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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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From the Blog

Smoland Inn, Homemade Bread

National Homemade Bread Day

November 17, 2018

Kneading a fun night out? Take a bread class in honor of National Homemade Bread Day on November 17th, 2018! What better way to celebrate National Homemade Bread Day than by baking your very own delicious, light, fluffy loaf of bread at Smoland Prairie Inn? The farm is located right in between Siren and Grantsburg…

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…

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spring in Burnett County

SPRING AWAKENING...
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.

Birding

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.

 

golfing

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.