Indian Head Country smiles for miles and miles and it has good reason. The
twenty two county region of west central and northwestern Wisconsin has more than 2,500
lakes and 6,000 miles of rivers and streams. Attractions include many varied scenic areas,
water resources for boating and fishing, numerous historic landmarks, the Mississippi
River and Lake Superior.
On the west, The Great River Road (Highway 35) skirts the
Mississippi River where bold bluffs rise hundreds of feet and are intersected by beautiful
fertile valleys. This is an area of spectacular beauty created by the high hills with many
farms nestled between the hilltops. The state and county roads frequently proceed along
the ridge tops offering striking views of the rich farmlands below.
Further north is the lake country where a wide variety of fish can be caught. Panfish
are abundant, walleye and northern inhabit most lakes, bass, both large and smallmouth,
are hungry for the bait and record -sized muskie can be captured by the more patient and
tenacious angler. In many of the smaller streams, brown, brook and rainbow trout await
battle with anglers; and at the top of the region, Lake Superior offers fishing for lake
trout, coho and chinook salmon.
The sites along Lake Superior vary from the solitude of the Apostle Islands to
Superior, an international seaport. The rugged Apostle Islands, scattered off the Bayfield
peninsula, are a protected National Lakeshore. On the largest island, Madeline, there is a
state historical museum and Big Bay State Park. You can take a ferry boat to Madeline or
an excursion cruise among the outer islands. The St. Lawrence Seaway makes Superior an
international port of call. A sight-seeing tour of the Superior harbor is a must; you can
see the worlds largest grain elevators, ore and coal docks, and watch giant lake
freighters and foreign ships loading and discharging cargo.
The St. Croix River forms much of the northwestern boundary of the region. Now a
National Scenic Riverway, it cuts through Interstate State Park which shares land on the
Wisconsin and Minnesota sides of the river near St. Croix Falls.
The activities in the Indian Head region continue around the calendar. Fall color
attracts artists, photographers and viewers who enjoy the beauty of an October hillside
bathed in brilliant yellows, golds and reds, with just enough green for contrast. Fishing
continues good in the fall and hunters search for upland and migratory birds, small game,
deer and bear.
When the winter snow arrives in late November, autos in the region sport car top
carriers & trailers full of equipment for downhill and cross-country skiing, and
snowmobiling. There are a number of downhill skiing areas and miles of marked trails for
the Nordic skier and snowmobiler. Each winter the biggest cross-country skiing event in
the nation is held between Cable and Hayward. The Birkebeiner race, is the ultimate test
of cross-country skiers on this continent.
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