5 ways to make the most of your summer vacation in Boulder Junction
November 3, 2023
Summer is the perfect time to visit Boulder Junction in the heart of Wisconsin’s Northwoods. Whether it’s your first trip to Boulder Junction or your 20th, there’s always plenty to see and do when the weather’s warm in northern Wisconsin. Here are a few ideas on how to take advantage of your summer getaway to Boulder Junction.
Get out on—or dive into—the lakes
There are nearly 200 lakes within a 10-mile drive of downtown Boulder Junction, so that means there are lots of opportunities for aquatic adventures. Anglers can discover great fishing lakes filled with bass, walleye, northern pike, and the elusive musky (Boulder Junction is the Musky Capital of the World™, after all), and our knowledgeable fishing guides will help you track down the big one. Canoers and kayakers can explore calm lakes and get out on the Wisconsin River, and boaters can launch their pontoons on a wide array of public-access lakes in the area.
If you’re into less active pursuits, you can stick your toes in the sand or splash around at several beaches in the area. Nichols Lake, North Trout Lake, and Crystal Lake all have easily accessible public swimming beaches (learn more here), and several lakeside lodging properties offer sandy beaches, too—browse our filterable listings to find a great place for a waterfront stay.
Bike the Heart of Vilas County Trail
The crown jewel of Boulder Junction’s trail system is the Heart of Vilas County Trail, a scenic route that covers more than 50 miles throughout the Northwoods and connects Boulder Junction with Sayner and St. Germain (to the south and east) and Manitowish Waters and Mercer (to the west). The paved asphalt trail passes through some truly beautiful Northwoods scenery, including forests, wetlands, prairies, and lakesides.
Whether you’re exploring the Heart of Vilas Trail or any of the other trails in Boulder Junction, don’t forget to download the free Map It Vilas County trails app, which will help you find trails by distance, activity, and other criteria and help you navigate your route.
Find an outdoor patio for dinner or drinks
Did you know you can even take advantage of the Northwoods’ beautiful summer weather when you’re eating (or raising a glass after a day of adventure)? Many of Boulder Junction’s restaurants and bars offer outdoor seating or open-air patios, perfect for grabbing a bite on a sunny summer day or enjoying a drink on a pleasant evening. Grab ice cream or other treats at The Ice Shanty or Mad Dog Jake’s or sit down for a meal outside at Aqualand Ale House, Headwaters Restaurant & Tavern, or McGann’s Pub & Wine Bar. Find more outdoor dining options here.
Don’t miss out on fun events
Boulder Junction’s summer calendar is filled with exciting events, from outdoor concerts to fishing seminars to our annual Musky Jamboree Weekend. Free Fishing Seminars take place on Sunday evenings, teaching anglers about everything from kayak fishing to how to plan a family fishing trip. Music on Main Street offers up great performances from local, regional, statewide acts in downtown Boulder Junction on Wednesdays throughout the summer, and the annual Musky Jamboree in August celebrates Boulder Junction’s signature fish with races, a craft fair, food and games, and much more.
Find more Boulder Junction events here.
Find a great place to stay
Whether you’re searching for a cozy cabin, a classic Northwoods lodge, or a vacation home big enough to fit the entire extended family, you’re sure to discover great lodging options throughout Boulder Junction. Browse our listings to find fantastic places to stay with all the amenities you want, including pet-friendly lodging options and lakeside locations.