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SCENIC DRIVES

Enjoy the breath-taking fall color of the oaks, poplar and birch trees as they reflect their yellows, oranges, reds and browns in the 800 glacial lakes of Washburn County, Wisconsin.  

You can pick up a copy of the Washburn County highway map at the Tourism information booth at 122 N. River Street (Hwy 63) or at the Country House Motel in Spooner. 

Come for the Cranberry Festival in Stone Lake, October 4th or enjoy a ride on "The Great Pumpkin Train".  Visit the Railroad Memories Museum in Spooner,  the  Famous Woodcarving Museum in Shell Lake or one of the other historical Museums in the Country

There are plenty of antique stores to browse as you travel through the countryside.    

Below are two suggested scenic routes:

 


EAST ROUTE: 
Take Hwy from Spooner to Hwy A. Go east on A for 13.3 miles to "Little Stone Road" (one of Wisconsin's "Rustic Roads"-watch for Sign) Turn right and follow the "rustic road", turning left at the Junction of Little Stone Road and  "Lake Road". Continue on "Lake Road"  about 1.8  miles to Hwy 70.  At this  point you can either turn left and take the short drive into the quaint village of Stone Lake or turn right on Hwy 70 to continue the road trip. If you go to Stone Lake Village you can get a bite to eat or  browse some antique shops.  Stone Lake is also the home of the Famous " Cranberry Festival". See Calendar of Events  for dates and particulars. This year the festival takes place on the of October 4th weekend  2003.

If you choose to skip the side trip to stone lake ( or are returning from Stone Lake) head east from the "Rustic Road entrance" on Hwy 70  and  go 1.8 miles to the 2nd Hwy B. (not the first one that requires an almost backwards left  turn). Take B to the left and travel  8.9 miles through county forest land and Long Lake to the town of Madge at the intersection of B & M. Take M south (left) to the Junction with D and follow DM a short distance.  When M&D diverge  once again (at 15.7 miles), follow  D for 8.2 miles into Birchwood. Once in Birchwood you can shop a bit and have a sandwich and coffee or ice cream at the "Porch".  Leave Birchwood traveling south on Hwy 48. At 4.7 miles look for Hwy V. Go right (west) on V for 7.8 miles to Hwy 53. Turn north (right) and take 53 back to Spooner. (15 miles)

Total Trip: Approximately 84 miles.

WEST ROUTE: 
Take Hwy 53 or 63 north out of Spooner to Trego. Then continue north on  Hwy 53 for one (1) mile to River Road. (There is a brown directional sign indicating direction to Trego Lake Ski trail.) Go left on River Road for 2.1 miles. On the left will be a parking lot for the ski trail. If you want to take a leisurely walk to enjoy the woods and the water, park here, or continue on River Road for 5.1 miles  to Hwy K. River road runs along the Trego Lake flowage/river and provides some spectacular color vantages. 
Turn right (north) on K and travel 6.5 miles to Hwy 77. Go left (west) on 77 for 11.8 miles to Hwy H. At this intersection you will find Gramma Mary's General Store, with a gas station and bait. Turn Left (south) on H. You will go through the little town of Webb Lake two (2) miles down the road. Here you will find a General Store, Ice cream parlor and "The Cabaret" bar and restaurant, a large historic log building dating to the 1930's. 
Continue south on H another 5.3 miles to  County road A. At this intersection on A& H you'll find The Country Market, Bamboozles Restaurant and Bar and Boon's A& H Outpost. 
Continue south for 8.7 miles to County Hwy E. One of Wisconsin's "Rustic Roads".  Turn left on E and follow the road past Big McKenzie lake. After 10.5 miles you'll intersect with County Hwy K. Turn left (south) and return to Spooner. ( 4.4 miles.)

Total Trip: Approximately 65 Miles

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