crosse 608
Darlington Lafayette 608
Antigo Langlade 715
Merrill Lincoln 715
Manitowoc Manitowoc 920
Wausau Marathon 715
Marinette Marinette 715
Montello Marquette 608
Keshena Menominee 715
Milwaukee Milwaukee 414
Sparta Monroe 608
Oconto Oconto 920
Rhinelander Oneida 715
Appleton Outagamie 920
Mequon Ozaukee 262
Durand Pepin 715
River Falls Pierce 715
Amery Polk 715
Stevens Point Portage 715
Phillips Price 715
Racine Racine 262
Richland Center Richland 608
Janesville Rock 608
Ladysmith Rusk 715
Hudson Saint Croix 715
Baraboo Sauk 608
Hayward Sawyer 715
Shawano Shawano 715
Sheboygan Sheboygan 920
Medford Taylor 715
Arcadia Trempealeau 608
Viroqua Vernon 608
Eagle River Vilas 715
Whitewater Walworth 262
Spooner Washburn 715
West Bend Washington 262
Waukesha Waukesha 262
Waupaca Waupaca 715
Wautoma Waushara 920
Oshkosh Winnebago 920
Wisconsin Rapids Wood 715

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