Enjoy the incredible natural, cultural and historic resources along the WI Lake Superior Byway...
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Welcome to Wisconsin's Most Beautiful Highway!
Wisconsin’s Lake Superior Byway follows the southern shoreline of Lake Superior along the Bayfield peninsula and is a snapshot of the geological, historical, cultural, ecological and recreational diversity of the region. The 70 mile route features breathtaking scenic views of forests, pristine sandy beaches, and the sparkling blue waters of Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and the Gaylord Nelson Wilderness Area. The Byway is a unique route featuring quaint harbor towns, historic fishing villages and small farms. The beauty of the Byway is experienced through the stories and scenery that embrace the majesty of Lake Superior.
Wisconsin’s Lake Superior Byway (WLSB) begins its journey at the junction of US Highway 2 and State Highway 13 in the Town of Barksdale in Bayfield County, approximately 2 miles west of the Ashland city limits. The Byway continues for 70 miles on State Highway 13 around the Bayfield Peninsula and ends at the intersection of County Highway H and State Highway 13 in the Town of Cloverland in Douglas County.
The corridor provides very different geographical and cultural opportunities to travelers as they wind their way North up one side of the peninsula along the Chequamegon Bay around the top of Wisconsin and then West along the South Shore of Lake Superior.
The Scenic Byway is Open! Check This Site for Road Closures Due to Flooding.
On July 11, Bayfield, Ashland and Iron Counties experienced a heavy rain event. Rainfall totals ranged from 5 to 11 inches in about 12 hours. The deluge caused wide-spread flooding, road, and structure damage in the affected area.
We want to assure you that the Scenic Byway route is unaffected by this flooding. All lodging and businesses are open.
However, getting to the Byway from the east or south will involve detours. Please go to this website for further information and detour routes:
Port Wing will celebrate Lake Superior Day this Saturday, July 16th, from 9am to 1pm at the Port Wing Town Hall. There will be arts and crafts created from beach glass, rocks, driftwood and photos of the area. Featured speakers are Tom Gerstenberger and Laura Erickson. The Port Wing Museum will be open from 1-4pm, knapweed pulling at the harbor from 2-3pm, turkey legs at Woody's in Herbster, and a bonfire and stargazing from 7:30am till dark at the marina.
Mini Pow-Wow at Early Childhood Center in Red Cliff.
Wisconsin "The Bobber" blog has a great article about scenic drives in
Wisconsin. Of course, the Lake Superior Byway is on the list. How
couldn't it be? It's one of the premier travel destinations to
experience the majesty of Lake Superior. Read the full article here: http://bobber.discoverwisconsin.com/scenic-drives/
State Highway 13 on the Bayfield Peninsula Receives Scenic Byway Designation
April 22, 2013 (Washburn, WI) Bayfield County already has an impressive list of state and national designations that exemplify the truly special place that it is. Now added to that list is a 70-mile segment of State Hwy 13 that has been designated a Wisconsin Scenic Byway, the fourth in the state.
The Wisconsin Lake Superior Byway is located along the southern shore of Lake Superior. The majesty of Lake Superior unfolds along the Byway with sweeping views of the “big lake.” The Byway follows the shoreline of the Bayfield Peninsula, passing through quaint harbor towns and historic fishing villages, near dozens of orchards and fruit farms, along miles of sand beach and the home of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. Densely forested lands provide a spectacular backdrop to the year ‘round recreational opportunities that abound, with hundreds of miles of hiking, biking, snowmobile, ATV and cross-county ski trails.
The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and Gaylord Nelson Wilderness Area is easily accessible from the Byway and has the largest collection of lighthouses in North America. Guided boat excursions are available. Local museums and historic architecture tell the stories of Native Americans and immigrants who made this land their home. Artists are drawn to this area and you’ll find many galleries displaying their work. Enjoy seasonal performances at the Big Top Chautauqua with musicals based on the history of the area as well as performances by national artists or enjoy local theater and regional music all year long at Stagenorth in Washburn and Legendary Waters Resort and Casino in Red Cliff.
The rich geological, historical, cultural, ecological and recreational assets of the Wisconsin Lake Superior Byway provide a traveling experience that will not be forgotten.
A group consisting of representatives from all of the municipalities along the Byway has put in many hours working on the necessary assessments to obtain the designation, which will bring attention to the incredible natural resources and cultural history of the area. The designation will also allow the adjacent cities and towns access to federal funds designated to help promote the Byway, develop signage, and improve the visitor experience along the route.
The Wisconsin Scenic Byway program is an official program of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Other Scenic Byways in Wisconsin include: The Great River Road, State Hwy 60 and the Door County Coastal Byway.