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The Cable area is known for its outdoor recreation and seasonal beauty. Located in the heart of the Chequamegon National Forest, the Cable Area is known as “Trail Town USA” because of the 300 miles of CAMBA mountain bike trails, 600 miles of snowmobile trails, and 153 kilometers of cross country ski trails as well as over 193 named bodies of water for fishing and exploring. Spring offers the chance to bike or hike along one of the many trails. Summer welcomes the fisherman and the paddlers, while autumn is highlighted by fall color and wildlife watching along calm rustic roads. When the snow flies, enjoy snowmobiling, snowshoeing and, of course, cross country skiing. Each February, the Hayward and Cable areas host the world's top cross country ski event - the American Birkebeiner. Unique shops, world-class lodging, golf courses and unbeatable culinary experiences make the Cable Area anyone’s Northwoods paradise.
Don't leave without tasting...
Cable’s amazing culinary scene! Try one of Cable Café’s famous pancakes (seriously the size of your head!) or enjoy a latte and locally made ice cream from Brick House Café. Take a break for lunch and enjoy the scenery at Otter Bay Resort and dive into their mind blowing Otter Burger. Rookery Fine Dining offers culinary masterpieces that you wouldn't expect to find in remote northern Wisconsin. Check out their Fish UN-Fry or go for the no-fail Fennel Crusted Pork Loin. River’s Eatery offers stone fired pizzas made entirely of local ingredients - it’s one you cannot miss!
Top photo opportunity is...
The Cable Area is the birthplace of the world famous American Birkebeiner. Local artist Sara Balbin’s work is scattered throughout our communities but she is best known for her Birkebeiner piece located off Highway M in Cable. Combining wood and steel, it portrays the Norwegian Birkenbeiner Warriors epic journey to save the infant Prince Haakon during the Norwegian Civil War of 1206. While in Cable, don’t forget to look UP - every light pole displays unique banners from the various artists who call the Cable Area home. You will definitely want to take a picture of this beautiful outdoor art gallery.
Classic scenic drive.
Whenever you visit the Cable Area, you’ll want to take a cruise down Highway D. Weaving along the shores of Lake Namakagon, end your journey at the headwaters of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway (The Namakagon River) at the Namakagon Dam. You’ll have several chances to take some incredible photos. The 30 mile long cruise travels along scenic, winding country roads traveling at a pace that allows you to watch for wildlife while taking in the breathtaking scenery. Stop in at any of the local establishments along the way for a bite to eat or to stretch your legs.
Explore your adventurous side
The Cable Area is "Trail Town USA" and known for the Best Trails in the US. We're located in the Chequamegon National Forest and home to over 2,000 miles of various use trails. Snowmobiling, mountain biking, hiking, ATVing, cross country skiing or snowshoeing trails abound. Trail heads and maps make planning your adventure easy. No matter the season or the sport make the Cable Area your 'base camp' for adventure.
Mark these events on your calendar:
- Cable Area Off Road Classic
- Grand View Firehouse 50
- Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival
- Cable Area Fall Festival
- Drummond Bar Stool Races
- American Birkebeiner