Fun in the Spooner Sun

Photo Courtesy of Washburn County Tourism/ James Netz Photography
Photo Credit Washburn County Tourism Association/James Netz Photography

It's officially summer in the Northwoods and your options for outdoor adventures and excitement are readily abundant. Form its city parks to its lakes, rivers, and miles of hiking and biking trails, your visit to Spooner and the Memories You make here won't soon be forgotten!

With nearly a dozen lakes in the Spooner area and almost 1,000 county-wide, it seems like everywhere you turn offers a new opportunity for fun on the water. Feeling fearless and wanting to try your skill at waterskiing, wakeboarding, or surfing? Both Spooner Lake and Lake McKenzie offer public boat landings and provide plenty of room for watersports.

Casting your line into the water and relaxing on the boat more your pace? Lake McKenzie is abundant in musky, northern pike, and walleye whereas Spooner Lake will offer you more opportunities to catch panfish for that shore lunch you've been craving.

Pristine lakes aren't the only bodies of water to explore in the area. With Wisconsin's Moving National Park, the Namekagon River right in Spooner's back yard, you will be wanting to come back for years to come. While kayaking and canoeing are the most common ways to traverse the river during the summer months, friends and family also come from all over to float down the river on tubes. While some spots movie slightly quicker, for the most part this portion of the Namekagon moves along quite gently and offers you the perfect chance to kick back, relax and enjoy the ride. Need to rent equipment for you journey? Try AAA Sports Shop right in Spooner, or Jack's Canoe & Tube Rental located just outside of Spooner in Trego.

Spooner is also home to picturesque parks that offer options for the kids to play, a quick hike or bike ride, educational opportunities, and are perfect for those picnic lunches you've been wanting to have all year. If you are looking to hit the trails a bit to enjoy hiking or biking, check out College Street Park which also has a nice restful picnic shelter. Spooner Railroad Park also offers up a stunning picnic pavilion and be sure to check out the Railroad Memories Museum rich in Spooner railroad history.

So, whether you're looking for outdoor adventures to up your adrenaline, solid rest and relaxation, or both, head up to Spooner this summer for a truly unforgettable experience!

As published in "On Wisconsin Outdoors" July/August 2021 Issue