Approximately 225 miles north of Madison lies the village of Birchwood, Wisconsin. Although the town itself houses a mere 548 people according to city-data.com, the area stays hopping with tourists throughout the year enjoying the area’s many recreational activities.
If you’re looking for a destination to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, Birchwood is an idyllic setting no matter what the season. Birchwood is particularly famous for its 14-foot bluegill statue and is known as the “Bluegill Capital of Wisconsin”. So it’s no surprise that fishing is Birchwood’s number one recreational activity. During the hot Wisconsin summer, the surrounding areas’ many lakes, (Big Chetac, Birch, Long, Red Cedar and Spider) are teeming with boaters and hundreds of fishermen.
And if fishing isn’t your favorite pastime, the area offers plenty of other summertime activities. Camping, golfing, biking, shopping at many of the small family-owned shops on Main Street (you won’t find a franchise store in Birchwood), and plenty of water activities like swimming, water-skiing, sailing, canoeing, paddle boating, kayaking or jet-skiing can keep you and your family busy from sunup to sundown.
Then, when the weather gets colder and the lakes freeze up, it may seem as though Birchwood should turn in for the winter. Contrary to popular belief, that is not the case. Despite Wisconsin’s chill, the Birchwood area still thrives as the snowmobilers, ice fishermen and cross-country skiers coast into town. The area also offers several restaurants and supper clubs serving up steaks and piping-hot baked potatoes in a warm and friendly environment as well as taverns and bars to keep your party going well into the cold winter night.
The majority of lodging in Birchwood consists of resorts, campgrounds, inns, bed and breakfasts and motels. You won’t find a Hilton anywhere, as most of the lodging is privately owned. The Birchwood Area Chamber of Commerce’s Web site lists all of the area’s lodging and availability.
When you’re ready to book your family’s next Northwood’s vacation, hook up the boat, pack your tent, bring your fishing pole and head to Birchwood, Wisconsin. There, you’ll remember the beauty of nature and find a break from the fast lane.