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Shell Lake has what many towns can only dream of: a 2,600 acre lake right downtown. With a public beach, pavilion, park, camping & more located downtown, Shell Lake is a great location for family gatherings. 


Shell Lake is full of small town appeal.  Be sure to stop by the Washburn County Historical Museum, depicting 150 years of Washburn County history.  The museum includes a church built in 1888, the former parsonage, the Beaver Brook School Museum, and the Sky Watch Hut used during World War II.  After visiting the museum, visit the quaint downtown overlooking the beautiful 2,500 acre Shell Lake.  You’ll find many treasures in the downtown shops to remind you of your trip to this wonderful area. Another great museum to visit is the Museum of Woodcarving located on the north end of town.  The museum houses over 100 life-sized carvings, all carved by one man!


Shell Lake is exploding at the seams with artists of all kinds.  Stop by The Potters’ Shed and browse the gift shop, have a cup of coffee in the garden or explore your creative side by painting your own pottery or building your own mosaic.  Throughout the summer, the Shell Lake Arts Center performs concerts at the beach and brings in fantastic musicians from all over the US.   Theatre in the Woods is another great source of artistic talent.  Check out the many plays, musicals and talented musicians that frequent the Erika Quam Theatre, operated by Theatre in the Woods.


Recreation/ Trails: Shell Lake is a great location to enjoy the outdoors.  Hundreds of miles of ATV & Snowmobile trails connect with the trail system in Shell Lake.  In addition, you’ll find the Beaver Brook Ski & Hiking Trail (PDF) just north of town and a portion of the Ice Age Trail, the Grassy Lake Segment, just to the south of town.  If you’re looking for a leisurely bike ride, a trip around the lake is the perfect way to spend some family time.


Shopping/ Festivals: Spend the morning strolling around the historic downtown and take a walk along Shell Lake beach.  Here you’ll find many stores with souvenirs from your trip.  From antiques to art and everything in between, you’ll enjoy meeting the locals as you browse.  Afterwards, head over to Clover Meadow Winery for a wine tasting, the only certified organic winery in the Midwest. 

During Labor Day Weekend every year, Shell Lake hosts the annual Town & Country Days.  This great family festival includes a parade, tractor pull, arts & craft fair, sailboat regattas, live music and street dance, and much more! 


Dining: Shell Lake is home to many great restaurants that offer everything from Friday Night Fish Fry to hearty breakfasts.  Check out all of Shell Lake’s dining options by clicking here and selecting Shell Lake in the drop down bar.


Lodging: Whether you’re looking to spend a long weekend at a lakeside campground or are just passing through and need a comfortable hotel room for the night, Shell Lake will have you covered. To view the lodging options in Shell Lake, click here.


Facts about Shell Lake:

Population-1,348 (2011)

Local Schools-School District of Shell Lake (K-12)

City Hall- (715) 468-7679 * 501 1st Street

Community Library- (715) 468-2074 * 501 1st Street

Chamber of Commerce- www.shelllake.org 715-468-4477


Take a closer look at Shell Lake by logging on to www.shelllake.org.