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Fall Colors

Fall Colors to Dazzle and Delight

Washburn County bursts into brilliant color in September and October, luring visitors and residents alike onto the highways and trails. Fall ATVing, a scenic train ride, and exploring the hiking trails are excellent ways to experience the extraordinary fall colors.  Along with the spell-binding scenery, you’ll also want to partake in the colorful local festivals that celebrate the harvest. While you’re here, be sure to sample our unsurpassed fall produce — the world’s finest apples, pumpkins, cranberries, wild rice and honey.

Fall Colors are reported on a regular basis by local residents. Below are the reports for the Washburn County and surrounding areas. To view the full Fall Color Report, click here


Best Ways to View Fall Colors in Washburn County:

Taste & Treasure Washburn County:  Sample local fare from a variety of area restaurants after a relaxing day of treasure hunting at our unique antique shops, art galleries and other fun stops! Download the brochure to see all of the cool stops you can make. Maps are available at the Washburn County Visitor Center (122 N. River Street-Spooner). 

Click here for the Taste & Treasure Washburn County Brochure

Sightseeing Train Ride: What better way to experience the fall colors than on a historic train ride through beautiful Northwest Wisconsin?  The Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad offers Sightseeing, Bed & Breakfast, Elegant Dinner, and Family Pizza Train Rides throughout the fall.  

Check out their website for more information and to book your train ride today.

Fall Color Driving Tour: Pick up a Washburn County Highway Map and check out these four amazing Fall color routes for car, bicycle or motorcycle.  The routes range from 39 to 61 miles and pass through the beautiful forests of Northwest Wisconsin, around sparkling lakes and into the heart of some great small towns.  

Click here for the Fall Color Brochure

ATV Scenic Tour: Exploring the trails of Northwest Wisconsin is beautiful anytime of year, but in the Fall you'll be sure to see many spectacular colors decorating the landscape. Washburn County is home to the ATV Scenic Tour which highlights many natural, historic, and man-made points of interest and is an excellent way to explore the forests as they burst into brilliant shades of red, orange, and yellow.

For trail maps, conditions, trail passes and more, visit the ATV page.

Fall Color Drives


 Hiking & Wildlife Viewing: Explore the beauty of Fall up close on one of the many hiking trails in Washburn County.  Trails range in length from one mile to ten miles of loops.  

For a list and maps of all of the area hiking trails, visit the Hiking page.

Kayaking & Canoeing a National Treasure: Paddling the Namekagon River (part of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway) is an incredible way to view the Fall colors. Other paddling opportunities are available on the Yellow and Totogatic Rivers as well as the area lakes.

For more information on outfitters, maps and more, visit the Canoeing/Kayaking/Tubing page.

Kimball Lake

Pontoon Ride on a Dazzling Area Lake: Spend a beautiful Fall day exploring an area lake by pontoon. Spooner Lake and Long Lake both offer boat rentals and incredible scenery to view during peak color. Many other lakes offer pontoon rentals from the area resorts.

For more infomation on lake recreation, visit the Lakes page.




Golfing: Fall is a spectacular time to experience the many golf courses in Northern Wisconsin.  Beautiful, crisp Fall mornings are the perfect time to get out on the course.

 Click here for a list of Washburn County golf courses.

Horseback Riding: Dugan Run Horse Trails & Campground is a popular destination for horse enthusiasts in the Fall.  Over 30 miles of horse trails make up this great trail system.  If you don't own a horse, Hoofbeat Ridge Ranch is a great riding stable located in Springbrook and offers hour-long horseback rides for all experience levels.

Fishing: Fall fishing is a very popular past-time in Washburn County.  This area is home to over 950 lakes packed with Bluegill, Panfish, Walleye, Musky, Northern and Trout.

 For more information on the fishing in the area, visit the Fishing page.

Bicycling: There are many opportunities to take in the Fall colors on bicycle.  If you enjoy off-road trails, be sure the check out the Wild Cat Mountain Bike Trail or the College Street Park Trails.  If you are looking for road routes, stop into the Visitor Center in Spooner to pick up the county highway map and suggested routes.  

For bike maps, visit the Biking page.




Fall is a great time to visit the area attractions after the summer crowds have departed.  Many of the area attractions stay open through September and even into early October.  Be sure to call ahead to check hours.

Sightseeing Train Ride

Burch Barn-Pumpkin patch with many family activities: giant corn pit, petting zoo, gunny sack slide, pumpkin bowling, inflatable bouncy houses, grain train, cow milking contest, corn maze, pumpkin patch, corn mazeand inflatable derby horse races.

Clover Meadow Winery-Certified, organic winery offering wine tastings

Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary-500-acre nature reserve, 10+miles of hiking trails

Museum of Woodcarving-Over 100 life-sized wood carvings all created by one man

Palace Theater-Historic movie theater with daily showtimes

The Potters Shed-Gallery, Paint-your-own Pottery, Build-your-own Mosaics

Veterans' Memorial-A memorial honoring area veterans

WI Great Northern Train Rides-Scenic train rides including sightseeing trains, bed and breakfast train, family pizza train & more

Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Museum-Museum housing many historic, hand-made canoes



Fall Festivals:

Stone Lake Cranberry FestivalFall Produce

Stone Lake residents and visitors look forward to the cranberry harvest with great anticipation — so much so that one weekend of every October is set aside for the Stone Lake Cranberry Festival. Cranberry Festival is held the first Saturday of October every year. With the marshes bright red with berries and the Fall colors at their peak, it’s a festival you and your family won’t want to miss. The celebration includes cranberry marsh tours, a cranberry crate derby, parade, arts and crafts, music and a bake-off contest. Food booths will tempt every appetite — from Stone Lake’s famous crandogs to brats and chicken dinners. There’s always a veritable smorgasbord of cranberry favorites, from pancakes to ice cream sundaes. And, of course, tons of fresh cranberries fresh off the local marshes are sold by the pound. Come see first-hand the harvest of Wisconsin’s most valuable fruit crop. 

Jack O' Lantern Festival, Spooner

The Annual Jack O' Lantern Festival, held in Spooner, is a great family festival with tons of fun activities for everyone in the family including Pumpkin Roll down Siegner Hill, Pumpkin Painting, Kids' Games and Inflatable Carnival.  Jack O' Lantern Festival is held in early-mid October every year.  The date for this year is Saturday, October 8th, 2016.