The Perseid meteor shower, one of the best meteor viewing opportunities of 2016, will be peaking this Thursday and Friday!

Using nighttime light data collected by satellites, Clean Wisconsin has compiled a list of dark parks around the state near Wisconsin urban areas such as Milwaukee, Madison, Appleton, Eau Claire, La Crosse, and more. When choosing a location for your optimum viewing experience, keep these dark parks in mind.

If you don’t see something near you, or want more details, check out a detailed map of night sky brightness across the state here.

map of dark places in WI

Dark Night Sky Places with 10 miles of a census-designated Urban Area boundary in Wisconsin


1. Pattison State Park
2. Lake Wissota State Park
3. Kronenwetter Forest Unit
4. Long Slide Falls County Park
5. McMullen Memorial County Park
6. Peshtigo Harbor State Wildlife Area
7. Enterprise Hemlocks State Natural Area
8. Owl Creek Fen Savannah National Area
9. Rock Creek Felsenmeer State Natural Area
10. Nine Mile Island State Natural Area
11. Gibbs Lake Park
12. Devils Lake State Park
13. Lee Park
14. William O’Brien State Park
15. Willow River State Park
16. Wyona County Park
17. Bass Hollow County Recreation Area
18. Halfway Prairie Park
19. North Wood County Park
20. Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area
21. Magnolia Bluff Park
22. Browntown – Cadiz Springs State Recreation Area
23. Kettle Moraine State Forest Southern Unit
24. Bong State Recreation Area
25. Kettle Moraine State Forest Northern Unit
26. High Cliff State Park
27. Point Beach State Forest
28. Aztalan State Park
29. Belmont Mound State Park
30. Big Foot Beach State Park
31. Mud Lake Fen and Wet Prairie State Natural Area
32. Leather Camp Forest Unit
Clean Wisconsin is working on a project to identify and map out pristine places throughout our beautiful state.  This light-pollution data is one factor we’re looking into. To make sure you’re in the loop as our work moves forward and we dive in with new measures to discover more special places, sign up below!
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