The Town of Bayfield is central to the pristine forests and lakes of the Bayfield, Wisconsin peninsula. The Town covers over 65,000 acres, of which 20,200 are privately owned. Fully 2,782 acres of the Town are in agricultural use. The largest publicly owned tract of land in the Town is the Bayfield County Forest which amounts to 32,632 acres.
Just north of the Town of Bayview the traveler is greeted by a magnificent vista of Lake Superior, the Apostle Islands, Pike’s Bay and the Port Superior Village Marina. Historic sites in this area include the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) Voight Fish Hatchery on Pike’s Creek, a locally quarried brownstone structure.
Keep watch along this stretch of the Byway for signs directing you to Mt Ashwabay Ski Hill. Home to downhill and cross country skiing in the winter; it is the summer home of Big Top Chautauqua. Reminiscent of the original Chautauqua tent shows, the Big Top brings local, national and international musical groups and talents to the area from June to September. Bayfield is well known as farm country and enjoys a unique microclimate perfect for apples and berries. There are numerous orchards and farms in many parts of the Town which market their products to tens of thousands of visitors each year.