Welcome to Birchwood, WI!
Birchwood, the bluegill capital of Wisconsin, is ideally located between Rice Lake to the south, Hayward to the north and Spooner to the west. Birchwood is the preferred area if you want to avoid the crowds and escape to the serenity of a quaint village. Whether you want to fish, swim, boat or waterski, many lakes in the Birchwood area have it all. Rent a pontoon or launch your own boat at one of the many fine boat launch sites. Some of the sites are located on remote lakes which don’t have the fishing pressure as do some of the larger, more popular lakes. Some of the lakes can only be reached by packing in a canoe.
The very large deer herd in northwest Wisconsin makes for great fall hunting. Waterfowl and upland game birds such as partridge and ruffed grouse are also plentiful.
Bird watching is very popular, with Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary close by. Large stands of second- and third-growth woods are still prevalent around Birchwood, and are home to a vast wildlife population, including the frequently seen bald eagle.
But Birchwood hasn’t always been a tourist haven. Two museums in the village offer fascinating discoveries about the logging days and early settlers, the Howard A. Morey Homestead and the Birchwood Log Museum.
Northwest Wisconsin is famous for its fall colors. Begin your tour by reserving accommodations in Birchwood and tour the many state-designated Rustic Roads. Day trips to Hayward, Spooner, Bayfield and the Apostle Islands on Lake Superior are available. So plan to spend your next vacation at Birchwood. You’ll be glad you did.
The Tuscobia Trail offers hundreds of miles of riding for snowmobilers, bikers and ATVers, as well as hikers. There are also adjoining trails maintained by the local snowmobile and ATV clubs. The Ice Age Trail is a non-motorized trail offering varied degrees of challenge to hikers and bikers.
A splendid golf course is located just south of Birchwood at Tagalong Golf & Resort. The original nine-hole course, developed in 1923, was fashioned after the St. Andrew in Scotland. Today it is a beautiful and challenging, 18-hole course. Many other golf courses are within a short drive. Accommodations in the area range from B&Bs and resorts to campgrounds and motels. Fine dining or simpler fare are available at numerous locations.
Lake Chetac near Birchwood is part of a chain of four excellent fishing lakes linked by narrows, channels and a creek. Lake Chetac, covering nearly 2,000 acres, is the largest. It is a fairly shallow lake with excellent cover for panfish, northern, walleye and bass.
A channel flows south out of Chetac into Big Birch Lake, which is smaller but more than twice as deep — providing great walleye habitat. Big Birch is separated by a narrows from Little Birch Lake, flowing into Birch Creek. The creek feeds into Balsam Lake, known for big game fish.
A channel connects Balsam to Red Cedar Lake.
Shopping/ Festivals: Birchwood is a great place to pick up the perfect memento from your Northwoods vacation. You will find several gift shops to browse as you are exploring this quaint downtown. Birchwood is also home to many great events held throughout the year. One you'll want to be sure to check out is the Birchwood Bluegill Festival. This hometown festival includes events such as the Bluegill Medallion Hunt, fishing contest, softball tournament, street dances, parade, firemen's water fights, car show, fish fry and much more!
Dining: You won't leave Birchwood hungry if you check out any of the area restaurants. From the traditional Friday Night Fish Fry to "Almost World Famous" hashbrowns, Paninis, Pizza, and much more, you'll be sure to find something to satisfy your appetite in Birchwood. Check out all of Birchwood's dining options by clicking here.
Lodging: Whether you’re looking to spend a week relaxing at a lake-side resort or just headed up for a short weekend, you'll be sure to find campgrounds, hotels, resorts, and even a bed and breakfast to help you relax. To view the lodging options in Birchwood, click here.
Facts about Birchwood:
Local Schools-School District of Birchwood (K-12)
Village Hall- (715) 354-3300 * 101 N. Main Street
Chamber of Commerce- www.birchwoodwi.com 800-236-2252
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