Summer in Burnett County
One of Wisconsin's most amazing times of year to visit is summer, and Burnett County is no exception.
The outdoors tend to take center stage during the summer season, especially with longer daylight hours and easy access to fishing, boating, hiking, camping, biking and more. From farmers markets, fairs, and outdoor concerts, and more, Burnett County is the perfect place to visit.
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.
From the Blog
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…
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…
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.