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About the Wisconsin Coastal Guide

The Wisconsin Coastal Guide is a joint project of the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute and the Land Information and Computer Graphics Facility at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Development of the project was funded by the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program with support from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office for Coastal Management through the Coastal Zone Management Act.

The goal of the project is to encourage travelers along the Great Lakes Circle Tour to explore the many coastal access sites and natural and cultural attractions to be found on the rural roads and downtown streets that hug Wisconsin’s Lake Michigan and Lake Superior coasts.

The site uses the Google Maps Application Programming Interfaces to view the Lake Superior and Lake Michigan Circle Tour routes with relation to coastal features such as parks, beaches, lighthouses, and shipwrecks. Clicking on the map features links to external web content about individual Great Lakes attractions. Panorama photos were taken at hundreds of public access sites and scenic vistas on Wisconsin’s Great Lakes shores. These photos are presented with a user-controllable field of view that is synchronized with a local map to indicate the direction in which the user is looking.

About the Great Lakes Circle Tour

The Great Lakes Commission provides information about the Great Lakes Circle Tour, including a schematic map and description of each lake’s circle tour route, along with links to coastal cities and towns, attractions, lodging, parks, and general tourism resources.

More information about the history of the Great Lakes Circle Tour, along with detailed, and well-researched, descriptions of the routes are available at,, and


With respect to the information available from this website, neither the University of Wisconsin nor any of its employees or partners on the project makes any warranty, expressed or implied, including merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product or process disclosed, or represents that its use does not infringe privately-owned rights. The user assumes the entire risk related to use of these data and this site. In no event will the University of Wisconsin, its agents or employees, or partners on this project be liable to you or any third party for any direct, indirect, incidental, consequential, special or exemplary damages or lost profits resulting from any use, misuse or reliance on any of the data or information appearing on this site. The appearance of external links on this website does not constitute endorsement by the University of Wisconsin of such sites or the information, products, or services contained therein. Furthermore, unless specifically provided for, the University of Wisconsin does not exercise any editorial control over the information you may find at these locations.

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