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After exploring Lake Superior and all that it has to offer, get ready for your ride south through some beautiful countryside. Heading out of Ashland on US-2 East through Odanah and on to Hurley, where you will head South on Interstate 51. This is where the fun begins and water is seen everywhere. Small lakes and rivers can be found at every turn and every mile.
You will pass through Carter, Mercer (which by the way, is the Loon Capital of the World), and then through lake country with more than 15 lakes in that many miles. At Woodruff, you will take Wisconsin 47 South towards Lake Tomahawk, shadowing Boom Lake for many miles – what a sight! Passing through Rhinelander, continue on WI-47 South for a smooth easy ride on into Pelican Lake. The road’s soft twists and turns make this a fun ride, but the scenery deserves a look, so stop along the way and enjoy the sights.
DISTANCE: 138 Miles | START: Ashland, Wisconsin | END: Pelican Lake, Wisconsin
Sights along this ride:
Wisconsin is known for its cheeses, but a close second is their lakes and waterways. And on this trip you will see many of them, without ever getting off your bike. Starting out in Ashland paves the way as this is on the northern tip of the state and borders Lake Superior. From natural wonders to unusual spectacles, Ashland is a one-of-kind place with lots of one-of-a-kind attractions.
Like the giant ore dock reaching into Lake Superior – one of the largest concrete structures on earth. Right next door to Ashland is Washburn, where you will find Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua, Wisconsin’s most unique entertainment venue – a 900 seat, state-of-the-art, all canvas tent theater located at the base of Mt. Ashwabay, three miles south of Bayfield off Highway 13.
This Big Top features a variety of shows all year round. Heading south to Hurley, you will find a playground of winter sports like no other. Hurley boasts over 500 miles of well-groomed snowmobile trails and historic bed and breakfasts, perfect for relaxation after a busy day on the trails.
Your ride continues south through small, quaint towns, each boasting a personality of their own. And then there are the lakes. One right after another, each more beautiful than the one before. There is Rest Lake, Little Star Lake, Manitowish Lake, Upper Gresham Lake and of course, Trout Lake. Trout Lake is known as a trophy fishery, challenging even the most experienced fisherman.
Ahead is Rhinelander, you’ll find not only outdoor activities but a nice variety of unique shopping spots and delicious restaurants. And an appropriate end to this water-logged trip is Pelican Lake.