Lake Resorts and Winter Sports

episode 5 show notes

(January 2018) In this episode of Bayfield County Wild, host Nancy Christopher talks with Mary Motiff, Bayfield County’s Director of Tourism, and P.C. Rasmussen, General Manager of Lakewoods Resort, about the abundance of winter fun at the resort and what else Bayfield County has in store this winter.

Snow Mobiles Parked Outside Lakewoods Resort

Winter Wonderland

Winter is in full swing in Bayfield County with plenty of snow for all of your favorite outdoor winter activities! There are more than more than a dozen trail systems across a half a million acres of combined county and national forest land dedicated to cross-country skiing, fat biking, and snowmobiling. One trail even offers a great spot for downhill skiing and tubing, and another for the unique sport of skijoring (Not sure what skijoring is? Pay close attention at 1:53!). And, don’t forget to save the date for the Birkie Tour! (Note: this is a ski event only, not fat bike as mentioned in the podcast)

If you’d rather be out on the ice in the winter, Bayfield County won’t disappoint! Ice fishing is an extremely popular winter activity in the area. You can choose to ice fish just for fun, or you can participate in the array of ice fishing tournaments throughout the winter. A couple of the fun ice fishing events coming up include the Fishin’ Chicks ladies-only fishing contest fundraiser for breast cancer awareness on Spider Lake and the 8th Annual Four Seasons Ice Fishing Tournament on Lake Namakagon, both on January 20th.

For a more nostalgic tribute to winter, you will want to mark your calendars for the 32nd Annual Northwoods Sleigh and Cutter Rally on January 13th. Ride in replica sleighs from the 1800s that are pulled by beautiful horses from the region. This storybook-like event is held at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center.

Lakewoods Resort

Lakewoods Resort, in Cable, Wisconsin, is a full-service resort next to more than 600 miles of super-groomed trails in Bayfield County. Lakewoods has been a family-owned resort since it opened in 1907. They take pride in their personal service, and are the #1 snowmobile destination in the nation. Located in the heart of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, this all-season resort has more than 100 rooms, an indoor pool, a hot tub, and two restaurants that feature regional specialties with many locally sourced foods.

In addition to the many amenities Lakewoods Resort has to offer, many events are also held on the grounds throughout the year. Details on all of the events at Lakewoods can be found on their  Event Calendar.

A few upcoming events at Lakewoods Resort:

January 2018:
6-7 Cor Powersports Races

13-14 SnowFest Pond Hockey Tournament

February 2018
9-11 WI Cross Country State Ski Meet

March 2018
3 World's Longest Weenie Roast

9-11 Hot Air for Hearts Balloon Rally

February Preview

You’ve all heard about them, hopefully, soon it will be time to witness the beauty once again! Late January/early February designates the time of the year for the indescribable Ice Caves on the largest freshwater lake in the world, Lake Superior. The National Park Service monitors the ice conditions and teams up with local organizations to communicate ice readiness for visits. Keep tabs on all of the latest Ice Cave updates on our website!

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Woodside Cottages of Bayfield – Woodside Cottages offers a quiet, warm, comfortable setting on spacious grounds that offer lots of room to enjoy the outdoors. Their lodging is just a two-minute drive from downtown Bayfield, WI or an easy 1 ½-mile hike or snowshoe into town along the historic Brownstone Trail next to Lake Superior.

Loon Saloon – Enjoy one of the best pizzas in the Northwoods at Loon Saloon, and they offer a full menu of burgers, wraps, and appetizers. Loon Saloon is a great stop on the snowmobile trails and is a hub for some of the best ice fishing in Bayfield County. Plus, there is a bait shop and convenience store on site to help you prepare for a great day on the lake.

Woody’s Food & Spirits – Enjoy a Lake Superior fish fry or a delicious homemade pizza at Woody’s Food & Spirits in Herbster, WI. It’s a must-stop on snowmobile trails, and don’t forget to try Woody’s very own inferno chicken wings – they will surely warm you up after a day on the trails!

Hyde’s Resort on Buskey Bay – For fine dining and a comfortable place to stay in Bayfield County, check out Hyde’s Resort on Buskey Bay. Enjoy fishing on the Pike Chain of Lakes, or snowmobiling on the thousands of miles of trails right outside their doors. Ad days end, enjoy steaks, burgers, seafood, pasta, or your favorite cocktail in their lounge. Hyde’s Resort has clean, comfortable cabins and a five-bedroom apartment.