Bayfield County

Namekagon River: Wisconsin's Moving National Park

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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. Be sure to check water levels before heading out as this section is susceptible to low water.

Bayfield County offers lots of lodging and dining options along with an outfitter to get you started on your adventure down the Namekagon.


Bayfield County Outfitters:

Bear Country Boat Rentals

43055 Highway 63 S. | Cable, WI 54821 | 715-580-0476

Trip Locations: Namekagon Dam Landing to Larsen Road Landing

Services: Canoe, kayak and paddleboard rentals.

Bayfield County River Lodging:

Bayfield County Rustic Yurt

41640 Randysek Rd | Cable, WI 54821

715-373-6114 | Visit Website

This yurt is nestled in the Bayfield County Forest and is only accessible by foot, snowshoe, ski, or bike. Our yurts are 20 feet in diameter and insulated for year round use, complete with woodstove. Fire wood is provided only for heating with the woodstove. The yurt comes equipped with 2 bunk beds; a full mattress on the bottom and a twin mattress on top and sleeps up to 6 people. No linens or pillows are provided, so be sure to pack your sleeping bag.

Distance to River: .8 miles

Drumming Woods B&B

14791 McNaught Rd | Cable, WI 54821

715-798-5010 | Visit Website

A newly constructed home deep in the north woods just outside Cable, Wisconsin in Famous Bayfield County, home of The Apostle Islands, Namekagon River, Chequamegon National Forest, and 100+ Class A trout streams. Our home is adjacent to 1,000s of acres of public land with hiking, biking, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, and snowmobile trails. There are so many activities at your fingertips: hunting, fishing, canoeing, trap & skeet shooting and much more! Enjoy the casual elegance of our 5 cozy guest rooms, and warm atmosphere of the entire property. Birds and wildlife are plentiful. Breakfasts are served family style with fresh brewed coffee or tea.

Distance to River: .4 miles

Start Line Inn Cabin Rental

14795 McNaught Rd | Cable, WI 54821

312-363-9823 |

We have two lodging options available separately or together. Our luxury cabin rental, Start Line Inn, is an open and gracious cabin capable of accommodating 4-8 depending on guest preferences. Our multi-purpose room, Coach House, is a spacious, beautifully finished room ideal for sleeping large groups and teams.

Distance to River: .37 miles

North End Silent Sports Area Cabin


715-413-2076 |

Bike In/Bike Out, Ski In/Ski Out. Cabin 16 is a 3-BR/3-BA slice of heaven located at the end of the road up in the forested hills. The cabin is completely surrounded by the woods. The cabin has 3 queen-sized beds, cable TV, WIFI access, and an office area for those who cannot totally disconnect from the everyday. The cabin comfortably accommodates 6 and affords plenty of space to stretch out. An adult dog is welcome for an extra $75/stay.

Distance to River: .6 miles

The Cable Cottage


Clean and cozy, recently updated with new appliances, countertops and cooking utensils. I use this retreat regularly so it's held to high standards. Full access to property, shed available for ski waxing and bike storage. CAMBA trail head across the street. North End Ski Trails 1 mile south. Birkie start area I mile southeast.

Distance to River: .6 miles

Staudemeyer’s Four Seasons Resort

44705 Birch Point Road | Cable, Wisconsin 54821
715-798-2346 |

Suite, Cabins and Vacation Home Rentals near Hayward, Wisconsin. Four Seasons Resort’s suite, cottages and vacation homes on beautiful Lake Namakagon in Cable, Wisconsin include a custom fieldstone fireplace; Cable TV, complete kitchens, BBQ grill, deck and picnic tables. All cabins and vacation homes are located on the water with your own private pier (with the exception of the Woods View cabin which has docking available at the main lodge.

Distance to River: On Lake Namakagon

Lakewoods Resort

21540 County Road M | Cable, Wisconsin 54821
715-794-2561 |

The perfect place to hang your hat after a day in the Northwoods. We offer a wide variety of northwoods accommodations to complement your vacation, whether you want a romantic weekend for two, golf getaway with the guys (or ladies) or summer vacation with the family. Choose from cozy lodge rooms, luxurious condominiums overlooking Lake Namakagon, spacious golf villas among the beautiful fairways and greens of Forest Ridges Golf Course or quaint lake homes are in a variety of locations along the shores of Lake Namakagon.

Distance to River: On Lake Namakagon

Telemark Vacation Condos

15315 Nordmor Road | Cable, WI 54821

715-798-3999 |

The Wisconsin Northwoods have never looked so good! Or so affordable! Stay at Telemark and enjoy the peace and tranquility of one of the Christiana Villa Condominiums or the lake-side splendor of the Telemark Pointe Condominiums.

Distance to River: .6 miles

Area Information & Partners:

Bayfield County Tourism

117 E. Fifth Street, Washburn WI 54891


Cable Area Chamber of Commerce

13380 County Hwy M, Cable WI 54821