Riding Off into the Sunset
Begin your horseback adventure with a pony ride for the kids or a guided trail ride at Frontier Stables located just outside of Frederic. Rides wander through 300 acres of beautiful rolling hills, with a choice of half-hour, and one or two hour rides. You are invited to bring your own horse as well to enjoy the trails.
At Spider Lake Ranch Riding Stables, nestled in the forests near Hayward, enjoy more than a hundred acres of trails. No matter what your experience or skill level they will match you with the perfect horse for a wonderful adventure. Before you head out, they will give you a full riding demonstration to ensure your safety and comfort.
Hoofbeat Ridge in Springbrook provides riding experiences for just an hour or choose an overnight camping excursion with fishing included. Guides are provided for all trail rides. Horse owners can also enjoy the trails with a bring-your-own-horse option.
If you would like to make a weekend camping trip with your horse, head over to Pioneer Park & Campground in Ogema. This equestrian-friendly park is first come-first served and is open year round. It includes a horse hitching post, as well as nature trails and a lake for some pan fish fishing fun.
Trails for a ride into the sunset can be found all across Wisconsin, including Flambeau Mine Trail in Ladysmith and Saunders State Trail in Superior.
What better reason to shop than to support your hobby? In Rice Lake, The Busy Bobbin can help you build up that quilting stash in no time at all. A wide selection of fabrics includes batiks, kids’ prints, blenders, florals and 1930s reproductions. Plus, they can help supply all your needed extras as well, such as patterns, books and notions of all shapes and sizes.
While you are in Wisconsin, you can’t leave without visiting a place to pick up some cheese to bring home and share. Z’s Cheese Haus in Hurley has you covered. Their selection of local cheeses includes all time favorites such as curds and aged cheeses. However, you can also find specialty varieties such as jalapeño Muenster and co-jack longhorn.
The chef in you says you need to hop in the car and go to Acorn Pantry in Siren. It’s not just a place to buy a cake pan. It’s the place to find inspiration. You’ll find cookware, barware, bakeware, accessories and gadgets, and a long list of other items to set your cooking creativity free. Located in The Shops at The Lodge and all under one roof, find more places for retail therapy in the Syren General Store, a northwoods decor and gift shop, and Making Memories & More, a scrapbooking and paper arts store. Grab a specialty coffee at Chattering Squirrel Coffee Café or experience rejuvenation at Nouveau Salon Spa after spending the day shopping.
Looking for something funky for your place? How about something old and repurposed to liven up your decor? Junk & Disorderly in Superior houses a number of vendors who specialize in finding just the right vintage, antique, new and repurposed pieces for adding zip to any home.
Start your shopping at busybobbin.com, zscheesehaushurley.com, theshopsatthelodge.com and facebook.com/Junk-and-Disorderly-On-The-South-Side.
By foot or bike
There are no lack of hiking and biking trails to explore in northwest Wisconsin either by foot or bike. The slower pace is the best way to take in nature and the all the beauty of the area.
Listed as one of the best hikes in Wisconsin, the 9.2 mile segment of the North Country Trail in Copper Falls State Park, outside of Mellen, is a hiker’s dream. You’ll see waterfalls, rocky nooks and canyons. This little segment is part of a larger 4,600 mile coast-to-coast trail system.
Wisconsin’s Ice Age Trail spans 1,100 miles along the edge of the glacier’s path. The trail weaves through several northwest Wisconsin counties, so be sure to check the website or stop at the visitor center at the western terminus in Saint Croix Falls for full information.
Want to speed things up? The Gandy Dancer Recreational Trail is a 98-mile long converted railroad trail that offers easy pedaling as it winds its way along the lakes, rivers and forests of northwest Wisconsin from Danbury to St. Croix Falls. The trail is maintained by Douglas, Burnett and Polk Counties.
Or, go off road in the Chequamegon National Forest. The Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association, or CAMBA, has more than 300 miles of linked mountain bike trails in Sawyer County. The best way to explore the system is to grab a map at the Cable Area Visitor’s Center and spur out from there to any destination in the forest.
Hooked on Northwest Wisconsin
Northwest Wisconsin’s abundance of lakes and rivers makes fishing a natural activity for summertime vacation fun. From frisky pan fish to the mighty musky, you’ll find it all up north. One such fish that is not only fun to catch, but excellent to eat, is the walleye. Thanks to the DNR’s Walleye Initiative, that fish is abundant and diverse in the state’s waterways.
The Walleye Initiative is a program by the Wisconsin Department of Resources to expand the production and stocking of walleye in waters accessible to the public. Thanks to the program, Wisconsin has an abundance of excellent natural walleye waters that are healthy and diverse. In northwest Wisconsin alone, you’ll find tens of thousands of acres of lakes filled with walleye.
So, where are the best places to find a walleye? In the summer, the fish will move to deeper water and tend to feed in the weed covered shallows during the early mornings or evenings. In Burnett County, Clam Lake is abundant in northern pike, but walleye and bass are also present. Near Spooner in Washburn County, you’ll find abundant walleye in Shell Lake and the Minong Flowage. Both lakes are great sources of naturally reproducing walleye.
Just remember to help maintain the fisheries for future generations and adhere to all bag and length limits for walleye and all fish taken.
Legendary Camping & Kayaking in National Park
Looking for an unrivaled camping experience? The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore has camping opportunities on 19 of the 21 Apostle Islands included in this national park. Several of these sites are available for group camping. Sixteen of the islands include backcountry remote camping spots and there is one campsite on the mainland as well.
Each of the island sites include a variety of amenities such as tent pad, picnic table and fire ring. Be sure to check the listings for exact amenities available for each. Each site does come with a guaranteed amazing view for your stay.
But, how do you get to the islands? You can take your own boat of course, or you can catch a ride with the Apostle Islands Cruises. For campers, the cruise service provides recreation shuttle services to Michigan and Stockton Island. A water taxi service is also available to each of the islands.
Apostle Island Kayak Tours can help you explore the sea caves up close and personal. After a short lesson or review, it’s time to pick up your paddle and head to the caves. Group sizes are small for a personal touch and beginners are welcome. All equipment is provided for the tour.
On shore fun includes the Bayfield Visitor Center. This is a great place to start your Apostle Islands adventure with its knowledgeable staff and exhibits about the area. It also has a gift shop with a great selection of local books and souvenirs.