SPOONER, Your Favorite Northwoods Playground

Photo provided by  Washburn County Tourism Association
Photo provided by Washburn County Tourism Association

It's finally summer here in the Northwoods and you would be hard pressed to find a better outdoor playground than here in Spooner, Wisconsin!

You probably already know the Spooner area for the hundreds of lakes in and around it, but did you know that Wisconsin's Moving National Park is located right in our back yard? Just west lies a gorgeous section of the St. Croix Riverway, the Namekagon River. Known for its crystal-clear waters and calm currents, the Namekagon offers all kinds of opportunities for silent sport enthusiasts. While canoeing and kayaking are the most common ways to traverse the river, tubing on the river with family and friends draws people from near and far alike to cool off on those hot summer days. Want to make a weekend out of it? There are primitive campsites to stop and set up camp at along the way. Fishing more your hobby of choice? Anglers can try their hand at catching everything from small mouth bass to muskellunge, walleye, trout and panfish. Stock up on all your supply and rental needs at AAA Sport Shop, located just off Hwy. 53, and if you're lucky enough they might even share the latest local fishing reports with you.

Want to share that old resort feel with your family while enjoying and bonding in the picturesque Northwoods landscape look no further than Heartwood Resort and Conference Center. Here you can swim, fish, camp (or stay at the main lodge ), canoe, kayak, play basketball, tennis, and volleyball, or check out their many well maintained ATV/UTV, hiking, and mountain biking trails wandering through their impressive 700 acres of breathtaking natural woodlands. Also located at the resort is the Namekagon National Championship Disc Golf Course boasting 24 holes of tournament level play. Need gear? Not to worry, you can rent equipment right at the resort!

So, whether you're looking to rough it in the great outdoors, or prefer more of a family resort feel, Spooner is the place for you to be this summer, period!


As published in the 2023 July/August issue of "On Wisconsin Outdoors"

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