An RV Adventure through Wisconsin’s North Woods

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

The Wisconsin North Woods invites summer vacationers to come and enjoy the thousands of beautiful lakes, the magnificent trees and a multitude of outdoor recreation opportunities. Traveling in an RV is the perfect way to have an affordable getaway as well as experience the convenience of having everything you need right there. Your trip begins in Superior, WI and leads in a long loop right back to this fascinating spot on Lake Superior. Before you embark on your journey, check out Superior’s calendar of events for old-fashioned fun in the city. South on Route 35 you can also take time to see the waterfalls in Pattison State Park.

From Route 35, Route 70 leads you east on an amazing tour of northern Wisconsin. When you reach Route 51 you go south and take a short detour to Rhinelander. This is where logger history can be found in the Logging Museum in Pioneer Park. Fishing is great here, and you will catch some northern pike, trout or muskie from any of the thousands of lakes surrounding this town. There are more than 1,000 in this county alone. Only two miles from town is the West Bay Camping Resort sitting right on Lake Thompson, with forested sites. Perfect to stay awhile in your RV motorhome! Take off for some hikes in the woods, go biking or get a boat and paddle in the sunshine. The choice is yours!

Cut over to Route 51 and head north to get some fishing in around Minocqua. More freshwater lakes offer terrific fishing for northern pike, muskie and walleye. All these depressions where lakes now exist were shaped by glaciers so long ago that it is hard to imagine. Now you will go north on Route 47 to the Lac du Flambeau Indian Reservation. This is a spot to explore the culture of the ancient Ojibwe, their lives and livelihood. Visit the George W. Brown, Jr. Museum where you can see rare artifacts and current multi-media displays.

Cut over to Route 51 again on one of the lovely back roads, reaching Northern Highland–American Legion State Forest and one of the most scenic parts of your trip. As you drive you will pass gorgeous lakes and thick forests and certainly catch some glimpses of a wide variety of wildlife. Nature trails here are abundant, like the North Trout Nature Trail, one mile along Trout Lake and around a forest bog. The Fallison Nature Trail is a little longer and can be a bit strenuous at times, but if you are up for it, you should go. You will move through pines, maples and birches as well as aspen trees. There is a long list of trails in this forest where you can hike to your heart’s content.

The loop back to Superior will be a wonderful trip, up Route 51 to Hurley with many waterfalls to stop and enjoy. Then drive Route 2 to Ashland to smell those cool breezes coming from Lake Superior! Oh yes, this is the life! Head north on Route 13 to reach the Apostle Islands. This area is off the Bayfield peninsula with the town a quaint little port town to wander and admire. As you head back to Superior you can stop at the many parks and sights along Route 13. This is one trip you’ll never forget!

Picture credits: The picture of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.
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