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    About Birchwood Area
    Scenic Tourist Stop in Wisconsin’s Northwoods

    The Birchwood Area is a fantastic example of what makes Wisconsin’s Northwoods a popular tourist destination. The small village of Birchwood is a wonderful place to visit or start a new life in. There are many restaurants, convenience and grocery stores, as well as a primary care clinic. When it comes to outdoor activities, this part of Wisconsin does not disappoint. Birchwood is nestled on a portion of the Ice Age Trail - a 1,200 mile series of trails that is one of 11 designated as a National Scenic Trail. 12,000 years ago, the last Ice Age ended, melting the large sheets of glacial ice in Wisconsin. When these sheets retreated, they left behind a gorgeous stretch of natural landmarks and geological formations. Along with stretches of hiking trails, the Northwoods is known for its extensive ATV/snowmobile trail system.

    Bluegill Capital of Wisconsin

    Birchwood is also known for its excellent lakes, colloquially known as the Bluegill Capital of Wisconsin. This name is no joke, as there are many restaurants and even an annual festival revolving around this beloved panfish. Its premier lake is Chetac Lake, the largest on the Chetac Chain of Lakes. This whopping 2,400-acre body of water gives visitors and residents enough room for activities like waterskiing, wakeboarding, tubing, sailing, kayaking, and canoeing. Along the lake’s 16 miles of shoreline, there are plenty of beaches for soaking up some sun. Chetac Lake, or Big Chetac, is regionally praised for its excellent angling opportunities. Expect to catch bluegill, of course, as well as northern pike, walleye, or large and smallmouth bass. Besides Chetac, other lakes on the chain are Birch Lake, Balsam Lake, and Red Cedar Lake.

    The Flambeau River

    Adjacent to the Birchwood Area is the Flambeau River, a well-known tract of river that is well-liked for kayaking. The river is divided into two forks: North and South. The Northern portion is best suited for less experienced kayakers, as it is mostly comprised of flatwater. The Southern Portion contains many rapids and natural dams, best left to those with a lot of kayaking or canoeing experience. While paddling on either fork, visitors will find untainted scenes of natural hardwood forests and wildlife. A slice of animals known to inhabit this area are the bald eagle, osprey, white-tailed deer, otter, black bear, and raccoon.

    Pure Nature, Pure Life

    The Birchwood Area is a fantastic getaway from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, perfect for those looking to get closer to nature.