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The Rustic Roads Program, administered by the Wisconsin Dept. of Transportation, was established in 1973 to showcase Wisconsin's most picturesque roadways. These roads have outstanding natural features along their borders such as rugged terrain, native vegetation, native wildlife, or may include open areas with agricultural vistas. They are lightly traveled roadways for the leisurely enjoyment of hikers, bikers, and motorists. Wisconsin's Rustic Road network features 95 roads covering some 510 miles through 53 counties. The Spooner area of Washburn County has two officially designated Rustic Roads.

Wisconsin Rustic Road 71
in Washburn County- Spooner Area

Location Washburn County. Lake Road and Little Stone Road between WI Hwy 70 and County A.

Length 2.2 miles

Surface PavedR71 skirts the western shore of Stone Lake where deer, raccoons, loons and other waterfowl are often present. The trees along the route form a graceful arch overhead creating a tunnel of green over much of this two mile Rustic Road.



Wisconsin Rustic Road 80
in Burnett  County- Spooner Area
Location:  Burnett County. County Highway E beginning at the intersection of County Highway A and paralleling McKenzie Lake until its intersection with Tokash Road near the Washburn County Line.

Length:  2.1 miles

Surface:  Paved

R80 is a winding road with gentle hills that border beautiful McKenzie Lake. Tall majestic oaks provide an umbrella covering during the summer months. Abundant wildlife such as ducks, bear, deer, and eagles are often visible throughout the year. Pedestrians and bicyclists often use the road for recreational purposes.