Monday, December 8, 2014

Trails follow great rivers, circle glacial lakes

Snuss Trail near Flambeau River
A hat-trick of major rivers and dozens of glacial lakes offer a variety of trails for day hikers to enjoy in Sawyer County, situated in the middle of the Wisconsin’s Northwoods.

In the county’s northwest corner, the Namekagon River sits in the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. The popular fishing, camping and hiking destination runs west to Trego and northeast into the Chequemegon National Forest.

The Chippewa River cuts through the county’s center, with its forks flowing through the Chequemegon National Forest.

On the county’s eastern side, the two forks of the Flambeau River offer kayaking and numerous fishing opportunities in the Flambeau River State Forest.

In addition to the scenic riverway and national and state forests, the Tuscobia State Trail heads across southern Sawyer County. The hiking and bicycling trail is built on an old railroad bed.

Among the county’s top day hiking trails are:
g Lakeside walks, fire towers await day hikers in Chequamegon N.F. (Chippewa River)
g Variety of wildlife visible on day hike through woodlands (Flambeau River)
g Hike portage route of 18th century fur traders, explorers (Namekagon River)
g Learn about Northwoods’ logging history on Black Lake Trail (glacial lake)
g Old railbed turned hiking trail passes farms, lakes, forestland (southern Sawyer County)

Read more about day hiking Sawyer County, Wisconsin, in my Day Hiking Trails of Sawyer County guidebook.