2023 Washburn County Official Guide

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BIRCHWOOD | DiscoverBirchwood.com

On a sunny, summer day, surrounded by some of the best fishing in Northwest Wisconsin, it is easy to see why Birchwood is known as the Bluegill Capital of Wisconsin. First stop? Take a picture with the giant bluegill at the edge of town, of course! The area offers endless fishing opportunities. A local favorite for fishing, canoeing or just a day of exploring is the Sawmill Park area just to the north of Birchwood. The area offers a high density of glacial lakes, primitive camping and two canoe portage routes. In addition to the fishing opportunities, Birchwood is also well-known for their vast ATV and snowmobile trail systems. Easy trail access to lodging, dining, and gas make Birchwood a great entry point for exploring the area trails.

LONG LAKE | DiscoverLongLake.com

Long Lake, which stretches 19 miles and reaches depths of over 70 feet is known as the Walleye Capital of Wisconsin. This pristine lake offers several resorts, bait shops, restaurants, and attractions making this a must visit area in Washburn County. The clear, spring-fed water keeps anglers and visitors coming back to Long Lake year after year, generation after generation. Not far from the lake is the small community of Sarona, home to Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary, a 600-acre nature preserve, with 7 miles of hiking trails, including the famous "Bog Trail" and the "Discovery Trail." The Long Lake and Sarona area also offers excellent golfing, miles upon miles of ATV and snowmobile trails, and incredible fishing opportunities for any season.

MINONG | DiscoverMinong.com

If you’re looking for a secluded Northwoods vacation, you'll be in awe of the forests, lakes, and trails surrounding the Minong area. If you're looking for top notch fishing opportunities, you'll find them on the Minong Flowage as well as hundreds of other smaller bodies of water. If you're an ATV or Snowmobile enthusiast, you'll find some of the best trails in Northwest Wisconsin with access to lodging, dining and gas directly from the trails. Minong also offers great family-friendly activities like the Kids' Fishing Pond located right in town. Don't miss Totogatic Park where you'll find an incredible county campground with a great swimming beach. On a rainy day, you'll want to spend some time at the Jack Link’s Aquatic & Activity Center.

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WHO ARE WE?

SHELL LAKE | DiscoverShellLake.com

Imagine a quaint downtown just a block away from a sparkling lake with a public beach, park, bandshell and campground - that is the beautiful small town of Shell Lake. To add to their mix is a booming arts culture with The Potter's Shed, Brickyard Pottery & Gallery and the longest running jazz camp at Shell Lake Arts Center. While in Shell Lake one could enjoy their one-of-a-kind mosaic tour with stops at the information kiosk near the beach, Shell Lake Public Library, the post office, Shell Lake Arts Center, and Brickyard Pottery. Sprinkle in their amazing restaurants and it all comes together to give you the perfect community where things are just a little bit slower paced than the big city lifestyle.

SPOONER | DiscoverSpooner.com

From the quaint downtown rich with railroad history that paved the way to make Spooner what it is today, to one-of-a-kind festivals, events, and attractions and an abundance of recreational opportunities – the town offers a little something for everyone regardless of the season. Calling Spooner ‘home’ is the 69th Annual Spooner Heart of the North Rodeo, the World’s Largest Musky & Walleye Fish Hatchery – Governor Tommy G. Thompson Fish Hatchery and Washburn County’s first brewery – Round Man Brewing Co. The trails, whether you’re a powersports fan and enjoying hitting the ATV or Snowmobile trails or prefer a little slower pace during a peaceful hike or pedaling through the beautiful northwoods on your mountain bike, Spooner’s trails have got you covered.

STONE LAKE | DiscoverStoneLake.com

Located in both Washburn and Sawyer counties, Stone Lake is a small treasure with a big heart. Stone Lake's unique shops, incredible restaurants and sparkling lakes welcome visitors throughout the year with their Northwoods hospitality. This is especially evident in the fall when Stone Lake hosts their annual Cranberry Festival with arts & craft vendors, krate box derby, parade, and delicious cranberry treats. While Cranberry Festival might be the most popular time of year in Stone Lake, you won't want to miss exploring the beauty of the area lakes year 'round. From its namesake, Stone Lake, located near town, to Big Sissabagama and Sand Lake, both well known by local anglers, there are plenty of fun days on the lake to be had.

Washburn County Tourism Association is a non-profit 501c.6 organization whose main mission is to promote tourism in Washburn County. Our members are made up of tourism businesses and organizations from all over the Washburn County area who have a vested interest in the health and economy of our area. Our team operates the Washburn County Visitor Center located at 122 North River Street in Spooner. Stop in and say “hi” when you’re out and about in the area.
CONNECT WITH US WASHBURN COUNTY TOURISM ASSOCIATION, INC. 122 NORTH RIVER STREET SPOONER, WI 54801 800-367-3306 | INFO@WASHBURNCOUNTY.ORG Facebook.com/WashburnCounty #WashburnCounty @WashburnCounty Sign Up for our e-Newsletter at: washburncounty.org
The Washburn County Official Guide was prepared by Washburn County Tourism Association and Advance Printing, in cooperation with participating businesses and communities. All rights reserved by Washburn County Tourism Association. We have done our best to provide the most accurate information possible. All details are subject to change. Please let our advertisers know you saw their ad in the Washburn County Visitor Guide.
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BIRCHWOOD, LONG LAKE & SARONA

Big Chetac Resort

715.354.3865 | 2708 N Cty Rd F | Birchwood bigchetacresort.com

Birchwood Chamber of Commerce PO Box 125 | Birchwood birchwoodwi.com

Blue Heron Chalet, The N2904 Jesse Rd | Sarona

Dalen's Resort

715.354.3570 | 1764 N Cty Rd F | Birchwood dalensresort.com

Fred Thomas Resort 715.354.3761 | 2086N Cty Rd F | Birchwood fredthomasresort.com

Gathering Place Resort & Lodge 715.354.3029 | 2738 27 1/2 Ave | Birchwood gatheringplaceresort.com

Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary 715.635.6543 | N2384 Hunt Hill Rd. | Sarona hunthill.org

Long Lake Chamber of Commerce 715.635.3260 | PO Box 19 | Sarona longlakewisconsin.org

Maple Terrace Resort 715.354.3842 | 1120 Maple Terrace Dr. | Birchwood mapleterraceresort.com

Pioneer Village Museum 715.458.2080 | 1866 13 1/2 Ave | Cameron pioneervillagemuseum.org

Sam's Place Resort 715.635.9677 | W3041 Morningside Rd. | Sarona

MINONG, TREGO & SURROUNDING

Heartwood Resort 715.319.3064 | N10884 Hoinville Rd. | Trego heartwoodresort.com

Jack Link's Aquatic & Activity Center 715.972.8320 | 714 W Hokah St. | Minong jlaac.org

Jack Link's Protein Snacks 715.466.6118 | 1 Snack Food Ln | Minong jacklinks.com

Kimball Lake Resort 715.466.2413 | W8150 St. Croix Trail Rd. | Minong kimballlakeresort.com

Minong Area Chamber of Commerce 715.466.2488 | PO Box 302 | Minong minongchamber.com

Minong Flowage Association 715.466.2370 | PO Box 167 | Minong minongflowage.org

Uniquely Yourz 715.466.1080 | 313 W 5th Ave | Minong uniquely-yourz2.com

Wash & Shop Laundromat 312 Bus Hwy 53 | Minong

Water's Edge Villa 30011 Mierva Dam Rd | Danbury

Wild River Trail Inn 715.558.3493 | 740 Adams St | Minong wildrivertrailinn.com

SHELL LAKE & SPOONER

Alley Cats Coffee

715.635.3438 | 1109 N River St. | Spooner alleycatscoffee.com

Anchor Campgrounds 715.635.2614 | W9076 Cty Hwy E | Spooner anchorcampgrounds.com

Bashaw Lake Resort 262.391.6817 | 3215 Lakeview Church Rd | Shell Lake bashawlakeresort.com

Benson Thompson Realty

715.635.3333 | 310 N River St. | Spooner bensonthompson.com

Best Western Spooner Riverplace 715.635.9770 | 101 W Maple St. | Spooner bestwestern.com

Brickyard Pottery & Gallery 715.468.7341 | W9008 Brickyard Rd | Shell Lake brickyardpottery.com

Dock Coffee, The 715.635.1919 | 218 Walnut St. | Spooner thedockcoffee.com

Edina Realty - Sacco Group 715.645.0832 | 206 Vine St. | Spooner sacco-group.com

Essentia Health 715.635.2151 | 1180 Chandler Dr. | Spooner essentiahealth.org

SHELL LAKE & SPOONER (CONT.)

Fossil Fuel, LLC 715.733.0879 | 125 Anderson Ave. | Shell Lake fossilfuelllc.com

Ignite Dispensary 715.939.1290 | 761 W Beaverbrook Ave. | Spooner ignitedispensary.com

Lakeview Bar & Grill 715.731.0080 | 5 W 5th Ave | Shell Lake lakeviewbarandgrill.com

LandProz Real Estate 715.296.8690 | Shell Lake landproz.com

Live Fast Fit Free 715.651.5774 | 125 Anderson Ave. | Shell Lake livefastfitfree.com

Masterjohn Realty 715.939.1265 | 203 N. River St. | Spooner masterjohn.com

Northwind Book & Fiber 715.635.6811 | 205 Walnut St. | Spooner northwindbook.com

Potter's Shed, The 715.468.4122 | 260 Industrial Blvd. | Shell Lake thepottersshed.com

Railroad Memories Museum 715.635-3325 | 424 N Front St. | Spooner

11 Red Cross Pharmacy 715.635.2117 | 146 Walnut St | Spooner

35 Round Man Brewing Co. 715.939.1800 | 234 Walnut St | Spooner roundmanbrewing.com

Sawyer Creek Cattle 715.939.2686 | W8578 Cty Hwy B | Shell Lake sawyercreekcattle.com

Schmitz's Economart 715.635.2836 | 700 S River St. | Spooner schmitzeconomart.com

Shell Lake Arts Center 715.468.2414 | 802 1st St. | Shell Lake shelllakeartscenter.org

Shell Lake Chamber of Commerce 715.468.7679 | PO Box 121 | Shell Lake shelllake.org

Shell Lake State Bank 715.468.7858 | 102 5th Ave | Shell Lake shelllakestatebank.com

Spooner Area Chamber of Commerce 715.635.2168 | 122 N. River St. | Spooner spoonerchamber.org

Spooner Golf Club 715.635.3580 | W6120 Co. Hwy. H | Spooner spoonergolf.com

Spooner Health 715.635.2111 | 1280 Chandler Dr. | Spooner spoonerhealth.com

Tim Reedy - State Farm Agency 715.635.9510 | 718 N River St | Spooner timreedy.net

Trillium Home 715.939.1771 | 237 Walnut St. | Spooner trillium-home.com

Washburn Co. Economic Development Corp. 715.635.8242 | 208 Vine St. | Spooner washburncodevelopment.com

Whiskey Creek Campground 715.635.2462 | W8050 Carlton Rd. | Spooner whiskeycreekcampgroundwi.com

Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Museum 715.635.2479 | 312 N Front St | Spooner wisconsincanoeheritagemuseum.org

Wisconsin Lumberjacks 715.939.1200 | 301 Walnut St. | Spooner wisconsinlumberjacks.com

SPRINGBROOK, STONE LAKE & HAYWARD

Advance Printing of Hayward 715.634.6888 | 15576 US Highway 63 | Hayward advanceprintinghayward.com

Camp Namekagon 715.766.2277 | W2108 Larson Rd. | Springbrook campnamekagon.com

James Netz Photography 612.508.0940 | 15844 W 2nd St | Hayward jamesnetzphotography.com

Red Schoolhouse Wines 5768N 4th St S | Stone Lake redschoolhousewines.com

Stone Lake Area Historical Society 715.865.4940 | 6064 Stone Lake Rd. | Stone Lake stonelakeareahistoricalsociety.com

Stone Lake Chamber of Commerce PO Box 75 | Stone Lake stonelakewi.com

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IMMERSED IN THE Arts

Galleries, art fairs, murals, mosaics it’s easy to immerse yourself in the arts when you visit Washburn County. If you’ve never been to The Potter’s Shed in Shell Lake, you’ll need to mark this spot on your bucket list. With live music in their charming garden venue, an art gallery exploding with talented works, and even a creative zone to try your hand at art, it’s a true hidden gem in the Northwoods.

Take a walk around Shell Lake and spot the unique handmade mosaics around town. A Mosaic Tour is available at WashburnCounty.org to make sure you don’t miss any of these cool public art displays. Plan a stop at the Brickyard Pottery & Gallery, housed in a historic brick schoolhouse to find an incredible display of artwork from local artists.

Next up, head to downtown Spooner, home to several unique galleries and even a few murals. As you visit the galleries of Spooner, be sure to check out the original tin ceilings. Pick up the Tin Ceiling Brochure at the Washburn County Visitor Center to learn about the rich history of each building.

Lastly, you won’t want to miss the arts & craft fairs held throughout the year to chat with the artists directly and find the perfect gift. A full list of events can be found at WashburnCounty.org.

Ask the Locals TOP ITINERARIES

We get it - you want to know what the locals do around here. Where is the best swimming spot? Is there a cool spot to take a farm tour? What about the best winter fat bike trail? You’re in for a treat - we’ve had some long-time locals put together a few of their top places in several themed itineraries. Whether you’re here for a day or a full week, you’ll find unique, authentic, and memorable stops to put on your itinerary. Visit WashburnCounty.org for a full list of itineraries.

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Sip on a martini made from grains grown on site. Take in the sights on a historic train ride. Try your hand at painting pottery. Immerse yourself in nature at the local nature sanctuary. Make a splash at the indoor pool and play structure. Learn how Wisconsin’s lakes are stocked by touring the local fish hatchery. There are so many opportunities to experience all the fun that Washburn County offers. Here are some ideas to help you start planning your next Washburn County adventure.

SHELL LAKE ARTS CENTER & ERIKA QUAM MEMORIAL THEATRE

715-468-2414 | ShellLakeArtsCenter.org

802 1st St. | Shell Lake, WI 54871

One of the oldest continuous running jazz camps in the nation, Shell Lake Arts Center offers a variety of programs for youth and adults. Be sure to check out the Friday Summer Concert Series. The Erika Quam Memorial Theatre produces monthly community concerts and other events throughout the year.

SPOONER CIVIC CENTER 715-939-1106 | SpoonerCivicCenter.com 301 Walnut St. | Spooner, WI 54801

Located in the heart of downtown Spooner, the Civic Center is the sports hub of Spooner. Offering an indoor skating rink, skate rentals, 24 hour gym and walking track, as well as a multi-use banquet hall. Home ice of the Wisconsin Lumberjacks.

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& ATTRACTIONS THE POTTER’S SHED 715-468-4122 | ThePottersShed.com 260 Industrial Blvd. | Shell Lake, WI 54871 Like nowhere else - The Potter's Shed offers a hands on creative zone where you can paint your own pottery. Take a stroll through the garden to look for the hidden fairy doors, listen to live music at the Shed, and browse the art gallery, home to hundreds of artists.
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LINK’S AQUATIC & ACTIVITY CENTER 715-972-8320 | jlaac.org | 714 West Hokah St. | Minong, WI 54859 50,000 square feet of fun, family, and fitness. JLAAC offers a Zero Depth Entry Heated Pool, Aquatic Play Structure, Lap Lanes, Gymnasium, Full Cardio and Weight Machines. Pickleball, Basketball, Group Fitness Classes, Arts & Crafts, Computers, Showers, and more. Day Passes, Monthly & Annual Memberships available.
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BREWERIES, DISTILLERIES & WINERIES

NAMEKAGON RIVER VISITOR CENTER

715-635-8346 | NPS.gov/SACN | W5483 Hwy 63 | Trego, WI 54888

Operated by the National Park Service, features exhibits including a life-sized replica sturgeon, interactive and hands on exhibits, and a diorama featuring animals found along the Namekagon River.

SPOONER AG RESEARCH STATION TEACHING & DISPLAY GARDEN 715-635-3506 | spooner.ars.wisc.edu

N5264 Orchard Ln. | Spooner, WI 54801

One acre, All American Selections Winner, display garden includes landscaped perennial and annual display gardens, an enabling garden, themed vegetable gardens and displays of small fruits, grapes and fruit trees.

CLOVER MEADOW WINERY & WHITE WOLF DISTILLERY

715-468-4224 | CloverMeadow.com 23396 Thompson Road | Shell Lake, WI 54871

The only certified organic winery in the Midwest! Specializing in Wisconsin wines, Clover Meadow focuses on wines made from Northern WI grown fruit, grapes, and botanicals. White Wolf Distillery, also located on site, offers some of the best brandies, moonshine and cordials on the market. Tours and tastings are available.

PERLICK DISTILLERY 715-296-5087 | PerlickDistillery.com

W5150 County Hwy B | Sarona, WI 54870

Perlick Distillery is a family owned business that produces fine spirits distilled from grains grown on site from their five generation farm. The tasting room offers a cocktail and martini menu, as well as seasonal drinks.

SPOONER DOG PARK

Intersection of Northland Dr. & Roundhouse Rd. | Spooner, WI 54801

This 1 1/2 acre fenced, off-leash dog park features play structures, water, and waste bags. It's the perfect spot for your furry-friend to stretch their legs and get in some much needed play time.

SPOONER FISH HATCHERY 715-635-4147 | SpoonerHatchery.com 951 West Maple St. | Spooner, WI 54801

See hatchery incubation in glass viewing tanks, learn to tell the age of a fish and what lures to use to catch one and more at the Governor Tommy Thompson State Fish Hatchery.

HISTORICAL ATTRACTIONS

ROUND MAN BREWING COMPANY

715-939-1800 | RoundManBrewing.com 234 Walnut St. | Spooner, WI 54801 18 artisan taps flowing with RMBC’s original brews and signature favorites and the taproom boasts the same qualities. Enjoy a flight to experience a sampling of some of the RMBC favorites. Check out the 70-foot backdrop mural for the brewhouse that is a rendering of men working, embracing the industrial history of the area.

OUTDOOR & NATURE BASED ATTRACTIONS

PIONEER VILLAGE MUSEUM 715-458-2080 | PioneerVillageMuseum.org 1866 13½ 14th Ave. | Cameron, WI 54822 A historic village includes a church, school, jail, blacksmith shop, general store, train depot and caboose, historic log houses, a farmstead, and more. Ten display buildings feature farm equipment, toys, outboard motors, and thousands of other bits of nostalgia.

HUNT HILL AUDUBON SANCTUARY

715-635-6543 | HuntHill.org N2384 Hunt Hill Rd. | Sarona, WI 54870

A nature sanctuary, open to the public, covering over 600 acres of forests, meadows, and glacial lakes that are home to wildlife and rare Wisconsin plant life. Hands-on programs teach visitors about geology, plant life, and wildlife. 7 miles of hiking trails are free to explore. Be sure to check out the nature playscape & discovery trail.

RAILROAD MEMORIES MUSEUM

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715-635-3325 | 424 N. Front St. | Spooner, WI 54801 13 rooms of railroad memorabilia including videos, model trains, an 8x12 foot scale diorama of the Spooner yard and complex, tools, equipment, track vehicles, station signs, rare uniforms, and more. The museum is located in the original Chicago & Northwestern Railway Depot.

BIRCHWOOD HISTORICAL MUSEUMS

715-354-3300 | 101 N. Main St. | Birchwood, WI 54817

These museums house a variety of Birchwood area history replicating the early settlements and logging camps that started the area. The boyhood home of Howard Morey, originally built in 1901, is restored to an early 20th century homestead.

WASHBURN COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUMS

715-468-2982 | 102 West 2nd Ave. | Shell Lake, WI 54871

Depicting the last 150 years of Washburn County history, a stroll through this free museum features the Beaver Brook Schoolhouse, vintage memorabilia, and a World War II Sky Watch Hut.

STONE LAKE HISTORICAL MUSEUM

715-865-4940

| StoneLakeAreaHistoricalSociety.com 6064 Stone Lake Rd. | Stone Lake, WI 54876

Housing many artifacts from Stone Lake's history, the museum includes a 1913 Soo Line Railroad Caboose where visitors can go inside and even climb up into the cupola, a 1926 town hall, the original Soo Line depot and Station Agent's area. And, this museum wouldn’t be complete without the history of the annual Cranberry Festival.

HONORING OUR VETERANS

SPOONER VETERANS MEMORIAL Highway 63 | Spooner, WI 54801

Located on the south side of Spooner, the Veterans Memorial represents over 3,400 Spooner area veterans. The site is also home to the replica of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

NORTHERN WISCONSIN VETERANS CEMETERY

715-635-5360 | N4063 Veterans Way | Spooner, WI 54801

This cemetery provides a final resting place for veterans and creates a lasting memorial to their achievements and sacrifices. To pay your tributes to the veterans you can visit the cemetery during daylight hours throughout the year.

FUN ON THE FARM

BASHAW VALLEY FARM 715-468-2591 BashawValley.com | W7402 Fox Trail Rd. | Shell Lake, WI 54871

WISCONSIN CANOE HERITAGE MUSEUM

715-635-5002 | WisconsinCanoeHeritageMuseum.org 312 North Front St. | Spooner, WI 54801

Continuously changing displays of canoes from the golden age of North American canoeing. The building traditions of the eastern seaboard, the Midwest and Canada are all represented, providing the museum visitor a fascinating opportunity to experience the evolution of canoe design.

This family-run farm offers u-pick and pre-picked berries, asparagus, grass-fed angus beef and more. Enjoy some time at Bashaw Valley for a great farm experience.

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THE BURCH BARN

715-635-7787 | BurchBarn.com

N5921 County Rd K | Spooner, WI 54801

As you enter through the white shed, the old wood rafters and the ambiance of the barn brings you back to simpler days with rustic charm and family togetherness. This pumpkin patch offers a 100 foot gunny sack slide, pedal tractor races, corn pit, petting zoo, inflatable bouncy houses, grain train ride, and corn maze.

CHICKADEE HILLS HOMESTEAD 715-816-4103

ChickadeeHillsHomestead.com | N6374 8th St. | Spooner, WI 54801

This sustainable, biodiverse farm is like none other in the area, raising heritage breed Mangalitsa hogs on a pasture. Offering farm tours by appointment and a retail shop, visitors are ensured a unique visit to the farm.

CRONK’S BERRY BUCKET 715-635-4530

N2576 County Hwy. M | Sarona, WI 54870

Enjoy picking your own blueberries at a family owned, local berry patch in Sarona. You can also stop out to the farm to pick up fresh picked berries while in season.

MELTON’S BLUEBERRIES 715-520-2303

N5079 Greenfield Rd. | Spooner, WI 54801

Located just outside of Spooner, Melton's Blues is a local blueberry patch offering pick your own or pre-picked berries while in season.

SAWYER CREEK CATTLE CO.

715-939-2686 | SawyerCreekCattle.com

W8578 County Hwy B | Shell Lake, WI 54871

From their farm to your family, Sawyer Creek Cattle Co. is located just 3 miles west of Shell Lake. Bring the family - pet the calves, see the donkeys, enjoy the farm they care so much about! This family-owned and operated farm and ranch invites you to stop out to the farm to learn more.

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Wisconsin... the state of cheese. Also known as the state of Friday Fish Fry, the brandy old fashioned, bloody marys and deep fried goodness. This. This is how food was meant to be. Welcome to Washburn County where we know how to delight even the most distinguished palate. Picture this...you boat up to a courtesy dock and stretch your legs after a long day on the lake. You wander up to a restaurant with a stunning view of the lake. The food comes to the table and you see fresh Walleye the size of your plate. That’s a great start to your trip in Washburn County. This is just one of the amazing culinary experiences you’ll encounter when visiting. From menus with no less than a dozen delicious, deep fried appetizers to craft brews paired with tantalizing specials at the local brewpub, your taste buds will be thoroughly impressed. For dining specials, a Friday Fish Fry Guide, and more, check out WashburnCounty.org

Taste the Flavors OF WASHCO SIP AND SAVOR in Washco

From the Northwoods’ Best Bloody Mary to experiencing a true Wisconsin Fish Fry, there are so many flavors to experience in Washburn County. If you need some local insight, look no further than the team at the Washburn County Visitor Center. Best spots for a scrumptious burger? We can point you in the right direction. Have a hankering for some homemade soup? We know where to find that too. Need some gluten-friendly options? We’ve got you covered. Here’s some ideas to get you started:

Round Man Brewing Company in Spooner specializes in craft beer, wood stone pizzas, and entrees incorporating flavors from the region. If you’re looking for a flatbread pizza, Red Schoolhouse Wines in Stone Lake or The Dock Coffee in Spooner offer some tasty flatbreads. Another great option to check out, especially for those who are gluten-sensitive, is Alley Cats Coffee in Spooner where you’ll find regular and gluten-friendly flatbread pizzas.

If you’re looking to dine in an enchanting garden, be sure to head to The Potter’s Shed in Shell Lake for a salad or panini to go with your favorite coffee. Another hot spot in Shell Lake is Lakeview Bar & Grill where you’ll find an excellent Friday Night Fish Fry. If you love fish fries, be sure to head to Camp Namekagon in Springbrook to dine in their beautifully renovated 1944 barn.

Does broasted chicken make your mouth water? Take a trip over to Journey’s in Trego where you’ll find broasted chicken that is sure to tempt your tastebuds. Another great spot for broasted chicken is the local deli at Schmitz’s Economart in Spooner; super convenient for grab and go to take back to the cabin after a fun day on the lake. For more amazing spots to check out, visit WashburnCounty.org/restaurants

Fish Fry GUIDE

Where is the best Friday Night Fish Fry? This is by far one of the top questions asked from visitors to the area. To find out the winner of the Best of WashCo: Best Fish Fry, turn to page 40 where you’ll find the answer. If you’re looking for all of the great options throughout the area, you’ll want to check out our Fish Fry Guide. Whether you’re looking for family style, a buffet, or where you can find walleye, the Fish Fry Guide will get you pointed in the right direction. Visit WashburnCounty.org/restaurants/ to find the guide.

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BIRCHWOOD, LONG LAKE & SARONA

Butternut Hills Golf Course | 715.635.8563 N2981 Golf Rd. | Sarona butternuthillsgolfcourse.com

Grumpy's on Long Lake | 715.354.2033 N1936 County Hwy M, I Sarona

Lincolnwood Resort | 715.354.3533 N1075 East Side Rd. | Birchwood lincolnwoodresort.com

Sunset Resort | 715.354.2035 W2924 Gruenhagen Rd

MINONG, TREGO & WASCOTT

Jack's Scoop | 715.635.3300 N7504 Wagon Bridge Rd. | Trego jackscanoerental.com

Journey's at Heartwood | 715.466.6300 N10884 Hoinville Rd. | Trego heartwoodjourneys.com

Link Stop's A&W | 715.466.5929 1020 W Hokah St.

Schatzi's/Golden Chipmunk | 715.466.4095 16095 S Chipmunk Hollow Rd. | Wascott schatzisresort.com

Wendy's Place | 715.466.4334

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Alley Cats Coffee | 715.635.3438 1109 N River St | Spooner alleycatscoffee.com

Anchor Campgrounds | 715.635.2614 W9076 County Hwy E. Spooner AnchorCampgrounds@gmail.com

Denelie's | 715.939.1246 401 River Street

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Dock Coffee, The | 715.635.1919 218 Walnut St. | Spooner thedockcoffee.com

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Klopp's 5th Avenue Bar | 715.468.7457 27 5th Ave.

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Lakeview Bar & Grill | 715.731.0080 5 W 5th Ave. | Shell Lake lakeviewbarandgrill.com

Laughing Goat Food Truck | 715.468.7457 27 5th Ave. | Shell Lake

North Crossing Foods | 715.635.0084 W7105 Green Valley Rd. | Spooner northcrossingfoods.org

Potter's Shed Cafe | 715.468.4122 260 Industrial Blvd. | Shell Lake thepottersshed.com

River Street Family Restaurant | 715.635.2222 519 N River St. | Spooner

Round Man Brewing Co. | 715.939.1800 234 Walnut St. | Spooner roundmanbrewing.com

Schmitz's Economart Deli | 715.635.7700 700 S River St. | Spooner schmitzeconomart.com

Track's Bar & Grill | 715.635.3399 W7916 Hwy 70 I Spooner

Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad | 715.635.3200 N6639 Dily Lake Rd | Trego spoonertrainride.com

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Red Schoolhouse Wines | 715.865.5038 5768N 4th St. S | Stone Lake redschoolhousewines.com

Wolf Point Bar & Grill | 715.466.4582 W4186 Co Hwy F | Springbrook

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SET UP Camp

Is it the smell of the campfire or the memories made around the campfire that bring us back time and again? Maybe it’s a mix of the two. Regardless, one thing we know for sure, there are plenty of memories to be made around the campfires in Washburn County. A campsite along the Minong Flowage? Check. A canoe-in campsite along the Namekagon River: Wisconsin’s Moving National Park? Check. An ATV campground with direct trail access? Check. These are only a few of the camping experiences that await you. Whether you plan to haul your RV or just set up a tent, the campgrounds are abundant in Washburn County. From campgrounds nestled deep in the woods to water-front sites, you’re sure to find the perfect campsite. So break out the marshmallow roasting sticks. Pull up your favorite camp chair. Memories are about to be made!

Visit WashburnCounty.org for a full list of campground locations.

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LODGING

From a cabin with the perfect stone fireplace to a secluded yurt along the mighty Namekagon River, Washburn County offers unique lodging options that will bring a smile to your face and help you recharge. Full lists of campgrounds, bed & breakfasts, cabins, vacation rentals and more can be found at WashburnCounty.org/lodging.

COZY CABINS

Maybe it’s that nostalgic feeling we get when we think of family vacations of years past. Maybe it’s the deep desire to share those memories with our kids. We simply can’t think of anything better than a good old fashioned family vacation. You know that feeling when you pull into “the cabin.” It’s a feeling you long for the rest of the year. Maybe you’ve gone there for generations or maybe this is your first time. It really doesn’t matter, the feeling is similar. Whatever your favorite part of going to “the cabin” is, just know, it’s here waiting for you. Visit WashburnCounty.org for a full list of cabin and resort locations.

STAY 17 3215 Lakeview Church Rd. • Shell Lake, WI 54871 For Reservations: 262-391-6817 dlcwm@netscape.net • www.bashawlakeresort.com BASHAW LAKE RESORT CABINS & RV CAMPSITES | FISHING | BOATING | PLAYGROUND

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WASHCO WATER FACTS

• Washburn County is home to the Walleye Capital of Wisconsin, Long Lake and the Bluegill Capital of Wisconsin, Birchwood.

• There are a total of 964 lakes in the county with 30,000 acres of water surface.

• Rivers and streams are abundant. There are roughly 700 miles flowing through the county

• Washburn County is home to the Namekagon River: Wisconsin’s Moving National Park.

• There are 21 Class I trout streams in the county and another 13 streams classified as Class II and III.

• There are two oversized tributes to the fish of Washburn County. You’ll find a giant bluegill as you enter Birchwood and a two-tailed Walleye near the beach at Shell Lake.

• The Spooner Fish Hatchery, also known as the Governor Tommy Thompson Fish Hatchery, is the world’s largest hatchery of its kind and raises stock that supplies much of Wisconsin’s lakes.

A stunning sunrise over Long Lake. An evening cruise along the shores of Shell Lake. A trophy Northern caught on the Minong Flowage. Washburn County’s nearly 1,000 lakes are calling your name. There’s nothing quite like waking up to the sound of a loon from your cabin or teaching your granddaughter to fish on the lake that your grandpa taught you. It’s the memories of your time at the lake that you take home with you.

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ABOUT Long Lake

Long Lake is a picturesque, spring fed lake well known as the Walleye Capital of Wisconsin. With its cool, deep bays, gravel bars and rocky shorelines, it’s the perfect habitat for Walleye. The lake is a productive fishery for many other species of fish as well.

Long Lake has long been home to a number of good ol’ fashioned resorts and lakefront dining with courtesy docks making it a top vacation destination in the Northwoods. There’s nothing quite like waking up to a gorgeous sunrise and having coffee on the porch of a quaint cabin to relax.

The lake offers incredible recreational opportunities from kayaking to stand-up paddle boarding, cruising on a pontoon to testing your balance on a pair of waterskis. To discover all the fun that Long Lake offers, visit DiscoverLongLake.com

LAKE STATISTICS:

• 3,478 acres

• Lake Depth: 74 feet

• Fish: n Northern Pike - Abundant n Walleye - Common n Panfish - Common n Largemouth Bass - Common n Smallmouth Bass - Present

BOAT LANDINGS:

• Access at the end of Sunset Bay Rd. n Concrete ramp n # of Launch Lanes: 1 n Launch Depth: Deeper than 3 ft. n Vehicle/Trailer Stalls: 1-5

• Access at the end of Blackhawk Rd. n Concrete Plank ramp n # of Launch Lanes: 1 n Launch Depth: Deeper than 3 ft. n Vehicle/Trailer Stalls: 6-10

• Access off Co. Hwy. M n Concrete ramp n # of Launch Lanes: 2 n Launch Depth: Deeper than 3 ft. n Vehicle/Trailer Stalls: 11-15

• Hank’s Landing: Access off of Todd Rd. n Concrete ramp n # of Launch Lanes: 1 n Launch Depth: 1 n Vehicle/Trailer Stalls: 6-10

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Family vacations are fun. Traveling in the car with the kids yelling “are we there yet”, is worth it when you pull up to your cabin, walk down to the lake and feel the stress of “real life” melt away. Let the fun begin. Burned s’mores, tipped canoes, dad belly flopping off the end of the dock, little Lucy kissing a fish... This. This is how memories are made. Watching the sunset while the kids try to catch frogs together. A peaceful cup of coffee with the sound of a loon on the lake. This is why we vacation in Washburn County.

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FAMILY VACATION? W3041 Morningside Rd. Sarona, WI 54870 715.635.9677 or 262.909.6465 IN QUIET, RELAXED SETTING ON LONG LAKE 4 MODERN 2-BEDROOM CABINS W/DOCK (YEAR-ROUND) CLEAN • KITCHEN • CABLE • WI-FI AIR CONDITIONING • FISH CLEANING BUILDING What makes a real

THERE ARE CERTAIN THINGS WE DON’T EVER WANT TO CHANGE.

One of those things - our favorite lake. We want it to be as clear as the first time we dipped our toes into that sparkling water. We want the fishing to be as good as we remember it from our childhood. We want to feel good about our kids jumping into the lake feet first.

In order for our lakes to be “just how you remember them,” we need your help. Protecting our lakes is up to everyone. Every local. Every visitor. Every person.

Here are some tips to help keep our waters clean:

• Clean boats. Clean water. Use the decontamination stations and follow all DNR recommendations for keeping Aquatic Invasive Species out of our lakes.

• If you brought it to the lake, take it with you when you go.

• Keep chemicals away from the water. The lake isn’t a bathtub and shampoos and soaps contain ingredients that can be harmful to the delicate ecosystem.

• Make sure your bait is nontoxic and most importantly, lead free. Lead can harm loons, trumpeter swans and other waterfowl.

• Go slow near shorelines. Large wakes can cause erosion.

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BIRCHWOOD’S

Hidden Gems

THE TRAILS - With the Tuscobia State Trail running right through town, Birchwood is a hot spot for those looking to get out on the ATV and Snowmobile trails in the area.

BIRCHWOOD CANOE ROUTES - Hidden in a dense county forest are some of the most beautiful glacial lakes. Take a paddle through the Loyhead and Sawmill canoe portage routes.

BIRCHWOOD AREA RESORTS - The ideal vacation to Birchwood really should include a stay at one of the amazing resorts in the area. There’s nothing quite like waking up in the morning and watching the sun rise over the lake.

BIRCH & RED CEDAR CHAINS OF LAKES - Birchwood is home to two popular chains of lakes. Both the Birch Lake Chain and the Red Cedar chain offer deep water for walleye fishing and the ideal spot to catch Birchwood’s famous panfish, the Bluegill!

FAMOUS BLUEGILL LANDMARK - Greeting you as you drive into town, this 14 foot Bluegill proudly represents the rich fishing history of the Birchwood area. It’s a must stop for your family vacation photo!

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25 DISCOVERBIRCHWOOD.COM An enjoyable, relaxing vacation awaits you on Big Birch Lake at Maple Terrace Resort. •Clean & Modern •9 Housekeeping Cottages •Air-Conditioning •At-Door Parking •Well-Equipped Kitchens •Wireless Internet & Cable TV •Playground & Rec. Room •Aluminum Boat, Canoe, Paddleboat, Private Dock, Fish Cleaning House •Pontoon Rentals Available •Motors & Mixed Gas •800 ft of Private Shoreline 715.354.3842
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Washburn County FISH OF Green Sunfish Brown Bullhead Bowfin Muskellunge Walleye Pumpkinseed Black Crappie Bluegill Yellow Perch Cisco (Herring) White Sucker Rock Bass Lake Sturgeon Largemouth Bass Northern Pike Smallmouth Bass Want to learn more about the area lakes, such as what they’re stocked with, public access, depths & more? Grab a copy of the Washburn County Highway Map at WashburnCounty.org or at the Washburn County Visitor Center.
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Dog Friendly VACATION TIPS

Why leave your best friend at home when there is so much for you to do together when you vacation in Washburn County? We’ve put together some recommendations on some great spots to enjoy with your four-legged friends when visiting our area. Check it out!

• Hiking at Hunt Hill: Looking to immerse yourself in some gorgeous northwoods scenery? Look no further than Hunt Hill where you’ll find seven miles of trails where dogs are welcome on a leash. Your pup will love exploring this 600 acre nature preserve!

• Spooner Dog Park: This is such a treasure of a dog park. Located just north of Railroad Park, along the Wild Rivers State Trail, this dog park offers the opportunity for you to let them off the leash to play a bit. There are play structures and even a little plastic pool you can fill up for them to cool off a bit.

• Swimming: If your pup loves to make a splash, there are plenty of boat landings throughout the county where they can cool off in the water. Most public beaches don’t allow dogs on the beach, but there typically aren’t any restrictions at the “Class B” boat landings unless otherwise noted.

• Canoeing at Sawmill: If your dog is just as much of an adventurer as you, be sure to grab your canoe and head to Sawmill Park. There you’ll find two canoe portage trails that follow some incredible glacial lakes. The primitive campground offers lots of room for you and your pup to play and enjoy the great outdoors.

• Camping: What better way to spend the weekend than camping with your dog? There are many great public and private campgrounds, most of which welcome well-behaved dogs, on a leash. Spend the night under the stars along one of Washburn County’s beautiful lakes or rivers and you’ll be glad you brought your four legged friend to take in the sights with you.

• SUP Ride: Feeling adventurous? If you have a little calmer dog, why not try introducing them to riding on your stand-up paddleboard with you? It can be a super fun way to explore the lakes and spend some quality time with your dog.

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When the first Saturday of October rolls around, it’s time to make your way to the charming community of Stone Lake to celebrate Wisconsin’s official fruitthe cranberry! This festival has celebrated the seasonal cranberry harvest for over 40 years. It started as a small group of Stone Lake ladies getting together to have a craft fair & sell locally harvested berries. Now you will find nearly 300 vendors along the streets of Stone Lake selling a variety of homemade items, antique-type treasures, and so much more. The day also includes a good ole fashion pancake breakfast at the fire hall, a krate box derby & parade down the "big hill" (if you have been to Stone Lake, you know exactly where it is). Mark your calendar for the first Saturday of October so you don't miss out on one of Washburn County's largest events.

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Hidden Gems STONE LAKE’S

STONE LAKE HISTORICAL MUSEUM - You’ll find years upon years of history and treasures in this local museum. Housed in Stone Lake’s original Soo Line Depot, the museum is a great way to learn about the area.

CRANBERRIES & COLOR - During the fall season there’s no better place to be than Stone Lake. Celebrate the harvest at the Stone Lake Cranberry Festival and take a drive on the “Scenic Stone Lake” fall color route which includes Rustic Road #71.

CHARMING SHOPS - Stone Lake offers a variety of unique shops including an incredible greenhouse, quaint boutiques, a wine shop, and even a couple of stops with gourmet and local grocery items.

STONE LAKE WETLAND PARK - With a charming boardwalk, a pavilion overlooking Stone Lake, and a variety of loop trails throughout the park, this is an ideal stop to get out and explore the northwoods.

LIVE MUSIC - Whether it’s watching a live band while sipping wine on the patio of the wine shop or dancing to the music during Cranberry Fest at one of the local watering holes, you’ll want to check the event calendar at WashburnCounty.org so you don’t miss out on the fun.

Stone Lake Area Historical Society Museum Complex

1/2 mile east of Stone Lake on Hwy. 70 Stone Lake, WI 54876

Original Stone Lake Soo Line Depot, caboose and 1926 Town Hall. Open Memorial Day – first Sat in October Fri–Sun: 12pm–4pm www.stonelakeareahistoricalsociety.com FREE ADMISSION

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Unique art galleries. Charming boutique shops. Seemingly endless antique stores. The authentic hometown shopping experience in Washburn County is like no other. Wander through a quaint downtown. Stumble upon a hidden boutique on a quiet, country road.

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Ignite Dispensary 715.939.1290 761 W. Beaver Brook Ave. Spooner ignitedispensary.com

Josami Art 715.520.0616 Shell Lake josamiart.com

North Crossing Foods 715.635.0084

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Northwoods Hardware Hank 715.635.7366 321 N. River St. | Spooner northwoodshardwarehank.com

Potter's Shed, The 715.468.4122

260 Industrial Blvd. | Shell Lake thepottersshed.com

Red Cross Pharmacy & RC Gifts 715.635.2117

146 Walnut St. | Spooner rcgiftshop.com

Sawyer Creek Cattle Company 715. 939. 2686

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Schmitz's Economart 715.635.2836

700 S. River St. | Spooner schmitzeconomart.com

Spooner General Store 715.635.6487

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for cranberry goodness? You absolutely need to check out the gorgeous community of Stone Lake. Looking for a unique art experience? Be sure to visit the beach-front town of Shell Lake. Looking for a plethora of antique shops? Head to Spooner where you’ll find antiques, but be sure to look up while you shop...the unique tin ceilings are a sight to see! Each community offers its own unique charm.
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If antiquing is one of your favorite pastimes, you’ll fall in love with some of the incredible antique and thrift shops in Washburn County. Have you heard of Earl, Wisconsin? In Earl, there’s an old schoolhouse built in 1924 where you’ll find the home of Prock’s Crocks and Antiques. It’s the perfect spot for an antique shop and their inventory overflows into the adjacent garage.

Take a trip down the road to Antique Adventures where you’ll find multiple buildings teeming with treasures. Be sure to check out the Antique Adventures Village & Flea Market held throughout the summer.

Heading into Spooner’s north side, you’ll find a big red barn with a giant “ANTIQUES” sign. Trust us, you’ll want to pull in and plan some time to look around; Poor Richard’s is truly a picker’s paradise. Once you hit downtown Spooner you’ll find several antique shops including Antique Associates which is the perfect stop to explore a variety of collections. For a full list of antique shops in the area, visit WashburnCounty.org

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a Hack Golf Tournament 21 | Spooner Summer Solstice Paddle 21 | Sarona Cakes at the Lake 24 | Sarona Pioneer Village Quilt Show & Strawberry Fest 24-25 | Cameron
Snowshoe Hike 12 | Sarona
Hill’s Soup Lunch & Presentation 17 | Sarona
Lumberjacks Hockey Game 18 | Spooner Wisconsin Free Fishing Weekend 21-22 | Statewide WI Lumberjacks Hockey Game 20-21 | Spooner
Ski Basics 24 | Sarona
Lake Saloon Ice Fishing Tournament 27 | Trego February
Lumberjacks Hockey Game 7-8 | Spooner WI Lumberjacks Hockey Game 10-11 | Spooner
Snowshoe Hike 16 | Sarona
Lake Ice Fishing Contest 18 | Springbrook
Hill’s Soup Lunch & Presentation 21 | Sarona
Lumberjacks Hockey Game 24-25 | Spooner
Ski Basics 28 | Sarona Spooner Heart of the North Rodeo July 6-8 | Spooner SpoonerRodeo.com Spooner Block Party July 1 | Spooner SpoonerBlockParty.com
Local festivals with kettle corn and fresh-squeezed lemonade. A county fair with the classic farm animals and kiddie tractor pull. One of the top professional rodeos east of the Mississippi. There are so many events to mark on your calendar. Whether you want to hit all of the great live music or check out some of the moonlit hikes and paddles, you’ll find all of the fun in Washburn County. For a full list of
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ONGOING EVENTS

January | February | March

Beasts & Beer | Sarona

Journeys Live Music | Trego

Open Mic Night | Sarona & Trego

Round Man Brewing Co. Live Music | Spooner Snowy Shoes Trail Hike | Trego

WI Lumberjacks Jr. A Hockey Games

Spooner Civic Center

WisconsinLumberjacks.com

April | May

Antique Village & Flea Market | Trego

Beasts & Beer | Sarona Journeys Live Music | Trego Open Mic Night | Sarona & Trego Round Man Brewing Co. Live Music | Spooner

June | July | August

Antique Village & Flea Market | Trego Bingo on the Patio | Stone Lake Farmers Market at Perlick Distillery | Sarona Governor Tommy G. Thompson Fish Hatchery Tours | Spooner Hunt Hill Day Camps | Sarona Journeys Live Music | Trego Minong Farmers’ Market Music on the Patio | Stone Lake Open Mic Night | Sarona & Trego Perlick Distillery Farmers Market | Sarona Round Man Brewing Co. Live Music | Spooner Spooner Cardinal’s Baseball | Spooner Spooner Farmers’ Market

Music at the Shed Friday Nights | Shell Lake ThePottersShed.com

September

Antique Village & Flea Market | Trego

Beasts & Beer | Sarona

Farmers Market at Perlick Distillery | Sarona Minong Farmers Market

Journeys Live Music | Trego

Open Mic Night | Sarona & Trego

Round Man Brewing Co. Live Music | Spooner Spooner Farmers Market

October | November | December

Beasts & Beer | Sarona

Journeys Live Music | Trego

Open Mic Night | Sarona & Trego

Round Man Brewing Co. Live Music | Spooner Snowy Shoes Trail Hike | Trego WI Lumberjacks Jr. Hockey | Spooner

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Best of WASHCO

Best Event - SPOONER HEART OF THE NORTH RODEO

For 69 years the Spooner Heart of the North Rodeo has been a staple event for the area; bringing in professional cowboys and cowgirls from across the nation to compete for the title. This professional rodeo has fans on the edge of their seats for three nights filled with bulls, broncs & barrels. Mark your calendar for this annual event held in July each year.

What is it that makes Washburn County the amazing place it is? Maybe it’s the endless outdoor recreation opportunities. Maybe it’s the incredible events and attractions. Maybe it’s something different for each of us.

The votes have been tallied and here is what you, the people, chose as the Best of WashCo. Find out more about each of these winners & the runnersup by visiting WashburnCounty.org/best-of-washco

Best Fish Fry - TRACK’S BAR & FAMILY DINING

It's Friday in Wisconsin - of course we're ready for a Friday Fish Fry! Served as family style with your choice of deep fried or broiled, you'll be sure to leave Track's with a healthy serving of fish fry. Did we mention it is all you can eat? AND - Choose your own sides from the salad bar and buffet. It's like the perfect home cooked meal!

Best Attraction - NAMEKAGON RIVER

Nearly 50 miles of this wild & scenic river flows through the heart of Washburn County. Outfitters are well equipped to get you on the river with canoes, kayaks and tubes. Or, plan an overnight excursion to one of many primitive, boat-in campsites. While many enjoy the heat of summer on the river, the peak fall colors are just as perfect of a time to enjoy the river!

Best Shopping Experience - SPOONER OUTLET

A store that offers almost everything an outdoorsman could need, Spooner Outlet in downtown Spooner is often a popular shopping spot. From camping and fishing gear, to hiking boots and camouflage; you can find anything you need for your next outdoor excursion. During the hunting season, Spooner Outlet extends their hours to accommodate hunters. If you’re looking for the perfect gift for the outdoorsman in your life, head to Spooner Outlet.

Best of the Outdoors - SHELL LAKE & SHELL LAKE BEACH

A beautiful summer day wouldn't be complete without a trip to the beach or spending time boating. Shell Lake offers over 2500 acres of pristine waters, perfect for boating, fishing or swimming at the sandy beach. Located within a block of the downtown area, it’s a short walk for a bite to eat, some shopping or even an ice cream cone on a hot summer day.

Best Lodging - HEARTWOOD RESORT & CONFERENCE CENTER

Whether you're staying in one of the gorgeous lodge style rooms, enjoying your private cabin, or sitting on the waterfront at the lake house. Heartwood has beautiful lodging options to accommodate you. Tucked away on 600 private acres, you are surrounded with the peace & quiet of the northwoods. There are many ways to explore at Heartwood from hiking to sledding, the options seem endless.

Best Pour - ROUND MAN BREWING CO.

The first brewery to  call Washburn County home, continues to create their homemade brew recipes to please the palettes of their patrons. Round Man is always switching up their seasonal favorites but keeping their original brews flowing on one of their 18 taps. Try a flight, or if beer isn't your thing, try something from their specialty cocktail menu like their famous Firebox Old Fashioned.

Best Bites - LAUGHING GOAT FOOD TRUCK

Located next to Klopp's in downtown Shell Lake is where you will find this hidden gem. The Laughing Goat Food Truck has a delicious menu to enjoy and also offers amazing specials each day. Be sure to stop by and grab a bite while it's open - you can enjoy their tasty cooking throughout the summer, ending around the peak of the fall color.

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Enjoy the GREAT OUTDOORS

Washburn County offers an incredible amount of recreational opportunities. Home to the ATV Scenic Tour and over 100 miles of ATV trails, the area is a destination of choice for ATV enthusiasts. In addition, the silent sport trails offer hundreds of miles of hiking, mountain & fat biking, horseback riding, snowshoeing and skiing opportunities. To top it off, the area offers nearly 1,000 lakes for plenty of water recreation as well.

BIKE | HIKE | GEOCACHE: Over 30+ miles of mountain bike trails, over 100 miles of hiking trails, and roughly 200 caches in Washburn County, there’s plenty of exploring to be had. For the mountain bikers, be sure to check out the Wildcat Mountain Bike Trail, a local favorite. Some of the top hiking trails in the area include 7 miles at Hunt Hill, and the Trego Lake or Trego Nature Trails which run along the shore of the Namekagon River. To start your geocache adventure, be sure to head to the Visitor Center where you’ll get a prize if you find the cache.

ATV | SNOWMOBILE: Whether it’s a little dirt on an ATV trail or some fresh powder on a snowmobile trail, the ATV & Snowmobile trails bring fun during any season. Washburn County is home to the ATV Scenic Tour which highlights nearly 40 points of interest along the 100 miles of trails. If winter is your time for riding, bring your snowmobile (or rent one locally) to explore over 240 miles of scenic trails. All of the ATV and Snowmobile trails offer easy access to lodging, dining and gas. Up to date trail conditions can be found at WashburnCounty.org.

CANOE | KAYAK | STAND UP PADDLEBOARD: A day on the water is a day well spent in Washburn County. For canoe & kayak enthusiasts, you won’t want to miss the Namekagon River: Wisconsin’s Moving National Park or the Birchwood Canoe Routes. More information on the Namekagon can be found on page 46 & 47. Several area outfitters offer canoe, kayak and stand up paddleboard rentals, see page 44. If you’ve never tried stand-up paddleboarding, it’s a super fun way to check out the area lakes and get in a workout at the same time.

HUNT | FISH: With nearly 1,000 lakes decorating the landscape, Washburn County is a fisherman’s paradise no matter the season. Home to both the Bluegill and Walleye capitals of Wisconsin (Birchwood & Long Lake), fishing is a way of life here. A lake directory can be found on the Washburn County Highway Map and detailed lake and fishing information is available at WashburnCounty.org. If you’re in need of a rental, check out the Recreational Rentals on page 44. With over 148,000 acres of county land, hunting is another popular attraction. For detailed information on where and what to hunt, visit WashburnCounty.org.

When the lakes freeze and the snow starts to fall, you know it’s time to dust off your skis or snowshoes and head to Washburn County! There are over 84 km of groomed ski trails throughout the county offering some of the best views of the frozen northwoods. Check out the trail directory on page 42 for a full list. If you’d rather strap on a pair of snowshoes for a good winter trek, you’ll want to check out Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary where they even have snowshoes for you to borrow.

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Beaver Brook Trails | 6.4 miles

Spooner Trailhead: 1 mi. SW of Hwy. 53 on Cranberry Dr.

Dugan Run Horse Trails | 32 miles

Springbrook Trailhead-North: 2 mi. N of Hwy. 70 on Dugan Lake Rd Trailhead-South: 2 mi. S of Hwy. 70 on Harmon Lake Rd.

Heartwood Trails | 20 km

Trego Trailhead: 1.5 mi. S of Hwy. 77 on Hoinville Rd.

Hunt Hill Trails | 7 miles

Sarona Trailhead: 2.5 mi. E of Cty. P on Audubon Rd.; Left on Hunt Hill Rd.

Ice Age Trail (Grassy Lake) | 7.2 miles

Shell Lake Trailhead: 2.4 mi. SE of Hwy. 63 on Lehman Lake Rd.

Nordic Woods Trail | 15 km

Stone Lake Trailhead-North: 11 1/2 mi. E of Hwy 53 on Hwy 70 Trailhead-South: 11 mi. E of Hwy. 53 on Cty. B

Sawyer Brook Springs Trail | 1 mile

Shell Lake Trailhead: 1st St. (Lewis) behind the Shell Lake Arts Center

Spooner Paved Trail | 1 mile

Spooner Trailhead: Corners of Elm St. & College St.

Stone Lake Wetland Park Trail | 17.4 acres

Stone Lake Trailhead: W of Hwy. 70 in Stone Lake

Totogatic Trail | 8 km

Minong

Trailhead: 2 mi. N of Minong on Hwy. 53

Trego Lake Trail | 3.5 miles

Trego Trailhead: 2 mi. W of Hwy. 53 on River Rd.

Trego Nature Trail | 3.5 miles

Trego Trailhead: 1 mi. E of Hwy. 53 on Hwy. 63

Tuscobia Trail | 65 miles

Birchwood Trailhead: Hwy. 48 in Birchwood

Wild River Trail | 96 miles

Sarona, Spooner, Trego, Minong

Trailhead: Sarona (Feed Mill Rd.), Spooner (Roundhouse Rd.), Trego (Park St.), Minong (Hwy. 77)

Wildcat Mountain Bike Trail | 20 miles

Spooner Trailhead: 3 mi. E of Hwy. 53 on Hwy. 70, on the right

Spooner City Park (College Street) | 6 miles

Trailhead: 1/2 mi. N of Elm St. on College St.

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Some of the best golfing can be found when you’re visiting the Washburn County area. From towering pines to sparkling lakes, the views on the course are second to none. Grab your clubs, golfing partner and head to Spooner Golf Club to experience their highly rated course. If you’re looking for a sweet deal, be sure to check out their Twilight Rates or ½ Price Sundays*. Plan a day to golf at Butternut Hills Golf Course where you’ll experience their gorgeous rolling fairways with incredible Northwoods scenery along Long Lake. If you’re visiting the Webster area, be sure to check out Fox Run Golf Course for two great 9-hole courses; great for dusting off the clubs to get back into the “swing of things”.

GOLF

BUTTERNUT HILLS GOLF COURSE

N2981 Golf Rd. | Sarona, WI 54870 | 715.635.8563 butternuthillsgolfcourse.com | Holes: 18 Par: 70

SPOONER GOLF CLUB W6120 Co. Hwy. A | Spooner, WI 54801 | 715.635.3580 spoonergolf.com | Holes: 18 Par: 71

FOX RUN GOLF COURSE

27536 St. Rd. 35 | Webster, WI 54893 | 715.866.7953 foxrun.golf | Holes: Two 9-hole courses Par: 27

DISC GOLF GUIDE:

NAMEKAGON NATIONAL DISC GOLF COURSE N10884 Hoinville Rd | Trego, WI 54888 | 715.319.3064 heartwoodresort.com | 9 & 24 hole disc golf courses; disc rental available

SPOONER DISC GOLF 801 County Highway A | Spooner, WI 54801 9 hole disc golf course

INDOOR GOLF SIMULATOR:

JERSEY’S SPORTS BAR & GRILL 301 Walnut Street | Spooner, WI 54801 | 715.939.1811 jerseyssportsbar.com | Features a TrackMan golf simulator with 228 full courses, including 11 Par 3 courses

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Anchor Campgrounds | 715.635.2614

W9076 Cty Hwy E | Spooner | anchorcampgrounds.com

Big Chetac Resort | 715.354-3865

2708 N Cty. Rd. F | Birchwood

Camp Namekagon | 715.766.2277

W2108 Larson Rd. | Springbrook | campnamekagon.com

Flatwaters | 715.635.1724

W4606 US Hwy. 63 | Trego

flatwaterssalooncampground.com

Fred Thomas Resort | 715.354-3761

2086 N Cty. Rd. F I Birchwood | fredthomasresort.com

Heartwood Resort | 715.466-6300

N10884 Hoinville Road | Trego | heartwoodresort.com

Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary | 715.635-6543

N2384 Hunt Hill Rd. | Sarona | hunthill.org

Jack's Canoe Rental | 715.635.3300

W7504 Wagon Bridge Rd. | Trego | jackscanoerental.com

Long Lake Bait & Tackle | 715.635.3260

W2477 Co. Hwy. B | Sarona | longlakebaitshop.com

Matt's Lakeside Watercraft Rental | 715.577.0964

457 State Hwy. 63 | Shell Lake

Petit's Auto & Performance | 715.466.4377

501 Business 53 | Minong | petitperformance.com

Washburn County Visitor Center | 715.635-9696

122 N. River Street | Spooner | washburncounty.org

Wisconsin Fisherman | 715.416-2145

Northern Wisconsin | wisconsinfisherman.com

Wolf Point | 715.466.4582 W4186 Co. Hwy. F

Birchwood

Hidden gem. Serene. A mini boundary waters. The Birchwood Canoe Routes are all that and more. A trip to this little known primitive area is just what you need to unplug from the stresses of “the real world.” With its high density of glacial lakes, the Sawmill Primitive Area is home to two marked canoe portage routes as well as a primitive campground. Whether you choose to paddle the Loyhead routes or the Sawmill routes, you’re in for some incredible Northwoods beauty. Located just six miles north of Birchwood, you’ll feel like you’re a hundred miles away from any town. Maps and more information can be found at WashburnCounty.org

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SNOWMOBILING BRINGS Winter Fun

Deep in the forests of Washburn County you’ll find over 200 miles of expertly groomed snowmobile trails connecting to the largest network of snowmobile trails in the Midwest. Northwest Wisconsin is a snowmobiler’s dream destination. With ample winter lodging, easy access to gas and a plethora of dining options along the trail, it’s easy to spend a full week exploring the area. Hard-working snowmobile club volunteers have helped to develop a top-notch trail system that crosses public and private lands, lakes, streams and bridges. Most trails are maintained from early December through March, depending on conditions. If you’re looking for the perfect loop to explore, be sure to stop into the Washburn County Visitor Center where you’ll find well-trained staff knowledgeable in getting you out and the trail.

ATV & UTV Scenic Tour

Highlighting nearly 40 points of interest along some of the best ATV trails in Northwest Wisconsin is the Washburn County ATV Scenic Tour. Enjoy a ride through the beautiful northwoods while taking in unique points of interest along the way. You will see everything from natural county forestland to original homesteads. A partnership between Washburn County Forestry & Washburn County Tourism made this special tour a reality, giving new ways to take in the beauty of our county. With over 100 miles of trails, you’re sure to find something that sparks your curiosity along the way - now you can read about it with the ATV Scenic Tour map!

Over 150 miles of Washburn County’s trail system maintained by Rolling Hills Snowmobile & ATV Club. FORTRAILCONDITIONS: www.washburncounty.org

REMEMBER

Riding the trails is a privilege, not a right!

Help us keep our trails by respecting the land and the other riders you meet along the way.

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For map and more information on Rolling Hills, visit www.rollinghillssnowmobileandatv.com

Namekagon River

WISCONSIN’S MOVING NATIONAL PARK

Flowing through the heart of Washburn County you’ll find the Namekagon River. A true treasureone that seeps into your soul just minutes into your journey. While it isn’t far off the beaten path, there’s something about spending time on the Namekagon that simply can’t be replicated.

Washburn County is home to approximately 45 miles of this nearly 100 mile long waterway. With almost half of the river located in the county, it’s no wonder the Namekagon was awarded “Top Attraction” in the Best of WashCo.

A northern tributary of the St. Croix, the Namekagon is protected under the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. The Washburn County stretch of river begins between Hayward Landing and West River Landing and continues through Trego to Fritz Landing. Most of the Namekagon is undeveloped, offering a genuine wilderness experience to kayak, canoe, tube, or fish. The riverbanks are abundant with deer, muskrat, beaver, turtles and blue herons, while overhead, eagle and osprey can often be seen. The river is classified as Class I-II rapids.

Washburn County offers six outfitters, over 30 river-access campsites, and several resorts & campgrounds along the river.

While in the area, stop into the Washburn County Visitor Center for:

• Namekagon River trip planning assistance

• Birding Backpack Rentals

• Junior Ranger information

• Namekagon River maps, paddling guides, angler guides & more

• Lodging, Dining & Attraction information

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Kids’ SCAVENGER HUNT

Picture this. You’re ten years old again and you’re on family vacation. What was one thing that you couldn’t wait to do on vacation? Was it fishing? Hunting for animal tracks? Maybe going to the local bakery for a donut? Did anyone ask you what was on your bucket list?

We have the perfect way to help your kids choose a few fun activities when visiting Washburn County. Pick up (or download) a copy of the Kids’ Scavenger Hunt brochure. Complete it all in one day or stretch it out over the whole summer. Either way, when your kids have completed five or more activities, they get to come into the Washburn County Visitor Center to pick up their prize!

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Affordable FAMILY FUN

1. Grab your sunscreen & arm floaties and make a splash at Shell Lake Beach. Sandy shores and sparkling water makes this one of the best beaches in Northern Wisconsin.

2. Hydecliff Dinkeldwarf, President of the Spooner Fairy Shoppe Merchants, invites you to find the hidden doors of him and his fairy friends as you wander through Spooner’s enchanting downtown. Maps are available at the visitor center.

3. Energy to burn? Head to Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary and let the kids be...well, kids at the nature playscape. You’ll find all the best play equipment there...dirt, water, and logs of course!

4. It’s time to explore - rent a free birding backpack at the visitor center and head out on the trail to spot some feathered friends.

5. Cast a line - didn’t bring equipment? No worries, you can rent a kids’ fishing kit at the visitor center...we’ll even point you to the best kid-friendly fishing spots.

6. Measure the kids next to a life-sized replica sturgeon, chat with a park ranger or even let the kids earn their Junior Ranger badge at the Namekagon River Visitor Center

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7. If you thought 25 cent arcade games were a thing of the past, think again! Head over to Quarters Arcade in Spooner for hours of indoor fun with the kiddos.

8. Raining outside? Jack Link’s Aquatic & Activity Center has you covered. Pick up a day pass to splash around in the pool and on the play structure. If the kids still have energy to burn, check out the indoor track or shoot some hoops in the gymnasium.

9. Let them embrace their inner Van Gogh at The Potter’s Shed Creative Zone. After the kids pick out the perfect piece of pottery, they get to add their own flair to it.

10. Well, if you’re going to be having all of this fun with your kids, you might as well participate in the Kids’ Scavenger Hunt. Do five of the fun activities, bring back your completed brochure and win a prize! Brochures are available at the visitor center or WashburnCounty.org.

DEADLINE: AUGUST 31, 2023

Do you LOVE taking photos of your vacation? If so, be sure to enter them into our photo contest! Deadline is August 31st each year.

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TOP FIVE WAYS TO EXPERIENCE…

Winter

Fall1. Explore the scenic routes on Washburn County’s gorgeous country roads. A scenic tour brochure is available at the visitor center to help guide your journey.

2. Take a ride on the Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad when the colors are exploding for some exquisite views of the Northwoods of Washburn County.

3. A family vacation in the fall isn’t complete without a trip to The Burch Barn where you can slide down a 100 foot gunny sack slide, take a ride on the grain train or get a little lost in a corn maze among other great family activities.

4. Get deep in the forest by renting an ATV and hitting the trails to explore the ATV Scenic Tour. Fall is the perfect time to explore when the colors are gorgeous and the trails are a little more quiet.

5. Put on your hiking boots and hit the trail to explore all of the fall beauty. The Trego Lake & Trego Nature Trails, as well as the seven miles of trails at Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary are a few of the local favorites.

1. Cozy up in front of a roaring fire in one of Washburn County’s charming year-round cabins. It’s the perfect spot to play a game with the family or snuggle up with your favorite blanket and book.

2. Strap on a pair of snowshoes and hit the trail. Washburn County offers several great snowshoe trails. If you didn’t bring your own pair, purchase some at the local sporting goods store or borrow a pair at Hunt Hill to explore their trails.

3. Set up an ice shack on one of Washburn County’s nearly 1,000 lakes to catch some delicious Northern, Bluegill, and Crappie. A list of lakes and public access can be found on the Washburn County Highway Map.

4. There’s nothing quite like snowmobiling through the quiet, winter landscape. Washburn County is home to over 200 miles of wellgroomed trails. No snowmobile? No problem. Check out the Recreational Rentals on page 44.

5. If cross country skiing is more your speed, be sure to check out the area trails while you’re here. Washburn County offers over 84km of groomed ski trails. A list of trails can be found on page 42.

PICTURE YOUR WEDDING IN Washburn County

Let’s start by saying - congratulations! Now, imagine your wedding vows set against the backdrop of a sparkling lake during the sunshine of summer or the beautiful Northwoods in the vibrant autumn months. Washburn County has become a popular wedding destination because of the stunning scenery, variety of resources and low costs. Whether you are envisioning a country-style barn wedding or a picturesque lakeside wedding, you’re sure to find the perfect venue here in the Northwoods. Need some help planning your dream wedding? Visit WashburnCounty.org to see our Wedding Resources.

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WASHBURN COUNTY STATS

• Population 16,752 (2021 Estimate)

• County Seat: Shell Lake; Largest City: Spooner

• 2 Hospitals, 5 Clinics, 2 Skilled Nursing Facilities

• 4 Public Schools, 1 Private School, 1 Alternative School, 2 Charter Schools

• 35+ Places of Worship

A PLACE TO CALL

Home

Nearly 1,000 lakes. 700 miles of rivers and streams. Hundreds of miles of recreational trails. Welcome home. If you haven’t already made the move, let us be the first to say, you’re going to love it here! Washburn County offers the small town way of life with many of the amenities that you’re used to. You aren’t likely to find huge chain retailers or restaurants here, although they aren’t far away. What you will find...amazing stores where the owners are locals too. Locals who care. Locals who contribute to your kids’ team fundraiser. Locals who are passionate about making Washburn County the best possible place to call home.

• 16 Silent Sport Trail Systems; 100+ Miles of ATV Trails; 240+ Miles of Snowmobile Trails

• 1 National Park - Namekagon River: Wisconsin’s Moving National Park, part of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway

• 964 Lakes & 148,000 acres of county forest land

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