Book Across the Bay

Come and have some fun with us!

Book Across the Bay is the upper Midwest’s most unique winter event, open to skiers and snowshoers of all ages and ability levels. The 10-kilometer course, which is groomed for both classic-style and skate skiing, starts in Ashland and ends in Washburn, and follows a route not on land, but over the frozen surface of Lake Superior, the world’s largest freshwater lake.  The event is held at night, and the course is lit by the stars above and up to 1,000 candles in ice luminaries that line the entire route.

New in 2017: Wave Starts and the ability of having you bib mailed to you.  For more information go to

  • Race-day Check-in, Bib Pick-up, and Registration:
    Race-day check-in, Bib pick-up and race-day registration will be held from 11am to 5pm on race day, February 18th, at Thompson’s West End Park, 401 South 8th Ave. West, in Washburn (finish line for the race). This is a change from previous years, so please plan accordingly!
  • Shuttle Buses:
    Shuttle will be running from 1pm to 5:30pm, from Thompson’s West End Park, 401 South 8th Ave. West, in Washburn (finish line) to the start area at Maslowski Beach in Ashland. There will be a big heated tent set up at the start area with events and activities going on there all afternoon. We urge you to park in Washburn and take a shuttle to the start. There will be little to no parking available at Maslowski Beach.
  • Race Day pre-race activities on the Ashland side in the tent at Maslowski beach.  
    • Food and beverages
    • Ski waxing
    • Ice skating (condition dependent)
    • Snow sculpture
    • Bonfire
    • Displays by a variety of community organizations
  • Post-race Party:
    The Post-Race party will be held at the tent at Thompson’s West End Park, 401 South 8th Ave. West, in Washburn and will get underway around 7pm with “Fido and the Love Dogs”.   

If you’re coming to the Chequamegon Bay area for Book Across the Bay race weekend and are looking for things to do, here are some ideas:


  • “The Wizard of Oz” performance at the Ashland High School, 1900 Beaser Ave, Ashland. For more information, call 715-682-7089.


  • Community Dinner, in the fellowship hall of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 620 W. 3rd St., held each Friday from 5:30-7pm. A different area church provides the meal each week. For more information, call 715-682-5067.
  • Mt Ashwabay is open for skiing and boarding Friday nights from 4-9pm. Don’t have a season pass? No problem! Lift tickets are $10 for youth grades 6-12 with FREE rentals. A BIG thank you to all the local businesses and individuals that help make this possible for our youth!
  • Freehand’s Lakeside presents “Yazmin and Beat Zero” at the Blue Wave from 6-9pm. Enjoy a farm-to-table dinner while being entertained. For more information, call 715-209-0362.
  • Polka Party on the Bay! Join your friends and neighbors in the big tent at Maslowski beach for an evening of hometown fun on the frozen shores of Lake Superior from 6-9pm! Come hungry, Andy will be serving up award winning Sixth Street Market brats at a steal of a deal.  The Stagecoach Bar & Grill will be slinging South Shore Brewery beer and wine for those 21 and older.  From 6:30-8pm Kalogerson Music from the Twin Cities will keep your feet moving with live Polka! Free of charge and open to EVERYONE!  Parking available on the lake.  715-682-1811 or 715-682-1211.
  • After Party at Stagecoach Bar & Grill, 315 East Main Street, with Rough Cut performing from 9pm – 1am.  715-292-6710
  • Legendary Waters Resort & Casino, 37600 Red Cliff Campground Rd, Bayfield, presents “Westside” from 9pm-1am. For more information, call 800-226-8478 or visit


  • The Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, 29270 Co. Hwy. G., presents “Fly Tying Gathering” from 10am-2pm. For more information, call 715-685-9983, or visit
  • Chequamegon Food Co-op presents “Coffee Roasting: A Course in Appreciation” at Big Water Coffee Roasters, Bayfield, from 10am-12pm. Fee applied. For more information, call 715-682-8251 or visit
  • The Glidden SnoBears Annual Toilet Seat Races held at Roxy’s, 201 Grant Street, Glidden. Sign-up at 11, races start at 12noon. Soup Chili Cook-off at 1pm. Meat & Bucket Raffle to benefit the club. For rules and regulations or more information, contact Bob at 608-852-7436.
  • Book It Kids’ Fun Race, register your kiddos for the Book It Kids’ Race on Lake Superior Saturday morning before Book Across the Bay at Maslowski Beach. Book It is a FREE, fun race open to all kids ages 12 and under. Registration and bib pick up will be in the Book Across the Bay tent at a Solstice Outdoors table on Saturday 11am-12:30pm before the race. The race starts at 12:30pm for ages 8-12 and 1:00pm for ages 8 and under. Every participant will receive a commemorative medal along with hot chocolate and cookies.  For more information, visit or call 715-682-3590.
  • Bar Stool Races in Drummond on Brian Miller Hill behind the Black Bear Inn on Hwy. 63, Drummond. Registration is at 11am, race starts at 12pm. For more information, visit
  • Bad River Lodge & Casino presents “Karaoke Contest”. Registration at 7pm. Contest from 8pm-12am. 1st prize-$1500; 2nd prize-$1000; 3rd prize-$750. Grand Finale is March 18. For more information, call 715-682-7121 or visit


  • Bike Across the Bay at 10am, hosted by North Coast Cycling Association. The race will start from the Washburn Shore. Registration will be from 8:30-9:30am at the Harbor View Restaurant (the former Steak Pit), 125 Harbor View Dr, Washburn.  For more information, call 715-373-2114 or visit
  • Yazmin will be performing in the Salmagundi gallery, 705 Main Street West, and they will be serving up delicious brunch items for all of their guests.  Come for the music and food.  Noon to 2pm.  Click here to check out Yazmin’s newest single.  It’s a perfect ending to your Book Across the Bay weekend and a wonderful start to a new week.  Hope to see you there. 715-209-2602.


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