Winter Fun in Washburn County

Winter Fun in Washburn County

As the snow begins to fall in the northwoods of Wisconsin, the area turns into a winter wonderland for outdoor adventurers. Washburn County is a great destination during the winter months. Whether you wish to hit the trails, cuddle up with a good book in front of the fireplace, grab a beer at the local brewpub, or catch a trophy fish on one of the area lakes, Washburn County will not disappoint. Year-round shopping make the downtowns a great place to spend some time and be sure not to miss the Tin Ceiling Historical Tour in downtown Spooner while you're there. Here are some ideas to get you started in planning your winter getaway to Washburn County:

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Winter Train Rides

Winter Train Ride; Photo: Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad

Just north of Spooner you'll find the Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad. The train rides offer a great year-round activity for the whole family. In the winter months, enjoy sightseeing train rides, Santa's Pizza Train, Dinner Train and even the Bed & Breakfast Train


Snowmobile Trails

Snowmobiling in Washburn County; Photo: James Netz Photography

Hundreds of miles of expertly groomed trails, snowmobile friendly businesses, and easy access to services make Washburn County an ideal destination for your snowmobile getaway. Free maps and honest trail reports are available from our snowmobile page.

Downtown Shopping

Shopping in Washburn County; Photo: Washburn County Tourism

Washburn County is home to several authentic downtowns full of great shops for you to explore. The majority of the stores in the area stay open year-round and offer antiques, art, souvenirs and so much more. You'll be sure to find what you're looking for.

Snowshoe & XC Ski Trails

Snowshoeing in Washburn County; Photo: James Netz Photography

Winter enthusiasts will love the variety of snowshoe and cross country ski trails available in the Washburn County area. From well groomed ski trails to back-country snowshoeing, you'll be sure to find a few favorite trails while exploring the area. 

Cozy Cabins & Winter Lodging

Lodge in Washburn County; Photo: Heartwood Resort

The area is home to a variety of winter accommodations. Whether you're looking to curl up in front of a blazing fireplace in a cozy cabin, want the genuine hospitality of a bed & breakfast or the amenities of a quality hotel, we've got you covered!

Winter Fat Bike Trails

Fat Biking in Washburn County; Photo: James Netz Photography


Nearly 12 miles of trails at Wild Cat Mountain Bike Trail are expertly groomed for winter fat bike riding. This trail system is located just east of Spooner on a large tract of county forest land. Grab your fat bike or rent one and hit the trail for a day of fun!

Indoor Fun

Arcade in Washburn County, Photo: Spooner BID/Chamber & James Netz Photography

From a historical tin ceiling tour, a state of the art aquatic center with play structure for the kids, arcade, to a brand new brewpub, distillery or winery, you're sure to find a place to warm up this winter when you visit the area. 

Ice Fishing

Ice Fishing in Washburn County; Photo: James Netz Photography

With nearly 1,000 lakes in Washburn County, you're sure to find a new favorite spot. Whether you're looking to catch a trophy fish or just some tasty panfish to fry up for your evening meal, you will have some great luck when you fish the area lakes.


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