SUPERIOR & DOUGLAS COUNTY WISCONSIN OFFICIAL 2016 TRAVEL AND ACTIVITIES GUIDE
CONTENTS Lake Superior Wisconsin Point Map and Info Attractions and Entertainment Tower Avenue Parks and Forests Camping ATVing Trails Winter Recreation Lodging Dining Shopping History and Heritage Events Douglas County Map Douglas County Communities City of Superior Map Photo Credits Emergency Contacts Visit Our Neighbors
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CONNECT WITH US Welcome Center Stop by the Superior-Douglas County Welcome Center, located in the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center at 305 Harborview Parkway in Superior. We have visitor guides, brochures, rack cards, maps, and other information on attractions in Superior, Douglas County, Northwestern Wisconsin, and beyond! Our friendly Tourism Information Specialists are ready to help make your trip memorable!
By snail mail Superior-Douglas County Welcome Center 305 Harborview Parkway Superior, WI 54880 Superior-Douglas County Chamber/Visitors Bureau 205 Belknap Street Superior, WI 54880
By phone Welcome Center: (715) 392-2773 or (800) 942-5313 Visitors Bureau: (715) 394-7716 Online visitdouglascounty.com firstname.lastname@example.org
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LAKE SUPERIOR There are fewer freshwater lakes as beautiful and moving as Lake Superior. One of Douglas County’s finest features, Lake Superior is a source of economic vitality and recreation, and is home to a wide variety of wildlife. The greatest of the Great Lakes, Lake Superior is the world’s largest freshwater lake by surface area. Lake Superior is so vast that it contains 10 percent of all the Earth’s fresh surface water and as much water as all the other Great Lakes combined. But Lake Superior is more than just a whole lot of water — it’s a place to enjoy swimming, boating, kayaking, fishing, and outdoor 4 | www.visitdouglascounty.com
recreation. The beauty, power, and vastness of Lake Superior have inspired songwriters, poets, artists, writers, and photographers. Stroll along beaches, experience a south shore sunset, wade in the waters and search for lake stones, or just take in the wildlife. You’ll understand exactly what we mean when we say that Lake Superior is an experience for all of your senses.
playground, band shell pavilion, walking paths, swimming, and more. Barker’s Island also has a marina complete with a service center and plenty of amenities. Barker’s Island provides easy access to the waters of Superior Bay and the St. Louis River, as well as the many boating opportunities on Lake Superior. For more information about Barker’s Island Marina, see their ad on this page.
Barker’s Island Festival Park and Marina
Located on Marina Drive in the City of Superior, Barker’s Island Festival Park features a 800-942-5313
Superior and Douglas County are home to beaches on the south shore of Lake Superior. By far the most popular Lake Superior beach area in Douglas County is Wisconsin Point, just outside of Superior. See page 6 for a beach map and for more information on enjoying Wisconsin Point.
The City of Superior has four boat launch facilities located on the Superior Bay and the St. Louis River: • Arrowhead - west end of Superior off of Belknap Street • North 21st Street - west end Superior-Douglas County, WI
of Superior off 21st Street Kwik Trip at 3027 East Second • Barker’s Island - off Highway Street, and the Parks and 2 and Marina Drive Recreation office at 1316 North • Loon’s Foot Landing - off 14th Street. Highway 2 on 30th Avenue For more information on boat East launches please call the Parks Resident and non-resident boat and Recreation hotline at (715) launch fees apply. Annual and 395-7299. daily hangtags are available. Daily Make Us Your Lake Place This Summer! permits are sold at launch sites for $5. When launches are open, annual hangtags are sold at Barker’s Island Marina Ship’s Store at 250 Marina 715-392-7131 Drive, ICO at 2704 barkers-island-marina.com North 21st Street, Official 2016 Travel and Activities Guide | 5
About Wisconsin Point
Wisconsin Point, along with Minnesota Point, make up the largest freshwater sandbar in the world. Wisconsin Point Road is accessible via Moccasin Mike Road off of US Highway 2 just on the eastern edge of the City of Superior. The Point is made up of 229 acres with 2 3/4 miles of beach — perfect for walking, swimming, wildlife viewing, photography, and more.
Superior Entry Lighthouse The Superior Entry Lighthouse
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has been on Wisconsin Point since 1913. Though it’s not open for tours, the lighthouse is one of the most highly photographed landmarks in Superior and Douglas County, and is a mustvisit for lighthouse enthusiasts!
Rules and Regulations
Please be sure to follow all rules and regulations to help preserve Wisconsin Point! • Motor vehicle traffic and parking is prohibited between the hours of 11 p.m. and 4 a.m. on Wisconsin Point Road, including any parking areas, beyond Lot
#1, except during the spring smelt run season as defined by the Parks and Recreation Department. • Glass beverage containers are prohibited. • Fires may not be started closer than 10 feet from the nearest plant life. • Camping is not allowed between the hours of 10:30 p.m. and 5 a.m., except during the spring smelt run. • Horseback riding is not allowed on Wisconsin Point.
ATTRACTIONS AND ENTERTAINMENT Fairlawn Mansion
906 East Second Street Superior, WI 54880 (715) 394-5712 superiorpublicmuseums.org
Built in 1890 as the family residence of lumber and mining baron Martin Pattison and his wife Grace, Fairlawn Mansion also served as the Superior Children’s Home and Refuge for 42 years. House tours offered year-round. Available for special events. Shop the Carriage House Gift Shop for unique Victorianinspired items. Please call for hours.
Fond-du-Luth Casino 129 E. Superior Street Duluth, MN 54880 (218) 720-5100 fondduluthcasino.com
Every day there is *24 hours of excitement for adults 18+ in downtown Duluth at the Fonddu-Luth Casino. We have over 675 video slot machines, keno, video poker, and blackjack with limits up to $1,000. Log on to www.fondduluthcasino.com for upcoming events! *Christmas hours vary. We are handicap conscious. Smoke-free floor!
Old Firehouse & Police Museum
402 23rd Avenue East Superior, WI 54880 (715) 394-5712 superiorpublicmuseums.org
The 1898 Firehouse, originally home to five horse-drawn fire rigs, now houses vintage firefighting equipment, the history of the Superior Police Department, and the Police & Fire Hall of Fame, which honors Wisconsin police officers and firefighters for outstanding acts of bravery and community service. Open Seasonally. Always free admission. Please call for hours.
SS Meteor Historic Whaleback Ship
300 Marina Drive Barker’s Island Superior, WI 54880 (715) 392-5712 superiorpublicmuseums.org
Built in Superior, Wisconsin, in 1896 by local inventor Captain Alexander McDougall, Meteor is the last surviving example of McDougall’s innovative ships, known as “whalebacks” because their cigar-shaped steel hulls rode low in the water when loaded. Tour the ship from engine room to pilot house. Open mid-May through mid-October.
Superior Council for the Arts & North End Arts Gallery 1323 Broadway Street Superior, WI 54880 (218) 213-4626 superiorcfta.org email@example.com
Our Arts. Here. Superior. North End Arts Gallery. NorthCoast Wisconsin Artists upstairs in the Red Mug building. Regular exhibitions and artist receptions. On the corner of Broadway and Hammond. Made possible with donations to the Superior Council for the Arts by Superior and Douglas County art lovers. Thurs-Sat 12-6 p.m. SUPERIOR-DOUGLAS COUNTY AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND VISITORS BUREAU MEMBERS Amsoil Speedway 4700 Tower Avenue, Superior (218) 349-7367 Barker’s Island Marina Sailboats Inc. 250 Marina Drive, Superior (715) 392-7131 Black Bear Casino Resort 1789 Hwy 210, Carlton (888) 771-0777 Brule River Canoe & Kayak 13869 E. US Hwy 2, Brule (715) 372-4983 Douglas County Historical Society 1101 John Avenue, Superior (715) 392-8449
Please call for hours. Superior-Douglas County, WI
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Duluth Huskies Baseball Club 207 W. Superior Street, Ste 206, Duluth (218) 786-9909
Pattison/Amnicon Falls State Parks 6294 South State Road 35, Superior (715) 399-3111
Fond-du-Luth Casino 129 E. Superior Street, Duluth (218) 720-5100
Poplar Golf Course 9548 East Golf Course Road, Poplar (715) 364-2689
Glensheen 3300 London Road, Duluth 218-726-8910
Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center 305 Harborview Parkway, Superior (715) 392-7151
Harrington ARTS Center/A World of Accordions Museum 1401 Belknap Street, Superior (715) 395-2787 Lake Superior Zoological Society 7210 Fremont Street, Duluth (218) 730-4500
Superior Public Museums - Fairlawn, S.S. Meteor, Old Firehouse & Police Museums 906 East 2nd Street, Superior (715) 394-5712
Lucius Woods Performing Arts Center PO Box 295, Solon Springs (715) 378-4272 Nemadji Golf Club & Grill 5 North 58th Street East, Superior (715) 394-0266
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TOWER AVENUE Every town and city has its soto-speak “yellow brick road.” For Superior, Tower Avenue is just that. After a reconstruction project was completed in 2014, Tower Avenue has brought the buzz, life, and energy back to
downtown Superior. Since the street received quite the makeover, you will find unique shops, fun restaurants, lively taverns, and more along this pedestrian and bike-friendly roadway. Now an annual event, the
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Superior Downtown Summerfest in July celebrates all things Superior, with food, games, entertainment, art, and other family-friendly fun — all centered around this beautifully reconstructed avenue.
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DINING SHOPPING NIGHTLIFE EVENTS Visit superiorbid.com or call 715.394.3557 for information!
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PARKS AND FORESTS STATE PARKS AND FORESTS
Amnicon Falls State Park 4279 County Highway U South Range, WI 54874 (715) 398-3000 dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/ amnicon/
One visit to Amnicon Falls State Park and you’ll immediately understand why this magical park was voted Wisconsin’s “State Park Treasure” in a 2014 Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Facebook contest. Between tumbling waterfalls, meandering trails, and the Horton 10 | www.visitdouglascounty.com
Covered Bridge, Amnicon Falls State Park is a must-stop for anyone visiting Douglas County. Lake Superior Magazine awarded the park with the distinction of “Best Waterfall” in Wisconsin, and TravelWisconsin.com says it has some of the best hiking trails of Wisconsin’s “State Park Hidden Gems.” The park features places to picnic, camp, and hike. You’ll even learn about the Douglas Fault, the geological formation that created the falls.
Pattison State Park
6294 South State Road 35 Superior, WI 54880 (715) 399-3111 dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/ pattison/ If you’re on the search for waterfalls, Pattison State Park will surely deliver! The park features Wisconsin’s highest waterfalls, and the 165-foot-tall Big Manitou Falls is the fourth-highest waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains. TravelWisconsin.com lists Pattison State Park (along with Amnicon Falls State Park) in the “Five Top Spots for Wisconsin Waterfalls.” Pattison State Park 800-942-5313
also features nine miles of trails, camping, a lake with beach, and a nature center.
Brule River State Forest
6250 South Ranger Road Brule, WI 54820 (715) 372-5678 dnr.wi.gov/topic/StateForests/ bruleRiver/ The Brule River State Forest encompasses the Bois Brule River, and is about 30 miles north to south. Aside from the spectacular fishing, kayaking, and canoeing opportunities on the Brule River, within the forest you will find multi-use trails, camping Superior-Douglas County, WI
and backpacking opportunities, an archery trail/course, horseback riding trails, and picnic areas with tables and grills.
fields dotted with wildflowers make for spectacular wildlife viewing opportunities. The Douglas County Wildlife Area contains 14 miles of designated horseback riding trails and stable facilities.
Douglas County Wildlife Area
Anna Gene County Park
More than 4,000 acres of brush prairie habitat make up the Douglas County Wildlife Area, which is more commonly known as the â€œBird Sanctuary.â€? Open
This 256-acre park is located just 20 miles south of Superior in the Town of Oakland. The park is located on Lyman Lake and features a swimming beach,
6100 East Lyman Lake Road Oakland, WI 54874 (715) 378-2219 douglascounty.org
13028 South Bird Road Gordon, WI 54838 (715) 378-2219 douglascounty.org
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picnic area, playground, boat ramp, dock, trails, and restrooms.
Bass Lake County Park 11869 Bass Lake Road Solon Springs, WI 54873 (715) 378-2219 douglascounty.org
This small two-acre park is located in the Town of Solon Springs and features a swimming beach, picnic area with tables and grills, fishing opportunities, and newer vaulted restrooms.
Long Lake County Park 9909 Fire Lane Road Solon Springs, WI 54873 (715) 378-2219 douglascounty.org
Long Lake County Park is threeacres in size and located in the Town of Solon Springs. The park features a picnic area, fishing, and swimming. There are newer vaulted restrooms.
Lake Minnesuing County Park
7837 South County Highway P Bennett, WI 54849 (715) 378-2219 douglascounty.org Located on the north side of the beautiful Lake Minnesuing, this 30-acre park has a swimming beach, nicely shaded picnic area, and restrooms. A boat launch is located about 1/4 mile west of the park.
Park Creek Pond
9182 East Hughes Avenue Solon Springs, WI 54873 (715) 378-2219 douglascounty.org Park Creek Pond is an 11-acre area designated as a children’s fishing area, meaning children under the age of 14 may use this occasionally stocked pond.
Mooney Dam County Park 14293 South Fowlers Circle Gordon, WI 54838 (715) 378-2219 douglascounty.org
A boat launch with excellent fishing opportunities, camping, picnic and grill areas, and newer vault toilets are all located at Mooney Dam County Park on Lower Eau Claire Lake in Gordon.
Gordon Dam County Park 7201 East County Highway Y Gordon, WI 54838 (715) 378-2219 douglascounty.org
With 33 campsites and opportunities for picnicking, boating, swimming, hiking, wildlife viewing, and fishing, Gordon Dam County Park’s location on the St. Croix Flowage offers a slew of amenities. A fish cleaning house, canoe and boat launch, playground, newer vault toilets, and picnic sites with grills round out this park.
Lucius Woods County Park
9231 East Marion Avenue Solon Springs, WI 54873 (715) 378-2219 douglascounty.org 12 | www.visitdouglascounty.com
Lucius Woods County Park features camping, hiking trails, a playground, picnic areas, and even an open-air performing arts amphitheater. See page 8 for more information on the Lucius Woods Performing Arts Center.
SUPERIOR PARKS AND FORESTS
Superior Municipal Forest North 28th Street and Wyoming Avenue Superior, WI 54880 (715) 395-7299 ci.superior.wi.us
At 4,400 acres of forest and natural habitat, the Superior Municipal Forest is the thirdlargest forest within a city in the nation. This forest of white and red pine, balsam, cedar, black spruce, white birch, and aspen makes for great hiking, mountain biking, archery, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, paddling, horseback riding, and more. The Superior Municipal Forest is also home to the Millennium Trail.
717 6th Avenue East Superior, WI 54880 (715) 395-7299 ci.superior.wi.us Central Park features a six-hole disc golf course. Faxon Creek runs through the center of the lightly wooded park, which contains two pavilion areas. For a full list of Superior’s City Parks and their addresses, please visit bit.ly/ SuperiorCityParks 800-942-5313
CAMPING Amnicon Falls State Park
4279 South County Highway U South Range, WI 54874 (715) 398-3000 dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/ amnicon/ Number of camp sites: 26 Price range: $16-21 Covered bridge leading to island surrounded by rapids and waterfalls. Hiking and snowshoe trails.
Bois Brule Campground Ranger Road Brule, WI 54820 (715) 372-5678
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dnr.wi.gov/topic/StateForests/ bruleRiver/camping.html Number of camp sites: 22 Price range: $16-21 Located one mile south of Highway 2 in the Brule River State Forest. Pull-in and walk-in sites available. Water by hand pump and vault toilets.
Copper Range Campground
Number of camp sites: 15 Price range: $20-35 Reach this campground by traveling 4.5 miles north of Highway 2 on County Highway H, then west on Park Road. Canoe landing, hand pump, and vault toilet available.
Gordon Dam County Park
Park Road Brule, WI 54820 (715) 372-5678 dnr.wi.gov/topic/StateForests/ bruleRiver/camping.html
7201 East County Highway Y Gordon, WI 54838 (715) 378-2219 Number of sites: 33 Price Range: $15-18
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Wildlife watching area, water by hand pump, public boat launch.
Pattison State Park
Number of sites: 11 Price range: $10 Working dam, fishing, boating. Water by hand pump and public boat launch.
Lucius Woods County Park
9231 East Marion Avenue Solon Springs, WI 54873 (715) 378-2219 douglascountywi.org Number of sites: 24 Price range: $15-18 Home of the Lucius Woods Performing Arts Center with live concerts, a beach, and pavilion for rent.
6294 South State Road 35 Superior, WI 54880 (715) 399-3111 dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/ pattison/ Number of sites: 59 Price range: $18-33
Northland Camping and RV Park
6377 East State Road 13 South Range, WI 54880 (715) 398-3327 northlandcamprv.com
Tallest waterfall in Wisconsin, backpack sites, beach, nature center, skiing, naturalist programs.
Number of sites: 65 Price range: $34 Heated pool, hot tub, sauna, laundry. All full hook-ups, 50 pull throughs, big rigs welcome.
Mooney Dam County Park 14293 South Fowlers Circle Gordon, WI 54838 (715) 378-2219 douglascountywi.org
CAMPING LEGEND Boat Landing Trails/Trail Access Picnic Areas Playground Areas Dump Station
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RV Sites Available Electrical Hookups Water Hookups Showers
ATVING ATV Paradise
With more than 100 miles of maintained summer ATV trails, Douglas County is the perfect destination for your ATV vacation. Fun-filled and heartpumping, ATVing is a great way to experience both the beauty and the thrill of Douglas County’s woods and countryside. Our most notable trails include Saunders Grade, Gandy Dancer Trail, Wild Rivers Trail, and the Tri-County Corridor. In Douglas County, you’ll find an ATV-friendly atmosphere with lots of great trailside businesses and attractions to visit. With plenty of lodging properties and unique restaurants with trail access, Douglas County offers the complete package for your next ATV adventure.
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Winter ATV Trails
When the snow starts falling, Douglas County becomes a winter wonderland for winter ATVing enthusiasts. During the winter season, our ATV trail system grows by hundreds of miles.
Trail conditions, routes, and rules can change so be sure to check with the Douglas County Forestry Department before heading out on your ATV trip for the latest information. Call the Douglas County Trail Hotline 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (715) 378-4528 or go to visitdouglascounty.com/atving. html for trail information, updated trail reports, and more.
Did you know that Douglas County was recently featured on the hit television show Discover Wisconsin? The episode “Four Wheels, Four Counties” follows Discover Wisconsin hosts as they race through Washburn, Barron, Burnett, and Douglas Counties. They explore the extensive ATV trail network while making a few fun stops along the way, of course! To view the episode, along with other ATVing videos, go to visitdouglascounty.com/atving.html
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HIKING AND WALKING TRAILS
Historic Old Bayfield Road
Length: 2.25 miles. Located three miles north of Highway 2 on Clevedon Road in the Brule River State Forest, the trail travels eastward down a hill past former copper mine sites, and then climbs a scenic ridge to pass near the Clevedon fire tower. The trail then continues south and loops back to the parking lot.
North Country Scenic Trail
Length: 16 miles in the Brule River State Forest. The entire trail stretches 4,600 miles from North Dakota to New York and is the longest hiking path in the United States. Camping opportunities are available. Out and back trail.
Length: 3 miles. The Point contains stands of old growth pine, beach dune communities, and marsh open water habitats creating one of the best migratory bird areas in May and September at this intersection of marsh, lake, and woodland.
Amnicon Falls State Park Thimbleberry Nature Trail
The 0.8-mile Thimbleberry Nature Trail is the place to observe a variety of trees, flowers, nonflowering plants, birds, and animals. A side spur leads to a pond, which once was a brownstone quarry. A booklet keyed to numbered signposts tells more about the things youâ€™ll see. The trail also provides views of the flat part of the river as well as easy access to the river bed 16 | www.visitdouglascounty.com
about 0.2 miles downstream from the falls.
Amnicon Falls State Park Trails Around the Falls The most popular trail to view the falls is the 0.25 mile trail on the island. This trail gives you viewing access to the three main falls: Upper, Lower, and Snake Pit. It also provides viewing opportunities to other smaller waterfalls and pools. An additional 0.5 miles of trail goes up and down the river to view many other pools and cascades.
Pattison State Park Big Manitou Falls Overlooks
A pedestrian tunnel takes you from the parkâ€™s main picnic area under Highway 35 to short trails that give you many views of Big Manitou Falls from both sides of the river. This trail is 0.5 miles long. A self-guiding booklet is available to help you discover more about the geology and history of the falls as you hike.
Pattison State Park Big Manitou Falls River Trail
This moderately steep wooded trail leads 0.75 miles downhill to the Black River, 0.25 miles downstream of Big Manitou Falls. At the river, the adjacent cliffs give a pronounced view of the Douglas Fault.
Pattison State Park Beaver Slide Nature Trail
This 2-mile trail circles Interfalls Lake. Discover the plants and animals that thrive in the boreal
Pattison State Park Little Manitou Falls Trail
This trail continues from Beaver Slide Nature Trail south along the Black River.
Pattison State Park Logging Camp Trail
This 4.7-mile trail explores the upland hardwood forest and lowland boreal forest, with glimpses of the Black River from overlooks. A spur trail from the Logging Camp Trail leads to three backpack campsites.
HORSEBACK RIDING TRAILS
Brule River State Forest
Length: 14 miles. Horseback riders can enjoy miles of trails within the Brule River State Forest, including the Brule-St. Croix Snowmobile Trail, hunter walking trails, and numerous back roads.
Douglas County Wildlife Area/County Forest
14 miles of designated horse trails through a gently rolling prairie landscape. Corrals and stables are available for public rental. Additionally, all forest roads and trails that are open for motorized use are open for horseback riding.
Saunders State Trail
Length: 8 miles. The trail begins near the town of Saunders and passes through several communities. The entire trail is open to horseback riding. The trail is not groomed or surfaced 800-942-5313
and may be rough or soft in many sections. Riders must share the trail with motorized vehicles.
Municipal Forest. Trail Difficulty: Intermediate. Trail Type: Singletrack.
Tri-County Recreational Corridor (Ashland and Douglas Counties)
Wild Rivers Trail (Douglas, Barron, and Washburn Counties)
Length: 60 miles. Multi-use trail parallels Highway 2 and stretches from Superior to Ashland. The TriCounty Corridor is an abandoned rail bed trail of pea-sized limestone gravel. Riders must share the trail with motorized vehicles.
MULTI-USE PAVED TRAILS Millennium Trail
Length: 1.6 miles out and back. 10 foot wide paved trail that meanders through the Superior Municipal Forest. Trail difficulty: Easy. Type: Out and back trail.
Length: 5.2 miles. Asphalt paved trail along Superior Bay towards the Intersection of Highway 2/53 to Moccasin Mike Road. Trail Difficulty: Easy. Trail Type: Out and back trail.
MOUNTAIN BIKING TRAILS Mont Du Lac
Length: 5+ miles. Various singletrack mountain bike courses consisting of leg burning climbs and screaming descents. Enjoy gorgeous views of Jay Cook State Park and the St. Louis River Valley. Trail Difficulty: Intermediate to advanced. Trail Type: Single track loops.
Length: 104 miles (total). A well maintained, highway-grade compacted gravel and railroad ballast trail that stretches into three counties. The trail is rich in natural resources and wildlife habitat. Trail Difficulty: Easy. Trail Type: Gravel (former railroad grade). Riders must share the trail with motorized vehicles.
Douglas County is home to more than 100 miles of maintained summer ATV trails. There are also motorized use trails within the City of Superior. Main corridor trails include the Tri-County Corridor, Gandy Dancer State Trail, Saunders State Trail, and Wild Rivers State Trail. For a detailed ATV trail map, please call our Welcome Center at (800) 942-5313. More information about ATVing is on page 15.
OFF HIGHWAY MOTORCYCLE TRAILS
For fun on two wheels, Douglas County has more than five miles of single track off-highway motorcycle trails. These trails connect to more than 45 miles of OHM trails in Minnesota’s Nemadji State Forest. Go to douglascounty.org for more information.
More than 300 miles of groomed snowmobile trails reach all areas of Douglas County. You will even find trails within the city limits of Superior. Main corridor trails include the Tri-County Corridor, Gandy Dancer State Trail, Saunders State Trail, and Wild Rivers State Trail. Douglas County is connected to an extensive, well maintained system of thousands of miles of snowmobile trails throughout northwestern Wisconsin. For a Northwestern Wisconsin ATV & Snowmobile Corridor Map, please call (800) 942-5313. For more information on snowmobiling in Douglas County, please see page 19.
While this guide gives a great taste of all of the fun trails there are to explore in Superior and Douglas County, please be sure to check our website, visitdouglascounty.com or call the Welcome Center at (800) 9425313 for detailed information and maps. For checking trail conditions, the Douglas County Trail Hotline is available 24/7 at (715) 3784528. Updated conditions may also be found on the “Recreation Reports” page of our website.
Length: 6 miles. Obstacleridden trail in the Superior Superior-Douglas County, WI
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WINTER RECREATION CROSS COUNTRY SKIING Brule River State Forest Afterhours Trail
Superior Municipal Forest
Length: 22+ miles, eight loops. Trails are tracked and groomed for both skate and classic skiing. Difficulty: Beginner to advanced.
West of Brule on the Afterhours Road, just south of US Highway 2 (715) 392-5678 dnr.wi.gov/topic/StateForests/ bruleRiver/
Pattison State Park
Length: 25 km. Afterhours Ski Trail includes an extensive network of some of the regionâ€™s finest and best maintained crosscountry ski trails for both classical and skate skiing. Various loops provide a variety of terrain suitable for both beginning skiers and those with advanced skills.
When snow conditions permit, the park maintains three trail loops for cross-country skiing. Trail difficulty levels range from beginner to moderate. The loops begin at the campground.
Douglas County Trails
Length: 10+ miles, four loops. Trail Difficulty: Easy. Douglas County grooms and maintains more than 10 miles (17 km) of cross-country ski trails between the Towns of Solon Springs and Gordon just off Highway 53. Trails are groomed during the winter season for classic track skiing.
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6294 South State Road 35 Superior, WI 54880 (715) 399-3111 dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/ pattison/
Red loop, 2 miles: This beginnerrated trail can be accessed from the ski trail parking lot in the southwest end of the outside campground loop and offers the flattest terrain. Blue loop, 4.5 miles: This trail is more advanced and follows the Black River. It will take you past an old Martin Pattison logging camp site situated along the Black River near Little Manitou Falls. The trail can be accessed from the ski trail parking lot in
the southwest end of the outside campground loop and offers several hills. Orange loop, 5.5 miles: This is the most advanced trail and follows the blue loop for most of the way with a small loop that goes past the ski trail shelter. The trail can be accessed from the ski trail parking lot in the southwest end of the outside campground loop and offers several hills.
Amnicon Falls State Park
Length: 1.5 miles. Trail Type: loop. Trail doesnâ€™t have access to the river but provides a convenient way to enjoy some of the remote areas of the park in winter. The trail is fairly flat with some steeper segments in and out of the ancient river valley.
Historic Bayfield Road Trail
Length: 2.25 miles. This Brule River State Forest trail is historically significant. Along this route the first road between Superior and Bayfield was built in 1870. It was then used 800-942-5313
to transport freight, mail, and passengers until it was replaced by the railroad in 1885.
Pattison State Park
Pattison State Park has a number of informal trails available for snowshoeing in the winter.
One of the best ways to see Douglas County is from the back of a sled! We are home to more than 300 miles of groomed snowmobile trails. Trails are well maintained and kept in great condition, and you will find many trailside dining and lodging options that welcome snowmobile enthusiasts with open arms. Douglas County is connected to neighboring counties via corridor trails, including the Gandy Dancer State Trail, Saunders State Trail, Wild Rivers State Trail, and TriCounty Corridor. Northwest Wisconsin is an interconnected series of trails and corridors â€” perfect for those who want to embark on a long winter snowmobile adventure!
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Gandy Dancer State Trail Northern Segment
In total, the Gandy Dancer State Trail is 98 miles long and crosses into Minnesota. About 15 miles of the trail run through the northern segment of Douglas County. The trail meets up with the Saunders State Trail just south of Superior. The trail is also open to crosscountry skiing and snowshoeing but is not groomed for these activities.
Saunders State Trail
This trail starts near the intersection of State Highway 35 and County Highway C just south of Superior and passes through eight miles of Douglas County before crossing into Minnesota. ATVs are allowed on the trail year-round. The trail is also open to cross-country skiers and snowshoers, but is not groomed for these activities.
Wild Rivers State Trail
An integral piece of Northwest Wisconsinâ€™s interconnected snowmobile trail network, The Wild Rivers State Trail is more than 100 miles long and runs through Douglas, Barron, and
Washburn Counties. Like the Gandy Dancer and Saunders State Trails, the Wild Rivers State Trail is open to ATVs year-round, as well as other recreational opportunities.
This trail is your connection from Superior to the City of Ashland. The trail runs on more than 60 miles of improved railroad grade and parallels US Highway 2. The trail passes through forested areas, but is not on state forest property.
For the most up-to-date version of the Douglas County snowmobile trails map, please call the Superior-Douglas County Welcome Center at (800) 9425313 or (715) 392-2773. Trail conditions can change rapidly, so be sure to go to visitdouglascounty.com to check the latest recreation reports, or call the 24/7 Douglas County Trail Hotline at (715) 378-4528. Be sure to research area conditions, rules, and regulations before hitting the trails for a safe and happy trip!
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LODGING Androy Hotel
1213 Tower Avenue Superior, WI 54880 (715) 394-7731 androyhotel.com Guest Rooms: 45 Rate Range Double Occupancy: $39-85
Barkers Island Inn & Conference Center 300 Marina Drive Superior, WI 54880 (715) 392-7152 barkersislandinn.com
Black Bear Casino Resort 1785 Highway 210 Carlton, MN 55718 (218) 878-2327 (888) 771-0777 blackbearcasinoresort.com
Guest Rooms: 408 Price Range Double Occupancy: $49-160
See our ad on page 21.
N10884 Hoinville Road Trego, WI 54888 (800) 577-4848
Guest Rooms: 68 Rate Range Double Occupancy: $99-219
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Superior Inn Hampton Inn
Guest Rooms: 111 Rate Range Double Occupancy: $94-270
Heartwood Conference Center & Retreat
310 Canal Park Drive, Duluth (218) 720-3000 (800) 426-7866 hampton.com/hi/duluth Guest Rooms: 103 Rate Range Double Occupancy: $99-299 See our ad on page 2.
525 Hammond Avenue Superior, WI 54880 (715) 394-7706 (800) 777-8599 superiorinn.com Guest Rooms: 69 Rate Range Double Occupancy: $39-165 See our ad on page 21.
LODGING LEGEND Continental Breakfast
Indoor Pool Whirlpool/ Sauna
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Packages/ Specials Pets Allowed
Truck/RV Parking Snow Trail Access ATV Trail Access
SUPERIOR-DOUGLAS COUNTY AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND VISITORS BUREAU MEMBERS Amnicon Acres Campground & RV Park 4505 East Tri Lakes Road, Superior (715) 399-8443 Androy Hotel 1213 Tower Avenue, Superior (715) 394-7731 Barkers Island Inn & Conference Center 300 Marina Drive, Superior (715) 392-7152 Bay Motel 306 East 3rd Street, Superior (715) 392-5166 Bay Walk Inn 1405 Susquehanna Avenue, Superior (715) 392-7600 Best Western Bridgeview 415 Hammond Avenue, Superior (715) 392-8174 Black Bear Casino Resort 1789 Hwy 210, Carlton (888) 771-0777
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites 303 2nd Avenue East, Superior (715) 392-3444 Minnesuing Acres 8084 Minnesuing Acres Drive, Lake Nebagamon (715) 374-2262 Northland Camping & RV Park 6377 East State Road 13, South Range (715) 398-3327 Pattison/Amnicon Falls State Parks 6294 South State Road 35, Superior (715) 399-3111 Radisson Hotel Duluth-Harborview 505 W. Superior Street, Duluth (218) 727-8981 Residence Inn by Marriott Duluth 517 West Central Entrance, Duluth (218) 279-2885 South Pier Inn 701 Lake Avenue South, Duluth (218) 786-9007 Super 8 Motel of Superior 4901 East 2nd Street, Superior (715) 398-7686 Superior Inn 525 Hammond Avenue, Superior (800) 777-8599
Brule River Motel 13844 E Hwy 2, Brule (715) 372-4815 Econo Lodge near Mill Hill Mall 4197 Haines Road, Duluth (218) 722-5522 Heartwood Conference Center & Retreat N10884 Hoinville Road, Trego (800) 577-4848 or (715) 466-6300
CHECK LODGING AVAILABILITY During busy times of year, it’s not uncommon for hotels in Superior to be completely booked! Be sure to call ahead to make reservations whenever possible. The Superior-Douglas County Area Chamber of Commerce has a handy lodging availability calendar on our website. This calendar is updated frequently and shows rooms available for approximately the next 90 days. Visit superiorchamber.org/ places-to-stay for a link to the Superior-Douglas County area lodging availability calendar. For questions about area lodging, please call the Superior-Douglas County Welcome Center at (715) 392-2773 or (800) 942-5313.
Swanson’s Motel, Campground & Cabins 11829 S. Business 53, Solon Springs (715) 378-2215
An Island getaway in northern Wisconsin? Barkers Island Inn — making the unthinkable possible! 300 Marina Drive, Superior, WI 54880 | Visit www.barkersislandinn.com or call 715-392-7152 for reservations!
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Aces on 29th
2827 Oakes Avenue Superior, WI 54880 (715) 392-2546 aceson29.com Did you know that Aces on 29th is one of the largest Banquet and Meeting spaces in Superior? Let Ace’s help plan your occasion. No room or linen charge with your minimum order. Private parties of 20 and up to 100 plus. If your party is bigger than that, booking all of Aces is always an option. Call today 715-392-2546, and reserve your special occasion. Ace’s is open seven days a week serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Come enjoy your favorite cocktail, and view the many large screen TVs in Superior’s number 1 sports bar. Mon—Fri 11 a.m. to close Sat—Sun 9 a.m. to close 22 | www.visitdouglascounty.com
Barkers Waterfront Grille
Epic Restaurant & Lounge
The tranquil atmosphere and excellent food is well worth a visit. While dining, you will enjoy a beautiful view of Barker’s Island Marina on Lake Superior. Local specialties feature fresh Lake Superior white fish and lake trout. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Friday Fish Fry.
Epic provides an inviting atmosphere and a dining experience that is casual, yet elegant. Their menu features classic American cuisine with a fancy twist, and they use locally produced ingredients whenever possible. Epic’s banquet facilities are perfect for wedding receptions, private meetings and your one of a kind parties.
300 Marina Drive Superior, WI 54880 (715) 392-7152 barkersislandinn.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Mid-June—Mid-September Sun—Thu 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fri—Sat 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
3223 Tower Avenue Superior, WI 54880 (715) 718-5677 www.epic.restaurant
Call or visit our website for current hours.
Mid-September—Mid-June Mon—Thu 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fri—Sat 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sun 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. 800-942-5313
Keyport Restaurant and Lounge 1900 Belknap Street Superior, WI 54880 (715) 392-3377 keyportliquors.com
Homemade soups, sandwiches, wraps, toasted Ciabattas, burgers and salads. Grande Mexicana menu. Homemade pizza, specialty, or create your own. Feel free to call ahead, please allow time for us to do it just right. Full bar. Live dinner music every Thursday and Friday. Karaoke on Friday, and Saturday nights. Lounge open daily at 11 a.m. Kitchen open daily 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. SUPERIOR-DOUGLAS COUNTY AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND VISITORS BUREAU MEMBERS A & W Restaurant 701 Belknap Street, Superior (715) 392-6125 Aces on 29th 2827 Oakes Avenue, Superior (715) 392-2546 Aroma’s 6869 S Lake Avenue, Lake Nebagamon 715-372-9080 Barkers Waterfront Grille 300 Marina Drive, Superior (715) 392-7152 Big Apple Bagels 1224 Belknap Street, Superior (715) 718-0051 Buffet at the Bear, Seven Fires Steakhouse - Black Bear Casino Resort 1789 Hwy 210, Carlton (888) 771-0777 Burger King Superior 724 Belknap Street, Superior (715) 392-9555
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China Inn 15 Belknap Street, Superior (715) 392-3434
CHECK OUT RESTAURANT MENUS
Dunkin’ Donuts 3110 Tower Avenue, Superior 715-718-2200
The Superior-Douglas County Welcome Center, located at 305 Harborview Parkway inside the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center, has a selection of menus from Chamber Member restaurants.
Eagles Club FOE #80 1710 N. 12th Street, Superior (715) 392-6560 Eddie’s World Famous Ribs 5221 East 4th Street, Superior (715) 398-0191
Call the Superior-Douglas County Welcome Center at (715) 3922773 or (800) 942-5313 to check hours before stopping by!
Epic Restaurant & Lounge 3223 Tower Avenue, Superior (715) 718-5677 Erbert & Gerbert’s 1325 Tower Avenue, Superior (715) 392-5305 The Clubhouse - Gordon Pines Golf Course 6809 E Fire Hill Road, Minong (715) 376-4653 Grizzly’s Wood Fired Grill 3405 Tower Avenue, Superior (715) 392-5210
Perkins Bakery & Restaurant 109 East 2nd Street, Superior (715) 392-8544 Radisson Hotel Duluth-Harborview 505 W. Superior Street, Duluth (218) 727-8981 Red Mug Coffeehouse 916 Hammond Avenue, Superior (715) 392-2662
Gronk’s Grill & Bar 4909 E. 2nd Street, Superior (715) 398-0333
The Shack 3301 Belknap Steet, Superior (715) 392-3463
Hammond Steak House 1402 North 5th Street, Superior (715) 392-3269 Keyport Liquor, Restaurant & Lounge 1900 Belknap Street, Superior (715) 392-3377 Kro Bar & Grill 13920 East US Hwy 2, Brule (715) 372-4876
Shamrock Bar & Pizza 5825 Tower Avenue, Superior (715) 394-9913 Spirit Room 1323 Broadway St., Ct. 100, Superior 715-817-4775 Super One Foods 1515 Oakes Avenue, Superior (715) 392-6218
Little Caesars Pizza 114 Belknap Street, Superior (715) 718-0577
Superior Dairy Queen 3100 Tower Avenue, Superior (715) 392-6654
McDonald’s Restaurant 2026 Tower Avenue, Superior (715) 392-5727
Sweeden Sweets 601 Tower Ave, Superior 715-718-0713
McDonald’s Restaurant East End 2115 East 2nd Street, Superior (715) 398-5422
Vintage Italian Pizza 1201 Tower Avenue, Superior (715) 392-5555
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endless, featuring more than 100 different selections of Scotch alone. Check out our selection of local and Wisconsin-made beverages, or fill up at the craft beer growler station.
Campbell Lumber 3107 Tower Avenue, Superior (715) 394-7721
The Duluth Pottery, Superior Division, features the Maiolica pottery and hand-made tile of artist Karin Kraemer. Come in and see the studio, order custom tiles for your project, and buy colorful, hand-painted pottery.
Open daily, including holidays, 8 a.m. to midnight
The Country Schoolhouse Quilt Shop 2104 East 5th Street, Superior (715) 398-0150
Open most days from 9 a.m. ‘til late, or by appointment.
Advance Auto Parts 2002 Tower Avenue, Superior (715) 718-6032
Douglas County Farmers’ Market Association 35335 Wentala Road, Brule (715) 372-8441
Belknap Liquor Lounge 130 Belknap Street, Superior (715) 394-3616
Earth Exchange 1713 Belknap Street, Superior (715) 392-0620
Belknap Plaza 130 Belknap Street, Superior (715) 394-3616
Framing By Nancy 1720 Tower Avenue, Superior (715) 395-9402
Blaine Business Center 823 Belknap Street, Suite 110, Superior (715) 394-5588
Globe News 1430 Tower Avenue, Superior (715) 392-2090
916 Hammond Avenue Superior, WI 54880 (715) 399-0921 duluthpottery.com email@example.com
1900 Belknap Street Superior, WI 54880 (715) 392-3377 keyportliquors.com Newly remodeled, Keyport Liquor carries the area’s best selection of wine, spirits, domestic beer, craft beer, and imports. Our spirits selection is virtually 24 | www.visitdouglascounty.com
SUPERIOR-DOUGLAS COUNTY AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND VISITORS BUREAU MEMBERS
Carlson’s Floor Center Inc. 2032 East 5th Street, Superior (715) 398-6503
Dan’s Feed Bin, Inc 806 Hammond Avenue, Superior (715) 394-6639
Hammond Steak House & Liquor Store 1402 North 5th Street, Superior (715) 392-3269
Posh Affair Boutique 1705 Tower Avenue, Superior (715) 392-3017
Sweeden Sweets 601 Tower Ave, Superior 715-718-0713
Interstate All Battery Center 426 John Avenue, Superior (715) 392-3710
Prime Appliance 2817 Banks Avenue, Superior (715) 395-5715
Walmart Store 3705 Tower Avenue, Superior (715) 392-6060
Keyport Liquor, Restaurant & Lounge 1900 Belknap Street, Superior (715) 392-3377
Sears Hometown Store 69 North 28th Street, Superior (715) 392-4400
White Winter Winery 68323 Lea Street, Iron River (715) 372-5656
Nemadji Golf Club - Pro Shop 5 North 58th Street East, Superior (715) 394-0266
Shabby Shed 6101 Tower Avenue, Superior 218-590-8577
Wine Beginnings 1705 Tower Avenue, Suite 100, Superior (715) 392-8466
Northwest Outlet 1814 Belknap Street, Superior (715) 392-9838
The Shack 3301 Belknap Street, Superior (715) 392-3463
Nummi Jewelers, LLC 1120 Belknap Street, Superior (715) 392-3470
Shannonâ€™s Stained Glassery 5904 Tower Avenue, Superior (715) 392-6009
Oulu Glass LLC 1695 W. Colby Road, Brule (715) 372-4160
Sterling Silver Studio, LLC 69 North 28th Street, Suite 1A, Superior (715) 394-4660
Play It Again Sports 124 Belknap Street, Superior (715) 392-3700
Superior Glass Inc. 823 Belknap Street, Suite 110, Superior (715) 394-5588
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HISTORY AND HERITAGE From the early Native Americans to a history bustling with shipping and industry — like the history of northern Wisconsin, Douglas County’s heritage is a mosaic of culture, history, nature, and industry. The first-known inhabitants of Douglas County were Mound Builders, an advanced group of people that mined copper in the Minong Range and at Manitou Falls on the Black River. In 1618, Stephen Brule’, a French voyager for Champlain, coasted along the south shore of Lake Superior and the Ojibwa people. In 1632, Champlain’s map appeared showing “Lac Superior de Tracy” as Lake Superior and the lower end shore as “Fond du Lac.” Soon after, fur trading companies established settlements. For more than a century, the Hudson Bay Company, the Northwestern Fur Company, and the John Jacob Aster Fur Company maintained trading posts with the Native Americans. Soon, the entire Wisconsin Territory grew with a steady influx of immigrants from England, Scandinavia, Ireland, and Germany. In 1848, Wisconsin became the 30th state to join the Union. Helping to spur the growth of northern Wisconsin, Douglas County lies on one of the major water
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highways used by early travelers Abraham Lincoln, Douglas County and voyagers of inland America. This would hold pride in its largest city, water trail, the Bois Brule-St. Croix Superior, and money was pumped River Portage Trail, was the most into the city’s shipping and railway convenient connecting link between industries. That pride continues even Lake Superior and the Mississippi today. River. We have many attractions that Spurred by the prospect of a pay homage to our rich history. For lucrative shipping and iron ore historical attractions in Superior and industry, businessmen from Chicago Douglas County, see page 7. and St. Paul laid claim to the Superior site and plans began for the plotting of a great city. Immediately there was eagerness for a railroad from Lake Superior to the Pacific Coast. This was later realized with construction of the Northern Pacific, and the dream of a rail and water highway from coast to coast was born. In 1889, the booming settlement at the Fairlawn Mansion Buy one 906 E. 2nd St. Head of the Lakes admission, would soon be named S.S. Meteor receive the second Barker’s Island the county seat for Old Firehouse Wisconsin’s fourthfor 1/2 price & Police Museum largest county. Named 402 23rd Ave. E. Good through December 30, 2016. for Senator Stephen No admission charge Not valid with any other offers. A. Douglas of Illinois, 715-394-5712 www.superiorpublicmuseums.org famed opponent of
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Gitchee Gummi Brewfest April 16, 2016 Wessman Arena 2600 Catlin Avenue Superior, WI 54880 ggbrewfest.com
Homegrown Music Festival: Superior Night April 28, 2016 Various locations duluthhomegrown.org
Jaws Fishing Derby June 3-4, 2016 wlsta.org
Gordon Good Neighbor Days July 1-4, 2016
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Throughout Gordon gordonwi.us.com
A Superior Fourth of July July 4, 2016 Throughout Superior superior4thjuly.com
Insane Inflatable 5K July 9, 2016 Richard Bong Airport 4804 Hammond Avenue Superior, WI 54880 insaneinflatable5k.com
Bike Northwoods Tour
July 9-15, 2016 Superior to Bayfield and back bikewisconsin.com
Fairlawn Mansion Ice Cream Social
July 20, 2016 Fairlawn Mansion 906 East Second Street Superior, WI 54880 superiorpublicmuseums.org
Superior Downtown Summerfest July 23, 2016 Tower Avenue Superior, WI 54880 superiorbid.com
Cowboy Fast Draw Wisconsin State Championship
July 15-17, 2016 Head of the Lakes Fairgrounds 800-942-5313
4600 Tower Avenue Superior, WI 54880 cowboyfastdraw.com
15 Marina Drive Superior, WI 54880 superiorchamber.org
Lake Superior Day
Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival
July 17, 2016 Barker’s Island Festival Park 15 Marina Drive Superior, WI 54880 superiorforum.org
Twin Ports Lakefest
August 6, 2016 Barker’s Island Festival Park 15 Marina Drive Superior, WI 54880
AMSOIL Power Boat Championships August 19-21, 2016 Barkers Island
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August 26-27, 2016 Barker’s Island 15 Marina Drive Superior, WI 54880 lakesuperiordragons.com
Great Northern Classic Rodeo
September 2-4, 2016 Head of the Lakes Fairgrounds 4600 Tower Avenue Superior, WI 54880 greatnorthernclassicrodeo.com
October 22, 2016 Greater Downtown Superior superiorbid.com
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OUR COMMUNITIES #1 Poplar
villageofpoplar.com Located 20 minutes east of Superior on US Highway 2, Poplar lies outside of the “Lake Superior Lake Effect Zone.” Quite often the weather is warmer and the sky is sunnier than in the Twin Ports letting golfers enjoy a great day of golf at the Poplar Golf Course.
#2 Lake Nebagamon
The quaint village of Lake Nebagamon is more than 100 years old and its origin in the logging industry is preserved in its log-constructed auditorium, which is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Entertainment for the entire family originates at the heart of this community surrounding its 950acre pristine lake.
brule-wi.org Once a timber boomtown, the quiet community of Brule straddles US Highway 2, the multi-use recreational Tri-County Corridor and the internationally known Bois Brule River. Not only is Brule a destination for serious fly fishermen from around the world, but it is also the jumping off spot for canoeing and kayaking on the river and hiking, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, ATVing, and snowshoeing in the Brule River State Forest.
#4 Eau Claire Lakes
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fed, clear water lakes. The three larger lakes, Upper Eau Claire, Middle Eau Claire and the Lower Eau Claire, act as the focal point, with eight smaller spring-fed lakes, linked and feeding into them. Fishing is excellent in the spring and the fall. The lakes support a good population of game fish, including muskellunge, northern and walleye pike, small and largemouth bass, with crappies, bluegills, sunfish, and perch rounding out the species. Good trout fishing can be enjoyed in the area’s rivers and streams.
gordonwi.us Gordon is a vacation paradise offering year-round activities including boating, fishing, snowmobile and ATV trails, crosscountry skiing, and some of the best hunting in Wisconsin. Enjoy the crystal blue waters, where the Eau Claire and St. Croix rivers meet, surrounded by the hardwood forests and vivid wild flowers.
#8 Solon Springs
#5 Tri Lakes Area
trilakescivicclub.org Amnicon, Dowling, and Lyman Lakes are the backbone for sporting fun in the “Tri-Lakes Area.” Amnicon and Dowling Lakes are rated Class A musky lakes with abundant walleye and bass fishing.
north” to relax! This is “up north” at its best.
visitwascott.com Woods, water, and wildlife – not a dream, but a reality. You need only travel to the southern tip of Douglas County, bordering on Washburn County, to experience what others may only dream of. With miles of wellgroomed recreational trails, more than 100 pristine lakes to fish, swim, and boat, and thousands of acres of forest land where visitors may hunt and hike, it is no wonder that people head “up
solonsprings.net Situated on beautiful 855-acre Lake St Croix, Solon Springs is popular for fishing boating and water skiing. Several boat landings in the village allow easy access to the lake. Additionally, Solon Springs is music to your ears. Nestled between tall pine trees and the shores of pristine Lake St. Croix, this community exhibits its many talents at the Lucius Woods Performing Arts Center.
For activities, events and businesses go to visitwascott.com
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PHOTOGRAPHY CREDITS Cover photo: “Good Morning Superior” photo of Lake Superior by Megan Wilson
Pages 13-14: Camping Legend icons courtesy of flaticon.com
Page 25: Home decor photo from Shabby Shed Facebook page
Page 2: Milky Way at Pattison State Park by Benjamin Peterson
Page 14: Lucious Woods Performing Arts Center photo by Catherine Khalar
Pages 4-5: Lake Superior beach glass by Anya Russom
Page 15: ATVing photo by Jim Biros
Page 26: Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center P38 photo from Visitors Bureau archives
Page 6: Wisconsin Point map courtesy of the Superior Parks and Recreation Department
Pages 18-19: Snow covered trees photo by Steve Tanko
Page 9: Superior Downtown Summerfest and Superior Spooktacular photos by Brittany Berrens Markgren
Page 20: King jacuzzi suite photo from barkersislandinn.com Pages 20-21: Lodging Legend icons courtesy of flaticon.com
Page 10: Amnicon Falls State Park photo by Benjamin Peterson
Page 24: Pottery photo from Duluth Pottery Facebook page
Page 13: Mooney Dam County Park photo by Catherine Khalar
Page 25: Clothing photo from Posh Affair Boutique Facebook page
Pages 28-29: Fairlawn Mansion Ice Cream Social photo by Brittany Berrens Markgren Page 30: Douglas County map courtesy of Douglas County Land Records Department Page 32: City of Superior map courtesy of Douglas County Land Records Department Back Cover: Birds on Wisconsin Point photo by Tom Bridge
EMERGENCY INFORMATION AND USEFUL CONTACTS Fire, Police, Medical Personnel Immediate Response: 911 Road Conditions: 511 Douglas County Sheriff (715) 395-1341 Superior Police Department (715) 395-7234 Emergency Room & Hospital Essentia Health St Mary’s Hospital of Superior 3500 Tower Avenue Superior, WI 54880 (715) 817-7000
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Douglas County Trail Hotline (715) 378-4528 Douglas County Forestry (715) 378-2219
Superior Parks and Recreation Hotline (715) 395-7299 Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources - Superior Satellite Center 1701 North 4th Street Superior, WI 54880 (715) 392-7988
Superior-Douglas County Welcome Center (715) 392-2773 or (800) 9425313 Superior-Douglas County Area Chamber of Commerce 205 Belknap Street Superior, WI 54880 (715) 394-7716
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VISIT OUR NEIGHBORS
While we are sure that you’ll find tons of great things to do, places to eat and shop, and friendly lodging in Superior and Douglas County, there is also a lot to explore in Duluth — Superior’s “twin” port! The communities of Superior and Duluth are very closely connected, with just the St. Louis Bay separating the two cities. Across the Bong or Blatnik Bridge, you will find even more outdoor opportunities, lodging, dining, and more. Just consult our friends at Visit Duluth to find out all that awaits in our twin city! You may also find information on attractions such as the Vista Fleet or Glensheen Mansion or find lodging availability over at visitdouglascounty.com
Further into Minnesota, Black Bear Casino Resort in Carlton provides plenty of opportunities for entertainment — from gaming and nightclub entertainment to dining, lodging, and more. See their ad on the opposite page for information. For more information on visiting our Minnesotan neighbors, see the contact information below.
Visit Duluth Official Headquarters and Main Office
directions, and information about Duluth and the surrounding areas to visitors. If you would like more information on lodging, attractions, sight seeing, restaurants or retail shops, please call their toll-free number to speak with a travel information manager. Open Year Round Mon—Fri 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Visit Duluth Official Waterfront Information Center
21 West Superior Street Duluth, MN 55802 (218) 722-4011 (800) 438-5884 visitduluth.com
Located on Harbor Drive (in the Vista Fleet office) (218) 722-6024
Visit Duluth provides brochures,
Summer Hours: Open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
a city for all
SEASONS #AuthenticDuluth... all year long.
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blackbearcasino resort.com Owned and operated by the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
Please play responsibly.
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