Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center Celebrates 20 Years

Sep 28, 2018

Credit U.S. Forest Service

Saturday(9/29) marks a anniversary for a popular stop in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

The Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center near Ashland is a popular spots for local residents and visitors alike. The center is celebrating 20 years along with activities surrounding National Public Lands Day.

Forest spokesperson Hilary Markin describes some activities going on during the celebration...

"....There's going to be a variety of activities. At 8:30 in the morning there's going to be registration for a National Public Lands Day service project. Folks will be cleaning up some of the flood damage done by the (Center) back in June, so folks can get their hands dirty. There's also a variety of activities, speakers, presentations, kids activities. At the end of the night, there's a 'who goes bump in the night?' night hike from 7-9 p.m..."

Markin says the Center has proven to be a popular stop...

"...Each year, about 160 visitors and regional residents visit the (center). That can be for educational programming, visitors or they're coming in for a special meeting or event at the Visitor's Center..."

The facility has 500 or more classes, programs and events each year. A ribbon cutting celebrating the completion of the renewable energy improvement project will happen at 1:00 p.m The 37,000 square foot center is on 180 acres of Forest Service land next to the Whttlesey Creek National Wildlife Refuge along Chequamegon Bay of Lake Superior.

The center opened in 1998.