It's time to jump in the car and head to Spooner to take in some of the most spectacular views of fall's fabulous color displays in Wisconsin. Whether you're hitting the ATV/UTV trails, canoeing the Namekagon River, fishing on Spooner Lake or taking a nice leisurely drive in the country, the fantastically colorful landscapes will have you coming back for year to come so you can soak in its festive fall atmosphere.
Get those helmets out and gas up because one of the best ways to view the fall colors is on the area's meticulously maintained ATV/UTV trails. Spooner has access to over a hundred miles of trails in Washburn County, giving you plenty of opportunities to take in the eye-catching yellows, oranges and reds of the leaves while you're cruising along. Be sure to stop into the Visitor Center in Spooner before you head out and grab a Washburn County ATV Scenic Tour brochure and trail map where the destinations are sure to wow and educate you on the history of the area all at the same time.
As many of the locals here will tell you, canoeing or kayaking down the Namekagon River: Wisconsin's Moving National Park is the perfect place to view nature and wildlife. The portion of the river just outside of Spooner moves along at a pace that's absolutely perfect to view fall's spectacular colors and wildlife preparing for the cold. The river here is suitable for all skill levels and if you don't have you own equipment don't worry, both AAA Sports Shop and Jack's Canoe Rental can help you out with getting you all set up with everything you need to venture out. AAA Sports Shop can also set you up with a fishing charter on Spooner Lake that's sure to be full of excitement and provides you with picturesque views of the colorful fall foliage along its shoreline.
Another exhilarating way to view fall's colorful landscapes is by taking a drive on the many gorgeous country roads in and around Spooner. First stop by the Visitor Center, located at 122 N. River Street in Spooner, and pick up a copy of the brochure and map of scenic routes of Washburn County. A particular favorite is Spooner's West Loop. At just over 46 miles this remarkable route will take you past over a dozen bodies of water where fall's many colors make striking reflections that will leave you awestruck.
No matter how you choose to venture out, Spooner's magnificent fall views are just waiting for you to come out and admire. So, what are you waiting for? Plan your trip to Spooner today!
As published in "On Wisconsin Outdoors" Sept./Oct. 2021 Issue