Spring

in Wisconsin's Premier Northwest

photo by Peggy Lee | Lake 26

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

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. 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.

Our Rivers

  • St. Croix River
  • Namekagon River
  • Yellow River
  • Clam River
  • Wood River
  • Chase Creek
  • Hay Creek
  • Loon Creek
  • Sand Creek
  • Wood Creek
  • Logging Creek
  • North Fork Flowage
  • Upper North Fork Flowage
  • South Refuge Flowage

Find an Outfitter

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.

State Record Catches...

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Hook and Line Sturgeon

79"  |  170 lbs. 10 oz. 

Yellow Lake, 1979

photo submitted by: Jake Holmstrom | Warner Lake

Catch and Release Muskellunge

53"

Warner Lake, 2017
Jake H.

Hunting

You’ll find some of the best hunting in Burnett County. With over 185 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. But these trophies aren’t just tales to tell around a fire at the hunting cabin - hunters and fishermen are still pursuing trophies. In 2017 alone, two bowhunters harvested once-in-a-lifetime bucks which were covered in local and regional news. Additionally, the state record catch-and-release musky was reeled in last year.

Hunters can take part in various seasons throughout the year including black bear, Canada geese, ducks, ruffed grouse, whitetail deer and wild turkey. 

Find your trophy in Burnett County.

Questions?

DNR Customer Service
Toll Free 1-888-WDNRINF 
(1-888-936-7463)

150,000 Acres of Public Land

Public Land Available to Hunt

  • Burnett County Forest
  • Governor Knowles State Forest
  • 11 wildlife areas
  • St. Croix National Scenic Riverway

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.

The Crex Meadows Visitor Center welcomes guests seven days a week from March through November. Travel the boardwalk and nature trail to the visitor center to listen to the history of Crex Meadows and experience museum quality artifacts including a replica of a 1930s hunting shack. Stop in the gift shop to get field guides, t-shirts and other souvenirs. Nature classes and events are offered year round by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Be sure to attend their Spring Bird Festival in May and Crex Crane Festival in October.

Follow the geese painted on Grantsburg’s throughways and be inspired by the wildlife at Crex Meadows.

11 Wildlife Areas

  • Crex Meadows 
  • Fish Lake Wildlife Area 
  • Amsterdam Sloughs Wildlife Area
  • Namekagon Barrens Wildlife Area
  • Keizer Lake Wildlife Area
  • Danbury Wildlife Area 
  • Sand Creek Wildlife Area
  • Sand River Wildlife Area
  • Goose Lake Wildlife Area
  • Clam Lake Widlife Area

Golfing

Hit the Links...

Grab your friends and hit the links! Burnett County is home to a full range of golf courses, from a par 3 to championship-level courses.

In the heart of downtown Grantsburg, you’ll find the municipal course with rolling hills, tall oaks and small 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.

Head northeast for a round at Voyager Village, an 18-hole championship course nestled comfortably in our Wisconsin landscape.

Plan your next golf getaway in Burnett County.

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Information

Burnett County Tourism Coalition
burnettcountyfun@gmail.com

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For County Tourism related inquiries:
Burnett County Tourism Office
715-349-5999 or 800-788-3164
bctour@sirentel.net

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For County Government related inquiries:

BurnettCounty.com

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