Natural Trails for walking and hiking,
 biking, snow shoes, bird watching and photography.

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For 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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WILDLIFE AT LARGE-   Capture 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. 
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.

Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall, SPOONER AREA RECREATIONAL TRAILS offer something for everyone.  

  • The 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 Trail Photos

  • Trego 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.

  • The 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.

  • Sawyer Brook Springs Trail is a  trail system developed behind the Indian Arts Center in Shell Lake. This trail has several loops ranging from creek bed to high hills. You can access this trail from the Indianhead arts center SE parking lot at the north end of First Street. 

  • Tuscobia Trail- in Birchwood- Accessible off Hwy 48 in Birchwood. This trail is affords the hiker deep woods, streams and wildlife.

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  • Totagatic Trail--Located 1.5 miles north of Minong. It is a County Forest trail that was developed by the WWC crews in 1987. It a gently rolling and wooded with black spruce in lower bog areas. Beginner to advanced.

  • City 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.

  • City of Shell Lake South Side Walking trail- Located off Hwy 63 across old railroad bed at the south end of town.  Wood chip path through woods and meadows.


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 6 hours.