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The geographical regions of Wisconsin[1]

The Western Upland is a geographical region covering much of the western half of the U.S. state of Wisconsin. It stretches from southern Polk County, Wisconsin in the north to the state border with Illinois in the south, and from Rock County in the east to the Mississippi River in the west.

Wisconsin's Western Upland is a rugged, hilly region deeply dissected by rivers and streams. The area is characterized by rocky outcroppings and numerous small caves, as well as sharp and frequent changes in altitude. The elevation in the region ranges from about 600 feet above sea level in the Mississippi River Valley to more than 1,700 feet above sea level at Blue Mound State Park, in Iowa County. The Mississippi, Wisconsin, Kickapoo, Black, and Chippewa rivers all carve deep gorges through the upland. Even most small creeks and streams have coulees penetrating some two to three hundred feet deeper than the surrounding land. Meanwhile, highlands like Military Ridge, the Baraboo Range, and a host of unnamed ridges have elevations that are in excess of 1,000 feet above sea level. Before the last ice age, most of the land in the northern United States was similar to the land of today’s Western Upland, with rugged ridges and valleys. But as glaciers came to cover the continent, they toppled the ridges and filled in the valleys, creating smooth plains. The Western Upland of Wisconsin is part of the Driftless Area, a region that has avoided being covered by glaciers for the past several million years. This explains why the region has retained its rugged landscape.

Farmland is prevalent in the Western Upland anywhere where the slope of the land is gradual enough to permit it, generally on the ridge tops and the valley bottoms. Both fields and pastureland are common in the region. The hillsides and narrow ravines that are unsuitable for agriculture are covered in forests. Oak, hickory, maple, and birch trees dominate the woodlands of the Western Upland. Several small cities are scattered along the ridges and valleys. With a population of 59,498, the largest city in the Western Upland is Janesville in the extreme southeast corner of the region. La Crosse, with a population of 51,818, occupies a more central position along the Mississippi River. Other principal cities include Beloit, Monroe, Platteville, Dodgeville, Richland Center, Prairie du Chien, and Sparta.

Counties in the Western Upland[edit]

Part or all of the land in the following counties is included in the Western Upland of Wisconsin:


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The Guardian

The Guardian
Sun, 04 Oct 2015 13:30:11 -0700

The month was particularly dry in the first and last weeks when high pressure dominated. The infrequency of west and south-west winds meant that north-western upland areas were driest. At Loftus (Redcar & Cleveland), 53mm of rain fell in the 24 hours ...

VietNamNet Bridge

VietNamNet Bridge
Sat, 27 Jun 2015 19:03:45 -0700

VietNamNet Bridge – Coming to the western upland of Quang Nam Province on the central coast, visitors can experience unique daily activities of Co Tu ethnic minority, and one of them is to catch insects to make dishes.
Edmond Sun
Tue, 05 Jun 2012 13:08:20 -0700

Federal and state officials discussed groundwater cleanup plans for the former Kerr-McGee Cimarron nuclear fuel plant during a public hearing Monday night at the Crescent Community Center. Agencies represented at the meeting included the U.S. Nuclear ...
Field and Stream (blog)
Thu, 06 Oct 2011 10:14:17 -0700

I have always been something of a traditionalist when it comes to my bird-hunting vests. I don't know if it's because that's just how I grew up and what I am familiar with, or because the traditional vest has always served my needs fairly well. But ...

AmmoLand.com (press release)

AmmoLand.com (press release)
Mon, 12 Dec 2011 07:43:46 -0800

In his article, “Shotguns for Western Upland Birds,” John Barsness gives readers all the info they need when out west; from regulations to be wary of, to a variety of shotguns that will put a smile on any hunter's face. This month, readers have a ...

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Minneapolis Star Tribune
Fri, 04 Apr 2008 14:30:28 -0700

Its flat western upland prairie rubs softly against eastern aspen parkland as glacial Lake Agassiz imperceptibly slopes west toward the Red River. After crossing the county line, we passed through Karlstad, population 794, whose church sign proclaimed ...
Tue, 19 Aug 2008 00:00:00 -0700

Soils are typically Inceptisols, with valley floodplains dominated by Entisols, and the Western Upland characterized by a mix of Inceptisols and Spodisols (Brady and Weil 2002). Climate varies with elevation: the number of growing degree days ([degrees ...

Spruce Grove Examiner

Spruce Grove Examiner
Sun, 21 Jul 2013 06:07:26 -0700

Duck Mountain Park encompasses 1,424 sq. km and is a natural western upland region. Within its boundaries is Baldy Mountain, at 832 metres the highest point in the province. Indeed, the park itself sits 200 metres above the Assiniboine River valley to ...

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