Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 746
Ashland, WI 54806
(get driving directions)
(800) 284-9484 - toll free
Welcome to Ashland, Wisconsin! Lake Superior's Hometown.
The City of Ashland is located at the "top of Wisconsin" on the Lake Superior shoreline near the head of Chequamegon Bay. In addition to the greatest of the Great Lakes, the area offers visitors the Chequamegon National Forest, the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and a sea of inland lakes and streams. Fishing, sailing, canoeing, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) are all popular activities on the pristine bay's beautiful waters.
U.S. Highway 2 and State Highway 13 intersect in Ashland, which is located approximately 70 miles east of Duluth, Minn. Major employers for the city include Bretting Manufacturing, Larson-Juhl, Memorial Medical Center, Northland College, Essentia Health, Chequamegon Clinic, and Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College.
Ashland's population is currently estimated at 8,300. The county seat of Ashland County, the City of Ashland is a commercial hub for the region, serving points east to Ironwood, Mich., to Superior, Wis., in the west and Park Falls, Wis., an hour's drive south. Ashland boasts many regional/national retailers, including Shopko, Walmart, Walgreens, McRae's True Value, maurices, Super One Foods, Hallmark, Ace Hardware, Sears, NAPA Auto Parts, and The Medicine Shoppe.
The community's pride in its rich history is evident in its 13 vibrant murals depicting subjects ranging from the city's lumberjacks and military veterans to its railroads, storefronts and former massive ore dock. Since 2005, Ashland has been known as the "Historic Mural Capital of Wisconsin," making the city a year-round public art destination.
Ashland is home to a full-service, 121-slip marina, conveniently located in the center of town. Head out on the world's largest freshwater lake offering word-class smallmouth bass fishing, enjoy breathtaking views of sunsets on tree-lined shores and then dock within easy walking distance of Ashland's historic Main Street business district.
Explore our unique shops, galleries and specialty stores where you'll find everything from local delicacies and gourmet delights, to outdoor gear, vintage clothing and fine art. Ashland also offers a wide variety of mouthwatering mealtime choices.
And when it's time to rest, you'll find just the right lodging establishment in Ashland to fit your needs, from charming B&Bs and fine hotels to family-owned motels. Relax in comfort with a lakeside view or go for a dip in an indoor pool. Winter, spring, summer and fall - Ashland is a year-round vacation destination with accommodations to suit every budget.
SUPERIOR BY NATURE
Abundant public lands and extraordinary natural beauty provide visitors with unparalleled nature-watching opportunities in this exceptional area of northern Wisconsin. Some of the most spectacular waterfalls in the entire state are located in Ashland County. Copper Falls State Park near Mellen features three scenic waterfalls on the Tyler Forks and Bad rivers. Hikers will be enthralled by the breathtaking beauty of Morgan Falls, the second-highest waterfall in Wisconsin.
This scenic area located about 13 miles west of Mellen in the Penokee Range also includes St. Peter's Dome, the highest point in the entire Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. On a clear day, you can see Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands 20 miles to the north from the top of the 1,600-foot-high red granite dome. The summit makes a great spot for a picnic after the exertions of the hike.
Swimming beaches and parks are available along U.S. Hwy. 2 at Bayview Park on Ashland's east end, at Kreher Park and RV Campground near the former ore dock in the center of town, and Maslowski Beach at the west end of Ashland. Prentice Park, the largest and oldest of Ashland's 12 parks, is a shady, secluded area, perfect for picnics. It encompasses 100 acres and offers refreshing cold water from an artesian well, hiking trails, viewing platforms, a playground and tent camping.
For more information on Ashland or to request a visitor guide, go to www.visitashland.com or call the Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce at 1-800-284-9484.
HIKINGThe Chequamegon Bay is a great place for Hiking. Check out the Ashland website for a list and a map of trails or call the Ashland Chamber at 800-284-9484 and we will gladly mail you information.
Some other great hiking trails are Copper Falls - located in Mellen -Copper Falls State Park - Drive just 25 miles south of Ashland on Hwy 13 and hike and enjoy the beautiful waterfalls at Copper Falls. Also Check out Morgan Falls and St. Peter's Dome - From Ashland drive south on Hwy 13 about 13 miles to HwyC(about 1 mile south of Marengo). Turn right (west) on C and follow it 4.8 miles to Midway Rd. Continue straight on Midway Rd. 1.2 miles to County Line Road (FR199). Turn left (south) on County Line Road and drive 3.9 miles to the parking lot, which is on the left (east) side of the road.
FISHINGWINTER ice forms on inland lakes soon after Thanksgiving Day. Anglers can take their pick of excellent fishing for walleye, bass, northern pike, or any of the three major panfish - perch, bluegill and crappie. Sometime after Christmas, Lake Superior freezes and anglers can fish for all the aforementioned fish as well as all species of trout. January and February are good ice fishing months both on the Big lake and on the Inlands. It is always advised by the fishing guides and bait shops to check the depth of the ice where you will be fishing and call ahead for a safe ice fishing report. add: Smelt Season usually happens the 3rd week in April after the ice moves out of the Bay. Big fish follow the smelt and all of the shallows can have great action
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