Nestled along the south shore of Lake Superior’s Chequamegon Bay, the City of Ashland boasts a unique mix of historic charm and modern convenience. Ashland’s central location makes it an ideal jumping-off point for both the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and southern Ashland County, home of Copper Falls State Park. Ashland offers four seasons of exceptional outdoor recreation. Winter brings anglers out in droves for ice fishing on the bay and the area’s many well-kept trails are a snowmobiler’s paradise. The region’s spectacular ice caves, part of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, are like no other spot on earth. The most up-to-date information on ice conditions is always available on the Apostle Islands ice line: (715) 779-3398, ext. 3. Be sure to phone ahead before venturing out to discover the frozen beauty of these world-famous sandstone sea caves. (news video of ice caves) (news video from Australia)
Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are also popular cold-weather pastimes and offer a great way to take in the area’s natural beauty at a slower pace. Winter events and activities such as the “King of the Bay” snowmobile drag races and Book Across the Bay ski/snowshoe race, both held on the frozen surface of Lake Superior, attract thousands of visitors to Ashland each year.
As the county seat of Ashland County and the commercial hub of the Chequamegon Bay region, Ashland is proud to provide visitors with a wonderful variety of restaurants and shops certain to please any taste or interest. Historic downtown Ashland is characterized by its extraordinary brownstone buildings. As you browse our many gift, clothing, sporting, and specialty shops, take the time to view the distinct architectural styles displayed throughout the downtown business district, an eight-block area of which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The community’s pride in its rich history is evident in its 13 colorful murals highlighting a particular aspect of Ashland’s past, an ongoing project resulting in the city’s designation in 2005 as the “Historic Mural Capital of Wisconsin.” No matter the season, the community cordially welcomes visitors to enjoy and explore this shining jewel crowning the greatest of the Great Lakes, Ashland – Lake Superior’s Hometown.
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