Wilderness Shores Recreation Areas

Wilderness Shores consists of more than 25 wilderness recreation areas where visitors can explore a variety of memorable outdoor experiences.

The recreation areas at Wilderness Shores have been developed by Wisconsin Electric Power Company near 13 hydroelectric plants in Northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. They are part of a hydroelectric system that helps provide electric power to homes, businesses and industries in the area, while at the same time, conserving the natural resources of the North Country.

Wilderness Shores are Easy To Reach... For an afternoon, a week, or a weekend . . . in any season of the year . . . Wilderness Shores is not far away. All recreation areas are semi-wilderness and within 40 miles of Iron Mountain, Michigan. They can be reached with a minimum of travel time. Only a three-hour drive from Appleton; five hours from Milwaukee and Madison; seven hours from Chicago and Minneapolis; and eleven from Detroit.

You can fish, camp or relax lazily in the sun. For bird-watchers, the area is home to numerous species. If you enjoy hiking, trails are being improved and new ones developed. In season, hunters are welcome to pursue their favorite game. This is the haunt of the whitetail deer and elusive ruffed grouse. It is a nature-watcher's paradise. Waterfowl and small game animals abound. In winter, ice fishing and cross country skiing reward visitors with a close-up glimpse of an unfamiliar world wardrobed in white. Boaters and fishermen will find parking and launching facilities at nearly all areas. Canoeists will find portages around hydroelectric plants marked on the map, but are advised to exercise caution around these portages and any unmarked rapids that may occur on some stretches of water.

This vast outdoor playground is open to all. Wisconsin Electric asks only that you follow the few simple rules posted at the recreation areas. Their purpose is to make your stay at Wilderness Shores more enjoyable and to ensure that all visitors leave with pleasant memories of a natural world relatively undisturbed by the encroachment of people. PREPARING FOR ADVENTURE... To preserve the semi-wilderness character of Wilderness Shores areas, development is kept to a minimum. Unauthorized use of off-road vehicles is prohibited. To enjoy a unique, primitive camping experience, bring all your camping needs with you - including your drinking water. Vault type toilets are provided at most areas. Necessary staples and supplies can be obtained at nearby towns and villages.

When fishing boundary waters - the Menominee and Brule rivers separating Michigan and Wisconsin - you can use a fishing license from either state. On inland waters, only a license from that particular state will be honored. A well-stocked first aid kit is recommended, too, for some areas are many miles from the nearest doctor. If you don't want to rough it, a place to stay is never far away. Cabins, resorts and motels abound in this unique vacationland.

Wilderness Shores Recreation Area #24

Pine River Flowage in Florence County, WI
Boat Launch

3 Campsites with picnic table and fire ring
Bring your drinking water

For more information, contact
Wisconsin Electric Power Company
WE Energies
800 Industrial Park Drive
Iron Mountain, MI 49801
Phone: 906-779-2479

Map showing some of the Wilderness Shores Recreation Areas



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