Things to do in Boulder Junction
Boulder Junction has been a favorite vacation spot of my family since I was a child. With such beauty and so much to do, we spent several weeks in Boulder Junction each year.
And in my adult years, it’s a Wisconsin destination that I try to return to every couple of years.
We love it for all the outdoor activities, but there is also great shopping and tasty food and drinks.
Let’s dive deeper into the vast array of things to do in Boulder Junction.
Outdoor Activities around Boulder Junction
If you’re looking for outdoor activities, you’ve come to the right place. Boulder Junction has a wealth of outdoor opportunities and some of the best trails in Wisconsin.
Bike the Heart of Vilas County Bike Trail System
The Heart of Vilas County Bike Trail System is a series of interconnected bike trails that run through the Boulder Junction area. There are several sections, each providing its own unique experience.
The section from Boulder Junction to Chrystal Lake has been our favorite for years. It offers lake views, many exciting ups and downs, and twists and turns. Bring a snack and relax at Chrystal lake before you head back to Boulder Junction.
The section from Hwy H/K to Manitowish Waters is a newer section of the trail system. It’s a wide trail with beautifully manicured grass and foliage along the trail. There are several bridge crossings and only a few sections with some elevation gain. This section offers a scenic and peaceful ride.
Bike rentals are available at local bike shops, so you don’t have to worry about bringing your bike with you. Some rental options include Coontail in Boulder Junction and River’s Edge and Lodge in Manitowish Waters.
Take a Hike
Hiking is one of the most popular activities in Boulder Junction. The Star Lake Loop is a 2-mile loop that offers stunning views of rivers, ponds, and lakes, along with plenty of hemlock trees. The trail also features a variety of wildflowers and wildlife, so keep your eyes open!
Escanaba Lake is another excellent destination for hikers. The trail is 8 miles long and winds through the woods around Escanaba Lake. It’s a moderate hike with some inclines, but the views are worth it. It is also popular for skiing, birding, and biking.
Get out on the Water
Water sports are popular in Boulder Junction, especially paddle boarding, canoeing, and kayaking.
The area has a lake around every corner and many rivers to explore, including the Manitowish River and Turtle Flambeau Flowage. There are plenty of places to rent canoes or kayaks for a day trip or even an overnight canoe camping trip.
River’s Edge and Lodge in Manitowish Waters offer guided canoe trips and overnight rentals. The Manitowish River is great for exploring the area and exercising. It’s also a popular fishing spot, so bring your rod if you feel adventurous!
Swim at Chrystal Lake
In addition to paddle boarding, kayaking, and canoeing, you can also go swimming in the lakes or rivers. One of the most popular swimming spots is at Crystal Lake in the Northern American Legion State Forest.
Located in Boulder Junction, the lake has plenty of space to swim or relax on the shore. Just remember to be mindful of the water conditions and take safety precautions.
Go Horseback Riding
For a bit of time with our equine friends, look no further than a visit to the Grassy Creek Ranch.
This family-owned ranch offers guided horseback riding tours along the Manitowish River and wagon and sleigh rides. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced rider, Grassy Creek Ranch has something for everyone!
So if you’re looking for outdoor activities in Boulder Junction, there’s no shortage of options. The town has everything from biking, hiking, paddling, and swimming to horseback riding. With its beautiful scenery and friendly locals, Boulder Junction is an excellent destination for those who love being outdoors. So get out there and explore!
Activities Around Boulder Junction for the Entire Family (that Adults will love, too)
If it’s a rainy day (or maybe you sunburn easily), you can still have a great time in Boulder Junction! The whole family can enjoy many activities, from museums and galleries to shows and arcades.
Catch a Lumberjack Show in Woodruff
For a truly unique experience, take a trip to Scheer’s Lumberjack Show in Woodruff.
This two-hour live show features axe throwing, log rolling, tree climbing, and more! It’s a great way to learn about the history of logging while being entertained by some of Wisconsin’s best lumberjacks. And during the intermission, all kids are invited to come on stage and try their hand at some famous lumberjack activities!
Ice cream and Mini Golf at the Ice Shanty
After catching a show at Scheer’s, head to the Ice Shanty for an afternoon of mini-golf and ice cream. The Ice Shanty features a variety of flavors, as well as delicious homemade waffle cones.
And when you’re done with your ice cream, you can head to their 18-hole mini golf course. It’s a great way to enjoy a summer day in Boulder Junction.
Go on a Zipline Adventure
No Boulder Junction getaway is complete without a zipline adventure.
Just a few miles away, you can find the Northwoods Zip Line Adventure Park in Minocqua. With over three types of adventures to choose from, it’s the perfect way to take in some of Wisconsin’s most breathtaking scenery.
Watch a Waterski Show in Minocqua
What’s more fun than nailing your own sick water skiing moves? Watching other people nail theirs!
The Min-Aqua Bats Waterski Show Team offers a thrilling show every week featuring pyramids, jumps, and more. It’s an exciting way to experience lake life without even getting in the water.
And you can head to their gift shop for a souvenir when you’re done!
Visit the Wildwood Wildlife Park
Going on a safari in Wisconsin? Believe it or not, you can do that at the Wildwood Wildlife Park in Minocqua.
This family-friendly destination features a variety of animals, from tigers and bears to camels and ostriches. You can even see their famous baby giraffes!
Adult Activities Around Boulder Junction
Second honeymooners, take note! Boulder Junction offers plenty of activities for adults as well. Whether you want to relax or get wild, there’s something for everyone.
Grab a Beer at Rocky Reef Brewery
Starting the night off with a couple of cold ones is always a good idea. The Rocky Reef Brewery in Woodruff is the perfect place to grab a local craft beer. They have an ever-rotating selection of taps, so there’s always something new and exciting to try!
Tour Northern Waters Distillery
If you’ve ever wanted to see how whiskey, vodka, and gin are made, you should take a tour of Northern Waters Distillery. They offer an informative tour that will teach you all about the art of distilling and how to make your own craft cocktails. And after the tour, you can sample some of their delicious spirits!
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Sip some Wine at Three Lakes Winery
If you love sweet wines, you’ll definitely want to check out Three Lakes Winery. They offer an impressive selection of reds, whites, and fruit wines that are sure to please even the pickiest of palates. So be sure to stop by and sample some of their delicious wines!
Check Out a Classic Wisconsin Supper Club
Finally, no trip to Wisconsin is complete without a visit to a classic supper club. A supper club is more than just a restaurant; it’s an experience.
McGregor’s Blink Bonnies or The Guides Inn are our two favorites in the area. It’s the perfect way to end any night out! Be sure to make reservations at The Guides Inn, and for Blink Bonnies, get there early or expect to wait for a table.
Summing it UP
There you have it—all the best things to do in Boulder Junction. This Wisconsin town has something for everyone, from outdoor adventures to craft beer tastings. So what are you waiting for? Grab your friends and get ready for a truly unforgettable experience!