Springtime in Burnett County is supposed to be a time of excitement as visitors come to enjoy the emerging leaves and wildflowers, migrating birds, sunshine and warmer weather.
We usually look forward to seeing our friends that spend the winter in warmer climates return to the area.  We usually encourage visitors to come enjoy all the outdoor spaces and friendly faces at our area businesses.
But now we have been instructed to stay home and stay safe in order to minimize the impact of the virus on our full-time residents.

At the Burnett County Tourism Coalition, the well-being of our residents and visitors is our greatest priority.
Please visit our Covid-19 page for local resources and for Governor Tony Evers Safe at Home- Emergency Executive Order #12, effective March 25th, 2020.

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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HUNDREDS OF MILES OF RIVERWAY

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.

FISHING

Fishing is a favorite pastime for residents and visitors alike, no matter the season. Cast your line into our abundant waters and reel in bass, musky, northern pike, bluegill, walleye and other pan fish. Seek the massive, prehistoric sturgeons that swim the waters of Yellow and a few other lakes.

BIRD WATCHING

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.

From the Blog

A Burnett County Bow Hunting Harvest

November 16, 2018

By: Kim Wheeler Grantsburg, WI I grew up in a family of sportsmen.  Both of my brothers hunt, and they are passionate about it.  My father loved to hunt and fish, but he passed away when I was 12 years old. I know that if he had lived longer, he would have taken me hunting when…

American Education Week

November 14, 2018

Happy American Education Week! We are incredibly grateful for all of the teachers, bus drivers, paraeducators, cafeteria workers, school nurses, school secretaries, custodians, and countless others that have dedicated their lives to shaping the minds of our youth here in Burnett County. Join us by celebrating each day this week: Monday: Kickoff Day Tuesday: Parents…

October/November Outdoor Report

November 6, 2018

Introduction This season so far has been a rather productive one. With the weather finally on track, we may finally have a normal season. My tally as of October 11th is 7 wood ducks, 2 mallards, 1 bluebill, 2 geese. As far as sightings the places I suggest you go would be Birch Island, and…

National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week

November 4, 2018

Happy National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week! We are extremely grateful to the Humane Society of Burnett County for their love for animals and continuous dedication to the community. The HSBC is in the process of transitioning from their current shelter on Midtown Road in Siren to their much larger facility, The Peggy Schilling Animal Adoption…

September Outdoor Report – Farside Outdoors

September 29, 2018

Introduction As I sit here writing this, I reflect on the months leading up to my most favorite day of the year with the exception of Christmas and my birthday; opening day of duck season. As I get my boat ready, check Decoys and scout my land I already know this season will be awesome…

Harvesting Wild Rice: An Accessible And Enjoyable Pass Time

September 9, 2018

Photos and article by Kim Wheeler, Granstburg Resident If you’ve ever seen real wild rice in local stores for sale, (the greenish brown stuff, not the cultivated black wild rice sold for less than $5 a pound) you may have wondered why it is so expensive.  At $10 to $12 dollars per pound, or more,…

The Anticipation: Life of a Waterfowler

September 4, 2018

Waterfowler’s have become a dying breed, but those of us left have become excited for the season to come. Some of us have our old spots with blinds already in place, others like to roam and find new areas and new opportunities. The season never really ends, there’s always preparations to be made and the…

July/August Outdoor Report – Farside Outdoors

August 16, 2018

Hello everyone and welcome to another edition of Farside Outdoors. I hope Everyone has had a safe and fun fourth of July. I’ve probably spent most of it on the water despite the heavy traffic, but the fireworks have been fun to watch. Its still pretty early but I guess its a way of life…

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