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Midwestern Wilderness High Points

RankWildernessStatePeak Elev-Ft
Range (Level 4)
1.Black ElkSouth DakotaHarney Peak7242Black Hills
2.Soldier CreekNebraskaSoldier Creek Wilderness High Point4750Central Great Plains
3.BadlandsSouth DakotaBadlands Peak 31603170Central Great Plains
4.Theodore RooseveltNorth DakotaPetrified Forest Summit2734Northern US Great Plains
5.Fort NiobraraNebraskaFort Niobrara Wilderness High Point2674Central Great Plains
6.LostwoodNorth DakotaLostwood Wilderness High Point2475Canadian Great Plains
7.Boundary Waters Canoe AreaMinnesotaEagle Mountain2301Superior Upland
8.McCormickMichiganMarquette County High Point1932Superior Upland
9.SylvaniaMichiganSylvania Wilderness High Point1865Superior Upland
10.Chase LakeNorth DakotaChase Lake Wilderness High Point1845Northern US Great Plains
11.Blackjack SpringsWisconsinBlackjack Springs Wilderness High Point1825Superior Upland
12.HeadwatersWisconsinHeadwaters Wilderness High Point1785Superior Upland
13.TamaracMinnesotaTamarac Wilderness High Point1585Upper Mississippi Area
14.Whisker LakeWisconsinWhisker Lake Wilderness High Point1570Superior Upland
15.Porcupine LakeWisconsinPorcupine Lake Wilderness High Point1535Superior Upland
16.Sturgeon River GorgeMichiganSturgeon River Gorge Wilderness High Point1421Superior Upland
17.Isle RoyaleMichiganMount Desor1394Superior Upland
18.Rainbow LakeWisconsinRainbow Lake Wilderness High Point1375Superior Upland
19.AgassizMinnesotaAgassiz Wilderness High Point1147Upper Mississippi Area
20.Sleeping Bear DunesMichiganEmpire Bluffs1125Lower Peninsula-Heartland
21.Gaylord NelsonWisconsinOak Island High Point1085Superior Upland
22.Beaver BasinMichiganLegion Lake Peak1070Superior Upland
23.Rock River CanyonMichiganRock River Canyon Wilderness High Point1040Superior Upland
24.Big Island LakeMichiganBig Island Lake Wilderness High Point942Superior Upland
25.Charles C. DeamIndianaFrank Grubb Ridge905Lower Peninsula-Heartland
26.SeneyMichiganSeney Wilderness High Point833Superior Upland
27.MackinacMichiganMackinac Wilderness High Point825Superior Upland
28.DeliriumMichiganDelirium Wilderness High Point785Superior Upland
29.Huron IslandsMichiganMcIntyre Island High Point764Superior Upland
30.Nordhouse DunesMichiganNordhouse Dunes Wilderness High Point738Lower Peninsula-Heartland
31.Horseshoe BayMichiganHorseshoe Bay Wilderness High Point695Superior Upland
31.Round IslandMichiganRound Island High Point695Lower Peninsula-Heartland
33.West Sister IslandOhioWest Sister Island High Point616Lower Peninsula-Heartland
34.Michigan IslandsMichiganGull Island High Point608Lower Peninsula-Heartland
35.Wisconsin IslandsWisconsinSpider Island High Point595Upper Mississippi Area

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List Description

Wilderness areas are large tracts of land where resource extraction, roads, structures, and motors of any kind are forbidden. The only intrusion of man permitted is foot travel and low-impact camping. They represent the last sanctuaries of the primeval world left in our developed country, and most of them are in the high mountains.

This list shows the highest points in federally designated Wilderness Areas in the Midwestern states. Many of these wildernesses are small in size and located in wildlife refuges far from any real mountains, or on small islands in the Great Lakes. But they still offer oases from the human-managed landscape that covers most of country's heartland.

Note that the boundaries of many Wilderness Areas are indistinct and not always shown accurately on topographic maps. In addition, many Wilderness high points are "liners" or "slope points" located where a boundary is excluding a summit area that has road or tower development. So finding the exact point for many of these summits may be difficult, and being sure of reaching them may require independent research. In some cases, where a wilderness boundary came very close to a prominent undeveloped summit, that summit is assumed to be the wilderness high point even if the official boundary may be a few feet away.


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