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Summer fun in Rusk County

There's no better time to visit Rusk County than the heart of summer. The forests are lush, and the rivers are teeming with fish and possibilities! Here are three of our favorite summer activities to do in this beautiful corner of northwest Wisconsin.

On the water

With more than 250 lakes and flowages and four incredible rivers, spending your vacation on the water is an easy choice. See the updated maps on several different paddling routes and explore our four wild rivers--the Flambeau, Chippewa, Thornapple and Jump. We've plotted boat launches and put-in/take-out spots with GPS coordinates to help you navigate to the start of your river adventure.

If you're looking to cast a line, Rusk County is home to 16 Class-A musky lakes and tons of hotspots for walleye, bass, pike and even sturgeon. Check out all your fishing options here.

On the trails

One of the best ways to explore Rusk County's trails is on four wheels. ATV routes run throughout the county, from community to community and through 80,000 acres of county forest. The Blue Hills are a beautiful spot to start, with 24 miles of stunning scenery that begin just 12 miles north of Weyerhaeuser off County Highway F on North Bucks Lake Road. Find out more about ATVing in Rusk County here.

Bring your camera

Don't forget to pack your camera for your Rusk County adventure--there are so many scenic spots you'll want to capture. If you're on an ATV, stop and snap a photo of one of the county's bridges that boast a stunning river view. On foot, check out the Reclaimed Flambeau Mine Nature Trails. Twenty species of butterflies inhabit the area, so set your shutter speed high! If you're on two wheels, take the Sisters' Farm Trails, which wind along the scenic Flambeau River--a beautiful spot to stop for a selfie.

Find a place to stay

The best place to start planning your vacation is on our website! Choose from hotels, motels, cabins and B&Bs. All are cozy, clean and comfortable. See a list of options