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Midwestern Wilderness High Points

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RankWildernessStatePeak Elev-M Range (Level 4)Ascent Date
1.Black ElkSouth DakotaBlack Elk Peak2204Black Hills 
2.Soldier CreekNebraskaSoldier Creek Wilderness High Point1445Central Great Plains 
3.BadlandsSouth DakotaBadlands Peak 3160963Central Great Plains 
4.Theodore RooseveltNorth DakotaPetrified Forest Summit833Northern US Great Plains 
5.Fort NiobraraNebraskaFort Niobrara Wilderness High Point813Central Great Plains 
6.LostwoodNorth DakotaLostwood Wilderness High Point753Canadian Great Plains 
7.Boundary Waters Canoe AreaMinnesotaEagle Mountain701Superior Upland 
8.McCormickMichiganMarquette County High Point589Superior Upland 
9.SylvaniaMichiganSylvania Wilderness High Point567Superior Upland 
10.Chase LakeNorth DakotaChase Lake Wilderness High Point561Northern US Great Plains 
11.Blackjack SpringsWisconsinBlackjack Springs Wilderness High Point555Superior Upland 
12.HeadwatersWisconsinHeadwaters Wilderness High Point543Superior Upland 
13.TamaracMinnesotaTamarac Wilderness High Point482Upper Mississippi Area 
14.Whisker LakeWisconsinWhisker Lake Wilderness High Point475Superior Upland 
15.Porcupine LakeWisconsinPorcupine Lake Wilderness High Point466Superior Upland 
16.Sturgeon River GorgeMichiganSturgeon River Gorge Wilderness High Point430Superior Upland 
17.Isle RoyaleMichiganMount Desor425Superior Upland 
18.Rainbow LakeWisconsinRainbow Lake Wilderness High Point418Superior Upland 
19.AgassizMinnesotaAgassiz Wilderness High Point350Upper Mississippi Area 
20.Sleeping Bear DunesMichiganEmpire Bluffs340Lower Peninsula-Heartland 
21.Gaylord NelsonWisconsinOak Island High Point329Superior Upland 
22.Beaver BasinMichiganLegion Lake Peak324Superior Upland 
23.Rock River CanyonMichiganRock River Canyon Wilderness High Point315Superior Upland 
24.Big Island LakeMichiganBig Island Lake Wilderness High Point285Superior Upland 
25.Charles C. DeamIndianaFrank Grubb Ridge274Lower Peninsula-Heartland 
26.SeneyMichiganSeney Wilderness High Point252Superior Upland 
27.MackinacMichiganMackinac Wilderness High Point250Superior Upland 
28.DeliriumMichiganDelirium Wilderness High Point238Superior Upland 
29.Huron IslandsMichiganMcIntyre Island High Point230Superior Upland 
30.Nordhouse DunesMichiganNordhouse Dunes Wilderness High Point225Lower Peninsula-Heartland 
31.Horseshoe BayMichiganHorseshoe Bay Wilderness High Point210Superior Upland 
31.Round IslandMichiganRound Island High Point210Lower Peninsula-Heartland 
33.West Sister IslandOhioWest Sister Island High Point188Lower Peninsula-Heartland 
34.Michigan IslandsMichiganGull Island High Point184Lower Peninsula-Heartland 
35.Wisconsin IslandsWisconsinSpider Island High Point180Upper 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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