Drifftless rivers

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Driftless Rivers

National Park

Foundation

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Seeks creation of a new national park in the ruggedly beautiful blufflands of the

Upper Mississippi River – the heart of America.

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Driftless Rivers National Park Foundation

 

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Seeks creation of a new national park in the ruggedly beautiful blufflands of the Upper Mississippi River – the heart of America.

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The Vision: America’s Next Great National Park

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A northern region where massive continental glaciers a mile thick repeatedly loomed and
stalked the area for more than a million years but could not touch it, encircling a refuge for
flora and fauna of the Ice Age. It’s a land of stunning beauty, rugged bluffs, a confluence of
ancient rivers, filled with caves and archaeological treasures thousands of years old, the site of white man’s
first encounter with the mighty Mississippi, and a place of French fur trading barons, log-built military forts and
battles with the native peoples.

The heart of the park would be born, and carved out of, the unincorporated portions of what is now Crawford
County, Wisconsin, an area about 586 square miles (375,000 acres). At such a vast acreage, this ark would be fourth in
size out of the national parks east of the Mississippi River, with only The Everglades, Great Smoky Mountain and Isle Royale
National Parks larger. The park boundaries could also include parts of the adjacent counties of Richland and Vernon and perhaps
span across the Mississippi River in the area currently designated as Effigy Mounds National Monument in northeast Iowa.

Great, beautiful and visionary as they are, most of our national parks lie far out west and every further away in Alaska. Consequently,
they are functionally out of reach for a vast number of Americans who could greatly benefit from recurring trips to a national park.

The Driftless Rivers National Park would possess enormous conservational, recreational, educational and historical potential. Some of the park’s
highlights would include sightseeing, hiking, mountain biking and camping in the rugged bluffs and valleys, boat tours on the mighty Mississippi including on paddlewheelers
from the era of Mark Twain, kayaking and canoeing the Kickapoo and Wisconsin Rivers, bird watching in one of the nation’s greatest migratory flyways, fishing trips on waters
ranging from the country’s biggest river to intimate, crystal-clear trout streams, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, spelunking in ancient caverns and viewing
thousand-year-old effigy mounds, horseback and carriage riding, and fall color touring.
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The Vision: America’s Next Great National Park

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Imagine a great national park
in the heartland of America–
the Driftless Rivers National 
Park. A northern region
where massive continental
glaciers a mile thick repeatedly
loomed and stalked the area for
more than a million years but could
not touch it, encircling a refuge for flora
and fauna of the Ice Age. It’s a land of
stunning beauty, rugged bluffs, a confluence 
of ancient rivers, filled with caves and
archaeological treasures thousands of years old,
the site of white man’s first encounter with the mighty Mississippi, and a place of French fur trading barons, log-built military forts and battles with the native peoples.

 

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financial support

Please contribute today. Give until it feels good. DRNPF is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, and your donation is deductible to the full extent of the law.

 
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volunteer

Volunteer your time. Contact us to discuss ways that we can work together in your community. 

 

 
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sign the petition

Sign our petition to Congress to show your support for the Driftless Rivers National Park

 

 
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purchase the book

Purchase of copy of the book The Becoming of the Driftless Rivers National Park.

 
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donate land

Either to support the Foundation financially or to provide the nucleus for the creation of the national park!

 
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planned gift

Make a planned gift by naming Driftless Rivers National Park Foundation in your will.

 
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Activities in the Driftless area

The Driftless Rivers National Park possesses world-class outdoor recreational  opportunities. The Mississippi, Wisconsin and Kickapoo Rivers, scenic limestone bluffs, pristine trout streams and expansive backwaters provide an unmatched natural playground for outdoor recreation.
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Fact about the Driftless area

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Here’s a list of cool facts about what makes the Driftless Region so spectacular with its wealth of scenic, ecological, archaeological, geological and historical significance.
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Here’s a list of cool facts about what makes the Driftless Region so spectacular with its wealth of scenic, ecological, archaeological, geological and historical significance.
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La Crosse, WI 54602
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