Washburn County

  • Plan an adventure on the Namekagon River with Jack's Canoe Rental in Trego.

    Plan an adventure on the Namekagon River with Jack's Canoe Rental in Trego.

In northern Wisconsin, you’ll find pristine forest and water in Washburn County. Some 900 lakes sparkle within the borders complemented by miles of scenic rivers and 150,000 acres of forestland. This means endless opportunity to enjoy the outdoors any time of year. There are also hundreds of miles of groomed snowmobile, ATV, bicycle, horseback riding and hiking trails, which offer fun year-round. Riding stables, historical museums, golf courses, antique shops and a wildlife sanctuary are some of the many diversions offered.

Mark these events on your calendar…

  • Jack Frost Festival
  • Birchwood Bluegill Festival
  • Jack Pine Savage Days
  • Minong Summer Days
  • Stone Lake Cranberry Festival
  • Jack O’ Lantern Festival

Explore your adventurous side...

Washburn County is home to over a hundred miles of scenic ATV trails connecting to the largest ATV system in the Midwest. The Namekagon, Totogatic and Yellow Rivers offer great opportunities for canoeing and kayaking. Another great opportunity to explore the area is to visit Hay Lake Ranch and explore this great Northwood’s destination on horseback.

Want to travel green?

If you’re looking for a great Travel Green destination, be sure to check out Shady Beach Resort located on Lower McKenzie Lake Northwest of Spooner. Clover Meadow Winery, another Travel Green business, is the only certified organic winery in the Midwest, offering wine tastings and tours throughout the year.

Fishing? You’ll catch the big one if you…

Drop a line in one of the nearly 1,000 lakes and rivers. Washburn County is home to Long Lake, known as the Walleye Capital of Wisconsin and Birchwood, known as the Bluegill Capital of Wisconsin. Fishing guides are available to help you find the best fishing spots. If you’re bringing the kids along, be sure to check out the Minong Kids’ Fishing pond which is stocked with trout and panfish or the Yellow River Fishing Pier in Spooner.

When the seasons change you may be surprised to find…

That Washburn County is still hopping with things to do. In the fall, take a drive on the scenic county roads or hit the ATV trails to view the leaves changing to vivid oranges, reds and yellows. Winter brings many fun activities in Washburn County. Snowmobiling is a winter-time favorite in the area with over 250 miles of trails, connecting to the largest system in the Midwest. Other fun winter activities include ice fishing, snowshoeing and cross country skiing. In the spring, explore over 100 miles of great hiking trails.