Parks, Trails and Rustic Roads in Barron County

Below you will find a listing of parks, trails and rustic roads in Barron County.

Parks & Outdoor Recreation

Barron Blue Hills
Cty. Hwy. C, Rice Lake If you love the outdoors, these beautiful and varied hills are a great source for recreation. They appear blue on hazy days and are a legacy left us by the great glaciers of long ago. At one time they were actually a mountain range reaching a height of 20,000 feet. Eastern Barron County, Forest & Recreation Info: (715) 537-6295

Bike Barron County

 View a map of Barron County Bike Routes and read Barron County Cycling Notes for more information about exploring Barron County by bike.

Barron County Parks and County Forest Trails

Notice: Firewood from out-of-state or from more than 50 miles from the Barron County property where the wood will be used is prohibited.  The prohibition covers all Barron County property including the four county parks; Waldo Carlson, Veterans Memorial, Southworth, and Kirby Lake and Chain Lake/Twin Lake primitive campsites.  Wood for campfires can be purchased from campground caretakers or local firewood outlets. (please keep receipt)  Forest & Recreation Info: (715) 537-6295

County Parks:


Waldo Carlson Park

17 acres on Red Cedar Lake. 1.5 miles north of Mikana on State Highway "48".
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Boat Docks, Campground, Picnic Shelter, Playground, Swimming, Pit Toilets

Veterans Memorial Park

160 acres on Prairie Lake.  1 1/2 miles south of Cameron via County "SS" and east on 12 3/4 Ave. Situated on the northwest corner of Prairie Lake. Prairie Lake is part of a chain of five lakes (3,764 acres), all inter-connected.
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Campground, Picnic Shelter, Playground Equipment, Hiking Trails, Pit Toilets, Dumping Station

Southworth Memorial Park

17 acres on Ten Mile Lake. 1.25 miles south of Chetek on County "SS", then east 1 mile on 6th Ave., then north 1 mile on 26 1/2 St. On east side of Ten Mile Lake. Ten Mile Lake is part of a chain of five lakes (3,764 acres), all inter-connected.
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Campground, Picnic Shelter, Playground, Pit Toilets

Grant Park on Silver Lake

Facilities: Day use park with Boat Ramp, Picnic Shelter, Swimming, Bathroom Facilities

Kirby Lake Primitive Campsite

80 acres on western shore of Kirby Lake. Walk-in tent campsites, picnic tables, fire rings, pit toilet, and boat ramp. Free camping. 6 miles north of Cumberland, at County H and Maple Plain Town Road, Forest & Recreation Info: (715) 537-6295

Chain Lake/Twin Lake Primitive Campsites

Walk-in tent campsites, picnic tables, and fire rings. Free camping. 6.25 miles east of Haugen on County V. Forest & Recreation Info: (715) 537-6295 

County Forest Trails


Multiuse trails on county forest land. Closed to motorized vehicle access. Forest & Recreation Info: (715) 537-6295

The Barron County Forest, located in the north western part of the state, lies primarily within the Central Plain physiographic region. With small areas in the southwest corner of the county in the Western Upland physiographic region and in the Blue Hills in the Northern Highlands physiographic region of Wisconsin. The topography of the forest and surrounding area has glacial origin. The glaciers eroded hilltops and filled valleys, thus reducing relief. Elevations range from 1,620 feet above sea level in the eastern part of the county to 1,000 feet in the Southwest. The terrain ranges from hilly to gently rolling throughout the forest. Read more....

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Barron County Rustic Roads

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What is a rustic road? The Rustic Roads system in Wisconsin was created by the 1973 State Legislature in an effort to preserve what remains of Wisconsin’s scenic,lightly traveled country roads for the leisurely enjoyment of bikers, hikers and motorists Read more...

County Campground Reservations

Campground reservations can be made beginning April 1nd.  Reservations must be made 7 days prior to your arrival.

To reserve a campsite:
Call (715) 537-6295
Monday thru Friday, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM. 
Total charges include a Barron County reservation fee.

After a reservation # has been assigned, reservation payments can be made with a credit card by calling 1-855-340-4483 or by visiting this secure link.

Mail payments within 7 days to:
Barron County Treasurer
335 E. Monroe Ave., Rm. 2412
Barron, WI 54812

Picnic Shelter Reservations

Phone: (715) 537-6295
Monday thru Friday
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Picnic Shelter Regulations

Picnic Shelter Reservation Form




Ice Age National Scenic Trail

Barron County section of a 1000 mile trail that outlines some of the most dynamic glacial geology in Wisconsin. More than 12,000 years ago, an immense flow of glacial ice sculpted a landscape of remarkable beauty across Wisconsin. As the colossal glacier retreated, it left behind a variety of unique landscape features. These Ice Age remnants are now considered among the world's finest examples of how continental glaciation sculpts our planet. Read more...

Establishment of the trail is a joint effort of the Ice Age Park & Trail Foundation, the National Park Service, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. The Chippewa Moraine Ice Age Interpretive Center offers exhibits on Wisconsin's glacial past. The Interpretive Center is located east of New Auburn on County M, Phone (715) 967-2800

Tuscobia Trail

A mix of history and scenic beauty, the Tuscobia State Trail is a 74-mile abandoned railroad grade that provides four seasons of fun. Depending on the time of year, section of the trail, and your particular interests, activities on the multiple-use Tuscobia State Trail include hiking, ATV & UTV riding, snowmobiling, horseback riding, bird watching, fishing, mountain biking and canoeing. There is NO small game hunting along the trail. Deer hunting is allowed on the trail while it is closed to other uses, which is from November 15 to December 15.

Running through Barron, Washburn, Sawyer and Price counties, you can find plenty of activities to keep you busy on the Tuscobia State Trail. Use this map as a guide to plan your vacation along the Tuscobia State Trail. Many of the communities offer lodging and restaurants, as well as other amenities. For more information regarding the Tuscobia State Trail, call one of the contacts provided.

Wild Rivers Trail

North City Limits, Rice Lake
Beginning at the Rice Lake City Limits, this multi-use, groomed snowmobile trail runs 97 miles north to Superior and intersects with the Tuscobia State Trail leading 74 miles east to Park Falls, Wisconsin.

Horse Trails

Trail, parking and primitive camp system in the Narrow Gauge area of Bear Lake township on county forest land. Offers nearly 6 miles of riding. Managed by the Barron County Horse Trail Association.

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Cross Country Ski Trails


Cumberland Area Ski Trail Association (CASTA)

Timberland Hills is located about 9 miles Northwest of Cumberland, WI on County Highway H. This 24 Km trail system situated on 2400 wooded acres of Burnett County forest land is ideally suited for XC skiing. From gentle rolling terrain to the screaming hills of "The Ridge Run" and the "Outer Loop", Timberland Hills offers fun and excitement for the beginning skier to the expert. 25km of trails located 9 miles north of Cumberland on Co. Hwy. For more information visit the CASTA web site at

Barron Area Nordic Trail Association (BANTA)

The trail system consists of 3.4km of trails through a mature oak-maple forest, 1.9km of open field skiing, and 1.2km of snowshoe/winter hiking trails. Located on the south side of the City of Barron, just south of the High School football field. For further information call (715) 637-6460 or (715) 637-4489 or send email to

Christie Mountain Ski Area

Cty. Hwy. O, Rice Lake

Eighteen miles east of Rice Lake, high in the Blue Hills snowbelt, Christie Mountain is a family-oriented downhill ski area with ten trails up to 4000 ft. with a 350 vertical drop, a double chair lift T-bar and two rope tows.

Rock climb in the summer!


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