So much to do, so little time! From nature and history experiences to world-class events, there is something for all in Burnett County.
Grab your paddles and set course for river country. With nearly 80 miles of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway in Burnett County, which includes the St. Croix and Namekagon Rivers, you have truly entered a water-enthusiast’s paradise. Forever protected as one of only two of Wisconsin’s National Parks, the 255 miles of the park represent one of the original eight National Wild and Scenic Riverways. A must for canoe and kayakers, the protected waters remain as pristine as ever, thanks to the efforts of the National Park Service and their supporting agencies.
Our very own wetlands gem is home to 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.
Hoping to try your luck at one of Burnett County’s casinos? Stop by St. Croix Casino Danbury for a full-service experience with dining, gaming, entertainment and lodging. Just down the road in Hertel, the St. Croix Chippewa are building the new St. Croix Hertel Express which will include a casino, a convenience store, a truck stop, a 16-stall RV park and an 850-seat amphitheater – slated for completion in 2017.
Burnett Dairy Cooperative is a farmer-owned cooperative just east of Grantsburg. Founded in 1896, it is one of the few remaining full-service cooperatives producing cheese today, and is a key piece of our community. The cheese store features the finest cheese, wines and more. Stop in for lunch at their in-house delicatessen and then head to the ice cream counter for a sweet treat of fresh-made ice cream.
St. Croix National Scenic Riverway
Set course for river country. Burnett County boasts nearly 80 miles of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway - the most miles of any Wisconsin county. Forever protected as one of only two of Wisconsin’s National Parks, the 255 miles of the park represent one of the original eight National Wild and Scenic Riverways. Comprised of both the St. Croix and Namekagon Rivers, you’ll find both quiet backwaters and big-river experiences. These protected waters remain as pristine as ever thanks to the efforts of the National Park Service and its supporting agencies.
Enjoy the flowing waters of this wild and scenic riverway with family and friends and the help of our local outfitters. Experience a leisure float down the river, stopping on the shoreline for an overnight camping excursion under the stars, the sounds of the river lulling you to sleep. You’ll find outfitters in Grantsburg and Danbury ready to help you plan the logistics of your trip with canoe and kayak pick-ups and drop-offs, equipment and river advice.
Wisconsin's Moving National Park
Dubbed “Wisconsin’s Moving National Park,” the Namekagon River is of particular interest to folks looking for a truly wild experience on the water. Navigate the nearly 100-mile river through both high and low banks, exciting oxbows and rushing currents. With landings in the northernmost part of the county, the Namekagon River is a must for canoers, kayakers, and tubers and is well worth the trip. Find more about this free national park at namekagonriver.org.
Most of the Namekagon is undeveloped, offering a genuine wilderness experience to kayak, canoe, and tube enthusiasts. The riverbanks are abundant with deer, muskrat, beaver, turtles and blue herons, while overhead, eagle and osprey can often be seen.
The river is classified as Class I-II rapids. Primitive campsites are numerous along the Namekagon, many of which can only be accessed from the water.
- Yellow River
- Clam River
- Wood River
- Chase Creek
- Hay Creek
- Loon Creek
- Sand Creek
- Wood Creek
- Logging Creek
- North Fork Flowage
- Upper North Fork Flowage
- South Refuge Flowage
Find an Outfitter
Just east of Grantsburg, you’ll find the Burnett Dairy Cooperative, a perfect marriage of traditional and modern Wisconsin. Founded in 1896, it’s one of the few remaining full-service cooperatives in service today with over 200 members. Stop in for classics like cheese curds and homemade ice cream, or indulge in a meal from the bistro and pick up a loaf of specialty bread. Featuring over 100 varieties of cheese and 100 varieties of wine, it’s a must-stop on your trip to Burnett County.
Crex Meadows Wildlife Area
If the call of the loon, the sight of rare and endangered birds or just the thought of truly immersing yourself in nature sounds appealing, look no further than our very own wetlands gem, Crex Meadows Wildlife Area.
Located just north of Grantsburg, the 30,000 acre protected wetland is home to over 270 species of birds. It’s unique topography of marshlands, prairies, flowages and forests create the perfect ecosystem for even the most rare of species, including LeConte’s sparrow.
Nature enthusiasts travel from around the globe to witness the breathtaking crane migrations each spring and fall, at what is considered the beginning of the Lake Superior Northwoods Region of the Great Wisconsin Birding & Nature Trail.
The Visitor Center welcomes guests year-round. Inside you’ll find a gift shop and learning center staffed by the Friends of Crex Meadows. Exciting educational programming is offered throughout the year, including the Crex Photo Club and specialty hikes, as well as many events for the community.
Forts Folle Avoine
Burnett County is home to a truly unique historical attraction in Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park. This 80-acre park is the site of two early 1800s fur trading posts which had sat undisturbed for over 160 years before being discovered in 1969. With the careful and dedicated support of the Burnett County Historical Society, the trading posts were reconstructed in the 1980s as a way for residents and visitors to continue connecting with the area’s history.
Visitors to the park will enjoy tours of the historical site and the Woodland Indian Village. While there, plan to visit the logging museum, the one-room schoolhouse, blacksmith shop, nature trails and the park’s visitor center.
The Burnett County Historical Society also hosts special events at the park throughout the year including pancake breakfasts, Christmas at the Forts, and their infamous Fur Trade Rendezvous which includes authentic demonstrations from re-enactors throughout the park.
Our most-travelled trail
Arguably, our most famous trail is the Gandy Dancer State Recreational Trail, which follows the path of an old rail line. The limestone surface stretches for 98 miles across multiple counties and is the perfect biking trail.
The Burnett County segment of the Gandy Dancer Trail is just over 20 miles, and passes through the communities of Siren, Webster, and Danbury before entering the State of Minnesota. The trail is used for walking and biking in the summer months, and is open to snowmobile and ATV use in the winter months.
A WI State Trail Pass is required for bicyclists 16 years of age or older to ride the Gandy Dancer Trail. You do not need a pass when hiking. Daily passes are $5.00 and an annual pass is $25.00. These passes are valid on any state bike trail in the state of Wisconsin.
Disabled vets and former POWs may obtain a free trail pass by following this link: dnr.wi.gov/permits/veterans
ATV/UTV use is NOT allowed on the Gandy Dancer Trail south of Hwy 77 in Burnett County from April 1 - November 30.
From December 1st through March 31st, and once trails are officially open, snowmobiles/ATVs/UTVs may ride the full length of the Gandy Dancer.
If your machine is registered in another state, please follow this link for information on purchasing a trail pass: WDNR
Holiday Station-Store South
The Lodge at Crooked Lake
Peggy's Fashion Rack
Yourchuck's Hardware Store
Webster Cog & Sprocket
In a New Light Gallery
Log Cabin Store
Burnett County is home to multiple fruit farms, offering fresh fruit and a farming experience. Along the backroads of the county, seek out Squirrel Ridge Farm, growing organic blueberries and offering wood-fired pizzas and artisan foods. Lindy’s Berries is a family-owned and operated produce farm, operating for over 30 years.
On Poquette Lake, try Smith’s Apple Farm, a 3200-tree apple orchard with a bakery and gift shop, making it the perfect fall destination. South of Grantsburg, Holmes Lake Apple Orchard offers an opportunity for u-pick from 12 varieties.
A spiritual labyrinth
East of Webster, visitors and even residents are surprised to stumble upon the Sacred Grove, a labyrinth open to the public. The 60’ diameter labyrinth was created by private residents with a personal and spiritual connection to the piece of land it calls home. An ancient symbol related to wholeness, labyrinths are meant for quiet reflection and are a metaphor for finding one’s path and personal center.
St. Croix Casinos
Burnett County is home to the St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin. A cultural and economic mainstay in the area, they operate both of the county’s state-of-the-art casinos. In Danbury, try 500 slots, roulette, live craps and blackjack. Enjoy family-friendly dining, events and beautiful overnight accommodations. The newest facility in Hertel is a slots-only casino, but you’ll discover just as much excitement and customer service here.
Wineries aren’t just for California - Wisconsin’s vineyards are not to be missed. In the old forests of the Bashaw Valley region of the County, you’ll stumble upon Clover Meadow Winery, a family winery whose methods have been passed down for over a century. It is the only certified organic winery in the midwest and boasts 23 varieties.
Burnett County’s newest winery creates “small batches with loving hands” and is a great addition to the area. A new business, Tommy’s Too High Wines has already won multiple awards and accolades.