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s ’ r o t i d E Column Northwoods is magic in the making The first two weeks of October are a magical time in the Northwoods. The forests and woods are ablaze in color and everywhere you go, the Northwoods is chock full of adventure and places to explore.

Dean S. Acheson

and Mole Lake, Zoo Boo in Minocqua, Zombie Run in Spooner, and Jack Frost Festival in Ironwood are just a few of the many places and events worthy of your attention.

Walleye and muskie fishermen are pursuing the fish of their dreams. There are incredible numbers of lakes in which to cast your bait, so a stop at the local bait shop for advice is in order. Expert fishing guides are ready to welcome you aboard too!

The hiking paths will soon become carpeted with fallen leaves, and when November rolls around, it’s truly time to start thinking about planning a snowmobile, skiing or ice fishing trip. Check out the lodging opportunities within this issue of Up North Action magazine.

Craft shows such as Homespun Holidays in Winter (near Hayward), the now official Hwy. 55 scenic byway that links Antigo

As you turn the pages, consider this an open invitation to experience this fantastic corner of the world they call “Up North!”

Inside this Issue

Editor’s Column................................................................................... Pg. 4 Rollie & Helen’s Musky Shop................................ Inside Front Cover

Iron County Lodging................................................Inside Back Cover Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad.................................Back Cover

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NORTHEAST REGION Florence 6 Forest 9 Marinette County.............................. page 11 Oconto County................................... page 16 Shawano Country.............................. Page 17 NORTHWOODS REGION Iron County.......................................... page 20 Langlade County............................... page 23 Lincoln County................................... page 24 Oneida County................................... page 28 Price County........................................ page 34 Vilas County......................................... page 35

NORTHWEST REGION Ashland/Bayfield Counties............. page 39 Burnett County................................... page 40 Polk County......................................... page 42 Sawyer County................................... page 44 Washburn County............................. page 50 WESTERN U.P. REGION U.P. Michigan................................. page 51-52 EASTERN U.P. REGION Iron County, Michigan..................... page 53 |


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Nov. 15 Florence – Hunters Chicken & Spaghetti Dinner: 4-8pm, Community Center.


Dec. 1 Florence – Christmas in Florence: 10am to 3pm. Florence High School.

Hunter walking trails serve variety of interests COUNTYWIDE – More than 25 miles of hunter walking trails are maintained in Florence County, especially attractive for grouse and deer hunters in the fall and winter. The county’s Forestry and Parks Department mows the trails and wildlife openings annually and seeds them periodically with clover. The trails are open to anyone throughout the seasons. From September through December, trail users are encouraged to wear blaze orange (a requirement for deer hunters). The Wild Rivers Interpretive Center in Florence has a brochure on the trails. Call 888-889-0049 or visit for more information. Lake Emily Trail is located 1/4 mile east of Highway 101 on County Highway D. It can also be accessed from Elm Road off Highway 101. The 2.5-mile long trail has 12 wildlife openings.


Bush Lake Trail is located east of Fire Tower Road in Homestead. Fire Tower Road is located approximately 5 miles east of Highway 101 on Highway C. Four access points on the east side of Fire Tower Road and two access points on the north side of Spur Lake Road. 12 wildlife openings and 11 total miles of trail. Lamon Tangue Creek Ruffed Grouse Area is located across from Bush Lake Trail on Fire Tower Road. It includes approximately 6 miles of trails. Designated a ruffed grouse area, it is very scenic. Halls Creek Trail can be accessed across from LaSalle Falls Road, Halls Lake Road, and Fire Lane Road – all located north of Highway C. This 10-mile road has 5 wildlife openings. Winchester Trail is located at the east end of Roach’s Fire Lane, which intersects Highway N about 7 miles south of Florence. Then east 3 miles. Trail starts north of the DNR Barrens Property and has 4 miles of road. Several miles of Wisconsin Electric property roads are accessible from this trail. Other possibilities include, Bessie Babbit, 3.25 miles; Kretz, 1.5 miles; Burma 3.25 miles and Grandma’s Beaver Pond, 2 miles. |

Florence County


Be twice as nice with ‘Christmas in Florence’ FLORENCE – On Saturday, Dec.1 from 10am until 3pm the Florence Chamber of Commerce is hosting its ninth annual Christmas in Florence at the Florence High School gym and cafeteria. There will be more than 70 vendors in the gym offering a large variety of unique hand-made arts and craft items, as well as other gifts for sale to help with your Christmas shopping. There are many activities for kids. Sitting on Santa’s lap is always a big hit as well as listening to stories from Mrs. Claus. They arrive at 10:30am. Your children will love making hands-on craft projects with the school’s TORPEDOS students. Homemade chili, Christmas cookies and other delicious food items will be for sale in the cafeteria. The musical Yadro family will perform in the library from 10-11am. And the FHS Jazz Band and Show Choir will perform in the auditorium from 11am to noon. This event is free and includes a chance to win many door prizes. |



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Forest County

Walking hand-in-hand with nature FOREST COUNTY -- Forest County is blessed with a number of trails that can satisfy a desire for a short walk or which can accommodate extended hikes through the forest and by picturesque lakes. Bring water as some trails don’t have drinking water nearby. Watch for poison ivy, especially at far end of Michigan Rapids Hiking Trail. Here’s a look at some of the popular trails in Forest County:

Laura Lake Trail Trail Length: 2-1/4th mile loop Difficulty: Moderate, uneven, narrow trail with some exposed rocks and roots Directions: Follow Highway 8 north and east from Laona 14 miles. Turn left on FR 2163 and drive 5 miles north to Laura Lake Campground. Trail head between boat ramp and swim area. Limited parking available. Dendro-Eco Nature Trail Trail Length: Approximately 2/3rds mile loop Difficulty: Moderate, wide trail with some gentle slopes Directions: From Laona, follow Highway 8 north 3 miles to FR 2131. Turn right onto Peshtigo River Road (FR 2131) and go east 4 miles to Peshtigo River. Cross bridge and trailhead is on left. Parking for 3-4 vehicles.

Oct. 13 Laona – Fall Craft Fair

Directions: Follow Highway H east and south of Laona for 5-1/2 miles to FR 2136. Turn left and go east 5 miles. Look for sign on the left and gravel access road on the right. Parking for 3-4 vehicles. Ed’s Lake Recreational Trail Length: 6 miles, all loops Difficulty: Varies from easy to difficult. Directions: Trail head located on Highway W midway between Crandon and Wabeno. Look for a large sign along the northeast side of the highway. Parking for 12 or more vehicles. Knowles Creek Interpretive Trail Length: 2/3rds mile Difficulty: Easy and wheelchair accessible Directions: From Highway 32 in Wabeno, drive east 9 miles on Highway C. Turn right at Knowles Creek Impoundment sign and follow gravel road south to parking area and trail head. Parking for 4 vehicles. Otter Springs Skiing and Hiking Trail Length: 8 miles in total length. The beginners trail is about 3/4ths of a mile long. Difficulty: Intermediate trails are hilly and more challenging. Second trail is 1-1/4 miles in length with hills and curves. Directions: 4 miles east of Crandon off Highway 8, north on 2378. Pickerel Lake Walking and Biking Trail Length: 2 miles Difficulty: Paved with easy walking and biking. Directions: Located 18 miles southwest on Crandon on Pickerel Lake Road. From Crandon, take Highway 55, turn onto Pickerel Lake Road by Hills Still Supper Club and go approximately 4 miles.

Michigan Rapids Hiking Trail Trail Length: Approximately 2 mile loop. Difficulty: Moderate, uneven and rocky terrain. Some wet areas in early spring. Directions: From Laona, follow Highway 8 north about 3 miles to FR 2131. Turn right and go east approximately 12 miles to FR 2134. Turn right and go south ½ mile. Look for trailhead sign on left just south of Peshtigo River crossing at Burnt Bridge. Parking for 3 vehicles. Halley Creek Bird Trail Trail Length: 1 mile Difficulty: Easy, flat with some exposed rocks and rocks. |



Cardinal Park Walking Trail Trail length: Approximately 3/10th of a mile Difficulty: Easy walking with flat terrain and smooth surface. Includes a section of wooden trail, also easy walking with wooden bridges crossing small wetlands. Directions: In Crandon, take East Madison Street past the county courthouse to Cardinal Park. Paved trail circles park; wooden trail located far end of park.


Forest County

Back to the Past on Rustic Road-34 ALVIN – Located in the Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest is a rustic road that has changed little over the years. Designated R-34 in the state’s inventory of official Rustic Roads, this scenic route includes the Old North Road, the very first road in the Town of Alvin. Rustic roads are great routes to travel any time of the year, but especially so during the fall colors. They are lightly traveled and the maximum speed limit posted is 45 mph. Unique brown and yellow signs mark the routes of all officially designed rustic roads. Of course, there are many other roads in Forest County that are worthy of a drive as many go through the national and county forests and along sparkling blue lakes. R-34 is no exception as it threads its way nearly nine miles through a heavily wooded area, including a 50-year-old pine plantation abundant with wildlife. The entire area teems with possibilities for hunting, fishing, hiking, skiing and snowmobiling.


Length: 8.6 miles


Surface: Paved and gravel portions Location: Forest County: From the Village of Alvin, follow portions of Lakeview Drive, Carey Dam Road and Fishel Road to Highway 70. |

Marinette County


Oct. 6 Niagara – Apple Fest

Oct. 8 Peshtigo: Astronomy at Harmony Arboretum

Peshtigo Harbor Unit full of possibilities

Oct. 13 Peshtigo – Halloween Family Fun Fest: 2-5pm.

PESHTIGO – Peshtigo Harbor Unit is a 4,894-acre property located off County Hwy. BB near Peshtigo in Marinette County. Many recreational opportunities exist at the state-owned property, namely biking, birding, canoeing, cross-country skiing, fishing, hiking, hunting, trapping, wild edibles/gathering and wildlife viewing.

This area has extensive marshes at the mouth of the Peshtigo River and bottomland hardwood forests along upstream portions of the river. A little over half of the property is forested with a mixture of oak, aspen and red maple. A self-guided canoe trail has been established on the Peshtigo River running through the wildlife area. Starting at the east side boat landing in the city of Peshtigo, this water trail meanders through an upland hardwood forest, eventually changes to flat marshy estuary, and ends at the mouth of the river in the bay of Green Bay for a total of 11 river miles. An informational brochure is available at the canoe launch below the dam in Peshtigo. It provides ecological and historical information on several sites along the river.

Woods Road Ski Trail is probably the most interestDec. 1 Crivitz -- Snowmoing XC ski trail around. As bile Show & Swap: Middle you ski, you can also look Inlet Fire Dept. for wildlife tracks and learn about how these animals endure the winter. Stations along the trail tell about many wild animals here. The mostly flat landscape and many loop options along this sixmile trail system make it an ideal place for kids and beginners. If snowshoeing is your thing, you can do that here, too. Whatever you choose, just get out and enjoy the beauty of winter on this trail. Take the Peshtigo exit from Highway 41. Once on Business 41 in Peshtigo, go south on West Front Street (first street west of the bridge). This street eventually turns into Hale Road outside the city limits. After a few miles, turn left onto Harbor Road, then right onto Hale School Road. After about one half mile, the ski trail will be on the left. Parking is limited. Winegar Pond is a favorite for avid birders or those just wanting to take in some natural beauty. It offers needed habitat for waterfowl and shorebirds along the bay. It’s also a great place to see birds rare to this region as they rest during migration seasons. To get there, follow Pond Road off County Road BB. |


The wildlife area can be accessed from either side of the Peshtigo River downstream from Peshtigo. Take Front Street to Hale Road and follow Harbor Road to the wildlife area on the south side of the river. County Highway BB provides access on the north side of the river.

Nov. 24 Crivitz – Christmas in the Village: 10am to 2pm, village hall.


Marinette County

Wausaukee Fall Festival features more than 100 vendors, crafters WAUSAUKEE -- The 10th annual Wausaukee Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 6 features more than 100 vendors and crafters, who will be lined up along Main Street. In celebration of the 10th anniversary, hours have been extended: 9am to 5pm, with the event held rain or shine.

In addition, there will be music by Daze 2 Nights, free horse-drawn wagon rides, free face painting for kids, helicopter rides, a wide variety of food, including booyah by Pastor Fred’s Food Pantry, bake sales, food, refreshments, Black Husky Brewing, farmer’s market, and more.

Willow Bend Shoppes


Willow Bend Shoppes have a great selection for different shopping needs. We have breakfast/lunch/gelato/clothing/gifts, wine/party goods, furniture/home decor, specialty cheese/homemade & novelty candies. Each shop is unique in itself, so visiting them all is definitely a must.

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Vintage/Antique Snowmobile Show & Swap set at Crivitz

Marinette County

CRIVITZ – The 15th annual Vintage/Antique Snowmobile Show & Swap will be Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Middle Inlet Fire Department, at Hwy. 141 and Marinette Cty. Rd X, about five miles north of Crivitz. The North East Wisconsin (N.E.W.) Low Buck Vintage Riders club is the event sponsor. Food and refreshments will be available all day. Sled and swap registration starts at 8am with the awards ceremony at 2:30pm. Visitors will see many original and restored classes from antique (1960s) to classic (1980s plus). Admission is free to spectators.


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The drawing for the raffle sled will be at 3pm. Raffle tickets will be available the day of the show or at anytime from members. The winner need not be present. For updated information about the show and the club visit:

715.854.2173/summer 352.628.2626/winter

W6820 Lakeview Road, Crivitz, Wisconsin 54114 |


Marinette County

Two color tours for Marinette County COUNTYWIDE – Marinette County has beautiful scenery, especially in the fall when tree colors are at their peak. Here are a couple of suggested tour routes for you to enjoy whether in the car or truck or on the back of a motorcycle or bicycle:

Driving Tour Two

Driving Tour One:

Start your trip on Pike River Road. Going east four miles are the Ceremonial Indian Dance Rings, 8.5 mile mark north to the first bridge on the Pike River and 12.1 mile mark north to the second bridge.


Dave’s Falls Park is approximately 10 miles north of Wausaukee on US Hwy. 141. Park entrance is located just south of the Village of Amberg and will be on the left side of the road. The park provides spectacular scenery, paths along the river on both sides; high and low rock climbing areas, a bridge spanning the river, playground and restrooms. Take your camera and be prepared to enjoy hiking the trails. Playground, restrooms, picnic tables and well water are also available. Dave’s Fall’s is a county park and there is a car-parking fee when you enter the grounds.


This is a 26-mile loop encompassing Wausaukee to Amberg and back south to Wausaukee. With time spent hiking you should plan a full day trip.

Continue on Pike River Road to Hwy. K, turn left and visit Bulls Falls, exit K onto Hwy. 41 south and a few hundred feet to Dave’s Falls Park entrance to your right. This tour takes you past numerous historical locations, rivers, rapids and parks. Stop for a picnic or hike the river’s edge. |

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Tree lighting, parade kick off Christmas season


Oct. 6 Lakewood – Family Fun COUNTYWIDE -- To usher in the holiday season, Oconto County residents and visitors can Booyah: Ride, booyah, raffles. participate in a variety of tree-lighting ceremonies. In addition, residents can view an illuminated Oct. 6 Lena – Taste of Fall: 9am, parade and enjoy caroling, warm drinks and visits from Santa, among other activities. village hall. Here are some free holiday kick-off lighting celebrations you and the family can enjoy in Oconto County: Oct. 7, 13, 20, 27 Oconto – Trail Oconto -- Lighting of Winter Wonderland of Terror: Haunted trail. The lighting of Winter Wonderland, Oconto’s holiday light display, is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 13 Crooked Lake – Nov. 23 at 5pm in Holtwood Campground, 300 Holtwood Way. View over 150 lighted displays Oktoberfest: 11am, community throughout the park from the comfort of your car. Accessorize the car with hot chocolate and cookies and make this your new family tradition. There is no charge to view the lights. Winter center. Nov. 23 Oconto – Christmas Wonderland can be seen from Nov. 23 ’till Sunday, Jan. 6 from 5-11pm.

Tree Lighting: 5-11pm, Oconto Falls – Avenue of Lights Holtwood Campground. The lighting of the annual Avenue of Lights, Hwy. 22/Main Street in Oconto Falls, takes place Nov. 24 Lakewood & Townsend at 6pm Saturday, Nov. 24. No holiday experience would be complete without a visit from North – Holiday Craft Fair: 9am to Pole’s most famous resident, Santa. It all begins with festive activities, including hot cocoa, cookies and musical entertainment at 6pm and the flip of a switch and Santa’s arrival at 6:30pm. The 3pm, both town halls. Avenue of Lights allows everyone, no matter what age, to be energized with wonder and anticipaNov. 24 Lakewood – Christmas tion of the magic of the holidays. Tree Lighting: 5pm.

Lena -- Village of Lights

Nov. 24 Oconto Falls – Avenue Join the Village of Lena at the annual Village of Lights celebration on Saturday, Dec. 1. The fun of Lights: 6pm, East Side Beach. starts at 3pm at the Village Hall, 117 E Main Street, and includes a holiday movie at the Lena LiDec. 1 Lakewood – Children’s brary, Santa arriving by fire engine, cookie decorating, writing letters to Santa, business specials Christmas Party and promotions, and a wagon ride to view the lights throughout the village.

Dec. 1 Oconto – Christmas Oconto -- Christmas Parade & Santa’s Visit Parade & Santa’s Visit: 1:30pm. Santa is coming to the City of Oconto on Dec. 1 from 1:30-3:30pm at Oconto City Hall on Main Street. Dec. 1 Riverview – Christmas You can participate in fun activities and enjoy some treats while you wait. Afterwards beginning at 4pm Tree Lighting: 4-7pm, take in the night Christmas parade. The route is from City Hall to the Farnsworth Library. Community center Riverview – Christmas Tree Lighting Dec. 1 Lena – Village of On Saturday, Dec. 1 you are invited to take in the 30+ lighted trees adopted by local businesses with many of the trees complete with decorations. Inside the community center the children are Lights: 3pm welcomed into a winter wonderland called Santa’s Village where they can share their Christmas list with Santa. Free ice skates available for use on the family rink, (dependent upon weather). All from 4-7pm at the Town of Riverview Community Center.

Oconto -- Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Kick off the holiday season on Saturday, Dec. 1 at Winter Wonderland, Oconto’s holiday light display in Holtwood Campground, 300 Holtwood Way. Hours are 5-8pm. See the dazzling lights up close on a self-guided walking tour and enjoy free hot chocolate and cookies. Whether you’re looking for a family activity or a romantic night out, it’s definitely worth checking out. Strollers, child wagons and wheelchair friendly. Parking will be available throughout Holtwood Sporting Complex and Aageson Pool parking lot.

Gillett -- Christmas in the Park

Join the festive crowd at Zippel Park in Gillett for the annual Christmas in the Park on Saturday, Dec. 1. Activities include craft fair, wagon rides, kids crafts, food, fireworks and of course, a visit by Santa.

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Oct. 6 Shawano – Downtown Shawano Octoberfest: Oct. 7 Shawano – Harvest Flea Market and Car Show: Oct. 6-7 Shawano – Miles of Art: Oct. 13 Shiocton – Navarino Fall Color 5K Run:

SHIOCTON – Want to run or walk the trails in the fall with the leaves and fall colors? Then sign up for the annual Navarino Fall Color 5K Run on Saturday, Oct. 13 at the Navarino Wildlife Center in Shiocton. This is a great opportunity to get into the heart of Navarino Wildlife Area and see what it is all about!


Navarino Fall Color Run/Walk announced

The event includes a 5K run or walk and a 1-mile kids’ run. There are various age categories. The start of the 5K is at 9am with the kids’ run at 10:30am. Parents or guardians can run with their children. This is a trail run, so there may be roots, mud, water and uneven terrain. While there you can tour the eco-friendly facility and view a demonstration of how their new “green building” creates and stores energy, allowing the facility to become energy self-sufficient. Proceeds from the event will support school programs for local elementary and middle schools. Additional donations are encouraged and are tax-deductible. For more information on the event, visit |



Shawano Country

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Shawano Country





GPS your way to adventure in Iron County



Oct. 4-6 Mercer and Hurley – Pumpkin Run ATV/ UTV Rally: Oct. 19-20 M e r c e r – Mercer Muskie Madness: Gateway Lodge: Oct. 20 Mercer – Holiday Craft Bazaar & Bake Sale: Mercer School. Nov. 9 Mercer – Chili Cook-off: Associated Bank. Nov. 17 Mercer – Hunter’s Chilfest and Pie Sale: St. Isaac Jogues Church. Dec. 8 Mercer – Candy Cane Parade:

Hand-held or dash mounted Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) units have come way down in price and size while offering more features than older units. We can come up with dozens of uses for GPS units, once thought useful only to hunters and adventurers.

conversations and learned fascinating details about local landmarks by doing so. Here are the GPS coordinates for waterfalls in Iron County: Fall


GPS Position

Foster Falls

25 feet

N46.42248 W90.45887

Gile Falls

12 feet

N46.43074 W90.22715

Kimball Falls

8 feet

N46.48584 W90.26374

Peterson Falls

35 feet

N46.47460 W90.19885

Accuracy of the units sold to the public has improved immensely since the U. S Government lifted certain restrictions on the accuracy levels a few years ago. Now you can get within 30 feet of your favorite fishing spot. Some units even come with pre-programmed listings of restaurants and lodging on your intended route.

Potato River Falls

90 feet

N46.46175 W90 53032

Rouse Falls


N46.36843 W90.47791

Saxon Falls

90 feet

N46.53574 W90.37848

Spring Camp Falls

20 feet

N46.34833 W90.23886

It’s wise to include a compass and a map anytime you set out in the wilderness (and emergency gear in case you wander far and get stranded). But for short forays into the woods a GPS unit should be all you need, especially if you are on a recognizable trail that will eventually lead you back to civilization.

Superior Falls

110 feet

N46.56267 W90.41527

Upson Falls

18 feet

N46.37009 W90.41133

Willard Falls

40 feet

N46.45632 W90.52192

Wren Falls

30 feet

N46.39774 W90.50694

For instance, Iron County’s Forestry Department lists GPS positions for waterfalls within the county. In the winter snowmobilers use the marvelous devices to help sort out the array of trails that come together at key locations. Of course, who wouldn’t want to know how many more miles to bike to the next town for refreshments and food!

The only downfall we see is that you won’t have to stop and ask the friendly locals for directions. We’ve struck up some interesting

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Iron County

From deer to waterfowl, Iron County delivers it all COUNTYWIDE -- Find your next hunting adventure in Iron County, WI where Mercer serves as your base camp for food, lodging, hunting supplies and gear, and guides. The greater Mercer area has over 377,000 acres of public forestland and numerous water bodies. Your chances to bag a nice buck or doe are good in Iron County, but no matter the success ratio you’re sure to enjoy being outdoors in one of the prettiest areas of the Northwoods.

ing areas are located on Hwy. 122 approximately 1 mile north of the Cty. Hwy. E intersection and on Upson Lake Road about .25 miles east of Upson Lake. Just south of Mercer is the Northwoods Wildlife and Wetlands Club’s shooting range open from April 1 to November 30 each year. There are target ranges for rifle, pistol and archery, as well as clay trap shooting and an archery field course. The Iron County Forestry Department manages 174,317 acres of county forest. Learn more about hunting opportunities by visiting or call 715-561-2697. The Mercer Area Chamber of Commerce office has maps available. Visit mercercc. com or call 715-476-2389.

Hunters have easy access through forest roads, fire lanes and hunting trails that lead to white-tailed deer, bear, coyote, bobcat, turkey, grouse, waterfowl and small game such as squirrels. In addition to the vast amount of public lands, many more acres of private land enrolled in the state Managed Forest Law program are available to hunters. |


The Potato River Grouse Management Area has been developed in cooperation with the Ruffed Grouse Society and the Wisconsin DNR. This 600-acre tract with 3.6 miles of marked trails and 9 game openings is located between the Potato River, Hwy. 122 and Sullivan Fire Lane in the towns of Anderson and Saxon. Park-



Iron County

‘Mercer Muskie Madness’ Tournament welcomes anglers MERCER – The seventh annual “Mercer Muskie Madness” Tournament is set for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19 and 20 with headquarters at the sponsor, Gateway Lodge and Resort in Mercer. Eligible tournament lakes are Turtle Flambeau Flowage, Fisher Lake, Spider Lake, Oxbow Lake, Echo Lake, Grand Portage Lake, Pike Lake, Mercer Lake, Lake of the Falls, and Trude Lake, according to tournament director Wayne Riebe of Gateway Lodge. Tournament entry fee is $175 for each two-member team ($200 after Oct. 1), which includes the Friday lunch and the banquet dinner and awards ceremony Saturday night. There will be a number of raffles with quality prizes. Tournament anglers are encouraged to check in and register Thursday, Oct. 18 from 6-7pm at Gateway Lodge. The rules briefing immediately follows. Another rules briefing and check-in will be at 6:30am Friday at Gateway Lodge. Fishing hours are 7am to 5pm Friday and 7am to 4pm Saturday. A unique feature of this catch-and-release tournament is that each team member may have two lines in the water using one artificial bait and one live bait. But no trolling is allowed. Based on a full field of 60 registered teams, the total prize money is $5,400. For more information and registration, or to become a sponsor or donate to the tournament, call 715-476-7878 or visit thegatewaylodgecom.

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Calendar Become a star at ATV/ UTV Charity Ride Participants can either ride on their own for the day or the Antigo Area ATV/UTV club will have members available as leaders for riders not familiar with the area. The cost of the ride is $25 per person or $50 per family (or equivalent pledges), which includes dinner. Sign up on Friday, Oct. 12 from 5-7pm or Saturday morning from 7:30-8:45am at North Star Lanes. Riders will meet at 9am Saturday and after a group photo they will leave for their ride. Dinner will be at 5pm. Besides dinner, events include silent auctions, The Star raffle and raffles. The public is welcome with free admission after 6pm. All donations benefit Make-A-Wish Wisconsin whose mission is to grant the wishes of children with a life-threatening medical condition. For more information about the ride contact Tim at tcrohrer@ or visit


ANTIGO – Help make a child’s wish come true at the 11th annual ATV/UTV Charity Ride for Make-A-Wish Wisconsin on Saturday, Oct. 13. The ride will start and end at North Star Lanes in Antigo.

Oct. 6 Antigo – Oktoberfest: Fairgrounds. Oct. 13 Antigo – ATV/UTV Charity Ride: 9am North State Lanes. Oct. 20 Antigo – Jr. Women’s Craft Fair: 9am to 3:30pm, Fairgrounds. Nov. 3-4 Pearson – Dirty Dog Dryland Derby: Sled dog races. Dec. 1 Elcho – Christmas Craft Show: Community Pavilion. Dec. 5 Antigo – Chili Cook-Off: 8am to 5pm, downtown. Dec. 5 Antigo – Christmas Parade: 6:30pm, downtown.

Craft & Trade Show reaches 43rd year ANTIGO – The Antigo Junior Woman’s Club 43rd annual Craft & Trade Show will be held at the Langlade County Fairgrounds in the multi-purpose building on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 9am to 3:30pm. Admission is $2 at the door or $1 with a perishable food item for the Antigo Food Pantry. Vendors will be selling fall and Christmas decor, faux stained glass windows hand-painted shabby chic decor and many other new items. In addition to the regulars, several new vendors have joined this year’s show. Come and check out the new items to decorate home or office for the upcoming holidays. |


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Oct. 5-6, 12-27, 31 Merrill – Haunted Sawmill/The Nocturnal Carnival Oct. 6 Merrill – Lincoln Lager Barleyfest: MARC. Oct. 27 Tomahawk – Halloween Festivities: Nov. 10 Merrill – Craft Sales: Select sites in city. Nov. 16 Tomahawk – Venison Feed: Downtown. Nov. 17 Tomahawk – Santa’s Workshop Craft Show: SARA Park activity center. Nov. 24 Tomahawk – Christmas Wonderland: Downtown. Dec. 1 Merrill – Christmas Parade: Parade ends at courthouse for lighting ceremony. Dec. 1-2 Merrill -- O’Tannenbaum Tour: St. Stephens Church. Dec. 1 Merrill -- Park Manor Luminaria: Horse-drawn wagon ride.

Venison Feed kicks off gun-deer season

TOMAHAWK – This year is the 53rd annual Venison Feed in Tomahawk, and deer hunters from near and far will gather in Tomahawk Friday, Nov. 16 the day before opening of the gundeer season to chow down on venison burgers and to swap tales.

The burgers are free (donations are accepted) along with a bag of chips and a soda. Volunteers will grill in excess of a thousand burgers that come off the grills hot and tasty. Usually, there’s enough for a second serving.

It’s a long-standing tradition that brings out the bearded old-timers, as well as youngsters of both genders looking forward to their first deer hunt with parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts, and cousins. Truth be told, there’s some non-hunters who show up for the burgers (which are reinforced with beef for texture).

A few non-profit groups will be selling chili, bakery and other treats for hunters on the eve of this nine-day gun-deer season.

The grills are set up in front of the post office block, Wisconsin Avenue, which is closed off to vehicular traffic. The serving begins at 11:30am until gone. The event is held rain or shine.


Area hunters donate the venison, which the Tomahawk Area Chamber appreciates. The chamber and its business members say the Venison Feed is also in appreciation for the economic boost that hunters, their shopping “widows” and tourists in general gives the community. |

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Lincoln County

Hop on over to Lincoln Lager Barleyfest MERRILL – Craft beer and more will be highlighted at the 2018 Lincoln Lager Barleyfest on Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Smith Center


(MARC) in Merrill. Hours are 2-6pm. Attendees can try a selection of over 100 beers and wines. The event draws more than 30 brewers, as well as various makers of spirits, wine, malt beverages and non-alcoholic beverages. Attendees pay an admission fee and get to taste the above selections three ounces at a time. In addition to the drink samples, there will be live music, food, games and prize giveaways, including a raffle for a kegerator (portable cooler with room for full or pony size kegs) and a pub table. Awards are also made for best beer, wine, non-alcoholic and the overall winner, “Best of Barleyfest.” Designated drivers get in free, with Merrill-Go-Round and BlueJay taxi available for rides homes or back to motels. Tickets are available online at and at the chamber office, County Market and Ballyhoos Bar & Restaurant, all in Merrill. |

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Oct. 6 Woodruff – Pig Roast and Gun Raffle: Community Center.

Oct. 13 Three Lakes – Three Eagle Half Marathon & 5K: Reiter Center.


Oct. 13 Three Lakes – Pumpkin Fest: High school.


Oct. 13 Minocqua – Zoo Boo: Wildwood.

Nov. 17 Rhinelander – Show & Sell Craft Show: Middle school.

Nov. 17-18 Rhinelander – Winter Wonderland & Holiday Open House: Downtown businesses. Nov. 22 Minocqua – Minocqua Turkey Trot: Nov. 24 Minocqua – Christmas in Minocqua: Downtown.

Dec. 1 Rhinelander – Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting: Downtown.

Dec. 31 Woodruff – New Year’s Eve Celebration & Fireworks: Community Center.

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Make it a special time with ‘Christmas in Minocqua’ MINOCQUA – Santa has made his list, checked it twice and everyone in the Minocqua area is nice! So he and Mrs. Claus will be making an early visit to downtown Minocqua on Saturday, Nov. 24. They will be arriving in a horse-drawn wagon at about noon. Santa and Mrs. Claus will first ride around downtown before stopping at Gaslight Square. They will make a loop down main street (Oneida) to Park Avenue and then north on Flambeau Street, to Front Street and back down Oneida Street waving to the good people of the area, before unloading Santa’s sack of treats provided by local merchants. The pair will visit with children at the Gaslight Square Shoppes from 1-4pm. Bring a camera to take pictures of your child with Santa. Children’s crafts and activities will also be happening at the Square. At 4:30 p.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus will lead the way to Veterans Park for carols and the official lighting of the Christmas display at approximately 5pm. Enjoy the decorations downtown, take a horse-drawn wagon ride, visit Santa’s reindeer at the Minocqua Museum and nibble on warm roasted chestnuts while doing your holiday shopping at the numerous unique stores on the Island. Many of the merchants are planning special activities and sales for the day. There are plenty of holiday activities off the Island as well. |

Oneida County

Three Lakes Pumpkin Fest rolls out the fun THREE LAKES – Discover your inner Charlie Brown (and Lucy, too) at the 26th annual Three Lakes Pumpkin Fest on Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Three Lakes High School. Hours are 9:30am to 3pm. No admission fee, but suggested is a non-perishable item for the local food pantry. The Three Lakes Fire Department Auxiliary sponsors the event as a fundraiser for the all-volunteer fire department. The all-inside show features more than 100 crafters with a dazzling array of handcrafted items, ranging from jewelry to stained glass to woodwork. This is a juried show with prizes awarded. You can spend more than a couple hours exploring all the vendor booths that fill the gymnasium and line the connecting hallways. There’s also a farmer’s market outside. Pumpkins of course, but you can also find cornstalks for decorating the yard or front entrance. |


Back inside, you’ll find the cooks ready to serve homemade soups taken from their own soup recipes (pumpkin bisque is a crowd favorite), chili, pies, cakes, cookies and Sally’s famous homemade cinnamon rolls. The cinnamon rolls are huge and yummy!


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Three Lakes welcomes ‘Three Eagle’ runners

THREE LAKES – The fifth annual Three Eagle Half Marathon & 5K will be Saturday, Oct. 13 on the Three Eagle Trail, a 13-mile crushed limestone trail connecting Eagle River and Three Lakes. Runners will enjoy the beautiful Northwoods during the peak autumn colors. The chip-timed, point-to-point race gets underway at 9am. There will be mile markers and portable toilets and aid stations along the route.


An awards ceremony will follow the races. Food, drinks and massages will also be offered at the finish line. Three Lakes is also hosting its annual Pumpkin Fest and craft show that day at the local high school.

Funds raised will benefit the Three Eagle Trail and the Three Lakes track and field and cross-country programs. For more information on registration, visit online at


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Oneida County

The Musky Shop gears up for fall fishing

MINOCQUA – Spring spawning time brings out walleye and crappie fishermen; when summer roll around, it’s the bass angler who is in his or her glory. But fall belongs (for the most part) to musky fishermen who are on the hunt for a trophy fish.

the perfect lure for that musky pursuit, as well as lures for northern pike, bass, walleye, trout or other species.

Whether you shop in person at their Minocqua retail store, online or through their extensive print catalog, you’re sure to find

In addition to the extensive lineup of artificial lures, they have a selection of live bait and a knowledgeable guide staff that would be happy to meet your fishing needs as well. If there is an angler in the family, stop by and get a bit of your Christmas shopping done early.


For the one-stop shop for all your fishing needs, turn to Rollie & Helen’s Musky Shop in Minocqua. Billed as the “World’s Largest Musky Shop,” they specialize in everything that pertains to musky fishing, including thousands of lures, rods, reels, tackle boxes, nets, tools, items for building your own bucktails, clothing, and much more, says owner, Jim Stewart.

The Musky Shop is a destination stop for anglers, drawing anglers from the Midwest and other parts of the U.S., as well as Canada and sometimes visitors from other countries.

Their store is located at 7542 Hwy. 51 South. For more information, or to schedule a guide, call 800-453-5224. Visit online at |


Oneida County

Holiday open house set at Historic Downtown Rhinelander RHINELANDER – Historic Downtown Rhinelander is where you will want to be the weekend of Nov. 17-18 during the “Winter Wonderland” holiday open house, hosted by Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. Score discounts at stores, grab a meal at a restaurant or pub, take a walking tour of historical buildings, and enjoy a fashion show.


Hours of the holiday open house that Saturday are all day until 8pm and all day on Sunday. Shop Downtown Rhinelander stores and enter to win the prize window at Associated Bank. You’re bound to enjoy dining and shopping at the over 200 businesses located in the recently renovated downtown.


The latest fashions will be unveiled at Lund & Taylor Bridal Gallerie also that Saturday from 5-8pm. The $25 admission fee per person includes three drinks, hors d’oeuvres and entry into a special drawing for a sponsored gift basket. |




Oct. 26-27, 31 Park Falls – Monster Madness: Nov. 3 Park Falls – Holiday Bazaar: Nov. 3 Phillips – Hidden Treasures Specialty Shop Tour: Nov. 10 Phillips – Holiday Crafts & Treasures Sale: Nov. 19 Fifield – Sno-Drovers’ Sportsmen’s Banquet: Nov. 22 Park Falls – Turkey Trot 5K Road Run/Walk: Dec. 1 Brantwood – Finnish Independence Day Celebration Dinner

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PRENTICE –Majestic stands of white pines in the north and picturesque dairy farms in the south will greet mountain bike riders and hikers on the scenic Pine Line Rail Trail that runs 28 miles from just south of Prentice in Price County to Medford in Taylor County.

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Macky Spur Rd Trail Continues South in Taylor County

From April to November, the trail is open for mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding and wildlife viewing. Horses may use the four feet of trail to the right. There are no fees for trail use. The trail surface for much of the route is crushed gravel; about three miles are surfaced with limestone screenings. Winter use centers on snowmobiles and ATV/UTV from early December through March 31 in both counties. The trail is named for the huge quantities of eastern white pine that were shipped on the route between 1876 and 1988 by the Wisconsin Central Railroad. After the railroad abandoned the line, the rails were torn up and the rail bed converted to a multi-use recreation trail. The Price-Taylor Rail Trail Commission maintains the trail. The northern portion of the trail (crushed gravel) runs through the terminal moraine left by the last Wisconsin glacier some 12,000 years ago. Hardwood and white pine forests cover the hummocks and hills. A restored railroad depot in Ogema is a perfect place for a photograph. The northern forests give way to flatter landscapes of neat and picturesque dairy farms and wetlands in the south (trail is crushed granite). Many active beaver dams can be seen adjacent to the trail and the trail crosses several brooks. For more information, call Price County Tourism Department at 715-339-4505. Parking for the trail is available at the Allman Street trailhead in Medford, on municipal streets in Ogema, Westboro, Chelsea, the Whittlesey parking lot and the Buccaneer Park trailhead on Morner Road in Prentice. |


Haunted ice fishing shanties part of the Halloween fun at Presque Isle PRESQUE ISLE – The Presque Isle Chamber of Commerce will host the town’s annual Spooktacular Halloween on Saturday, Oct. 31 from 5-8pm. Visit local businesses for trick-or-treating, and give the kids a safe, fun and a little bit spooky-of-a-time with Halloween music piped throughout main street. The places to stop (which are very generous with their candy) are the following: The Retreat Bar, Skyview Lodge, Northwoods Serenity, Karsyn’s Korner, lake Effect Gallery, Headwaters Real Estate, Presque Isle Yacht Club, PI Pub, and the chamber office.

You can look forward to seeing ghosts, goblins, witches, princesses, pirates and lots more awesome costumes. For more information on this event or other area happenings, visit, or call the chamber office at 715-686-2910. After trick or treating, park at St. Rita’s Church, grab a bite to eat, and take the luminary lit pathway to the fire barn.

Santa comes to Land O’ Lakes

LAND O’ LAKES – Enjoy wholesome holiday family fun in Land O’ Lakes on Friday, Nov. 23 and Saturday, Nov. 24 during the community’s annual “Santa’s Comes to Land O’ Lakes” celebration. On that Friday, Santa will fly into the Land O Lakes airport at 1pm and will be ready for everyone to visit him at the “town tree” across from the Land O’ Lakes Library with goodie bags, hot chocolate, cookies, carols and horse-drawn carriage rides available throughout the afternoon.


Oct. 5-7 Phelps – Midwest Musky Classic: Oct. 6 Manitowish Waters – Cran-ARama: Community Center. Oct. 6-7 St. Germain: Greater WI Musky Tournament: Oct. 6-7 Boulder Junction – Lions Walleye Classic: Oct. 6-7 Eagle River – Cranberry Fest: Oct. 13 Boulder Junction – Harvest Fest: Oct. 31 Presque Isle – Spooktacular Halloween & Haunted Shantytown: Nov. 3 Presque Isle – Lioness Christmas in November: Nov. 10 St. Germain – Christmas Bazaar: Community Center. Nov. 10 Eagle River – Old Fashioneds Up North: Eagle River Resort. Nov. 23 Land O’ Lakes – Santa Comes to Town: Nov. 23 Boulder Junction – Christmas Walk, Christmas Craft Fair: Nov. 24 Land O’ Lakes -- Arts and Crafts Show: Nov. 24 St. Germain – Jingle Bell 3K: Chamber Park. Nov. 24 St. Germain – Lighting Up St. Germain Parade: Downtown. Nov. 24 Boulder Junction – Christmas Walk Kids Day: Dec. 1 Manitowish Waters – Holiday Home Tour:


Back again this year are the Haunted Ice Shanties, sponsored by the Presque Isle Fire Department, and located outside the fire barn on School Loop Road. Move from shanty to shanty to check out the uniquely decorated shanties, and to get a little bit more candy yet. A campfire sits in the middle of the shanties for those who need a little warm-up, and this year they will have fun games to play.


That morning before Santa arrives kids can enjoy decorating cupcakes at the Land O’ Lakes Pharmacy starting at 10am and decorating ornaments at the library starting at 11am. The entire family can join in the chamber’s “Reindeer Search” promotion for a chance to win a $25 Chamber gift certificate. Pick up an entry card and get it signed at each downtown shop displaying a reindeer sign. Deposit your completed “Reindeer Search” card in the drop box in the chamber lobby. Drawing will be Monday, Nov. 26 at 10am. The winner will be notified and need not to be present to win. Then on Saturday, Nov. 24 have breakfast with Santa at the Gateway Lodge from 8-11 am (reservations are required for breakfast) and visit with Santa’s reindeer outside of the Gateway in their reindeer corral from 9 am to noon. A holiday craft sale will also be taking place at the Land O Lakes elementary school from 10 am to 3 pm. |


Vilas County

Jingle Bell 3K and a Xmas parade await you ST. GERMAIN – Need to move a little after a fun and filling Thanksgiving meal with family and friends? The Jingle Bell 3K on Saturday, Nov. 24 in St. Germain is for you. The race start is at 4pm.


No matter the weather -- warm, cold, snow or no snow -- and join in “jingling in” the holiday season. The 3K will start on the bike and hike trail behind the chamber office, wind around community roads and back on the bike and hike trail. Family registration will get you two goodie bags, according to the sponsor, the St. Germain Chamber of Commerce. The Jingle Bell Run/Walk will finish in time so you will be able to enjoy the “Lighting Up St. Germain” holiday parade, carols, visit with Santa and town Christmas tree lighting, all from 5-7pm. The parade route will “jingle jangle’ from Paul’s Rent-All to the St. Germain Fire Department. At the parade’s end, all are welcome to join Santa in singing carols and lighting the town’s Christmas tree.

Your choice: Star Lake Nature and Hiking Trail STAR LAKE – Nurture your inner self with a hike on the beautiful and historical Star Lake Nature and Hiking Trail, which juts out on a peninsula into Star Lake. There are two loops on the site: the short loop is a mile-long interpretive nature trail; the long loop is a hiking path, 2.5 miles long. This historical trail winds its way through what was in the early 1900s a pasture for horses hauling logs from the surrounding woods to the Star Lake Mill. This trail is also the site of the first tree plantings in Wisconsin. The red pine plantation research plot trees that are still on this site were planted as two-year old seedlings in 1913 from seed stock grown at the old Trout Lake Nursery. Today the site bears little resemblance to a horse pasture or early tree farm. It’s filled with mature trees and picturesque trails that wind along the shores of Star Lake. The trail includes scenic boardwalks, interpretive signs, and bypasses ferns and wildflowers. In the winter, it’s a nice place for snowshoeing. To get to the trail take County Hwy. K to State House Road. The trail entrance is at the end of the road, past West Star Lake Campground.

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Ten St. Germain area lakes open to musky tournament ST. GERMAIN – Musky fishermen will want to head over to St. Germain for the 30th annual Greater Wisconsin Musky Tournament on Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 6 & 7. The St. Germain Chamber of Commerce and Rob Manthei’s Guide Service are the tournament sponsors. This catch and release competition rewards successful anglers with cash prizes, individual and team trophies along with raffle prizes. All who enter also receive nice gift bags. Go to for details. The tournament takes place on 10 area lakes and space is limited on the lakes so sign up early to guarantee your lake of choice. Tournament hours are 7am to 7pm Saturday and 6am to noon on Sunday.


The 10 eligible lakes are Big St. Germain Lake, Little St. Germain Lake, Big Arbor Vitae Lake, Little Arbor Vitae Lake, Plum Lake, Sand Lake, Pickerel Lake, Lost Lake, Found Lake and Dam Lake.


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Ashland/Bayfie Counties

‘Fun in the Forest’ ATV Ride CABLE – ATV and UTV riders can play Santa Claus and lend a helping hand to the local food pantry when they sign up for “Fun in the Forest” ATV Ride on Saturday, Oct. 20, with headquarters at Lakewoods Resort in Cable.

Registration also gets the rider into the poker run: stop at a minimum of five locations and receive a commemorative t-shirt and a chance to win cash. The largest club representation will receive a special donation to a holiday charity of their choice in their local community. To reserve a space, call 800-255-5937. Register and drop off presents and food items at the resort during the reception 6-8pm Friday, or anytime 8-9:30am Saturday. The self-guided ride starts at 10am. Stop in the open houses at Hayward Power Sports and Runamuk Rides to receive special offers and entry into the open house mystery drawings. The fun keeps going Saturday night at the hors d’oeuvres prize party with poker run drawing between 6pm and 8pm and door prize and drawings starting at 7pm. Then prepare to dance the night away with entertainment in the bar.

Copper Falls State Park offers unique autumn night walk


Oct. 5-7 Bayfield – Bayfield Apple Festival Oct. 12-13 Ashland – Whistle-Stop Marathon/Half-Marathon and Blues & Brews Fest: Oct. 13 Port Wing – Harvest Dinner Smorgasbord: 3:30-6:30pm, town hall. Oct. 20 Mellen – Snake Trail Road Hike: Fall colors hike. Oct. 20 Cable – Fun in the Forest ATV Ride: Oct. 20 Madeline Island – Family Fall Fest Oct. 20 Mellen – Candlelight Walk: Copper Falls State park. Oct. 26-27 Washburn – Zombie Days Oct. 27 Washburn – Strut Your Mutt 5K Run/Walk: Nov. 3 Ashland – Chick-uamegon 5K and 10K Walk/Run & Women’s Expo Nov. 7-11 Ashland – Big Water Film Festival Nov. 22 Washburn – Turkey Trot 5K: Dec. 1 Ashland – Christmas Parade: Dec. 1 Bayfield – Holiday Spirit Gallery Tour Dec. 7-8 Cable – Christmas in Cable Dec. 8 Bayfield – Santa & Mrs. Claus Arrive on the Ferry


The annual rides takes place on the renowned ATV forest trails in the Hayward and Cable area (Sawyer, Bayfield and Ashland counties). The entry fee and a donation of an unwrapped present or food item puts you on the trail with a stop at an area restaurant for lunch.


MELLEN -- Enjoy an autumn night walk under the stars at Copper Falls State Park on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 6-8:30pm. The Red Granite Trail will be lit with pumpkins and luminaries to guide your way. Flashlights are optional and state park admission is required. For more information, call 715-274-5123 x5123 After your walk, warm up at the bonfire and roast marshmallows and enjoy s’mores. Storytelling will take place around the bonfire. Brats, hot chocolate and apple cider will be for sale. Sponsored by Friends of Copper Falls State Park, this will be a great outdoor experience for all ages. The stars and moon await you! |


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Oct. 6 Danbury – Autumn Encampment: Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park. Oct. 13-14 Webster – Mixed Sampler Quilt Guild Show Nov. 24 Siren – Christmas in Siren: Tree lighting. Dec. 1-2, 8 Danbury – Christmas at the Forts: Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park.

Jordan Buck Heritage Hike follows footsteps of legendary deer hunt DANBURY – This fall before Wisconsin’s gun-deer season is an appropriate time to take a walking tour of Jim Jordan’s legendary hunt that resulted in the harvest of a world-record white-tailed buck in Burnett County.

1965) declared a world record by the Boone and Crockett Club. It withstood all challenges until 1993 when Milo Hanson edged it out with a 12 point typical white-tailed taken in Saskatchewan. Jordan’s buck remains the U.S. record.

The Jordan Buck Heritage Hike is 1.3-mile self-guided tour on the Gandy Dancer Recreational Trail that starts at the north trailhead at Blueberry Junction Park in Danbury. A trail map shows where key parts of the hunt occurred with corresponding markers on the trail.

A Jordan Buck replica is on display at Crew Meadows Visitor Center. Bass Pro Shops now owns the original antlers and mount, which is displayed during tours and special events.

Taken in 1914 by Jim Jordan, of Danbury, the buck was later (in

With over 185,000 acres of public land, there are ample opportunities to pursue a trophy deer in Burnett County.

Little pieces make up large quilt show WEBSTER – The Mixed Sampler Quilt Guild announces its 31st annual Quilt Show and Exhibit will be Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 13-14 at the Webster High School, 7564 W Alder St., Webster. Hours are 10am to 4pm. Visitors will see more than 250 large, medium, and small quilts ranging from traditional to art quilts on display. There will also be raffle quilts, silent auction, quilt shop vendors, demonstrations, special exhibit, and quilt appraisals by Bev Proulx. There is also an on-site café. Children under age 12 admitted free.

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“Dagwaagin Gabeski’ is a mini-version of a rendezvous

Burnett County

DANBURY – The Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park near Danbury invites visitors to experience life as it was like in the early 1800s, including the upcoming Dagwaagin Fall Encampment on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10am to 4pm. “Dagwaagin” is an Ojibwe term for fall and “Gabeshiwin” is Ojibwe for camp. This fall gathering features several re-enactors demonstrating flint knapping, fire starting, rope making, duck decoys constructed from cattails, and more -- think of it as a mini-rendezvous along with shorter tours of the historic site and Ojibwe Village. The clay ovens will be fired and several primitive camps will be set up. Tomahawk throwing and archery are included in this event.

The full moon story

The program is free for members of the Burnett County Historical Society; otherwise, $5 per person or $10 per family. The remaining dates are Oct. 24, Nov. 23 and Dec. 22, all from 6:30-7:30pm. Also, keep the following dates in mind for the annual Christmas at the Forts: Dec. 1, 2, and 8. For more information about the above events, visit or call 715-866-8890. |


The Historical Park is offering a special program on various dates so visitors can learn the history and folklore of the full moon. During each program, the presenters will discuss the full moon’s many nicknames and associated folklore, along with a dash of astronomy, and an activity that relates to the full moon.





Oct. 5-6 Turtle Lake -- Wisconsin Colorfest & BBQ Bash: Oct. 6 St. Croix Falls – Autumnfest and Craft Fair: Main Street and library. Oct. 6 Amery – Fall Colors Bike Ride: Oct. 6-14 Osceola – Leaf Viewing Train Rides: Call 715-755-3570. Oct. 13 Luck -- Gandy Dancer Marathon: Full & Half. Oct. 13 Milltown – Pumpkin Festival: Oct. 13 Milltown -- Fire Department Taco Feed & Live Auction: 4pm Oct. 13-14 Osceola – Leaf Viewing Train Rides: Call 715-755-3570. Oct. 13-14 Webster – Mixed Sampler Quilt Guild Show: 10am to 4pm, Webster High School. Oct. 14 Turtle Lake – Toy Tractor Show & Crafts: Oct. 20 Amery – Trick or Trot 5k: North Park. Nov. 3 Balsam Lake – Polk County Homemakers Fair:

Unity High School. Nov. 10 Cushing – Fire Dept. Venison Feed: Community Center. Nov. 16-17 Osceola – Doe on the Go: Local businesses. Nov. 20 Amery – Light up the Park & Parade & Chili Feed: Dec. 1 Luck – Luck Holiday Experience: Dec. 1 Centuria – Cozy Country Christmas: Dec. 1 Frederic – Christmas in Frederic: Santa at library. Dec. 1 Clear Lake – Holiday Stroll: Dec. 1 Amery – Holiday Stroll: Dec. 1 Turtle Lake – Chamber Christmas: Dec. 1-2 St Croix Falls – Rivertown Holiday Christmas & Lighting: At dusk. Dec. 1-2 Luck – Holiday Art & Craft Sale: Café Wren. Dec. 2 Turtle Lake – Chamber Christmas: Dec. 2-Jan. 4 Turtle Lake – Christmas Lights in the Park:

Take in Wisconsin Colorfest & BBQ Bash

TURTLE LAKE – Bring a hearty appetite to the second annual Wisconsin Colorfest & BBQ Bash in Turtle Lake, where the BBQ will be smok’n’ delicious on Friday, Oct. 5 and Saturday, Oct. 6. Chicken is featured on Friday and ribs on Saturday. This event is an official Kansas City Barbecue Society’s state sanctioned competition and will showcase 25 cooks. The Village of Turtle Lake has set aside nearly $7,000 in prize money for the top winners in four separate categories in the professional barbecue contest. Attendees will judge People’s Choice entries and prizes will be awarded to the top five contestants. A $10 weekend admission is your ticket to the BBQ Bash where you can sample barbecue from all People’s Choice competitors. There will also be demos on Saturday afternoon. On Saturday also, they have scheduled an artisan expo, musicians, activities for kids, live music, demonstrations, food stands and more. There will be paintings, photographs, glass, meats, cheeses, wines, brews and more. You should consider an overnight stay or more to take in the fall colors (Turtle Lake is home to Rustic Road 67), with ATV/UTV trails, road cycling, Interstate Park, train rides, pumpkin patches, apple orchards and more -- all worthy options for the family.

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Polk County welcomes ATVers

Polk County

The Sterling Trail offers seven miles of closed loop wooden trail. Sterling Trail is open from June 1 through Nov. 15. Off-road motorcycles are not allowed on this trail. The Clear Lake-Clayton Trail, another multi-use trail, is also open year round. It follows 11 miles of railroad trail. There is an ATV/UTV trail through the Village of Clear Lake. Off-road motorcycles allowed spring/summer/fall. Motorcycles not licensed for highway use cannot use that village trail. The Gandy Dancer Trail does not allow frozen ground ATV/UTV on the Polk County segment.

COUNTYWIDE – ATV/UTV and motorbike enthusiasts can find four ATV/UTV trails in Polk County that will provide hours of riding enjoyment. Polk County is blessed with beautiful scenery. |


Cattail Trail runs from Amery to Almena for a total of 18 miles of which 12 miles are in Polk County. The trailhead is at Amery where rest rooms and picnic areas can be found. Along the trail you will spot lots of wildlife. The trail is a former railroad bed that runs across six bridges. The multi-use trail is open to off-road motorcycles spring/summer/fall.

Your machine must be registered in order to use these trails. Remember to obey all speed limits and other signs and respect private property. Some municipalities allow access through their village or city (limited routes). For more information, call the Polk County Parks Department at 715-485-9278 or visit


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Oct. 5-7 Hayward -- Muskies Inc. Fall Tournament: Oct. 6 Stone Lake – Stone Lake Cranberry Festival: Oct. 6-7 Hayward -- Crappie Quest: Musky Tale Resort: Oct. 18 Hayward – Gourmet Wine & Brew Tasting: Nov. 24 Winter – Homespun Holidays Arts & Crafts Show:


Visit Nelson Lake for fishing, relaxation NELSON LAKE –No better place can be found for fishing, relaxation and outdoor beauty than in the Nelson Lake area, located just six miles north of Hayward. With some of the area’s best walleye fishing action and pristine waters, the 2,503-acre Nelson Lake caters to anglers, kayakers, canoeists, and all water enthusiasts alike. A dam built in the mid-1930s on the Totagatic River created the flowage that is Nelson Lake. The shoreline is virtually untouched by human development. There are four public boat landings, including one below the dam, and about a dozen private landings at resorts and campgrounds. A county park with picnic tables, grills and restrooms is located next to the dam.

A number of lodging facilities and campgrounds will bring your soul in touch with the outdoors. Bring the bikes and ride little-traveled roads to your heart’s content. Canoeing remains popular in the Northwoods, but kayaks seem to be overtaking their silent paddling partners. There are tons of wildlife to see here, including eagle nests, a couple osprey nests, along with a number of loons and trumpeter swans on the lake. Whether you fly fish for trout and panfish, cast for northern pike and bass, or use a float to fish for walleyes, the Nelson Lake area has plenty of what you seek. According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Nelson Lake is “one of the few lakes in the Upper Midwest with a documented capacity to produce bluegill weighing more than two pounds.” For more information, go to and contact one of the Nelson Lake Resort Association members listed. |

‘Old Iron’ on display at snowmobile show HAYWARD – The 10th annual “Just for Fun” Vintage & Antique Snowmobile Show & Swap Meet will be Saturday, Oct. 13 from 8am to 2pm at Flat Creek Inn & Suites, Hwy. 27 South, Hayward. The Northwest Relic Riders Snowmobile Club is the event host. Registration begins at 8am, judging starts at noon with trophy presentation at 2pm. Entry fee is $5 per sled with a $20 maximum. Spectator admission is free. The event has drawn over 120 entries in each of the last two years. There will be 45 trophies presented in 23 classes. Special classes include race sled, department store (such as Sears, Herters ) and vintage trailer. There will be a vintage trivia contest, snowmobile patch display, pull start competition, swap meet, raffles, DJ music and more. For more information, call Tom Lloyd at 715-638-2563 or Bruce McMillin at 608295-5795.

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HAYWARD – The Hayward Area Chamber of Commerce will present its 28th annual “Gourmet Wine and Brew Tasting” benefit on Thursday, Oct. 18 at the Seven Winds Casino and Conference Center, Hayward. From 5-8:30pm, sample domestic and imported wines, beers, and specialty coffees, hors d’ oeuvres, chocolates and desserts. The event is a fundraiser for a local non-profit organization. Tickets available at the door as well as at the Hayward Visitor Center.






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Boardwalk takes visitors through unique wetland STONE LAKE – Wetlands in northern Wisconsin host rare as well as common species of plants and wildlife, but we can view them only from the fringes where the wetlands meet terra firma. That is, unless you happen to be in Stone Lake where a 500-foot boardwalk meanders through a 17-acre wetland.


Officially known as the Stone Lake Wetland Park, the park in the center of the downtown can be accessed either behind The Last Frontier Antiques on Hwy. 70, or at the main entrance at Hwy. 70 and 3rd Street North. You can stroll along the wide boardwalk across the sphagnum bog to the upland Ridge Walking Trails.


This is a “young” park, having been dedicated in 2007. There are 14 benches of rest along the boardwalk and 1.5 miles of woodland walking trails. There are two large picnic areas, a gazebo seating about two dozen with a scenic overlook of the 523-acre Stone Lake, and a 30-foot covered bridge next to the mini-mall. The walks of the covered bridge carry photos and articles describing all steps in the development of the Wetland Park. Stone Lake is located on Hwy. 70, about 19 miles east of Spooner and 16 miles south of Hayward. |

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Find lots of gift ideas at ‘Homespun Holidays’ arts & crafts show The largest such event in the region, it will be held at the Winter

Whether shopping for yourself or a loved one, you’re sure to find something that will make you smile and get you a heartfelt thank-you. Among the wide array of handmade items offered will be wood décor, folk art, wrought iron, handcrafted soap, stained glass, ceramics, clothing, photographs, and more. There will be a cookie walk over at the Winter First Presbyterian Church (across the street). Stock up for the holidays and be sure to squirrel some away for yourself when the kids are in bed! |


WINTER – Come and get your Christmas shopping done early at the 32nd annual Homespun Holidays arts & crafts show and sale sponsored by the Winter Area Chamber of Commerce on Saturday, Nov. 24.

School on Main Street from 9am to 3pm. Grab a light breakfast or lunch in the commons area. The school’s choir members will offer babysitting services (freewill donation) so that you can shop at your leisure.


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Oct. 13 Spooner – 5K Zombie Run: Oct. 13 Spooner – Jack O’ Lantern Festival:

Fall in love with Jack O’ Lantern Festival & 5K Zombie Run SPOONER – Carve out some fun that all family members will enjoy at the annual Jack O’ Lantern Festival on Saturday, Oct. 13 in Spooner. The autumn celebration includes the infamous 5K Zombie Run. The Spooner Chamber of Commerce has packed the day with a variety of fun events and attractions, including a farmer’s market and craft fair, pumpkin recipe contest, pumpkin painting, pump-

kin carving (various age categories), bake sale, along with several attractions for kids, such as face painting, inflatables and bouncy houses and game pavilion. From 1-3pm, watch the pumpkins roll down Siegner Hill. Of course, there will be lots of food and refreshments throughout the day and into the evening. The 5K Zombie Run kicks off at 5:30pm. You can choose to be a runner or a zombie. Costumes are greatly encouraged, but not required. You can also walk the event. Prizes will be awarded for the fastest runners, for the division placers, and as well as for the “best dressed” zombie. Details at There will be bonfires and the Namekeggin Brewers and Brewfest in the main tent from 5-8pm, which is also the time period for the live music.

What are you waiting for? Go on the Washburn County’s scenic ATV tour

If you don’t own an ATV, no worries -- rentals are available in the area. Scenic tour brochures are available by mail or at the Washburn County Visitor Center in Spooner. ATV trail conditions can be found on the Washburn County Tourism website ( and are updated on a daily basis or as needed. For more information, call 800-367-3306 or 715-635-9696

SPOONER – The local tourism office and businesses invite ATV and UTV riders to head north to Washburn County and explore the beauty and attractions along the county’s ATV Scenic Tour.

Washburn County’s trail system is one of the premier trail systems in Wisconsin. More than 100 miles of trails connect to surrounding counties, making it one of the largest trail systems anywhere. The majority of the trail system is located on county forestland, managed by the Washburn County Forestry Department. Three clubs lend a hand to maintain the trail system: Minong Trails Club, Rolling Hills ATV & Snowmobile Club, and the Birchwood Bobcats.

The trail system is open from the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend through snowmobile season. Best seasons to take in the ATV Scenic Tour are summer and fall. The ATV Scenic Tour highlights over 35 points of interest located along the 100+ mile ATV/UTV system in Washburn County. They include historical sites such as an old homestead site where you can see remnants of the foundations of the original buildings, old growth forests, museums, and the Namekagon River (part of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway).


All of Washburn County’s ATV trails are also UTV friendly and welcome side-by-sides up to 65 inches wide. You’ll find many amenities along the trail, including picnic areas, shelters and of course, friendly businesses to welcome you. |

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The Western Upper Peninsula Visitors Bureau has mapped out four scenic tours sure to amaze even Arnold Schwarzenegger himself. For all the listings, visit Among them is the Lake Superior Shoreline Tour. Highlights include Little Girls Point, Lake Superior, Gogebic County Forest, Superior Falls and Saxon Harbor. This tour takes in a little of everything the area has to offer. You begin in Ironwood at the intersection of U.S. 2 and Lake Road (the Holiday Gas Station is there). Take Lake Road north. You will travel about 15 miles. At this point you will enter the Gogebic County forest and begin to go downhill. Halfway down this hill is a spring with good drinking water. As you continue on Lake Road (513) you will come to Little Girls Point. This park is a great place to get out and stretch your legs. Take some time to walk the beach and listen to the waves of the Big Lake. This stretch of land is rich in history. It was the site of Indian villages and resting points for the Jesuit missionaries, most notably Father Jacques Marquette, as they traveled from St. Ignace to Madeline Island in 1669. As you continue west you will come to Superior Falls and the mouth of the Montreal River. This is another good spot to get out and explore. As you cross the Montreal River you will enter Wisconsin. Shortly after this you will see the signs for Saxon Harbor. But alas, it’s currently closed and under reconstruction from a devastating storm that struck in July 2016. Even though you have to skip Saxon Harbor, keep this place in mind for a return trip in 2019. This place is part of the Old Flambeau Trail serving the Chippewa Indians from La Pointe to

Lac du Flambeau. As you return to the main road you will intersect with U.S. 2. Turn left and it will bring you back to Ironwood.

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IRONWOOD & LAKE GOGEBIC – In the words of a famous Hollywood actor, “Go now!” Because the autumn colors won’t last forever. From early to mid-October, the leaf colors along the Lake Superior shoreline are, well, incredible!

Oct. 13 Bessemer – “Light to Night” Festival: Copper Peak. Nov. 3 Ironwood – Holiday Bazaar: Aspirus Ironwood Hospital. Nov. 14-Jan. 27 Ironwood – Jack Frost Festival: Dec. 1 Ironwood – Jack Frost Festival of Lights Parade: 6pm, downtown.

You can start the Lake Gogebic Fall Color Tour from either end of the lake. As you drive around the lake take the time to stop in at one of the restaurants for lunch or dinner as your view is over the lake. Lake Gogebic is the Upper Peninsula’s largest lake. At 18 miles long and 3 miles wide, the driving distance around the lake is a little over 38 miles. From U.S. 2 east of Marenisco take M-64 north. After a few miles you will be on the south end of Lake Gogebic. About a mile further you will see hiking signs. This trail leads to a scenic overlook of the lake. As you continue up the west shore there are two restaurants; The Gogebic Lodge and the Fishtales Resort. Both have great food with dining rooms that overlook the lake.

The west shore also features three parks. Gogebic County Park is the furthest south, the State Park is in the middle and Ontonagon County Park is on the north end. M-64 will intersect with M28: go east to take you into Bergland. Here you will find gas and supplies. About one mile east of Bergland is East Shore Road, turn right and follow the road until it comes to M-64 on the south end of the lake. Turn left and you will return to U.S. 2. |


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‘Light to Night’ Festival set at Copper Peak

BESSEMER – Join Copper Peak near Bessemer for their first-ever end-of-season “Light to Night” Festival on Saturday, Oct. 13. Hours are noon to 8:30pm. Free admission and parking makes this a great family outing! The day will include kids games, face painting, a craft fair, food vendors, half price adult Adventure Ride tickets, free kid’s Adventure Ride tickets, big merchandise sale, 50/50 raffle, bonfire, s’mores, and live music. Check out for latest updates.

Jack Frost Festival is back IRONWOOD – Like the beautiful snowfalls that blanket the Northwoods, the Jack Frost Festival in Ironwood has you covered for family fun and excitement – and treats – for weeks to come! Along with the magical “Festival of Lights” parade, there will be snocross racing, pro vintage snowmobile racing, a cross-country ski race, and visits by Santa and Mrs. Claus. For the latest updates, visit And back by popular demand -- there will be a Jack Frost $10,000 raffle for 2018 Jack Frost Festival. Only 200 tickets were printed. Events begin Nov. 14 with the 6pm tree lighting ceremony held at the Historic Ironwood Depot. Other events are these: Nov. 17 -- Gingerbread House workshop at Our Lady of Peace Church; 10am to 2pm (supplies furnished).

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Nov. 30 -- “Jack Frost Friday” from 5:30-7:30pm in downtown Ironwood, with carolers, crafters, business window decorating contest winner award, and with businesses open late.


Dec. 1 -- Santa and Mrs. Claus in residence at River Valley Bank, downtown Ironwood, from 3-5pm. The Jack Frost Festival of Lights Parade, downtown Ironwood, starts at 6pm. See downtown lit up with amazing floats, windows decorated with lights and businesses open for you to stay warm. Enjoy this festive activity and see downtown Ironwood in full glory! The Gogebic Range Concert Band will have a concert at the Historic Ironwood Theatre, 7:30pm. Dec. 7 -- The Claudettes Dance Ensemble performs at the Historic Ironwood Theatre at 7pm (also on Dec. 8 at 7pm and Dec. 9 at 2pm.) |

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Calendar Alpha Fear Factory – it’s open until the last scream dies away

ALPHA – Get ready for a haunting good time at Alpha this October. The third annual Alpha Haunted House in Alpha will be open for business – and your screams – on two evenings, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26 & 27.

Located in the old Alpha Porter School at 402 Main Street, the Haunted House is a multi level haunted house with four sets of stairs to go up and down to each level (not handicap accessible). Smoke machines and strobe lights help with the scare effects in the rooms. Shirts and hoodies will be available for purchase. |

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Admission is $5 per person. Doors open at 7pm each night; ticket booth at 6:30pm. Tickets sold until 12:30am. Any age is welcome to go through the haunted house, but it’s up to the parent or guardian’s discretion.

Oct. 7 Crystal Falls – Beethoven and Banjos: 2-4pm, Crystal Theater. Oct. 26-27 Alpha – Haunted House: Nov. 10-18 Caspian – Christmas Tree Galleria: A White Christmas: Nov. 24 Iron River – Holiday Craft & Bake Sale: Beechwood Hall. Dec. 8 Iron River – Christmas in Lights: 6-8pm. Dec. 14 Iron River – Deck the House: 5-8pm.

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Up North Action Oct/Nov 2018  
Up North Action Oct/Nov 2018