Bayfield County Tourism

Washburn, WI
Bayfield County is not your typical Northwoods community. Experience nature...with amenities. This is the home of Wisconsin's national treasures including the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and the famous Ice Caves.

Escape from the world for a while - reconnect with nature. Then enjoy the local culture at area restaurants, shops and galleries.

From the rugged sandstone cliffs framing Lake Superior's majestic glacial waters to the deep recesses of forest lakes and trails, from local art galleries to orchards and berry farms that hug rolling hills, you'll find those secret, special places that provide a lifetime of memories.

Our respect for the pristine natural resources that surround us translates to an outward commitment to sustainability that you'll find interwoven throughout your experience here. The welcome you'll find here is genuine, and the opportunities for heart pumping adventure or tranquil relaxation are unlimited.

Once you've been here, we know we'll have the pleasure of seeing you again. This is Wisconsin's wild place - a destination you'll never forget.

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The extensive system of trails in Bayfield County - both motorized and non-motorized - make it one of the premier destinations in the Midwest. Every season offers opportunities to get outside and experience nature's beauty!

  • ATV / UTV - There are over 168 miles of trails and many more miles of road routes in Bayfield County. There are always changes to the trail system, so follow the signs! ATV/UTV maps are available at area businesses or contact us for your copy.
  • Biking - With over 800 miles of paved roads and not one traffic light, Bayfield County is a great place to ride. Did we mention the beauty, the rolling hills and views of Lake Superior and the National Forest? The North Coast Cycling Association (NCCA) is a great resource for information on scenic rides throughout the region.
  • Dogsledding - Interested in trying dog sledding (mushing)? Area outfitters Wolfsong Adventures in Mushing offer day trips and overnight trips to the public. Our snow is good for mushing from mid-December to late March most years.
  • Hiking - Miles and miles of federal, state, county, and local hiking trails lead you through natural beauty that will renew your spirit and refresh your senses. There are 40 hiking trails in Bayfield County which are detailed in this brochure.
  • Horseback Riding - There are plenty of places available for horseback riding. The Horseshoe Lake Saddle Trail even has an equestrian-friendly campground at Horseshoe Lake.
  • Ski - Come try one of our many cross country ski trails - we have plenty to choose from - or hit the slopes at Mt. Ashwabay (fun terrain park, too!).
  • Snowmobile - We have over 600 miles of groomed trails and over 1000 miles of ungroomed forest roads for your riding pleasure.


Bayfield County is one of the most scenic fishing destinations in the country. Fishing the Big Lake is certainly a draw, but many anglers are surprised and happy to realize that within an hour drive of Superior's shores, there is some of the finest inland lake fishing Northern Wisconsin has to offer on lakes like Namekagon, Owen, the Pike Chain, Eau Claire Chain, and many smaller waters. Fly anglers can fish any of the Big Lake's tributaries, including the world famous Brule, or try an inland trout stream such as the White or Namekagon rivers.

  • WINTER Early ice on Lake Superior offers great shallow-water fishing for a multitude of species. By late January, deepwater "bobbing" for Lake Trout out in the Apostle Islands begins.
  • SPRING Peak opportunities for spring fishing are in May. Inland fishing also heats up with the spawning seasons and relatively easy fishing close to shore.
  • SUMMER Summertime is Lake Trout time on Superior. Trollers head out into the Apostle Islands, South Shore, and the flats east of Madeline Island. Inland lakes are fun to explore and fish all summer long.
  • FALL Fall is one of the best times to fish -the lakes are less crowded and fish start feeding well in preparation for winter. Stream fishing gets good for big, mature fish.


There's over 430,000 acres of public access between National, County and State land. With a little scouting, this area offers an opportunity for all types of hunting. The forest management plan contributes to the habitat that provides excellent upland hunting for ruffed grouse and woodcock. Lake Superior is a big draw for migratory waterfowl, including many species of ducks and geese. Of course, you'll also find whitetail deer, turkey, bear and small game.

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Rain in the forecast? There are still lots of ways to have fun in the rain! See our list of Rainy Day Activities for ideas. Farmer's markets are fun to visit and a great place to pick up fresh, local food for picnics or to take home!

Learn more at travelbayfieldcounty.com

Bayfield County Tourism
117 E Fifth St
P.O. Box 832
Washburn, WI 54891
(715) 373-6125
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