Wisconsin Map

Explore map of Wisconsin; the 23rd most extensive by total area and the 20th most populous of the 50 states of the USA. Its capital is Madison and the largest city is Milwaukee. Wisconsin is composed of 72 counties. Refer this map of Wisconsin to know more about the 30th state of the United States.
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About Wisconsin Map: - This state in the north-central US is bordered by Minnesota to the west, Iowa to the southwest, Illinois to the south, Michigan to the northeast, and Lake Superior to the north. Lake Michigan is located to its east. Madison, the capital of Wisconsin, is shown in proximity to major attractions such as Henry Vilas Zoo, Cascade Mountain, and Circus World Museum. Milwaukee, the largest city, is home to Mitchell Park and Pabst Theater. Airports are shown located close to Appleton, Green Bay, and Wausau. National forests and lakes scattered all over Wisconsin are also depicted on the map.

History of Wisconsin

Wisconsin was initially dominated by a group of Indian tribes way back in the 17th century. The group comprised the Kickapoo, the Algonquian speaking Menominee, the Siouan speaking Winnebago, Iowa, and the Sioux.

The first known explorer to make an entry into the land of Wisconsin happened to be a native of France by the name of Jean Nicolet. He was apparently on a mission to search a Northwest Passage to China.

He was canoeing towards the west from the Georgian Bay via the Great Lakes in the year 1634. It is believed Jean Nicolet landed near the Green Bay at Red Banks. It was followed by the arrival of Medard des Groseilliers and Pierre Radisson into Green Bay and Chequamegon Bay during (1654-66) and (1659-60) respectively and where the fur trade with the local American Indian began. During the French and Indian War in 1763, the French lost their control over Wisconsin to Great Britain.

Wisconsin was under the possession of Britain until the year 1783 when Britain signed the Treaty of Paris, and the control of the state was transferred to the United States. However, American establishment became apparent after the War of 1812 between the British and the US and Wisconsin’s economy expanded as it went on to replace fur trading with lead mining.

Due to the boom in lead mining in southwest Wisconsin and northwest Illinois, glimpses of the American settlers could be discerned in Wisconsin around the 1820s. The availability of easy mineral wealth led to the influx of immigrants from all over the US and even Europe. Miners sought shelter in self-made holes, which earned them the nickname “badgers.” This led to Wisconsin’s nickname “Badger State.” The inflow of white settlers and miners in the Midwest led to a tension when the federal government along with the new settlers attempted to remove the Local Americans from their native lands. The American Indians were forcefully and eventually removed following the Winnebago War in 1827 and the Black Hawk War in 1832.

The absence of any kind of obstruction from the Native Americans led to the arrival of fresh settlers in Wisconsin, which subsequently led to the formation of the Wisconsin Territory in the year 1836. The year 1840 saw the entry of more settlers into Wisconsin. On 29 May 1848 it assumed statehood and became the 30th state of the United States.


Bordered by Minnesota and Michigan on the north, Illinois on the south, Lake Michigan on the east, and Minnesota and Iowa on the west, Wisconsin is spread throughout a total area of 65,503 square miles. This makes it the 23rd largest state of the US. The state of Wisconsin is divided into five geographical regions; the Lake Superior Lowland, the Northern Highland, the Eastern Ridges and Lowlands, the Central Plain, and the Western Upland. It is famous for its many physiographic features such as the lakes, woodlands, mountains, and rivers.

The highest point in the state is Timms Hill, which stands at 1,951 feet above the sea level and lies in the Northern Highland. The lowest point is Lake Michigan at 581 feet above the sea level. The Northern Highland also comprises of coniferous and hardwood forests and a large variety of glacial lakes. Unique sandstone formations along with lush farmland form the core attraction of the Central Plain. The Eastern Ridges and Lowlands are home to the Niagara Escarpment, the Magnesian Escarpment and the Black River Escarpment and some of Wisconsin’s leading cities. The Western Upland is a blend of forests and farmlands.

While the major rivers of the state are Wisconsin River, Mississippi River, and the St. Croix River, the major lakes are the Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, and the Lake Winnebago. The highest recorded temperature in the state was 114 degrees Fahrenheit on 13 July 1936 in Wisconsin Dells. The lowest recorded temperature was –55 degrees Fahrenheit in the Couderay village.

Travel : Wisconsin is blessed with some amazing destinations and a wide variety of outdoor activities such as boating, skiing, hiking, etc. set against the beautiful natural backdrop of the state. According to the department of tourism, Wisconsin ranks third on the list of tourism industry of the US. Some of the top tourist places of note are:

Wisconsin is an ideal place for all sports, museums, wine and beer lovers, foodies, etc. In short, it has something special for every traveler.

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Last Updated on: February 24, 2020