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9am-5pm Daily | 715.685.9983 | Free Admission | 29270 County Highway G, Ashland, WI 54806 |

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David R. Obey Northern Great Lakes

‚ÄčThe Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center (NGLVC) is:

Located on County Highway G just off of US Highway 2, two miles west of Ashland, Wisconsin just west of the roundabout intersection of Highways 2 and 13.

FREE Parking and admission. Hosted or sponsored programs at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center may require a registration fee.

Open seven days a week from 9am until 5pm.

Closed during these Holidays:

  • New Year's Eve
  • New Year's Day
  • Easter Sunday
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day

Established through efforts by the Friends of the Center, a grass roots, non-profit organization formed to support the goals of a new Center that combined elements of history, natural resources, and visitor information under one roof. The group lobbied the state and federal governments for nearly six years and obtained state and federal funds to build this Center. Construction began in 1995. The Center opened in May 1998. The Forest Service holds title to the facility and 180-acre grounds.

Our Partners

Operated through a unique federal, state and local partnership. Federal, state, and local organizations align their missions to bring specialized services to our visitors and communities. The Center's operating partners are: The US Forest Service, National Park Service, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Wisconsin Historical Society, UW-Madison Extension, and the Friends of the Center Alliance, Limited.