Boulder Junction
   The town is known as the "Musky Capital of the World", more muskies are caught per square mile than any other similar sized area in the world. Boulder Junction used to be the national base of the Boy Scouts for good reason. When you step out of your car in Boulder Junction, you don't even feel right getting back in. It feels like you should walk or bike to your destination. Just a lovely small town setting.
More information about Boulder Junction Below




Grocery Stores: Location:
Coontail MarketSouth Side
Closest Hospital:
Howard Young Medical Center - Minocqua / 21 minutes south
Nearby Biking/Hiking Trails:
Bear Lake Road - A 4.4 mile leg that goes from the Heart of Vilas County bike trail to the Little Crooked Lake boat landing. The trail is smooth and mostly flat.

Heart of Vilas County (Boulder Junction) - This 9.7 mile section of the Heart of Vilas County paved trail runs along varying terrain right through Bould Junction. Many scenic viewing areas and a picnic area are along this part of the route.

Lumberjack Trail - The Lumberjack Trail has loops of 4.6 and 12.5 miles and is for biking, hiking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing. There is a fee for this mountain biking route (Wisconsin State Trail Pass). The route takes you near Fishtrap and White Sand Lake as well as the edge of the Manitowish River.

Nichols Lake Landing - A short .6 mile trip that can be extended by 3.3 miles by starting at the Boulder Junction community center.

White Deer Loop - This 6.5 mile trip takes you through a wooded area and the airport landing strip before ending at the Boulder Lake landing. The area is known for its white deer population so keep your eyes peeled.

Nearby Cross Country Skiing Trails:
Boulder Junction Winter Park - This .9 groomed trail is good for cross country skiing, snowshoeing and walking. There is also a sledding hill, an ice rink and a warming hut that has a bonfire area.

Escanaba Pallette Lake Trails - This trail system features loops of 2,4, 5.5 and 8.5 miles. A Wisconsin State Trail Pass is required. The trails are hilly and very scenic going around several lakes and through a variety of timber.

Lumberjack Trail - See above for details.

Nearby Paddling Routes:
NHAL Canoe Trip #1 - A 7.5 mile route that takes approximately 4 hours to paddle. A small creek leads to High Lake and from there go through Fishtrap Lake and then back down the river. Several campsites are located along the way.

NHAL Canoe Trip #2 - This 6.1 mile paddle takes about 3 hrs to complete. You will go across Boulder Lake (where there are several campsites available) and then down the river to the boat landing near Hwy K.

NHAL Canoe Trip #3 - An eight hour 15.5 mile paddling route that you should allow for several days to complete. If you want to make it a shorter trip you can take out by the Island Lake boat landing.

NHAL Canoe Trip #5 - This paddling route is 19 miles and takes around 12 hours to complete. It starts at White Sand Lake and then goes across a few lakes and has a long run of river paddling. There are several portages along the way. There are also several campsites along the way so you could make this into a real northwoods adventure.

Nearby ATV Trails:
No nearby routes
Nearby Snowmobile Trails:
The Boulder Junction Snowmobile Club - Featuring 128 miles of groomed trails around Boulder Junction. The trail system connects to other systems giving you access to anywhere you want to go explore on your sled.


    Distance from Town Center
Surrounding Towns:
Manitowish Waters - A fourteen minute drive through the Northwoods on mostly county roads will take you into Manitowish Waters. Manitowish Waters is similar to Boulder Junction in that it is a laid back down with the essentials and some great places to grab a bite to eat. The Manitowish Chain offers a ski show a couple nights a week in the summer and there are many trails for walking/biking/etc in the area.

Minocqua - Head south for 20 minutes on County Rd M and then Hwy 51 and you will be in Minocqua. The "island city" is probably the most "modern" of the towns in Northern Wisconsin. There are still plenty of the older mom and pop type of businesses, but they are sprinkled in with fast food restaurants and other national box store outlets. There is a wide variety of things to do and places to visit around Minocqua and the chain of lakes that surround the town is one of the most popular ones around. Being popular, it is also the busiest chain around. The town is considered a tourist hot spot and many summer weekends you will feel like you're back in the city with all the people...well, you will if you're coming from the Lac Du Flambeau area at least!

Woodruff - A seventeen minute drive south on M and then Hwy 51 will take you to Woodruff. Woodruff is basically an extension of Minocqua. The road widens to four lanes and the town blends right into Minocqua.

Presque Isle - Twenty minutes to the northwest lies Presque Isle. Presque Isle feels like it was taken off an old "Up North" postcard. You are getting close to the MI border and there isn't a whole lot for activity. If you're looking to get away, it's a great spot to explore.




Lake Name Access Acres Type Distance Avg Depth Clarity Chain
Diamond LakePublic115Seepage16 min20 ft22.5 ftNo
Sparkling LakePublic157Seepage15 min35 ft22 ftNo
Carlin LakeSemi-Public155Seepage25 min18 ft17.4 ftNo
Armour LakeSemi-Public328Drainage27 min26 ft16.4 ftNo
White Sand LakePublic746Drainage8 min33 ft15.3 ftNo
Trout LakePublic3,864Drainage10 min49 ft15.2 ftNo
Lost Canoe LakePublic279Seepage9 min10 ft15 ftNo
Jute LakePublic191Seepage23 min16 ft14.9 ftNo
White Birch LakePublic113Drainage16 min12 ft13.8 ftBallard
Crab LakePublic909Drainage26 min22 ft13.5 ftNo
Lynx LakePublic339Drainage16 min18 ft12.3 ftNo
Ballard LakePublic503Drainage20 min10 ft12.2 ftBallard
Jag LakePublic162Seepage9 min12 ft12.1 ftNo
Big Muskellunge LakePublic897Seepage13 min26 ft11 ftNo
Lower Gresham LakePublic141Drainage21 min6 ft11 ftNo
Round LakePublic116Drainage15 min11 ft10.8 ftNo
Upper Gresham LakePublic362Drainage15 min13 ft10.7 ftNo
Lone Pine LakePrivate137Drainage23 min20 ft10.6 ftNo
Oxbow LakePublic523Drainage33 min15 ft9.8 ftNo
Wildcat LakePublic293Drainage8 min12 ft9.8 ftNo
High LakePublic741Drainage16 min13 ft9.6 ftHigh/Fishtrap
Rush LakePublic43Drainage16 min4 ft8.9 ftHigh/Fishtrap
Fishtrap LakePublic339Drainage11 min18 ft8.7 ftHigh/Fishtrap
Horsehead LakePublic250Drainage22 min13 ft8.7 ftNo
Whitney LakePublic226Spring Fed18 min4 ft8.4 ftNo
Little Presque IslePublic144Drainage31 min9 ft8.4 ftNo
Little Crooked LakePublic154Drainage15 min11 ft8 ftNo
Stateline LakePublic205Spring Fed27 min26 ft7.6 ftNo
Twin Island LakePublic203Drainage25 min8 ft7.5 ftNo
Morton LakePublic165Drainage18 min13 ft7.4 ftNatural Lakes
Tenderfoot LakePublic453Drainage36 min14 ft7.1 ftNo
Cochran LakePublic133Spring Fed22 min5 ft7 ftNo
Wild Rice LakePublic384Drainage29 min11 ft6.8 ftManitowish Waters
Annebelle LakePublic213Drainage20 min12 ft6.8 ftNo
Irving LakePublic419Drainage27 min4 ft6.6 ftBallard
Boulder LakePublic516Drainage4 min12 ft6.4 ftNo
McCullough LakePublic221Drainage20 min14 ft5.7 ftNatural Lakes
Little John LakePublic151Drainage10 min5 ft5.6 ftNo
Van Vliet LakePublic230Spring Fed24 min9 ft4.3 ftPresque Isle
Palmer LakePublic644Drainage30 min8 ft3.7 ftNo
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