Birchwood, The Bluegill Capital of Wisconsin

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. 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.

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Bluegill Capital of Wisconsin

Birchwood Bluegill, Washburn County

Birchwood, long known as the Bluegill Capital of Wisconsin, has some of the best fishing opportunities around! Surrounded on all sides by major lakes, the Birchwood area is even home to some little known treasures like the Birchwood Canoe Trails located at Sawmill Park.


Birchwood Bluegill Festival

Birchwood Bluegill Festival, Washburn County

Held in July each year, the Birchwood Bluegill Festival offers a variety of events including a parade, medallion hunt, fishing contest, softball tournament, children's games, street dances and much more. Head to Birchwood to celebrate with this great hometown festival.


Where to Stay

Fred Thomas Resort, Birchwood

The Birchwood area offers a wide variety of resort options. Whether you're looking for a modern cabin with lake level access or a rustic cabin for a fishing adventure, Birchwood won't disappoint. Camping is also plentiful and the local motel offers great amenities with easy access to the trail.

Festivals & Events

Events in Birchwood, Washburn County

While Birchwood's Bluegill Festival may be the main event for the summer, there are many events held throughout the year as well. Be sure to check out the Woodcrafters in Birchwood for a really cool display of varying woodcrafts. 


What to Do

Birchwood Log Museum, Washburn County

While lake recreation is usually #1 when visiting the Birchwood area, there are plenty of other activities to do while in the area as well. Take a wander through downtown for shopping and great food. The Birchwood Historical Museums are a great way to get a feel for Birchwood's rich history.  

Trails & Recreation

ATVing in Washburn County

Birchwood is a popular destination for ATV and Snowmobile enthusiasts as the town is surrounded by hundreds of miles of trails, making it the perfect hub for your trail riding getaway. In addition to ATV and snowmobile, the area offers great hiking and some incredible golf courses will keep you coming back.


Where to Eat

Waffles at River Street, Spooner, WI

From homemade pizza or "Almost World Famous Hashbrowns" to the "North Wood's Best Bloody Mary", Birchwood has a variety of restaurants to choose from. Whether you're looking for a nice dinner or a breakfast to satisfy the whole family, you'll find plenty of palate pleasing places in Birchwood.

Doolittle Park

Doolittle Park, Birchwood, WI

Located in downtown Birchwood, this adorable park is perfect for an afternoon picnic or even an overnight. The boat launch offers easy access and a fish cleaning house is available on site. If you want to grill up your catch right away, there are grills and picnic tables available as well. 

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