Natural Trails for
walking and hiking,
biking, snow shoes, bird watching and photography.
wildlife with your camera. The over 150,000 acres of public land in
Washburn County offer superb opportunities to capture whitetail
deer, black bear, waterfowl, birds, and scenic water and landscapes.
trails at the
"Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary"
Hunt Hill Trails
include 4.5 miles of trails through prairies, primitive
forests and tamarack bogs. View osprey, eagle and other wildlife.
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PROTECTED SPECIES - have found refuge here. Wolves, Bald Eagles,
Osprey and Loons are among the those that reside in our wild and even not
so wild areas. Moose and cougar have also been sighted.
Spring, Summer or Fall, SPOONER AREA RECREATIONAL TRAILS offer
something for everyone.
Trego Nature Trail which starts at the Namekagon River bridge
on Hwy 63, (located about 1.3 miles east of the St. Croix National
Scenic Riverway visitor's center). This trail meanders up and down
along the river through woods, is a loop trail and is suitable for
hiking and is used for snow-shoes in Winter. There are some
fairly steep hills and curvy narrow sections. 3.5 miles. This trail
provides some nice river overlooks and a good chance to see the
wildlife that lives in or near the river banks, deer, beaver, turtle
and muskrat and Great Blue Heron. Also used for cross country
skiing. Maintained all year. See
Lake Trail is an easier, but similar trail and is located just
north of Trego off Hwy 53, watch for the brown DNR directional sign,
you'll turn west off the Hwy onto Trego Lake Rd. The beginner trail is
very easy , (one of 3 loops from easy to more strenuous.)
Lengths vary from 1 to 3 miles. It starts through the woods and then
runs along the lake shore. Also used for winter snow shoeing. This
trail is maintained by the National Park Service all year.
Wild Rivers Trail is part of a 3 county trail that utilizes the
C&NW Rail route. It is a multi-use recreational trail that runs
for 96 miles through Douglas, Washburn, and Barron Counties.
Maintained all year. Parking is available at the public lot next to
the Railroad Memories Museum on Front Street in Spooner or various
access points along the trail.
Trail- in Birchwood- Accessible off Hwy 48 in
Birchwood. This trail is affords the hiker deep woods, streams
of Spooner College
Street City Park Trail-- Located
at the north end of College Street in Spooner. A wonderful trail on
the north edge of the city. Thick woods, rolling hills,
hardwoods and scenic variety. 1.2 mile loop with cross trails and off
road bike trails intertwined. Sections are lighted for night
cross country skiing. Maintained all year.
|**A NOTE FROM THE DNR: WILD
The vegetation in
Washburn Co. can be very susceptible to wild fire at any time
the ground is not snow-covered. Escaped campfires, ATV use,
and illegal burning are all common causes. The DNR requires
that you obtain a permit for any outdoor burning when the
ground is not snow covered. (except for cooking and
campfires). Obtaining a copy of the burning regulations is
strongly encouraged for new residents or visitors. Burning
PERMITS ARE FREE and can be obtained, along with complete
burning regulations, from any Ranger Station
or Emergency Fire Warden. Burning without a permit is
AGAINST THE LAW.
***Rural home owners and
vacationers should visit FIREWISE
a page created for those living and vacationing in fire prone
areas. Know the rules, the last major fire in this
county destroyed 11,000 acres and 159 structures in less than