Washburn County truly offers “northwoods in every direction”, making it the perfect destination for your year-round outdoor vacation. With its inherent beauty, the many lakes, rivers and forests provide a spectacular backdrop for riding the 100+ miles of ATV trails and 250 miles of groomed snowmobile trails. Family-friendly dining, lodging and activities make Washburn County the perfect family get-away. If you’re looking to get off the trails, take advantage of the 950 lakes and three rivers for tubing, kayaking, canoeing and fishing. Or explore the 150,000 acres of pubic land while hiking, horseback riding, cross country skiing or hunting deer, grouse, turkey or bear. Washburn County truly has it all!
ATV Scenic Tour–Explores over 35 points of interest (historical, natural and just plain quirky!) on over 100 miles of scenic ATV trails.
Bluegill and Walleye Capitals of Wisconsin–Washburn County is home to both the Bluegill and Walleye capitals of Wisconsin Birchwood, located on the shores of Big and Little Birch Lakes, is considered to be the best bluegill fishing in the state. And Long Lake, the largest lake in Washburn County, boasts some of the best Walleye fishing in the state.
“Mini Boundary Waters”–Washburn County is home to three scenic rivers and hundreds of glacial lakes. The Birchwood Canoe Portage Routes, located in a vast parcel of county forest land, offers visitors a “mini boundary waters” experience. This seemingly remote destination, is located only 10 minutes north of Birchwood and offers camping, fishing, hiking, and two incredible canoe portage routes. In addition, Washburn County is home to the Namekagon River, a 95-mile long river that is the northern tributary to the St. Croix River and is protected under the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. Most of the riverway is undeveloped, offering a true wilderness experience. The river is classified as Class I-II rapids. The Totogatic and Yellow Rivers also offer excellent canoeing and kayaking experiences.
Scenic Train Rides/Museums–Ride a historic excursion train along the Namekagon River with the WI Great Northern Train Ride (offering specialty train rides all year ’round). Popular area museums include: Museum of Woodcarving, Railroad Memories Museum, Stone Lake Historical Museum, and the Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Museum.
Horseback Riding Trails—Dugan Run Horse Trail, located 15 miles east of Spooner, offers 32 miles of equestrian loops through county forest. Amenities include primitive camping, parking, bathrooms, fire rings and grills.
Fat Bike Trails–Wild Cat Trail, located 4 miles east of Spooner, offers 19 miles of mountain bike trails and 11 miles of groomed winter fat bike trails.