Are you looking to plan a unique – yet romantic – Valentine’s Day for your loved one? Treat them to a Namekagon-inspired day full of adventures and sightseeing. Don’t know where to begin? We’ve mapped it out for you, below!

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Bayfield County

The headwaters of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway are in southern Bayfield County at Lake Namakagon. From the Namekagon Dam Landing, the river gently winds through forest and marshlands with low banks and lots of opportunities to see wildlife. The river here is narrow and shallow with stretches of rocky rapids. Bayfield County is home to approximately 17.5 miles of the 100-mile Namekagon River. Spend the day exploring the South Shore and snowshoeing along the Namkeagon headwater trails. The beautiful and breathtaking setting will make for an adventurous, love-filled day.

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Sawyer County: 

Sawyer County is home to approximately 20 of the nearly 100 miles of the Namekagon River. With nearly a quarter of the Namekagon flowing through Sawyer County, it’s no wonder why the area is a popular stop for folks visiting this little known national park. The Sawyer County stretch of river begins between the Pacwawong Flowage Landing and the Thompson Bridge Landing and continues through the Hayward Landing and West River Landing. 

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Washburn County: 

Washburn County is home to approximately 45 of the nearly 100 miles of the Namekagon River. With nearly half of the Namekagon flowing through Washburn County, it’s no wonder why the area is a popular stop for folks visiting this little known national park. Enjoy a day exploring the trails, an evening spent on a romantic train ride and then rest your head at a local bed and breakfast. 

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Burnett County

Burnett County is home to the stretch of the Namekagon River just west of McDowell Bridge Landing to Riverside Landing. The 12.5 miles that flow through the county are some of the wildest and scenic, offering naturally breathtaking views as you navigate the few stretches of rapids to the east of Namekagon Trail Landing. From trails to a unique wine shop in Webster, WI – there are a number of ideal date spots in Burnett County.

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