Summer in Burnett County is a time of excitement as visitors come to enjoy the lakes, rivers, wildlife areas and trails.  We want you to come visit and enjoy the WIDE OPEN SPACES of Burnett County.  If you come, we welcome you, and we want you to be safe!

At the Burnett County Tourism Coalition, the well-being of our residents and visitors is our greatest priority.
Please visit our Covid-19 page for local resources and for Governor Tony Evers Safe at Home- Emergency Executive Order #12, effective March 25th, 2020.

Wisconsin's Premier Northwest

508 Lakes

to enjoy with family and friends

80 Miles

of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway

52,000 Acres

of wildlife area

Just 1.5 hours from the Twin Cities, nestled comfortably within a landscape of winding riverways, soaring pines and incredible wetlands, you’ll find Burnett County, Wisconsin.

Boasting over 500 pristine lakes and nearly 80 miles of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, Burnett County is a haven for water enthusiasts of all types.  From canoeing to swimming, fishing and ice fishing, memorable moments on our waters are yours for the taking year-round.

But the fun doesn’t stop where the water meets the shoreline.  Our natural spaces are second to none – enjoy a leisurely hike, bike ride or auto tour on one of our many scenic trailways or take advantage of over 50,000 acres of Wildlife areas, including our very own Wetlands Gem, Crex Meadows.

A true getaway for water and wildlife enthusiasts and the like, Burnett County is your premier northwest Wisconsin destination.

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SUMMER in Burnett County

HUNDREDS OF MILES OF RIVERWAY

There is nothing like spending the day on the St. Croix, Namekagon or any of the other beautiful streams in Burnett County. Outfitters scattered throughout the area offer tube, canoe and kayak rentals as well as pick up and drop off services so you can enjoy a fun and relaxing float down the river with friends and family.

FISHING

Fishing is a favorite pastime for residents and visitors alike, no matter the season. Cast your line into our abundant waters and reel in bass, musky, northern pike, bluegill, walleye and other pan fish. Seek the massive, prehistoric sturgeons that swim the waters of Yellow and a few other lakes.

BIRD WATCHING

Birders from all over the country flock to Burnett County to capture images of rare and elusive bird species at one of Burnett County’s 11 wildlife areas to explore.

If you’re looking for a guided birding experience, our very own wetlands gem, Crex Meadows Wildlife Area encompasses 30 thousand acres and is home to over 270 species of birds, including a number of endangered species.

From the Blog

The Backyard Tourist: Summer Fun in Burnett County

June 23, 2020

As I sit here at the picnic grounds on the north side of Crex Meadows Wildlife Area, I contemplate how lucky I am to live in Burnett County and have all these wide open spaces to visit right in my own backyard, especially during this time of social distancing. This morning I was out on…

The Backyard Tourist: Birding Burnett County

April 24, 2020

My daughter is a junior this year at Grantsburg High School, and she is in Biology 2. This class is always held in the second half of the school year so the students are able to identify birds in breeding plumage as part of their coursework. I have been a birder since I was in…

The Backyard Tourist: Enjoy the Solitude of Public Lands this Spring

March 21, 2020

Considering all the craziness of this pandemic; lock-downs, social distancing, working from home, schools closed and kids schooling from home, we all need to find time to get outside and save our sanity with a little fresh air. Luckily for those of us who live in the north woods of Burnett County Wisconsin we have…

Voted Best Fish Fry in Burnett County for 2020

February 18, 2020

  #1 Fish Fry in Burnett County for 2020 I had the pleasure last Friday night to go to the Best Fish Fry in Burnett County, WI, according to the Top Ten Must Do’s for 2020 on the Burnett County Fun website www.burnettcountyfun.com.   Burnett County, in the Northwestern part of the state, has dozens…

10th Hole Bloody Mary

Voted Best Bloody Mary in Burnett County for 2020

January 31, 2020

#1 Bloody Mary in Burnett County for 2020 The 2020 Top 10 Must Dos in Burnett County Wisconsin have been announced, and I have assigned myself the task of visiting or doing each and every one of these fun things this year.  I happened to be near the 10th Hole on County Road U recently,…

Gandy Dancer Days

Gandy Dancer Days

August 7, 2019

Gandy Dancer Days: Aug. 9th – Aug.10th Gandy Dancer Days is just around the corner which got me thinking… What exactly IS a Gandy Dancer? By definition, a Gandy Dancer is railroad slang for “a member of a railroad section gang that lays or maintains track.” Where did it come from? Between the years of…

aircrafts on display

Burnett County Fly In

July 12, 2019

Each year thousands of visitors gather at the Burnett County Airport for the annual Gandy Dancer Fly In. The 2018 event attracted a record-breaking crowd of 3,500 people from all over. This year the festivities take place on July 20th (schedule of events below). The day starts off with a homemade wild rice pancake breakfast…

June Dairy Month logo with cow

June Dairy Month

June 7, 2019

Happy Dairy Month, Burnett County!  What better way to kick off a northwoods Wisconsin summer than by celebrating National Dairy Month? The tradition started in 1937 as National Milk Month to encourage folks to drink more milk, but over time it developed into a way to show appreciation for the entire dairy industry as a…

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