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The Northern Wisconsin traveler who loves vacationing in the peaceful beauty of Wisconsin’s Northwoods will enjoy Clam Lake, WI and its location in the heart of the 860,000 acre Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Rustic, charming, scenic, welcoming, refreshingly unrefined, small, smaller, quaint, lively, quiet, unincorporated, just enough, more than enough, not enough, a state of mind…it all applies.
Clam Lake is located where the Northern Wisconsin counties of Ashland, Bayfield & Sawyer come together. This area features some of the finest trail systems anywhere in the State including miles of well-groomed snowmobile trails, an expanding network of ATV/UTV trails, scenic hiking trails and world class ski trails. With hundreds of lakes and legendary rivers, the waters surrounding Clam Lake welcome fishermen, paddlers and water enthusiasts.
Clam Lake offers a variety of lodging options including motel rooms, national forest campgrounds, rustic cabins and modern vacation home rentals. There are multiple dining options with restaurants and taverns serving breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as a convenience/grocery store with gas, ice, supplies and fresh groceries. Shops in Clam Lake have fishing tackle, live bait, groceries, gas, ATM, clothing and unique gifts. Services include fishing guides, hunting guides, real estate services, construction and property management/caretaking services.
Getting Here is Half the Fun!
Nationally designated scenic roadways, quiet country roads, and year round recreational trails through largely undeveloped forests, streams and glacial lakes lead you to Clam Lake, Wisconsin. Whether it’s the breathtaking fall colors, a fresh blanket of snow or the intense shades of summer green, a ride here can help the unwinding process begin.
Clam Lake is a natural hub in the middle of the Chequamegon National Forest. Stay here and enjoy hundreds of miles of trails, popular fishing lakes, paddling scenic rivers, Northwood’s golf courses, and thousands and thousands acres of prime hunting land to explore.
The Call of the Wild in the Chequamegon National Forest
Beauty and wildlife abound as does a number of modern comforts including lodging, restaurants, services and shops in Clam Lake. Keep a keen eye out in the woods for the local elk herd, whitetail deer, wolves, black bears, bobcats and fishers. Look skyward for soaring eagles, ospreys, and hawks. And an ear open for hooting owls, the call of a lonely loon, swans and melodic songbirds.
Setup Camp & Explore the Clam Lake Area
Each season offers a fresh opportunity to experience all the natural allure and recreational opportunities that await you on a visit to Northern Wisconsin.
Clam Lake makes an ideal base camp from which to explore all Northern Wisconsin has to offer! If you have wanderlust in your blood (or a little case of cabin fever), you will enjoy a stay in Clam Lake and exploring the variety of things to do and places to visit in and around the Area.
Opportunities for fun, adventurous day trips abound with beautiful drives starting in Clam Lake and leading to nearby Hayward (30 miles), Cable (20 miles), Park Falls (30 miles), Ashland (45 miles), Bayfield (60 miles) and Lake Superior. Clam Lake offers a convenient location for both on and off road explorations of the natural beauty, communities, world class events, engaging museums, cultural attractions, seasonal festivals and nationally known trail systems in the area! The Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival, American Birkebeiner X-C Ski Race, North Country Hiking Trail, St. Croix National Scenic Riverway and so much more are at Clam Lake’s doorstep.
Snowmobile & ATV/UTV trails converge at Clam Lake and great hiking; mountain biking and skiing opportunities are only a short drive including Copper Falls State Park; St. Peter’s Dome & Morgan Falls, Juniper Rock Overlook & Old Swedish Homestead Sites on the North Country Trail; and the American Birkebeiner Ski Trail, Mukwonago and Rock Lake ski trails and CAMBA mountain bike trail systems.
Water enthusiasts will enjoy fishing, paddling, swimming and boating the many area lakes and rivers including Upper Clam Lake, Lower Clam Lake, Day Lake, West Fork of the Chippewa River and the surrounding waters like Lake Namakagon, Spider Lake, Mineral Lake, Moose Lake, Namekagon River, Flambeau River and others.
Elk Capital of Wisconsin
In 1995, 25 wild Michigan elk were experimentally reintroduced into a remote area of the Chequamegon National Forest near Clam Lake, Wisconsin. They’ve since been some of the most studied animals in the history of Wisconsin wildlife management. The elk were monitored by a research team from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point until 1999. Once the research was completed, the field responsibility for management of the elk herd was transferred to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
Today, the Clam Lake elk herd is estimated to have reached around 180 animals and growing. Much of the original herd remains within a relatively well-defined range in the vicinity of Clam Lake, Wisconsin and can often be seen from Area roadways. Please take care and take heed of elk crossing signs and flashing lights posted on area roads marking some common locations of members of the Clam Lake elk herd. Please drive safely in elk crossing zones.
There is a beautiful park in downtown Clam Lake which contains elk info including an interactive computer kiosk with updated elk information available on it.
Elk Information Kiosk in Downtown Clam Lake
Looking for more elk info? Be sure to stop and visit the informational kiosk. The kiosk is designed to provide visitors to the area with expansive information about the resident elk herd and their habitat. The program provides information about the history of elk in Wisconsin and even has a video clip of the original elk reintroduction. Most importantly, the program contains other tools and information to help visitors experience elk including wildlife spotting guides, maps and directions to nearby viewing areas.
The Elk Information Kiosk can be found in front (or on the east side) of the Clam Lake Junction gas station in Clam Lake Community Park. The Community Park (kiosk) is handicap accessible.
Plan A Get Together in Clam Lake
Clam Lake Community Center – NOW AVAILABLE FOR EVENTS
The Clam Lake Community Center in Clam Lake, Wisconsin is available for parties interested in using its facilities for weddings, wedding receptions, reunions, meetings and group gatherings. To learn more about reserving the Clam Lake Community Center and to take a virtual tour of the facility, please click here.
The handicap accessible facility includes front and back ramps, seating capacity for up to 50 people, tables, chairs, full kitchen facilities, picnic tables, large grassy yard, and space for outdoor tents.