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Midwestern Wilderness High Points

RankWildernessStatePeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 4)Ascents
1.Black ElkSouth DakotaBlack Elk Peak7231Black Hills1118
2.Soldier CreekNebraskaSoldier Creek Wilderness High Point4740Central Great Plains5
3.BadlandsSouth DakotaBadlands Peak 31603160Central Great Plains1
4.Theodore RooseveltNorth DakotaPetrified Forest Summit2734Northern US Great Plains5
5.Fort NiobraraNebraskaFort Niobrara Wilderness High Point2667Central Great Plains2
6.LostwoodNorth DakotaLostwood Wilderness High Point2470Canadian Great Plains1
7.Boundary Waters Canoe AreaMinnesotaEagle Mountain2301Superior Upland585
8.McCormickMichiganMarquette County High Point1932Superior Upland9
9.SylvaniaMichiganSylvania Wilderness High Point1860Superior Upland0
10.Chase LakeNorth DakotaChase Lake Wilderness High Point1840Northern US Great Plains0
11.Blackjack SpringsWisconsinBlackjack Springs Wilderness High Point1820Superior Upland1
12.HeadwatersWisconsinHeadwaters Wilderness High Point1780Superior Upland0
13.TamaracMinnesotaTamarac Wilderness High Point1580Upper Mississippi Area0
14.Whisker LakeWisconsinWhisker Lake Wilderness High Point1560Superior Upland2
15.Porcupine LakeWisconsinPorcupine Lake Wilderness High Point1530Superior Upland2
16.Sturgeon River GorgeMichiganSturgeon River Gorge Wilderness High Point1411Superior Upland1
17.Isle RoyaleMichiganMount Desor1394Superior Upland47
18.Rainbow LakeWisconsinRainbow Lake Wilderness High Point1370Superior Upland1
19.AgassizMinnesotaAgassiz Wilderness High Point1147Upper Mississippi Area0
20.Sleeping Bear DunesMichiganEmpire Bluffs1115Lower Peninsula-Heartland17
21.Gaylord NelsonWisconsinOak Island High Point1080Superior Upland1
22.Beaver BasinMichiganLegion Lake Peak1063Superior Upland1
23.Rock River CanyonMichiganRock River Canyon Wilderness High Point1033Superior Upland0
24.Big Island LakeMichiganBig Island Lake Wilderness High Point935Superior Upland0
25.Charles C. DeamIndianaFrank Grubb Ridge900Lower Peninsula-Heartland1
26.SeneyMichiganSeney Wilderness High Point827Superior Upland1
27.MackinacMichiganMackinac Wilderness High Point820Superior Upland5
28.DeliriumMichiganDelirium Wilderness High Point780Superior Upland1
29.Huron IslandsMichiganMcIntyre Island High Point755Superior Upland0
30.Nordhouse DunesMichiganNordhouse Dunes Wilderness High Point738Lower Peninsula-Heartland2
31.Horseshoe BayMichiganHorseshoe Bay Wilderness High Point690Superior Upland2
31.Round IslandMichiganRound Island High Point690Lower Peninsula-Heartland0
33.West Sister IslandOhioWest Sister Island High Point616Lower Peninsula-Heartland0
34.Michigan IslandsMichiganGull Island High Point605Lower Peninsula-Heartland0
35.Wisconsin IslandsWisconsinSpider Island High Point590Upper Mississippi Area0

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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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