Who We Are

Jenny Mahan and Joel Austin of Discover the Penokees

Discover the Penokees is the husband-wife team of  Joel Austin and Jenny Mahan, whose goal is to cultivate wider awareness and love of the Penokee Hills and Bad River Watershed of Northern Wisconsin.  If a picture's worth a thousand words,  hopefully these images will move people to love and protect this special region.  Discover the Penokees' goal is to spread awareness of the unknown treasure that Wisconsin has in the region of the Penokee Hills in order to protect the Penokees and its watershed for future generations.


Joel Austin is an author and photographer who specializes in sharing with readers one of North America’s least known wild treasures, the Penokee Hills of northern Wisconsin, and works to shed light on this beautiful yet virtually unknown area.  Joel is the author/photographer of the book Discovering the Penokees, and has been published in Lake Superior Magazine, The Defender, Silent Sports, and others as well as his blog.  Joel graduated from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with degrees in fisheries and limnology, and biology.  He enjoys fly fishing and bicycling, including twice completing the 135-mile long Arrowhead 135 winter Ultramarathon in northern Minnesota.

Author, Photographer Joel Austin
Author, RN, Musician Jenny Mahan

Jenny Mahan is a Registered Nurse, providing care to people in their homes throughout northern Wisconsin, and a certified Health and Wellness Coach working with folks to reclaim their health.  She is an author and musician/songwriter with two CDs (and a third in progress) and contributed to Discovering the Penokees.  Jenny is active in promoting local sustainable agriculture, having managed the Chequamegon Community Supported Agriculture for eight years.  She enjoys hiking, jogging, and preserving the harvest from the garden.


Jenny and Joel live with their son Glinden on a small wooded acreage in northern Wisconsin where they garden, raise chickens and angora rabbits, do maple sugaring, and enjoy connections with a vital community of folks who love the north country.


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