Driftless Area

The Driftless Area is a region in the American Midwest noted mainly for its deeply carved river valleys. While primarily in southwestern Wisconsin, it includes areas of southeastern Minnesota, northeastern Iowa and extreme northwestern Illinois. This region includes elevations ranging from 603 to 1,719 feet and covers an area of 16,203 square miles. This region’s peculiar terrain is due to its having escaped glaciation in the last glacial period.

The term “driftless” indicates a lack of glacial drift, the material left behind by retreating continental glaciers.

Driftless Area Attractions and Resources

Spring Green Chamber of Commerce


American Players Theater 

Governor Dodge State Park http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/govdodge

Tower Hill State Park http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/towerhill

Folklore Village  http://folklorevillage.org

Spring Green Bird City http://www.birdcitywisconsin.org/birdcities/SpringGreenTown.htm

Lower Wisconsin River Way  http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/lands/lowerwisconsin

Spring Green Preserve http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/wisconsin/placesweprotect/spring-green-preserve.xml

Theatre de l’Ange Fou http://www.angefou.co.uk/whitechurchtheatre.uk

Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society http://www.bachdancinganddynamite.org











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