FALL IN BURNETT COUNTY
Cool, comfortable and breathtakingly beautiful, the fall in Burnett County is not to be missed. With the kids back in school, quick weekend getaways are well spent at our farmers’ markets, fruit farms or simply navigating our Rustic Roads and backroads while admiring the vibrant leaves. Better yet, take a trek to the northern reaches of Burnett County to enjoy a canoe trip down the wild Namekagon River, surrounded by the fall foliage. Navigate the currents and the oxbows in one of the most scenic paddles in the region. While on the river, be sure to cast a line in for some excellent fishing.
Wisconsin's Premier Northwest
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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spring in Burnett County
There are few things as invigorating and restorative as Wisconsin in the springtime. As the season changes it brings along new life and a flurry of activity. Take a brisk hike on one of our incredible trail systems, visit Crex Meadows or the Namekagon Barrens to witness the crane migration and join the local bike club on their scheduled rides down secluded country roads. Spring fishing makes for a great family adventure whether from the shoreline, the dock or a pontoon.
On the river
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. Float lazily past the Sandrock Cliffs and through wooded passages, or get a glance of a majestic bald eagle and other wildlife. The fish are plentiful too – cast a line into the peaceful waters and patiently await your trophy catch. Campsites, available through the National Park Service, line the banks of the river, letting enthusiasts spend days, not hours, on these beautiful scenic rivers.
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. A haven for birding and wildlife enthusiasts, Crex Meadows’ unique topography of marshland, prairies, flowages and forests creates the ideal home for many migratory birds like the Sandhill crane.
Rare birds, including LeConte’s sparrow and yellow rail call the area just north of Grantsburg home, and entice birders from all over the region with the promise of a sighting. It is also the beginning of the Lake Superior Northwoods Region of the Great Wisconsin Birding & Nature Trail.
Grab your friends and hit the links! Burnett County is home to a full range of golf courses, from a par 3to championship-level courses.
In the heart of downtown Grantsburg, you’ll find the municipal course with rolling hills, tall oaks andsmall greens.
To the east is Siren National, arguably one of the most scenic courses with over 100 feet of elevation change. This beautifully manicured 19-hole course proves both challenging and exciting. Remember to make a quick stop in the Village of Siren for a round at Moose Mulligan’s miniature golf with your smallest family members.
North of Webster you’ll find three more courses. Whitetail Wilderness provides a fun round on their executive course. Fox Run offers two courses, a par 3 and regulation 9-hole, both with tree-lined fairways. They are a must for golfers, no matter their skill level. Sand Greens, just off County Road U, features Wisconsin’s only sand greens.