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While the warmer months are certainly a great time to visit Burnett County, you may hear many folks boast that our winter sports and activities offer the most fun to be had. From snowshoe hikes through miles of lit trailways in the eastern part of the County to over 300 miles of Winter-use ATV/UTV and snowmobile trails, there is something for everyone who isn’t afraid to enjoy the chilly weather.

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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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winter in Burnett County

Winters in Burnett County are arguably the most exciting and refreshing time to be an outdoor enthusiast. With over 300 miles of groomed trailways, an entire day spent snowmobiling the county is not unheard of. With many restaurants located along the trail system, stop- ping in for a hot chocolate or bite to eat couldn’t be more convenient. Bring your own sled or stop by one of our sports outfitters for a rental sled.

If you’ve somehow found your way through over 300 miles of trails in Burnett County, our trail system connects to all surrounding counties, including Pine County, Minnesota.

atving

For folks looking for a faster-paced experience, enjoy 50 miles of summer trails, approximately 80 miles of frozen ground ATV/UTV trails (and 120 miles of winter usage ATV/UTV trails), Burnett County is a great place for motor sport enthusiasts.

In addition, our trails are connected to Douglas and Washburn Counties in Wisconsin, as well as Pine County in Minnesota. As one part of an incredibly extensive regional trail system, we know you’ll have a blast exploring all day long.

hiking and biking

The true beauty of Burnett County lies on back roads and trail heads. There is no better way to experience the great outdoors than biking or hiking down a secluded path. No matter the season, our trails do not disappoint.

For the silent sport enthusiast, our seven scenic trails offer something for every skill level. In the warmer months, try hiking the Hay Creek Trail in Grantsburg and enjoy the observation platform where you’ll see all types of wildlife.

HUNTING & FISHING

You’ll find some of the best hunting in Burnett County. With over 150,000 acres of public land, 14 rivers and streams and over 500 named lakes, this is a destination for visitors with a passion for the great outdoors.  With storied history, Burnett County is home to the world-famous, record-breaking Jordan Buck, the Wisconsin record black bear, and the state record Hook and Line sturgeon.

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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