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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

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…

A Morning on the Yellow River…

August 14, 2018

Photo and Essay by Kim Wheeler, Burnett County Resident   Rising before dawn I dressed hurriedly, filled my thermos with hot coffee, and tiptoed out of the cabin careful not to wake anybody.  I made my way down to the shore of the river in the dim light and untied my canoe, already loaded with…

Resources for Burnett County ATV/UTV Riders

July 2, 2018

Burnett County is home to over 50 miles of summer trails,  approximately 80 miles of frozen ground ATV/UTV trails and 120 miles of winter use trails. The trail system spans across townships, each with their own set of ordinances for routes and road usage. REMEMBER it is a rider’s responsibility to familiarize themselves with the rules…

Great Lakes Small Streams: A Traveling Display comes to Burnett County

June 15, 2018

We drink it, fish in it, clean with it, swim in it and travel across it. Water has always been critical for our survival. The Great Lakes region where we live is home to one of the largest freshwater resources on the planet. That water shaped the landscape, history and communities of our state and…

June Outdoor Report – Farside Outdoors

June 15, 2018

Hello everyone and welcome to the June edition of Farside Outdoors. The article will follow but we have taken to such a new level I thought I’d introduce myself; I am Hunter Childs (yes Grandson of Jim Childs for those who know the name), and I formulated Farside in 2015  which continues to expand through…

4 Miles and 3 Bridges added to the ATV Trail System

May 29, 2018

  Additions include a 690′ boardwalk Burnett County’s summer-use ATV/UTV trails expanded just a bit more this year – adding to our 50+ mile system. A new, 4-mile stretch of Trail 45 between Broeffle Rd. and North River Rd. southwest of Danbury is now open to summer ATV/UTV use.  This stretch of trail was previously…

May Outdoor Report – Farside Outdoors

May 20, 2018

On Golden Pond The Past Few Days In Burnett County have blown by fast, but Summer is just around the corner with temperatures rising. On Monday May 7th I floated around my property next to Birch Island Lake, we’ve kept the deer numbers up on our land and as ducks have started returning to Burnett…

The Shops at the Lodge | Burnett County’s 2018 Top Place to Shop

April 13, 2018

You voted, and the winner of your favorite place to shop is The Shops at the Lodge! Located in the “Lodge Village” on the north end of Siren you’ll find The Shops at the Lodge. If you’ve never stopped in to see what all the fuss is about you are truly missing out on a…

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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.