Parklands of the Midwest: Celebrating the Natural Wonders of America's Heartland

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Join Midwest Living® magazine Editor-in-Chief Dan Kaercher as he explores the Heartland’s most spectacular preserves and parks, scenic rivers and lakes, and other top outdoor recreation areas—all perfect for marveling at the incredible and unexpected variety of native wildlife and plants found throughout the region. Each lavishly illustrated chapter tells the fascinating stories behind the natural wonders of the 12 Midwestern states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North ...

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Overview

Join Midwest Living® magazine Editor-in-Chief Dan Kaercher as he explores the Heartland’s most spectacular preserves and parks, scenic rivers and lakes, and other top outdoor recreation areas—all perfect for marveling at the incredible and unexpected variety of native wildlife and plants found throughout the region. Each lavishly illustrated chapter tells the fascinating stories behind the natural wonders of the 12 Midwestern states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.   
Included in this volume are national parks, forests, lakeshores and wildlife refuges, as well as state-run preserves and scenic byways.
Journey with Dan to both famous and little-known parklands in the rumpled, tree-blanketed Ozarks and Black Hills . . . the raw, rugged shores of Lake Superior and the colossal dunes of Lake Michigan . . . the serene grasslands of the Great Plains . . . the eerie landscapes of the Dakota Badlands.
Compelling text and gorgeous photography will lead you on an unforgettable armchair adventure. A wealth of practical advice—including contact information, recreational opportunities, and nearby accommodations and attractions—will help you plan your own trip. Dan even includes signature recipes from expert cooks who fed him along the way!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762743001
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Edition description: First edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,389,008
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Dan Kaercher, founding editor-in-chief of Midwest Living magazine and host of the accompanying Public Television series, lives near Des Moines, Iowa.

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Table of Contents


Illinois     viii
Shawnee National Forest
Starved Rock State Park
Rend Lake
Recipe
Travel Journal
More Illinois Parks
Indiana     16
Hoosier National Forest
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Lincoln State Park and Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial
Recipe
Travel Journal
More Indiana Parks
Iowa     32
Loess Hills National Scenic Byway
Yellow River State Forest
Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge
Recipe
Travel Journal
More Iowa Parks
Kansas     44
Quivira National Wildlife Refuge and Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area
Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
Prairie Dog State Park
Recipe
Travel Journal
More Kansas Parks
Michigan     56
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
Palms Book State Park
Recipe
Travel Journal
More Michigan Parks
Minnesota     74
Voyageurs National Park
Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway
Itasca State Park
Recipe
Travel Journal
More Minnesota Parks
Missouri     90
Katy Trail State Park
Arcadia Valley State Parks: Elephant Rocks, Taum Sauk Mountain, Johnson's Shut-Ins
Meramec State Park
Recipe
Travel Journal
More Missouri Parks
Nebraska     104
Niobrara National Scenic River and Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge
Eugene T. Mahoney State Park
Recipe
Travel Journal
More Nebraska Parks
North Dakota     116
Theodore Roosevelt National Park
Long LakeNational Wildlife Refuge
Lake Sakakawea State Park
Recipe
Travel Journal
More North Dakota Parks
Ohio     128
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Hueston Woods State Park
Malabar Farm State Park
Recipe
Travel Journal
More Ohio Parks
South Dakota     146
Custer State Park
Native American National Scenic Byway
Badlands National Park
Recipe
Travel Journal
More South Dakota Parks
Wisconsin     162
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
Kettle Moraine State Forest
Point Beach State Forest
Recipe
Travel Journal
More Wisconsin Parks
Index     180
Acknowledgments     183
Contributors     184
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Join Midwest Living® magazine Editor-in-Chief Dan Kaercher as he explores the Heartland’s most spectacular preserves and parks, scenic rivers and lakes, and other top outdoor recreation areas—all perfect for marveling at the incredible and unexpected variety of native wildlife and plants found throughout the region. Each lavishly illustrated chapter tells the fascinating stories behind the natural wonders of the 12 Midwestern states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.   
Included in this volume are national parks, forests, lakeshores and wildlife refuges, as well as state-run preserves and scenic byways.
Journey with Dan to both famous and little-known parklands in the rumpled, tree-blanketed Ozarks and Black Hills . . . the raw, rugged shores of Lake Superior and the colossal dunes of Lake Michigan . . . the serene grasslands of the Great Plains . . . the eerie landscapes of the Dakota Badlands.
Compelling text and gorgeous photography will lead you on an unforgettable armchair adventure. A wealth of practical advice—including contact information, recreational opportunities, and nearby accommodations and attractions—will help you plan your own trip. Dan even includes signature recipes from
expert cooks who fed him along the way!
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