Chequamegon Bay offers world-class smallmouth bass fishing as well as great near-shore and deep-water fishing. Many anglers have put a bend in their fishing rods during the late-March steelhead run in the South Shore’s rivers.
Some of the most spectacular waterfalls in the entire state are located in Ashland County. Copper Falls State Park near Mellen features three scenic waterfalls on the Tyler Forks and Bad rivers. Hikers will be enthralled by the breathtaking beauty of Morgan Falls, the second-highest waterfall in Wisconsin.
In addition to exceptional fishing and hiking opportunities, the Chequamegon Bay region is among the best birding destinations in the Midwest, with a wide variety of habitats home to nearly 300 species. Abundant public lands and extraordinary natural beauty provide visitors with unparalleled nature-watching opportunities in this exceptional area of northern Wisconsin.
Casual and avid bird watchers alike as well as nature lovers will be drawn to Ashland and the south shore of Lake Superior in May for the annual Chequamegon Bay Birding & Nature Festival. This highly anticipated weekend event features guided field trips, hands-on workshops, educational programs, exhibits, speakers, and more than 100 activities from which to choose.
Shoppers will find treasures and bargains galore during northern Wisconsin’s largest House-to-House Garage Sale in May, featuring citywide garage sales and downtown retailers’ sidewalk sales. 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 17 vibrant murals highlighting a particular aspect of Ashland’s colorful past, depicting subjects ranging from the city’s lumberjacks and military veterans to its railroads, storefronts and former massive ore dock. Since 2005, Ashland has been known as the “Historic Mural Capital of Wisconsin,” making the city a year-round public art destination.
No matter the season or occasion, Ashland welcomes guests to the shores of Lake Superior with fabulous food, tempting treats and sumptuous fare sure to please any palate or pocketbook. If you’re looking for the perfect appetizer, stop by River Rock Inn & Bait Shop for some Cajun-smoked salmon. For dessert or anytime, treat yourself to scrumptious handmade lavender truffles from Gabriele’s German Cookies & Chocolates. Or pick up a package of Sixth Street Market’s award-winning bratwurst, available in a mind-boggling 38 flavors!
Ashland encourages visitors to enjoy and explore all that Lake Superior’s Hometown has to offer. Click here to download the 2015 Ashland County Activity & Visitor Guide or here to have a Visitor Guide mailed to you.
(Photos on this website are provided by Monroe Photography.)
Discover the winter charm of Wisconsin’s northwoods with a visit to Ashland and the Chequamegon Bay area. Ice and snow transform the vast wooded terrain into a pristine landscape of quiet beauty.
The region’s spectacular ice caves, part of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, are like no other spot on earth. Last year, more than 125,000 people traveled here to experience the haunting beauty of these dramatic ice formations.
Winter brings anglers out in droves for ice fishing on Chequamegon Bay where they can take their pick of excellent fishing for walleye, trout, northern pike, or any of the three major panfish – perch, bluegill and crappie.
Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are also popular cold-weather pastimes in the Ashland area and offer a great way to take in the area’s natural beauty at a slower pace. For the most up-to-date ski trail conditions, click here.
Exciting winter events and activities such as the Book Across the Bay ski/snowshoe race, held on the frozen surface of Lake Superior, attract thousands of visitors to Ashland each year.
Take a fascinating stroll through the city’s colorful history as depicted in more than a dozen large, vibrant muralscreated by local artists Kelly Meredith and Sue Martinsen.
No matter the season or occasion, Ashland welcomes guests to the shores of Lake Superior with fabulous food, tempting treats and sumptuous fare sure to please any palate or pocketbook.
Ashland encourages visitors to enjoy and explore all that Lake Superior’s Hometown has to offer. Click here to download the 2014 Ashland County Activity & Visitor Guide or here to have a Visitor Guide mailed to you.