Shawano County

Shawano County is Wisconsin's Barn Quilt Capital - home to over 385 Barn Quilts!

Explore Shawano County, a destination that offers fun in the outdoors, fantastic local art and scenic beauty.


Shawano County 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 to view the annual lake sturgeon run.

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 Trail, running for 51 miles across Shawano County. During the winter, the Mountain Bay Trail offers snowmobiling.


Tee off in Shawano County. Golf Golden Sands Golf Course, Pine Hills Golf Course, Maple Hills Golf Club and Shawano Lake Golf Course for great scenery and challenging golf.


Shawano County 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.”

Cultural Experiences & Museums

Shawano County 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 for slots, table games, 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.

The arts flourish in Shawano County. See the Shawano Country Barn Quilts, Gresham Community Quilts, the Spirit of Shawano Sculptures, area artist studios and more at the Miles of Art Fall Festival in early October. Pulaski Polka Days brings the biggest names in Polka to Shawano County each July.

A great way to get to know Shawano County 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.