Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center

View Website Favorite (2) 29270 County Highway G - Ashland, WI 54806
Information: 715-685-9983

Daily 9am-5pm.

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Five-story observation tower, wildlife viewing platform, 100-seat theater, interpretive and historic exhibits and regional visitor information & trip planning for Wisconsin, Minnesota & Michigan UP; educational programs; events; accessible boardwalk trail on site. The Center's 180-acre site comprises lowland cedar and black ash, open fields, upland aspen, pine, spruce and balsam. The looped 2/3-mile boardwalk trail system winds through the cedar and tamarack wetlands. Adjacent to Whittlesey Creek National Wildlife Refuge.

The center is more accessible than ever with new assistive tools and technologies. Devices that assist with hearing, visual and speech impairments are available upon request. Some available devices include portable magnifiers, character recognition to translate text to audio, and conference microphone systems. 

  • Free Admission
    • Yes
  • Features
    • Disabled Access
  • History/Heritage Type
    • Early Industry
    • Wisconsin History
  • Type of Center
    • Local Information Center
  • Adaptive Equipment Available
    • Yes
  • Toilets
    • Yes
  • Natural Attractions Type
    • Scenic Vistas
    • Wildlife Refuge & Reserves
  • Location
    • At Gateway Entry Point or On/Near a Major Highway

Nearby Places

Customer Appreciation Day 12/01/2018 Ashland - 4.38 miles away
Garland City of the North Christmas Parade 12/01/2018 Ashland - 5.06 miles away
Turkey Trot 5K 11/22/2018 Washburn - 6.97 miles away
Madeline Island Holiday Boutique 11/24/2018 La Pointe - 15.9 miles away
Bayfield's Hometown Holiday Season 11/23/2018 - 12/10/2018 Bayfield - 17.08 miles away
Rittenhouse Inn Wassail Dinner Concerts 12/01/2018 - 12/23/2018 Bayfield - 17.13 miles away
Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony and Wassail Concert 11/24/2018 Bayfield - 17.23 miles away
Santa & Mrs. Claus Arrive on the Ferry 12/08/2018 Bayfield - 17.32 miles away

Travel Green Wisconsin Certified


Certified: (Req. 30 Points)

To be certified through Travel Green Wisconsin, all participants must achieve at least 30 points on the Travel Green Wisconsin Checklist. The more points a business attains, the greener they are in their operations.

Green Innovations

  • Powered by on-site solar panels
  • Hosts free environmental and sustainability events that are open to the public
  • Projects are in place to rehabilitate the riparian area along the Fish Creek, including the replanting of native species and the restriction of timber harvest to promote forest maturity