Here are some answers to common questions about Boulder Junction.
Boulder Junction is located in Vilas County in northern Wisconsin. It’s about a 5-hour drive from Chicago, a 4-hour drive from Milwaukee or a 3-hour drive from Madison.
Summer days are warm and pleasant. In July the average high is 78 degrees. Evenings can be cool, so packing a sweatshirt or light jacket is a good idea.
Fall afternoons can be warm, although the days are generally cool (the average September high is 54 degrees) and comfortable.
In the winter Boulder Junction receives a lot of snow—it’s in the Lake Superior snowbelt, so it typically receives far more snow than southern areas of the state. Pack warm sweaters and winter outerwear to fully enjoy the outdoors- the average high in January is 10 degrees.
Springs days are generally cool and are pleasant—the average May high is 52 degrees. In spring the trails can be wet from snowmelt, so waterproof shoes or boots are good to bring along.
Check out our shopping page for information on stores in and around Boulder Junction, including gift shops, art galleries, sporting goods stores and more. Learn about downtown Boulder Junction here. Here’s a map to help you get around town.
Boulder Junction is a year-round vacation destination but there are some advantages to certain times of the year.
If you love swimming and boating, June, July and August are ideal times to visit. Warm temperatures and sunny skies make for perfect summer days on the water. The water is nice for swimming link to swimming page from late June – August.
Fall leaves are a big draw—peak colors usually arrive in Boulder Junction from late-September to early October. Crisp air and color everywhere make this one of the most spectacular seasons in the Northwoods. Be sure to check out our Reports page for the latest on fall color.
The snow season typically runs from December-March. Breathtaking beauty surrounds after a fresh snowfall when area trails are groomed for snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. Check our site frequently for the latest snow reports.
Spring arrives in April, and the forests come to life throughout May and early June, so it’s an excellent time to enjoy early wildflowers and view migratory birds.
If you love tranquility, think “shoulder seasons”—late October through November and April to mid-May are fantastic times to visit. You may find you have the forest to yourself, and you’ll likely find more availability at lodging properties page.
During any time of the year, be sure to look up at night. The open sky and lack of light pollution is a perfect mix for stargazing. On rare occasions, you may catch the colorful magic of the Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights.
Boulder Junction has plenty of lodging options, including traditional hotels, rustic cabins and lakeside resorts. See local listings on our lodging page and see tips on finding the perfect lodging property here.
From traditional supper clubs and tasty bakeries to friendly taverns and family restaurants you’ll find great dining options in Boulder Junction. Click here to see a listing of all restaurants.