Vacationers at White Birch Village Resort Boulder Junction WI

How to make the most of your summer vacation in Boulder Junction

June 14, 2023

Headed to the Northwoods of Wisconsin this summer? There’s a lot to see and do in and around Boulder Junction, so here are a few things you should know before you get here, from what to pack to which trails and lakes to explore.

What kind of weather can I expect?

Northern Wisconsin can be beautiful in the summer, with temperatures in the 70s and 80s (temps in the 90s can happen here, but they’re pretty rare). High temperatures in Boulder Junction in June, July, and August average in the mid to upper 70s, with average lows in the 50s. Generally, there are about 8 or 9 days out of each summer month that see rain.

What should I pack?

While the weather can be beautiful, it can also vary, so it’s important to pack warm-weather gear (shorts, T-shirts, etc.) but you might want to bring a sweatshirt or long pants for the evenings and maybe a raincoat in case you need it.

If you’re going to be out exploring in the woods, you might want to pack long sleeves and pants (or at least bug spray) to deal with any pesky insects.

And don’t forget your swimsuit! Boulder Junction is home to lots of lakes with sandy swimming beaches—here are three to check out, and many of our lodging properties have private beaches, too.

If you’re looking for gear, you’re in luck, too. Boulder Junction is home to sports shops and outfitters that offer everything you need for a Northwoods adventure, and you can find equipment rentals at places like Coontail Adventures and Schauss Woodworking.

Are there trails to explore?

You bet! Boulder Junction is home to some great trail systems open to everyone, whether you’re interested in a casual stroll, a hike through scenic northern Wisconsin’s forests, a bike trail to explore with the whole family, or some challenging single-track mountain bike routes.

The Escanaba-Pallette Lake Trail is a short drive from downtown Boulder Junction and offers loops ranging from 2 to 8.5 miles around Escanaba and Pallette Lakes in the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest. Learn more about hiking in Boulder Junction.

The Heart of Vilas County Paved Bike Trail System stretches for more than 50 miles across the Northwoods and connects Boulder Junction to Sayner-Star Lake, Manitowish Waters, and St. Germain. The trail is appropriate for all ages and abilities and offers incredible views as it passes through woods, wetlands, and prairies and alongside glacial lakes. Learn more about biking in Boulder Junction.

What if I want to get out on the water?

There are nearly 200 lakes within a 10-mile drive of downtown Boulder Junction, so the hardest part might be choosing which one to explore first.

Boaters can take advantage of a wide array of public-access lakes in Boulder Junction, including Boulder Lake, White Sand Lake, and North and South Trout Lakes. Canoers and kayakers have lots of lakes to explore, as well as other waterways like the Manitowish River.

Let’s not forget fishing, either—Boulder Junction is the Musky Capital of the World®, after all. There are great lakes to cast a line for musky or pretty much anything else you’re looking for, too, including walleye, bass, panfish, pike, and even trout. Want to make your Northwoods fishing experience better? Consider hiring one of our knowledgeable, experienced guides.

Where should I eat?

What are you in the mood for? A Friday fish fry? Local favorites? A spot with outdoor dining? Boulder Junction’s restaurants have a bit of everything, so be sure to bring your appetite.

Where can I stay?

Boulder Junction has classic cabins, modern vacation homes, resorts, hotels, and motels that are all ready to welcome you to the Northwoods of Wisconsin. Browse our filterable list of lodging properties here.