Jun 7, 2017
Price County is located in north central Wisconsin midway between the touristy towns of Hayward and Minocqua. Price County is home to a variety of natural resources and is known for its quiet, laid back atmosphere. Our abundance of public woodland forests and crystal clear lakes provides endless fishing, hunting, wildlife viewing and other outdoor recreational opportunities.
With hundreds of miles of motorized and non-motorized four-season trails, 150,000 acres of Chequamegon–Nicolet National Forest, 30,000 acres of State Forest land, 92,000 acres of County Forest land, acres of Managed Forest Land, and 18,000 acres of water, including 174 lakes, several trout streams, three major rivers and six county parks – it is not difficult to understand why your next vacation destination should be in Price County.
Here is what our visitors have to say about our area:
- My father started bringing me up in that area back in 1960 and I have been enjoying hunting and fishing and the beauty of the north woods ever since.
- It's is so beautiful there and most everyone we meet is always very nice to us. You are lucky to live there.
- Have visited this area many times in past 30 years. Area is less congested than other parts of the state. People are eager to help and welcome you into their businesses.
- The Flambeau River would be top on my list for kayaking, canoeing and the sheer beauty of this wonderful waterway. Your snowmobile trails are also awesome. I have hunted grouse and deer for over 30 years around the Park Falls area.
- Lots of public land, places to eat and places to stay.
- Small town with good hunting and fishing.
- Friendly, ease of getting to, small town atmosphere.
- The smallness of the community did make it very relaxing for me. No rush hour traffic.
- Don't change - that's the appeal of coming back. I come to the area and the hospitality, and willingness to help is outstanding. I'll be up again next year.
Area businesses owners are committed to taking care of your lodging, dining, shopping and service needs. Your opportunity to have a FUN and affordable vacation in Wisconsin’s Northwoods awaits! Contact the friendly staff at the Price County Tourism Department to order visitor information or to receive assistance in planning your next getaway. Call 715-339-4505 or visit pricecountywi.net.
Price County may offer the best multi-species freshwater fishing in the country and unique opportunities to fish that you will not find everyplace else. Game fish species include walleye, musky, northern pike, large and smallmouth bass, trout and panfish.
Freshwater fishing can be experienced in many ways, from shore or a boat, in lakes and ponds, and on rivers and streams. The Flambeau River will be featured in the May 6-7, 2017 episode of Discover Wisconsin television. If you miss the air date, you will be able to watch it online. While fishing the river, an area guide stated, “Fishing for smallmouth can be very good. There’s also musky, walleye, northern and channel cats. If you’re looking for action, you’ll find it. You never know what kind of wildlife you’re going to see around the next bend. What you rarely see are people.”
If you are new to the sport of fishing or just want to give it a try there are several area fishing guides who will be happy to teach you the joy of angling. Some guides offer packages that include lodging, others cater to guiding handicapped/mobility impaired clients, while still others cater to guiding families with kids.
Why not take your kid fishing! Children under age 16 don’t need a fishing license in Wisconsin. Adults may assist children in fishing, without a license. This Price County kid-friendly spot list was prepared by our local DNR fish biologists:
- Elk Lake Park: Offers a handicap accessible fishing pier plus other shore fishing spots along a paved shoreline trail. Amenities: boat landing, playground, picnic area and restrooms.
- Hines Park: Offers a great floating handicap accessible fishing pier plus other shore fishing spots along a paved path. Amenities: campground, boat landing, playground, picnic area and restrooms.
- Patterson Lake: This stocked trout lake offers shoreline-based fishing along much of the lakeshore. Amenities: boat landing.
- Prentice Park All shoreline-based fishing in a village park. Amenities: picnic area.
- Solberg Lake County Park: Shoreline fishing in a county park. Amenities: fishing, fishing pier, boat dock, boat landing, sandy beach, picnic area, shelter, playground, hiking trail, restrooms and campground.
In September, you’ll have the unique opportunity to fish for sturgeon on the Flambeau River. Sturgeon are living fossils, appearing first about 136 million years ago when the dinosaurs still roamed the earth. They have retained many primitive characteristics that have been lost or modified in other modern-day species of fish. Park your camper and launch your boat at the Hines Park Campground on the east side of the river in Park Falls.
Ice fishing is a very popular sport in the area. Believe it or not, winter fishing makes up nearly 1/4 the annual fish catch in Wisconsin. People enjoy it for the solitude of being out on a frozen lake and the challenge of the sport. Fishing action can be fast and furious when winter seals the lakes under ice. The ice fishing season in Price County typically runs from December through March. Crappie, bluegill, perch, walleye and northern pike are the most sought after species in winter. On most weekends from January through February, Price County’s ice anglers have the opportunity to participate in ice fishing tournaments hosted by a local non-for-profit group. These tournaments provide fun for the entire family and opportunities to win cash or other great prizes.
Hunting & Watchable Wildlife
Hunting opportunities abound in Price County. The county holds some of the best public hunting lands in the state with approximately 150,000 acres of Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, 30,000 acres of state owned property and 90,000 acres of Price County Forest.
In fact, with acres of managed habitat developed in conjunction with the Ruffed Grouse Society, there’s no better place to hunt ruffed grouse than in the “Ruffed Grouse Capital of the World,” Park Falls. There are 12 hunter walking trails that are maintained and mowed regularly to insure that high quality game food can continue to flourish. Many wildlife openings are maintained along these trails. The trails are gated to vehicular traffic and may also be used for hiking, biking, horseback riding, berry picking, cross-country-skiing and snowshoeing.
In addition to grouse, you’ll find white-tailed deer, black bear, wild turkey and other small game. Price County consistently has one of the highest annual bear harvests. While deer numbers have decreased in recent years, there are still good prospects for harvesting a trophy buck in our neck of the woods.
There are plenty of wildlife areas to hunt or to view wildlife in its natural habitat:
- Cranberry Creek Waterfowl Dam: Located on the Price County Forest this area is forested with aspen. Wildlife: Native fur bearers, waterfowl and upland game birds.
- Squaw Creek Waterfowl Dam: Located on the Price County Forest, this area is forested with stately red pine. Wildlife: Native fur bearers, waterfowl and upland game birds.
- Riley Lake Wildlife Management Area: Located on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, this area has a reservable observation blind. Wildlife: Upland game birds, songbirds, bear and deer.
- Wetlands and Wildlife Auto Tour: Located on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, this auto tour is accessible spring, summer and fall. Wildlife: ducks, loons, herons, eagles, otters, deer and bear.
- Kimberly-Clark Wildlife Area: Located on the Wisconsin State Forest with hunter walking trails and a reservable observation blind available. Wildlife: Sandhill cranes, eagles, ospreys, herons, deer, bear, songbirds and hawks.
- Spring Creek Wildlife Area: Located on the Wisconsin State Forest with hunter walking trails. Wildlife: Ruffed grouse, waterfowl, loons, osprey, songbirds, deer, bear, native and fur bearers.
ATV/UTV/Off-Road Motorcycle Trails
The Price County region has five motorized trail systems, approximately 200 miles, for All-terrain Vehicles (ATV), Utility-terrain Vehicles (UTV) and off-road motorcycles enthusiasts. Note: The type of machines allowed on each trail system varies. Every trail system has rustic rest sites available, while others allow direct access to lodging, food and services. The Solberg Trail, Flambeau Trail System, Tuscobia State Trail, and Flambeau River State Forest Trail interconnect offering 160+ miles of continuous riding. The scenery along the trails is spectacular, especially in September and early October when the fall colors are near or at peak.
The Flambeau Trail System is a 70-mile trail that winds through the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Trail uses include ATVs, UTVs and off-road motorcycles, as well as mountain bikes, horses and other non-motorized activities. The trail system is highlighted by rolling terrain, tree-lined corridors, wooden bridges and vistas overlooking bogs and lakes. Along the trail there are several points of interest including the Smith Rapids Covered Bridge spanning the South Fork of the Flambeau River, Round Lake Logging Dam, and Camp Nine Springs. Trailside lodging, camping, dining and services are available.
The Solberg Trail is located northeast of Phillips primarily on the Price County Forest and the Chequemagon-Nicolet National Forest and welcomes ATVs, UTVs and off-road motorcycles. The trail is a total of 9.5 miles long including wooded trail and road routes. It connects to the Flambeau Trail System and Sailor Lake Campground. You can also access Solberg Lake County Park & Campground from this trail. Both campgrounds welcome riders to park, stay and ride directly from their campsite.
The Georgetown Trail is a linear trail located on the Price County Forest and allows ATVs, UTVs and off-road motorcycles. The trail is 15.8 miles long, with a gravel surface, and meanders through a variety of different forest types. Road routes connect to the communities of Kennan and Catawba where you will find dining and services.
The Tuscobia State Trail is an abandoned railroad grade that runs from Park Falls to Rice Lake. ATVs and UTVs are welcome on specific sections of the trail during specific times of the year. The Tuscobia Trailhead County Park is a good starting point with 24-hour parking, unloading/loading ramp, a picnic pavilion, play area, grills, and a flush toilet building, open seasonally. Or, plan to stay at Smith Lake County Park which sits on the shore of the Flambeau River and has direct access to the trail.
Whether you are into fishing, hunting, motorized or silent sports, Price County has saved a place for you! You will find plenty of activities and attractions to keep you as busy as you would like to be during your visit. To find out more about our region and to view or order the Price County Vacation Guide, which includes the area’s most complete dining and lodging directory, call 715-339-4505 or visit www.pricecountywi.net.