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
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.
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.
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
You voted, and the winner of the best water experience is the year-round fishing! For fishing enthusiasts, you’ll enjoy our abundant waters as you reel in bass, musky, northern pike, bluegill, walleye and other pan fish. Prehistoric sturgeon swim the waters of the Yellow River, one of the more elusive catches. Ice fishing is a mainstay in Burnett…
You voted, and the winner of best wildlife experience is the breath-taking black bear sightings! For nature enthusiasts, seeing a black bear in the wild can be one of the most exhilarating feelings! Whether you’re driving down Old 35 or hiking out on the Gandy, stumbling upon one of these beautiful creatures is quite the…
You voted, and the winner of the best culture/history experience is the Burnett Dairy Cooperative! The Burnett Dairy is chock-full of history and delicious cheese. Dating back to the 1890s, the Burnett Dairy started as the Branstad and Wood River creameries. In the 1960s, the two merged to become one profitable location in Alpha, WI (named…
You voted, and the winner of best trail experience is our scenic ATV trail system. For an intriguing three years in a row, the scenic ATV trails have been voted #1 in Burnett County! Join us in for some of the most scenic ATV trails in the region. With over 300 miles of winter-use ATV/UTV and snowmobile trails, expertly…
You voted, and the winner of best Burnett County event is the Webb Lake St. Patrick’s Day Parade! It’s a Northwoods tradition that happens every spring on the day when everyone suddenly becomes Irish. Since 1990 the community of Webb Lake has been hosting a St. Patrick’s Parade featuring bands, floats, and all things green.…
You voted, and the winner of best place to stay is The Lodge at Crooked Lake! A fan-favorite since 2016! Located on the north side of Siren, The Lodge at Crooked Lake features a cozy, northwoods atmosphere with all of the amenities. While the large, cabin-themed rooms, continental breakfast and pool areas are top notch,…
You voted, and the winner of 2019 Best Arts Experience is the Webster Arts & Crafts Extravaganza! An annual event, the Webster Arts and Crafts Extravaganza is a must for fans of homemade arts, crafts, foods and more. One of the largest regional crafting and shopping events, be sure to stop by on Memorial weekend…
You voted, and the winner of best place to eat for 2019 is The Shop Bar & Grill! For an astounding THIRD year in a row, The Shop Bar & Grill has proven to be delicious. Just off the intersection of County Roads A & H (about 20 miles east of Webster), you’ll stumble across…
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