This property is located in Northern Wisconsin in Ashland County, between the cities of Ashland and Odanah, WI. It lies within the Bad River Reservation, where more than 95% of the 124,234 acres are undeveloped and wild. The property is approximately 80 miles east of Duluth, MN, and less than 50 miles north of Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Lake Superior is less than 10 miles to the north of the property.
CLIMATE: The average temperature in Ashland County ranges from 78 degrees in the summer to a low of 2 in the winter. Ashland sees an average of 31 inches of rain a year, 98 inches of snow, and has on average 182 sunny days.
ELEVATION: The elevation within the property ranges from approximately 608 +/- feet above sea level. The majority of the land is level with the portion south of Hwy. 2 sloping down towards the Kakagon River.
OUTDOOR RECREATION: With two National Park Service units, one national forest and seven wilderness areas, Wisconsin is an outdoor paradise for sportsmen and vacationers. Some nearby nationally known parks and forest preserves include the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Copper Falls State Park, and Big Bay State Park. Activities include camping, fishing, hiking, biking, boating, rafting, and canoeing in addition to winter sports.
FISHING DETAILS: Fishing is popular year-round in northern Wisconsin. From deep-water trolling for lake trout and salmon to spring-running steelheads and cohos, there’s a lot to catch in the area. On Chequamegon Bay you will find smallmouth bass and walleye. Inland lakes and streams offer musky, northern pike, walleye, smallmouth/largemouth bass, panfish and trout. Chequamegon Bay becomes a popular ice fishing community in the winter months, followed by the spring smelt run. Nearby fishing areas include: Lake Superior, the Kakagon River, and the Bad River Slough.
GOLF: Nestled among the trees and rolling terrain overlooking Chequamegon Bay on Lake Superior, the Chequamegon Bay Golf Club is one of Northwest Wisconsin’s finest golf courses. The CBGC is located less than a mile from the Bay as the crow flies in Ashland, Wisconsin, and can be seen while enjoying your round. In addition to its scenic, 18 holes, par-66 executive course, Lake Superior View Golf & LSV Ski offers winter fun with groomed cross-country ski trails and a new snowshoe track to explore.
WISCONSIN WATERFALLS: Some of the most spectacular waterfalls in Wisconsin are located along the south shore of Lake Superior in Ashland County. Copper Falls State Park alone has three waterfalls worth exploring (in addition to camping, boating, swimming, fishing, and hiking): Brownstone Falls on the Tyler Forks River (30 feet), Copper Falls on the Bad River (40 feet), and Red Granite Falls on the Bad River. With a height of 80-100 feet, Ashland county’s highest waterfall is Morgan Falls in the town of Marengo.
HUNTER WALKING TRAILS: Ashland County Forestry provides a wide variety of outdoor recreational opportunities. One of the most used recreational aspects of the county forest are the 6 Hunter Walking Trails that are walking only access trails. These trails encompass about 20 miles of trail and 11 acres of wildlife openings. See trail maps here
The Apostle Islands:
Called the Jewels of Lake Superior, the 21 Apostle Islands offer stunning natural scenery, windswept beaches, eight historic lighthouses, nature-carved rock formations, marine wildlife, and intricate sea caves. Here visitors can hike, paddle, sail, or cruise and camping is allowed on specific islands. See bear, deer, trout, coho salmon, turkey. Regulated hunting and trapping is also permitted. Scuba diving is another popular activity here as the clean, clear water, underwater rock formations, and fascinating shipwrecks provide excellent diving opportunities.
Farms, orchards, art galleries, distilleries, and stunning landscapes are just a few of the things Bayfield, WI has to offer. With a population of less than 1000 folks, Bayfield is a former lumbering town and commercial fishing community, now turned tourist and resort destination. There are many restaurants, hotels, bed & breakfasts, art galleries, distilleries, specialty shops and orchards to visit. Top things to do: Kayak to the Meyers Beach Sea Caves, and enjoy Hauser’s Superior View Farm where they offer Bayfield Winery’s apple-based fruit wines with the local flavors of blueberry, blackberry, cherry, raspberry, and cranberry.
Ashland is a city of parks. One of the most impressive is Prentice Park with 100 acres of old forest, walking trails, artesian wells, and boardwalk along Fish Creek Slough. Prentice Park facilities include campsites, a pavilion and a playground. Bayview Park on Ashland’s east end features a spectacular view of the old lighthouse at the end of the Ashland breakwater. Facilities at Bayview Park include a playground, swimming beach, fishing pier, and picnic areas. Kreher Park has RV campsites, a swimming beach, pavilion, playground and a boat ramp. Ashland is also proud of their new “Waterfront Trail” that takes you through a scenic walking tour of Ashland and the Chequamegon Bay from the east side of town to the west side of town.
The population of Ashland County is 16,157.
The county has a total area of 2,292 square miles, of which 1,045 square miles is land and 1,247 square miles (54%) is water. It is the second-largest county in Wisconsin by total area.
The Bad River Reservation:
The Bad River Band of Chippewa Indians is located on a 125,000+ acre reservation in Northern Wisconsin on the south shore of Lake Superior in Ashland and Iron Counties.
The tribe has over 7,000 members, the majority living off the reservation, about 1,500 live on the reservation in one of four main communities. The reservation is over 90% wild land kept in its natural state whenever possible by the tribe.
The Kakagon Slough area contains most of the Wild Rice beds the tribe harvests from annually; this is one of the largest pristine freshwater wetland estuaries in the Midwest. The primary fish species are walleye and northern pike, sucker, trout/salmon, burbot, bass and sturgeon. The primary game animals are: deer, bear, rabbit, ruffed grouse, ducks and geese. The primary furbearers are: muskrat, beaver, mink, marten, raccoon, fox and fisher. There are a few moose and wolves on the reservation but these are highly protected due to their rarity.
The cultural and administrative center of the Bad River Chippewa, Odanah has the lively Bad River Lodge and Casino with blackjack and slot machines, shopping, and the Manomin Restaurant.
Tax Collector Office: https://co.ashland.wi.us/index.asp?SEC=0C571068-F978-4F6C-B9DB-0B08C591C0C6&Type=B_BASIC
Property Assessor Office: https://co.ashland.wi.us/assessment_information