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The Peak: 1,951 feet
Things got pretty quiet in these parts after the woolly mammoths disappeared about 10,000 years ago. Timms Hill County Park, an old logging camp just off Rustic Road, is a peaceful place with a parking lot, pavilion, and playground. Climb 88 steps up the observation tower and savor a view (stellar during fall colors) that features six lakes set between rolling hills last logged in 1944.
For the mother of all muskies, head 100 miles southwest to the National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Hayward. The calling card is a giant, leaping Esox masquinongy. Nearly five stories high and 143 feet long, the pugnacious pike has an observation deck that can hold 20 in its toothy maw. Inside the museum, you’ll find the tackle box panorama, the Hall of Outboard Motors, and the Examples of Poor Taxidermy display. The museum is open April through November (715-634-4440).