“Escape to Wisconsin,” is a big marketing campaign run by the state. The main focus is to lure Illinois outdoor adventure travelers to visit the state. Green bumper stickers with the marketing campaign are quite common.
This is because Illinois has a poor record for outdoor activities. This is partially due to terrain as Wisconsin is prettier, but also due to management. There are some cool places to visit in Illinois, but they are few and far between and many are on private land and unavailable for public recreation.
Wisconsin, on the other hand, is completely different and does an incredible job of managing their outdoor areas and providing access to them for the public. In Illinois you see “private land keep out” where in Wisconsin you see signs for public boat access.
Fishing in Illinois is particularly a joke. The majority of lakes are privately owned, and you need to know someone to get access. Wisconsin is completely a different story with public access on most lakes and rivers.
For the hundreds of thousands of Illinois visitors that come to Wisconsin each year, and for that matter visitors from Iowa, Minnesota, and Michigan; the first sign they see when they come to Wisconsin is a large wooden replica of the state’s borders.
When you pass this sign you know that great fishing, canoeing, hiking, hunting, skiing, snowmobiling, or whatever your choice of outdoor activity is at your fingertips. From Door County, to the great northwoods, to Devil’s Lake State Park, to the 1,100 mile Ice Age Trail, Wisconsin is an awesome place to explore outside.
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