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Sayner•Star Lake Wisconsin VISITOR GUIDE 2013

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aunting wails of loons echo across still waters. Tall pines whisper and bow gracefully with the breeze. Nearby, children are laughing and the whine of a fishing reel’s drag protesting the pull of a mighty muskie is just within earshot. And some say they can still hear the sound of a far-off train whistle blowing in the distance -- a ghostly remembrance of logging days gone by. It seems a bit like heaven, until suddenly, you realize that you have found yourself in Sayner/Star Lake. Surrounding you in this little slice of paradise are two communities, Sayner and Star Lake, which comprise the Township of Plum Lake. While ninety percent of the township consists of state-owned natural wilderness, the two towns are rich with fine restaurants and supper clubs, beautiful golf courses, housekeeping cottages, tennis courts, pristine lakes filled with game and trophy fish, groomed snowmobile and cross-country ski trails, paved bike trails, marked hiking trails, unique shops, a fullydressed library, an art gallery, and several historical museums. Truly, finding yourself in Sayner/Star Lake will guarantee a vacation you’ll want to replicate over and over again.



Plum Lake Ice Fishing Tournament Second Saturday in the month. Cash prizes, door prizes, raffles, food and refreshments. Proceeds benefit area lakes improvement projects. Call 715-5423501 for details. Friends of the Library Hobo Dinner Call 715542-2020 for details.


Plum Lake Library Read Across America Call 715-542-2020 for details. Plum Lake Library Preschool Story Hour Year round. Call 715-542-2020 for schedule. Plum Lake Library Annual Trivia Contest Call 715-542-2020 for details.


Plum Lake Library National Library Week Call 715-542-2020 for event schedule.


Table of Contents

Retail Revolution.................Page B Delectable Dining................Page G Area Map.............................Page J Plum Lake Trails ..................Page L Recreation ..........................Page N Fishing & Boating.................Page Q Business Directory...............Page T


Blood Drive June 25, noon to 5pm. Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church. Plum Lake Library Summer Reading Program Mid June through July. Call 715-5422020 for schedule.


WELCA Pie & Ice Cream Social July 13, 11am to 3pm, Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church. Brats, pulled pork, homemade pies and more. Indoor seating or outdoor seating under a canopy. Free will donations to support campaigns. Call 715-542-3701 for details. 4th of July Celebration Food, games, trout pond in the park. 11am to 3pm with parade at 3pm, fireworks at dusk. Call 715-542-3789 for details. Star Lakers Club Annual Picnic Call Bob Munsen at 715-542-2109 for details.


Spring Stampede First Weekend in May. Sayner Community Building. Features rubber stamp art demos, classes and sales. Call 715542-3789 for details. Community Garage Sale Memorial Day Weekend Saturday 9am to 2pm, Sayner Rec. Bldg. 20 garage sales at one location. Call Diane at 715-542-4334 for details.

Spaghetti Dinner Aug. 12, 5-8pm, Sayner Community Building, sponsored by Plum Lake Volunteer Fire Department. Call Kevin 715-8921877 for details. Pizza Buffet Aug. 7, 6:30-9pm, Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church. Chicken Dinner Aug. 10, 3:30-6:30pm, Sayner Community Building. Sponsored by the Vilas County Historical Society.


Star Lake Mayoral Race & Fundraiser. Sept. 1. Games and karoke. Chicago style election. Beginning about 3 p.m. Call (715) 542-3646 for more information. Colorama Brunch and Indoor Craft Show Sept. 29, Sayner Recreational Building. Great food, raffles, and door prizes. Call the Chamber of Commerce at 715-542-3789. Plum Lake EMT Annual Benefit Dinner check chamber website.


Blood Drive Nov. 5, noon to 5pm, the Lakes Lutheran Church. Harvest Dinner First week of November, Sayner Community Center. For time, date and tickets, call Carol Froelich at 715-542-3261. Plum Lake Library Bedtime Story Hour 7pm, 239 Main Street. Call 715-542-202 for details. Friends of the Library Christmas Fest Call 715-542-2020 for details.


Tree Lighting Ceremony Caroling, refreshments. Call Chamber of Commerce at 715-542-3789 for details.

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From Paris couture to customized home décor, Sayner-Star Lake shops offer visitors a unique and varied shopping experience.


he shop owners of the Sayner-Star Lake community use three simple business principles to ensure success. And it’s paying off for their customers.

“First, we make sure to offer the best possible quality products to our customers,” begins Jessica Drallmeier, owner of Traditions, a Sayner gift and home furnishing boutique. “Then, we provide professional, value-added services, such as home décor consulting.” “Finally, and most importantly, the shop owners in town work together to ensure that when customers come to Sayner“Our customers can’t Star Lake, they won’t see the believe they can find same products when they go from store to store. And in clothes from Paris each store, customers will find in the Northwoods,” a unique presentation that is dramatically different from -- Wendy Kimbrell, the other shops in town.”

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Says Carrie Schalinske, owner of Rustic River Cabin Outfitters, “Our customers are constantly telling us how wonderful it is that their shopping experience in Sayner-Star Lake is so rich and diversified. For instance, Traditions and Rustic River are both gift and home furnishing stores, but customers will find uniquely different products in each of our stores.” Wendy Kimbrell, owner of GreenWeavers, Sayner’s women’s clothing and accessory boutique, says, “It’s all about the town. If customers have good shopping experiences down the street,


Patrons can find the latest in Parisian haute couture at GreenWeavers.

that encourages them to spend more time in town and tell their friends about us.” “In short, if my neighbors look good, I look good.”

Working Together Aside from meeting annually to ensure they aren’t duplicating vendors, Sayner-Star Lake shop owners help each other out with store decorating ideas, cooperate on joint promotion and advertising campaigns, scout shows for new vendors for each other, and occasionally get together for a few laughs. “We’re friends here, and each of us is committed to helping each other to become successful,” says Kimbrell. “We also want our customers to be successful in finding what they need, whether that is to create a beautiful living room at home, find the perfect gift, or be a knock-out in a motherof-the-bride ensemble.” At GreenWeavers, patrons will find the latest in haute couture from Paris, New York, Montreal and Italy. In fact, Kimbrell and her staff members travel to Paris, New York, Los Angeles and elsewhere to make sure they are truly bringing the best possible fashion to Sayner. “Our customers can’t believe they can find clothes from

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Paris in the Northwoods,” Kimbrell laughs. “And I always say that Northwoods women want to look just as good as anybody else, don’t they?”

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One of GreenWeavers’ French lines is Aventures des Toiles, a Paris-based company that annually purchases original works of art and then transfers part of the art’s design from the canvas to every item of clothing it produces that year. “Aventures des Toiles means ‘adventures on canvas,’ says Kimbrell. “And I love bringing the adventure to Sayner!” At Oh My Designs!, where local artisans offer finely crafted, hand-made items at reasonable prices, owners Carole Froelich and Darlene Kilsdonk ensure their products are of the best quality. “So many craftspeople are eager to sell their products in our store, but we are very careful about quality,” says Carole Froelich. “If the workmanship doesn’t meet our standards, we won’t carry the product. “And, everything that we carry is one-of-a-kind, because our artists never make the same item twice.” Froelich adds that Oh My Designs!’ inventory is augmented with jewelry and accessories from international vendors. The shop also offers a modest wine selection.

Eclectic and Unique At Traditions, customers find a wide selection of gifts and home furnishings that aren’t typically what is considered by most to be of “Northwoods” flavor. Says Traditions owner Jessica Drallmeier, “Many of our clients find a departure from the traditional Northwoods style refreshing and interesting. So when people tell me they think my store is different from what they typically find in the Northwoods, I accept that as my biggest compliment.” Traditions’ Drallmeier is eager to assist patrons in fully decorating their homes. She also is available for decorating consulting as well as to order furniture that will complement her patrons’ homes beautifully. At Rustic River, customers also find a distinct style of home furnishings, as well as customized window treatments, including draperies, cornices, valances and blinds. “We also offer customized bedding ensembles and accessories to go with them,” says Carrie Schalinske. For even more functional home products, Sayner visitors can find a wide selection of pellet stoves at Earth Sense Energy Systems, which also supplies the pellets necessary to fuel their energy-saving products. And, while choosing the best pellet stove for their homes, patrons can also stock up at Up North Traders on fishing supplies, such as poles, hooks, fishing line, and ice fishing necessities. Up

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North Traders and Earth Sense operate in the same location. At Red Door Relics, owners Sam and Jeannie Patterson comb the countryside searching for antiques, memorabilia, and other treasures to sell at reasonable prices in their eclectic, colorful storefront. “Nostalgia and vintage flavor is what we’re hoping to achieve with every treasure we bring to our customers,” says Jeannie. For another whiff of nostalgia, Sayner locals and visitors frequent The Corner Store, an 85-yearold Sayner institution. Owners Doug and Mary Stearns scoop out generous portions of ice cream, sandwiches and snacks to summer visitors, as well as offer a good selection of groceries, beer, liquor, and camping supplies.

Traditions offers home furnishings, decorating services, gifts and more.

“Customers will find uniquely different products in each of our stores”

-- Carrie Schalinske, owner, “We‘re an all-around family fun stop,” says Doug Rustic River Cabin Outfitters Stearns, who adds that The Corner Store also offers bike rentals and a game arcade.

“It’s such a beautiful drive, so traveling between Sayner and Star Lake is a simple, relaxing pleasure,” says Debbie Becker, owner of The Star Lake Store. At Becker’s Star Lake store, patrons find themselves transported back to a time when life was simpler, and one-stop shopping was the norm. “We offer absolutely everything in our store, including gifts, groceries, bait, fishing and camping supplies, clothing, boat rentals, and deer registration services,” Becker says. “We even act as an official post office.”

Historical Flavor & Fun

“We are, absolutely, a true general store.”

A short seven miles away from Sayner lies Star Lake. Many visitors claim the drive down Highway N connecting the two towns is one of the most scenic in the Northwoods.

This summer, the Star Lake Store is expanding and will carry a wider selection of groceries, as well as hand-scooped ice cream.


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Just across the road, at Star Lake’s Old Schoolhouse Gallery, visitors can continue to revel in the community’s rich history and old-time flavor. The Gallery, which is a renovated version of a schoolhouse dating back to the 1800s, is rich with hundred-yearold pictures and artifacts of times gone by in Star Lake. The gallery also offers an interesting selection of gifts and artworks from artisans across the country. “It’s wonderful to be able to bring the history of this wonderful community into our daily lives,” says Libby Scott, president of the Friends of Star Lake, which manages the schoolhouse. Adds Becker, “We’re thrilled that Sayner /Star Lake has so much to offer.”

Sayner The Corner Store, 3109 Razorback Road, 715-542-4250 Earth Sense Energy Systems, 2977 Main Street, 715-542-2788 GreenWeavers, 2965 Main Street, 715-542-2884 Oh My! Designs, 2968 Froelich Dr., 715-542-2743 Rustic River Cabin Outfitters, 3019 Main Street, 715-542-3031 Sayner Mobil Express, Downtown Sayner, 715-542-2024 Up North Traders, 2977 Main Street, 715-542-2046 Traditions, 2959 Main Street, 715-542-2101 Star Lake The Old Schoolhouse Gallery, 7820 Hwy K, 715-542-3998 Star Lake Store, 7697 Hwy K, 715-542-2548

The Frederickson Bait Shop, which sits on the shore of Mill Pond, has also been restored and is open as a self-viewing museum.

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The old Schoolhouse Gallery, Star Lake, is operated by the Friends of Star Lake, a local non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the buildings and historic integrity of Star Lake. The Gallery, a restored one-room schoolhouse, features offerings from local artisans, paintings, photos, crafts and gifts, as well as an array of homemade goodies. The Gallery is open Wed-Sat, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In addition, an exact replica of the old Milltown Depot, which is adjacent to the Schoolhouse Gallery, will open this summer as a railroad museum. Plans are to restore the remaining company house and open it as a homestead museum.

Come visit the cozy little hamlet on the pristine shores of Star Lake. You’ll be glad you did!

Rustic River Cabin Outfitters offers home decor, gifts, and personalized window treatments. 

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d e l e c t a b l e DINING From eggs and hashbrowns and Sicilian walleye dinners to 22-oz. Bloody Marys, Sayner/Star Lake restaurants quench every hunger and thirst

“The guys” are a group of regular, breakfast-loving patrons who also have an affinity for a card game called “Snarfle,” which the core, five-member group invented for their own amusement. But now, word is out, and everyone wants to play.

Pub, and we never miss a game”

granola. The Junction, a new breakfast, lunch and

-- Eric Liebenstein, Sayner snack destination located just south of Pub owner and former Bad- downtown Sayner, also offers a diverse lunch menu that includes hand-carved sandwiches, gers baseball star.

“It’s a relatively simple game,“ says Sam Patterson, a Sayner resident and an avid Snarfle player. “It’s really addicting, though.” Adds his wife, Jeannie, who also operates the couple’s Red Door Relics antique store just down the street, “You don’t have be a guy to play, and anyone can join in. And, The

Italian beef sandwiches, Chicago hot dogs, gyros, hamburgers, and healthy menu options as an alternative to more caloric local fare. Homemade soups, chili and desserts are available and daily specials are made to order. The café is a premier rest stop for snowmobilers and bicyclers alike, and offers outdoor seating in warmer weather. Packaged meals are available for boaters, anglers and cyclists.

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very morning before sunrise, The Junction owners Junction’s breakfast menu really helps you get your wits Lisa Amber and Eric Powell are busy preparing for the around the game. Especially at that hour.” early 7 a.m. rush. “Some mornings, it’s pretty hectic,” The breakfast menu at The Junction includes eggs, hash says Amber. “Other days, especially just browns, breakfast meats, omelets, pancakes, after we open, we’re playing cards with “Sports is No. 1 here at the French toast, breakfast sandwiches and the guys.” healthy options like oatmeal, yogurt and

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Meanwhile, at The Sayner Pub, things get going a little later in the day -- around 11 a.m., because the Pub often stays open until 2 a.m., particularly during the summer months. “We have a great time in here,” says Eric Liebenstein, Sayner Pub owner. “We provide a place where friends can get together, have a good dinner, and then stay around to play a few games of pool or enjoy the entertainment.” 
Liebenstein brings in the area’s best bands for entertainment and Sayner Pub patrons aren’t shy about dancing to the beat. The Pub also features year-round Friday night karaoke and 10 flat screen televisions for sports fans. “Sports is No. 1 here, and we never miss a game,“ says Liebenstein, who from 1983 to 1987 was a Badgers baseball star. Sayner Pub’s dinner and lunch menu includes a generous selection of salads, sandwiches, pizza, Broasted chicken, ribs, spaghetti, and Friday Fish Fry. The Pub is also famed for its “amazing,” 22-oz. Bloody Marys. Take-out orders are also welcome, and many groups often rent the Pub’s extra dining room for special meetings, events and parties. Another favorite Sayner watering hole is K.D.’s Wild Card, where the jukebox often rocks until the wee hours of the morning. Patrons have room at K.D.’s to stretch out in the


bar’s game room and enjoy a good game of pool, ping-pong or darts. And in the summertime, the establishment’s outdoor deck beckons patrons to sit, sip, and be merry. Down the street at Weber’s Farm, families can bring the kids to see and pet alpacas and other tame farm animals while their parents can relax at picnic tables, in gazebos, or in the bar. Often, children are delighted to find newly born animals to pet and cuddle before heading to Weber’s game room for some afternoon fun. Meanwhile, at The Corner Store, huge scoops of ice cream, shakes and sundaes delight parents and children alike. The Corner Store also offers other hot snacks such as hot dogs, brats and pizza. While the kids test their skills in The Corner Store’s Arcade Room, parents can relax around picnic tables outside. And, instead of having to run out of town for milk, bread, and other necessities, such as firewood or other camping supplies, customers can stay close to home and purchase groceries at The Corner Store. But if cooking isn’t on the agenda, families can visit the Bar & Grill in the lower level of Froelich’s Sayner Lodge and try one of Carole Froelich’s half-pound burgers. “The ‘Black and Blue’ and the ‘Italiano’ are perennial favorites,” Froelich says. “Our nightly specials, like the ‘Beef & Brie’ or the ‘Chicken Caesar Salad’ are also popular.”

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Oldies on the jukebox and classic cocktails are always available at the Sayner Lodge Bar & Grill, as well as a spectacular view of Plum Lake.

Just down Highway N lies Vinchi’s Hillside Inn, where patrons can watch a good game in the bar before drifting to the dining room, which offers a full dinner menu. “We offer a special every night,“ says Vinchi’s owner Jim Meka. “Monday night is lasagna night, and other special dinners include baked cod, ribs, buffalo wings or shrimp. Our Friday Fisherman‘s platter includes walleye and beer-battered shrimp, and that is super popular.”

At The Corner Store, huge scoops of ice cream, shakes and sundaes delight parents and children alike. The Corner Store also offers other hot snacks such as hot dogs, brats and pizza.

A fully dressed soup and salad bar comes with all dinner orders. Meanwhile, the restaurant’s sandwiches are gaining in popularity. “More and more of our customers are ordering our Italian Sausage Patty sandwich -- the meat alone weighs in at 8 ounces,” Meka says. Vinchi‘s Philly Steak Sandwich and Vinchi Burger are also 8 ounces, as are the restaurant’s other sandwiches. Further down the road in Star Lake, Hintz’s North Star Lodge’s dining room offers breathtaking views of Star Lake, a beautiful surrounding garden, and a complete dinner menu prepared by expert chef and owner Bill Hintz. “Everything we serve is made-to-order from the freshest possible local ingredients,” says Hintz, who has been preparing the Lodge’s culinary delights for 33 years. “Nothing is pre-prepared … everything is homemade.” That includes everything on North Star Lodge’s generous soup and salad bar, as well as the Lodge’s signature desserts, says Hintz, who adds that restaurant specialties focus around seafood and jumbo shrimp. “Quality is all about how much you care about what you

serve,” Hintz says. Star Lake visitors and residents also can find a delectable, full dinner menu at Stillwaters Restaurant and Tavern, where homemade specialties include Sicilian Walleye, pasta and meatballs, steaks, prawn shrimp and all-youcan-eat fish fry on Fridays, and in the summertime -- due to the fish fry’s popularity -- on Mondays as well. Thursday is Mexican night at the establishment, when patrons are offered buy one, get one free margaritas. Fresh pizza is available every night at Stillwaters. And, to add to the local entertainment, Stillwaters offers a list of 4,000 karaoke songs on Thursday and Saturday nights.


Dining Guide

The Corner Store, Razorback Road & Hwy N, 715-542-4250 The Junction, Highway 155 & Kurtzweil Road, 715-542-2228 Sayner Lodge Bar and Grill, 3135 Historic Lodge Road, 715-542-3261 K.D.’s Wild Card, 2486 Lollycoogan Lane, 715-542-2100 The Sayner Pub, 2962 Main Street, 715-542-3647 Vinchi’s Hillside Inn, 8065 County Hwy N East, 715-542-2240

Hintz’s North Star Lodge’s dining room offers breathtaking views of Star Lake, a beautiful surrounding garden, and a complete dinner menu.

Weber’s Farm & Bar, 2649 County Hwy C, 715-542-3781

Star Lake Hintz’s North Star Lodge, Waldheim Rd & Hwy K, 715-542-3600 Stillwaters Restaurant & Tavern, 7914 Highway K, 715-542-3652

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Razorback Ridges

Excellent XC Ski & Mountain Bike Trails Pine Forest Trail Blueberry Lake

Major Loop Routes Ridge Trail – 1.8 miles, Doug’s Folly – 4.0 miles, Hair Raiser – 4.7 miles, Lion’s Pride – 6.4 miles, Wild Thing – about 1.0 mile and very challenging. A spur trail to the west leads to the Crystal Lake Campground where you can catch the Boulder Area Trails System (B.A.T.S.), which leads to Boulder Junction. There are three major campgrounds near Razorback Ridges.


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For more information regarding the Plum Lake Bicycle project, please call Marcia Kittleson at (715) 542-3311.



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Trail users will love the amenities, including a heated chalet with inside bathrooms at the trailhead. Trail maps are also available at the chalet. The chalet may be used for birthday parties, skating parties, etc. Just a few yards away is the Bernie Van Acker Skating Rink, named in honor of the late Lions member who helped develop skating as another recreational opportunity at Razorback Ridges. The trailhead area is named the Mel and Emma Long Memorial Park in honor of the early Sayner settlers whose family donated the land for the park. The Lions Club welcomes trail and chalet use donations, which help maintain this outstanding trail system.


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Razorback Ridges can be found on Razorback Road, two miles west of Sayner and just off Hwy. N. Developed and maintained by the Sayner-Star Lake Lions Club, the complex offers more than 16 miles of cross-country skiing and three miles of snowshoeing for trampers in the winter, and nearly 20 Subtrails miles of trails for mountain biking and hiking in the warmer Main Trail months. Half of the ski trails are groomed for classic stride only, while the other half are groomed for skating only. The bike trails are a blend of double-track and single-track loops suitable for everyone from beginner to expert. “Corkscrew,” “Hair Raiser,” and “Suicide Hill” may play with your mind, but rest assured, other, more sedate trail segments are perfect for the entire family!

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he Razorback Ridges is an exciting and scenic trail complex that invites mountain bike riders, hikers and cross-country skiers to experience the beauty of au naturel trails within the lush Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest.

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A growing network of paved bicycling trails in Vilas County is attracting more and more people eager to experience the beauty of the Northwoods and charming small towns that dot the vast Northern Highland/American Legion State Forest. The trails serve a dual purpose, as many people walk them too. The bicycle trail in the Sayner area connects to a larger network of trails, known as “The Heart of the Vilas County Bike & Hike Trail.” By mid- to late morning, the 23 miles of the “Heart of the Vilas County” trail system begin to flash as sunlight hits the spokes of bicycles cruising the trails. The trail network includes the Plum Lake Bicycle Trail, a six-mile, paved trail that runs along County Hwy. N between Sayner and Crystal Lake Campground. The trail connects with both the St. Germain Bike Trail (to the south) and with the Crystal Lake Trail (to the west). Parking is available at the intersection of Froelich Drive and County Hwy. N (behind the log building). The entire area is an ideal place for families with young riders as many quiet town roads connect with forest roads in the Northern Highland/American Legion State Forest in addition to the paved hike/bike trails. The Sayner-Star Lake Chamber of Commerce and Sayner-Star Lake Lions Club maintain the Plum Lake trail.

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Hiking Trails

Star Lake Nature Trail The Star Lake Nature Trail, which requires a State Trail Pass, has interpretive signs along the way with part of the trail on a peninsula that juts out into Star Lake. This trail has a water pump and a bench half-way around the nature loop. Bicycles and pets are not allowed on the Star Lake Nature Trail.

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Consisting of almost 100 miles of trails, the Barnstormers of Sayner trail system includes Trail 51, one of the state’s oldest snowmobile trails, which runs through the heart of the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest. The Barnstormers system connects with several other trail systems, including those of Star Lake, St. Germain, Boulder Junction, Eagle River, Land O’ Lakes, Conover and Arbor Vitae. Trails open in December -- snow permitting -- and stay open until melt down or March 31.

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IT’S ALL ABOUT THE SNOW!!!!! Sayner is the birthplace of the snowmobile, and the communities of Sayner and Star Lake are more committed than ever to making the area a snowmobiler’s paradise. In fact, the Barnstormers of Sayner’s snowmobile trail system is one of the most well maintained network of trails in the Northwoods.

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The Sayner Barnstormers Snowmobile Club, more than four decades old, was the first snowmobile club to create a network of trails in the Northwoods. Founded in 1969, the club consists of many dedicated members who groom the trails in winter, and in summer devote their time to meeting with state and country representatives, planning and building trails, signing and brushing existing trails, drawing maps and fund-raising. For more information about snowmobile trail system, please contact Anita Horan at 715542-2952 or www.

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Ranging from laid-back outdoor activities to brass band parades, the Sayner/Star Lake community offers a vast array of recreation attractions.


very 4th of July, hundreds of loyal Sayner/Star Lake devotees line Sayner’s Main street to watch the community’s annual 4th of July parade and help their children scramble for pounds of candy thrown from the floats straight into the crowd. “We love the Sayner/Star Lake parade because it’s a neat community event where people come together,” says Jon Erpenbach, a Star Lake resident. “You can see all your neighbors there, and then when it’s over, you can go over to the park, cook some brats, and make a day of it.” He adds, “Our kids and our grandkids are always up on the 4th, and our little munchkins love to get that parade candy!” The day’s festivities also include a pig roast in the park, and a dramatic fireworks display at 10 p.m. in the soccer field behind the Plum Lake Library. “It’s really one of the best fireworks displays in the Northwoods,” says David Witcraft, a Conover resident who travels to Sayner to watch the fireworks every year. Aside from other special seasonal events such as the community’s annual “Stampede” for rubber-stamping aficionados, an annual fishing tournament and an annual Colorama Celebration, the Sayner/Star Lake community offers a vast array of recreation attractions on a regular basis.

Gorgeous Golfing At the Plum Lake Golf Club, beginners and would-be pros alike are offered a challenging 9-hole course in a pristine

“We love the Sayner/Star Lake parade... our grandkids love to get that parade candy!” -Jon Erpenbach, Star Lake resident Kathy Nelson, GreenWeavers sales associate and former New York Rockette, graces the top of Green Weavers winning Fourth of July Float.


environment. “There are moguls all over the course because in 1908, they used dynamite and horseback to pull tree trunks out,’ says Don Nelson, a starter at the club. “The holes kept settling, and because it’s such a sand base, they kept sinking, so they left them that way.” “It makes it more challenging than a flat course.” Nelson adds that the course has only 10 sand traps and that the fourth hole is a small crater sunk 15 feet below the ground. He adds that another of the club‘s main attractions is the screened-in porch at the clubhouse, where players can enjoy a beer or soft drink while enjoying the breeze and beautiful view of Plum Lake. Meanwhile, families are free to take advantage of the town’s tennis courts, soccer field, and baseball field, while the area’s lakes and recreational trails offer endless adventures for the whole family (see page Q for fishing info and page L for trail details).

Fun in Rain & Sun The Plum Lake Pubic Library offers entertainment for the kids all year long, as well as a vast selection of books for children and adults alike. And, don’t be surprised to see rows of cars outside the Library taking advantage of the free WiFi streaming from the building! IT’S A STAMPEDE The Sayner Spring Stampede is an annual rite of spring for rubber art stamp and scrapbooking enthusiasts. The Sayner-Star Lake Lioness Club sponsors the annual convention, which is always held the opening day of fishing season. Events go from Friday afternoon to early Sunday afternoon at various locations in Sayner. More than 20 different exhibitors representing stores and manufacturers – including a few from Canada — offer make-and-take classes, demonstrations and on-site sales. There are special interest classes as well as the used and new stamps and supplies rummage sale. This is a fun event for anyone interested in any paper arts and appeals to all ages, including children. For more information call (715) 542-3789 or e-mail pockat@nnex. net.

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• Snowmobiles • Fishing guides, equipment and boats

OPEN MEMORIAL DAY Musical instruments • Animals from North America and WEEKEND TO SEPT 30 around the world • Birds of North America • Military exhibit – Civil War through Vietnam • Doll collection Daily 10 am - 4 pm Located on Hwy. 155 in Sayner Outboard motors • Indian artifacts • Clothing dating to the 1800s • Household items • Kitchen items Admission: $3 ages 10 & up Library area • Logging tools


At the Vilas County Historical “You can really Museum on Sayner’s Main make a day out of Street, visitors can get a good look at the first snowmobile visiting the Main ever built, an array of beautiful Streets of Sayner vintage clothing, and an and Star Lake.” -assortment of relics from the past that will delight everyone Cindy Kopenhagen, on the family. Founded in 1959, Northwoods the museum is open daily, 10 vacationer a.m. - 4 p.m., Memorial Day Weekend through September 30. Exhibits also include post office memorabilia, antique toys, old outboard motors, and old photographs. A small gift store on the premises features books by local authors, t-shirts, sweatshirts, and old-fashioned toys. Admission is $3 per person over age 10. Sayner also offers a playground -- fully equipped with swings, sandbox, merry-go-round and more -- for the kids.

In addition, Sayner’s Main Street is lined with an array of retail shops where visitors can find everything from Parisian fashion to yard art to new living room furniture (see Page B-E for more retail info). After shopping, golfing, and biking, visitors can relax on the shores of Plum Lake, where every Wednesday and Sunday at 7 p.m. in the summertime, the Plum Lake Skiters put on dazzling displays of the water-ski club’s superb talent and training. And every summertime Friday and Saturday night, the Sayner Pub is sure to be rocking to the beat of a live band. “It’s a small town, but you can really make a day out of visiting the Main Street of Sayner and Star Lake,” says

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Cindy Kopenhagen, a Lake Charles, La., resident who discovered the Sayner/Star Lake community in the summer of 2011.


Art & History Lovers Flock to Star Lake But the fun doesn’t stop in Sayner. Neighboring Star Lake, rich with history and a group of devoted locals dedicated to preserving the Star Lake area and its Northwoods heritage, is becoming an art community. Anchoring Star Lake as a base for Northwoods artisans is The Old Schoolhouse Gallery, which is part of the Northwoods Art Tour – a collection of more than 30 Northwoods artists with varying artistic works. Libby Scott, president of Friends of Star Lake – a group dedicated to preserving and restoring historic Star Lake sites – is a fine art photographer and showcases her work at the Gallery, which also serves as a gift store and historical museum. The Gallery itself is steeped in history. In 2005, Bill Hintz, a long-time Star Lake resident and owner of Hintz’s North Star Lodge, and Doug and Libby Scott purchased and restored Star Lake’s original 90-year-old, oneroom schoolhouse and converted it in to a gallery/gift shop and museum where people could come and view historic pictures of Star Lake. Since that time, Libby has managed the Old Schoolhouse Gallery. Meanwhile, Friends of Star Lake, along with Bill Hintz, replicated the town’s Old Milltown Depot, which is directly



Sayner’s Plum Lake Golf Club offers a challenging 9-hole course in a pristine setting.

adjacent to the Old Schoolhouse Gallery. The group is working to relocate the Frederickson House – the Star Lake home of two beloved sisters for nearly 100 years – to become part of the historic community park. Also included in the park will be a restored version of the town’s old “Bait Shop,” where the Frederickson sisters worked and spread their love of the community and its residents to patrons for years. Plans are to create two museums – one with the Fredrickson company house and the other with a replica of the Star Lake depot. The Fredrickson house will serve as a museum illustrating Star Lake’s history and will be full of artifacts dating from 1895. The depot will serve as a museum dedicated to Star Lake’s railroad days. During a dedication ceremony for the replica train depot, Friends of Star Lake unveiled a new replica Milwaukee Road “Route of the Hiawatha” sign funded by the Milwaukee Road Historical Association. During the event, Wisconsin State Senator Jon Erpenbach applauded the town for its efforts. “A lot of people don’t know there was even a railroad here years ago,” Erpenbach said. “It’s very special when a community recognizes and honors its past.” This painting of the Fredrickson Sisters’ former bait shop is just one of the many pieces of art hanging in Star Lake’s Old Schoolhouse Gallery.

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& boating

We’re located in the heart of Vilas County, which has over 1,300 lakes. There are about 50 named, 95 unnamed lakes and 31 boat landings in the Township of Plum Lake. You will find excellent fishing for trophy muskies and bass, walleye, trout, northern pike, crappies, perch and bluegills. Several smaller streams are managed for trout, with Plum Creek receiving the most attention by trout anglers. The largest lake in the area is Star Lake at 1,250 acres. This is a lake you may want to try for record setting muskies. Close by is a three-lake chain of Irving, Ballard and White

Birch. This chain also has everything – crappie, bluegill, perch, walleye, northern pike, and muskie. Very few fishermen go home empty-handed because of the abundance of fish found there. A five-lake research project in the area offers year-round fishing, including the thrill of fishing walleye in April when they are in the pre-spawn stage. A number of anglers anxious for the “Opener” regularly try their luck on these project lakes. The DNR personnel at the Escanaba Lake ranger station are happy to share advice on how to fish the research lakes. The Star Lake area offers many smaller lakes, including Partridge, Dorothy Dunn, Alva, Salsich, Lone Tree and Lost Canoe, to name just a few. We recommend hiring a local guide for a quality half day or full day of fishing. These experts will not only put you on fish faster and more consistently than you might on your own, they will also pass along fishing tips and techniques that could take you years to learn. If you want to try a new lake on your own, feel free to quiz the personnel at the local bait shops for advice on what the fishing are biting on, and where!

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hether you dip a minnow or dip a paddle into the water, you’ll find that a visit to one of the many lakes and streams in and around Star Lake and Sayner in the Township of Plum Lake will be an experience of a lifetime. Encompassing 7,554 acres of water, Sayner and Star Lake are located in the headwaters of two drainage basins – the Manitowish River basin flowing to the west and the Wisconsin River basin flowing to the south. For those of you who haven’t fished here, we invite you to come spend some time with us. The Sayner/Star Lake area holds something for every fisherman.


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business directory

ATTRACTIONS Eagle Falls Adventure Golf Hwy. 45/70 • Eagle River, WI 54521 (715) 477-0808 See Page S

Idle Hours Resort 1692 Idle Hours Ct. St. Germain, WI 54558 (715) 542-3765 • (800) 221-7699 E-mail: See Page R Plum Lake Golf Club 3160 Clubhouse Rd. • Sayner, WI 54560 Plum Gate Resort 3047 Plum Lake Dr. (715) 542-2598 Sayner, WI 54560 (715) 542-2224 See Page O E-mail: Plum Lake Public Library 8789 Peterson St. • Sayner, WI 54560 See Inside Front Cover (715) 542-2020 Plum Lake Rentals E-mail: 9272 Hwy N • Sayner, WI 54560 (715) 542-3250 See Page S Plum Waters Resort Plum Ski-ters P.O. Box 69 • Sayner, WI 54560 PO Box 404 • St. Germain, WI 54558 (715) 542-3311 (715) 612-3027 See Page O See Page H Vilas Historical Museum Star Lake Lakefront Rental 2889 Main Street • Sayner, WI 54560 (262) 245-9400 (715) 542-3388 E-mail: See Page O See Page S Weber’s Farm 2649 Cty. C • Sayner, WI 54560 Plum Lake Station Resort Homes (715) 542-3781 (800) 445-5370 DINING Froelich’s Bar & Grill See Back Cover PO Box 100• Sayner, WI 54560 The Woodlands Resort (715) 542-3261 On Plum Lake • Sayner, WI 54560 See Page P (715) 542-2055 Sayner Pub See Back Cover 2962 Main St. • Sayner, WI 54560 (715) 542-3647 White Birch Village Boulder Junction, WI See Page G (715) 385-2182 Stillwaters Restaurant & Tavern See Page S 7914 Hwy. K • Star Lake, WI 54561 (715) 542-3652 REAL ESTATE Eliason Realty of the North The Junction Café Eagle River 2879 State Hwy. 155 (715) 479-4431 • (800) 472-5222 St. Germain, WI 54558 (715) 542-2228 St. Germain (715) 542-3223 • (800) 472-3140 Vinchi’s Hillside Inn 8065 Cty Hwy N East • Sayner, WI 54560 (715) 542-2240 See Page F LODGING Jim Tait Real Estate Bowman’s Pine Hollow Cottage Minocqua: (800) 677-8248 On Plum Lake • (847) 275-4744 Boulder Junction: (877) 385-2077 Cropsey Vacation Rentals See Page F P.O. Box 356 • St. Germain, WI 54558 (715) 542-2172 • (800) 450-7200 RECREATIONAL SALES, SERVICE & RENTALS See Inside Front Cover Star Lake Store 7697 Cty Hwy. K Errington’s Resort Star Lake, WI 54561 8028 Hwy. K • P.O. Box 1152 (715) 542-2548 • (715) 542-3464 Star Lake, WI 54561 See Inside Back Cover (715) 542-3646 E-mail: St. Germain Sport Marine 430 Hwy. 70 • P.O. Box 399 See Inside Back Cover St. Germain, WI 54558 (715) 479-4930 • Fax: (715) 479-9519 Froelich’s Sayner Lodge E-mail: PO Box 100 • Sayner, WI 54560 (715) 542-3261 See Page Q See Page P RETAIL Hintz’s North Star Resort Country Ceramics 7933 Waldheim Road 9272 Hwy. N West • Sayner, WI Star Lake, WI 54561 54560 (715) 542-3600 (715) 542-3250 • Fax: (715) 542-4112 See Page S E-mail: Harv’s Vacation Rentals 8066 Mohawk Trail, Earth Sense Energy Systems St. Germain, WI 54558 2977 Main Street • Sayner, WI 54560 (715) 542-3022 • (715) 891-2783 (cell) (715) 542-2788 See Inside Front Cover See Page R


Eliason Lumber & Hardware 2954 Main St. • Sayner, WI 54560 (715) 542-3233 • Fax: (715) 542-3534 See Page F GreenWeavers 2965 Main Street • Sayner, WI 54560 (715) 542-2884 See Page C Lakeside Antiques Hwy. 70 East • St. Germain, WI 54558 (715) 479-2038 Oh My! Designs 2968 Froelich Drive Sayner, WI 54560 (715) 542-2743 See Page C Old School House Gallery 7688 Cty. Rd. K • Star Lake, WI 54561 (715) 542-3998 See Page F Red Door Relics 2940 Main Street • Sayner, WI 54560 (715) 542-2814 Rustic River Cabin Outfitters 3019 Main Street • Sayner, WI 54560 (715) 542-3031 E-mail: See Page E The Corner Store 9350 Razorback Rd. • Sayner, WI 54560 • (715) 542-4250 See Page D Three Lakes Winery Downtown Three Lakes (800) 944-5434 See Page P Traditions 2959 Main Street • Sayner, WI 54560 (715) 542-2101 See Page C Up North Traders 2977 Main St. • Sayner, WI 54560 (715) 542-2046 See Inside Front Cover Wild Eagle Corner Store 1970 N US Hwy 45 • Eagle River, WI (715) 479-4688 GENERAL SERVICES All Season Services (715) 614-4130 Camp Highlands Northwoods Boys Camp 8450 Camp Highlands Rd. Sayner, WI 54560 (800) 868-3398 See Page O Chances R Satellite Sales & Service 2616 St. • Hwy 55 • Sayner, WI 54560 (715) 542-3367 E-mail: Camps Northwoods Supervalu 474 Hwy. 70 • P.O. Box 99 St. Germain, WI 54558 (715) 479-9150 • Fax: (715) 479-9823 Chuck McGee Painting 8181 Aspen Road • Sayner, WI 54560 (715) 542-3831 • (715) 617-3831 Cell E-mail: Errington’s Guide Service P.O. Box 1054 • Star Lake, WI 54561 Resort: (715) 542-3646 Cell: (815) 298-1358 See Inside Back Cover

First National Bank of Eagle River 240 Hwy. 70 • St. Germain, WI (888) 479-5201 www.fnb-eagleriver See Page F Gel-Craft PO Box 195 • Sayner, WI 54560 (317) 370-3570 E-mail: Headwaters State Bank Land O’Lakes 4175 Cty Rd. B • P.O. Box 149 Land O’Lakes, WI 54540 (715) 547-3383 Presque Isle 8319 Main St. • P.O. Box 116 Presque Isle, WI 54557 (715) 686-2200 See Page F JD’s Auto Repair 2885 Main Street • Sayner, WI 54560 (715) 892-1273 Knitt’s Hardware Hank Boulder Junction: (715) 385-2300 St. Germain: (715) 479-5930 See Page D Long’s Taxidermy 9353 Hwy N West • Sayner, WI 54560 (715) 542-3728 M & I Bank 408 Hwy. 70 • St. Germain (715) 479-4800 Meyer & Associates Insurance PO Box 267 St. Germain, WI 54558 (715) 479-3949 Milton Propane 2835 Plum Lake Drive Sayner, WI 54560 (715) 542-3292 Peak Property Management 3115 Warwick Rd. Sayner, WI 54560 (715) 542-3215 • (715) 614-7325 See Page S Sayner Mobil Express Downtown Sayner, WI (715) 542-2024 • See Page F Squirrel Away Storage 8855 Glenbrook Ln. Sayner, WI 54560 • (715) 617-3885 See Page F St. Germain Pharmacy 252 Hwy. 70 • P.O. Box 280 St. Germain, WI 54558 (715) 479-7608 • Fax: (715) 479-2763 See Page E Thelen’s Masonry 2612 St. Hwy 155 • Sayner, WI 54560 (715) 542-2348 Todd Siebrecht Guide Service P.O. Box 815 • Eagle River, WI 54521 (715) 477-0900 See Page Q US Bank PO Box 62 • St. Germain, WI 54558 (715) 542-3251 CHURCHES Shepherd of The Lakes Lutheran Church (ELCA) 2903 Main Street • Sayner, WI 54560 (715) 614-3701 St. Mary’s Catholic Church (715) 385-2390

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