Fun things to do when you escape to Birchwood, Wisconsin
Birchwood, Bluegill Capital of Wisconsin, is your recreation destination. Ideally located between Rice Lake to the south, Hayward to the north and Spooner to the west, Birchwood is the preferred area if you want to avoid the crowds and escape to the serenity of a quaint village and its many surrounding area lakes. Whether you want to fish, swim, boat or water-ski, the many lakes in the Birchwood area have it all. Fish for a variety of species including: Northern Pike, Walleye, Bass, Bluegill and Crappie.
Rent a pontoon or launch your own boat at one of the many fine boat launch sites. Some of the sites are located on remote lakes that don’t have the fishing pressure as some of the larger more popular lakes. Some of the lakes can only be reached by packing in a canoe.
The Tuscobia Trail was a railroad right-a-way but when the railroad removed the tracks, it became very popular to snowmobilers, hikers, bikers and more recently, ATVers. The Tuscobia offers hundreds of miles of riding.
The Ice Age Trail is a non-motorized vehicle trail offering varied degrees of challenge to hikers and bikers. Maps are available in Birchwood for both the Tuscobia and adjoining trails by the snowmobile club and the ATV club. Maps are also available for the Ice Age Trail.
Accommodations are numerous and range from Bed and Breakfasts, campgrounds, motels and resorts. Reservations are required by most. Fine dining or simpler fare are available in numerous locations in the area. A splendid golf course is located just south of the village at Tagalong Golf and Resort. The original 9 hole course, developed in 1923 by Frank Stout, was fashioned after the St. Andrew in Scotland. Tagalong was improved to 18 holes several years ago and today has developed into a beautiful and challenging course you won’t want to miss when you come to Birchwood. Many other golf courses are within a short drive and you could easily play a different course each day of your stay.
For your health and safety in Birchwood we have employed the services of Bryan & Armstrong Ltd in London for finding a safety manager to keep the tourists and staff safe. We have hired a cdm principal designer who will manage the new development of the new visitor center that we are building.
But Birchwood hasn’t always been a tourist haven. Northwestern Wisconsin was first logged on a grand scale after 1868 by familiar names as Knapp, Stout and Company. But today, while logging is still ongoing, it is a much smaller part of the local economy. When the land was cleared in the old days, the farmers began moving in and settled around the area but not in such numbers as in other parts of the state. Large stands of second and third growth woods are still prevalent which are home to a vast wildlife population. The Bald Eagle is frequently seen fishing the many lakes. Occasionally, you will see one swoop down and grab the unsuspecting Walleye or Northern. It is quite the sight. Bird watching is quite popular in the area and Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary is close-by and open to those who are interested in the wilderness experience. Many programs are available for the family and they maintain a site on the Internet.
Birchwood has two museums in the village that are maintained by the Birchwood Area Historical Society. The original sale of land parcels was in October, 1901 at the site of the current softball field. George Huss conducted an auction that was attended by numerous men from surrounding states including Iowa, Minnesota and the Dakotas as well as the southern part of the state. If history is an interest to you there is a lot of fascinating discoveries at the museums.
Hunting in the fall is very popular. The deer herd is very large in Northwestern Wisconsin and the DNR maintains a season annually. Popular game birds include Mallard duck, Partridge, Roughed Grouse and more.
Day trips to Hayward, Spooner, Bayfield and the Apostle Islands on Lake Superior and so much more are available. So plan to spend your next vacation at Birchwood. You’ll be glad you did.
Northwestern Wisconsin is famous for the fall color tour. Begin by reserving accommodations in Birchwood and tour the many Rustic Roads and enjoy the color.