You’ve made the decision to hit the open road and visit one (or all) of our dozen unique destinations.
So what are you going to do once you get there? Here are three local highlights to help you plan your trip.
Wonderful waterways. They don’t call it the Musky Capital of the World® for nothing. Boulder Junction’s 194 (yes, nearly 200) lakes offer anglers an opportunity to track down the elusive musky, as well as walleye, northern pike, bass and panfish. An array of guide services in the area can give you everything you need for a fishing expedition, whether it’s for an afternoon or a full week. If fishing’s not your thing, take your canoe or kayak out for a paddle through the wilderness on one of the many secluded, no-motor waterways. www.boulderjct.org
Hiking trails. You don’t have to be in a boat to experience Boulder Junction’s scenic beauty, though. Hop on your bike or lace up your walking shoes to enjoy miles of trails that carve their way through the Northwoods. The Lumberjack Trail and Crystal Lake Trail twist and turn through more than 10 miles of towering pine forests and scenic wetlands. The North Trout Lake Trail, located 4 miles south of Boulder Junction on Highway M, takes hikers on a 1-mile loop around one of Trout Lake’s peninsulas. http://boulderjct.org/recreation-trails/biking-hiking/
Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest. A massive tract of land spanning three counties in northern Wisconsin, the Northern Highland-American Legion State forest accounts for more than 225,000 acres of the Northwoods. Camping, canoeing, hiking, bird watching and snowmobiling are just some of the activities available to visitors. The forest boasts hundreds of campsites, from modern to primitive. 4125 County Highway M, Boulder Junction; http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/forestry/StateForests/SF-NH-AL/; (715) 542-3923