Shawano County

Shawano County - Find Your WILD Side!

The wild is calling. This is the place to experience something new, even a bit edgy, perhaps something that’s been on your bucket list. It’s a getaway where you can feel comfortable getting out of your comfort zone. Rent a paddle board. Hunt for wild mushrooms. Ride the whitewater rapids or let it ride at one of three casinos. Hop on a bike or snowmobile to take in the sights. Rent a jet ski, kayak or take those flying lessons you’ve always wanted to. No matter what time of year it is, you’ll find some wildly scenic and incredibly exciting activities around every corner. It’s time to get lost in Shawano Country and find your wild side.

Shawano Country is a great place to fish. At 6,063 acres, Shawano Lake is one of Wisconsin’s largest inland lakes. Anglers can fish for musky, walleye, northern pike, crappie, perch, rock bass, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and bluegill.

The Wolf River offers a number of recreational activities, including fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and rafting. Visit Sturgeon Park in the spring (April - May) to view the annual lake sturgeon run. These prehistoric fish are a rare beauty to see!

Biking & Hiking
Bike and hike the Wiouwash State Trail, running 23 miles between Split Rock and Aniwa. Go hiking, bicycling and horseback riding on the on the Mountain Bay State Trail, running for 51 miles across Shawano County. During the winter, the Mountain Bay Trail offers snowmobiling.

Shawano Country has 4 golf courses available to challenge any golfer. Tee off at Golden Sands Golf Course, Pine Hills Golf Course, Maple Hills Golf Club and Shawano Lake Golf Course. Schedule your tee time today!

Cultural Experiences & Museums
Shawano Country offers a number of cultural attractions. The Mielke Arts Center is the home of “The Box in the Wood Theatre Guild,” presenting dramatic and musical performances throughout the year. The Walls of Wittenberg boasts over twenty brightly colored murals adorning the exterior walls of downtown businesses.

Visit one of several area museums. Stop by the Navarino Nature Center. Or, head off to Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg for slot machines or the North Star Mohican Casino Resort or Menominee Casino Resort for slots of various denominations, table games action, poker and bingo.

Learn about Native American culture at Pow Wows led by the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of the Mohican Indians. Visit the Arvid E. Miller Memorial Library Museum to view a collection of cultural and historical artifacts. Shawano County Heritage Park offers an inviting park setting of historic buildings and gardens located at the site of the first European settlement in Shawano County overlooking the Wolf River.

The arts flourish in Shawano Country. See the Barn Quilts align the roadways on several barns in the area. As of today we have over 400 to date and are known as Wisconsin's Barn Quilt Capital, the Spirit of Shawano Sculptures, area artist studios and more at the Miles of Art Fall Festival held in October. Pulaski Polka Days brings the biggest names in Polka Music to Shawano Country each July.

A great way to get to know Shawano Country is a scenic driving tour. Scenic drives include the Shawano Country Barn Quilts, Gresham Community Quilts, Amish Country Tour, Mohican Nation Cultural Tour and the Walls of Wittenberg Murals Tour. Hop in your car and discover Shawano County.

Unique Shopping/Antiques and more!
From the weekend bargain hunting at the Flea Market to the hundreds of shopping destinations throughout the county we have it all!  Antiques, boutiques, bakeries, specialty shops, gardening plants, home improvement stores, etc.

Snowmobiling & ATV's
Shawano Country is a snowmobiler’s paradise. Ride 400 miles of groomed and marked snowmobile trails. ATVs are allowed on most of these trails when snowmobile trails are open and the temperature is below 28 degrees. Embarrass River ATV Park in Tigerton offers 504 acres of trails and an exciting “Riverside Challenge Area.”