On the Shores of the Eau Claire Chain of Lakes
At the Edge of the Chequamegon National Forest
Barnes, Wisconsin, located just 20 miles from Hayward has the ambiance that people venture north to experience. The crystal clear waters of the area lakes provide visitors and residents with unmatched recreational opportunities. World class musky, walleye, pan fish and bass beckon fishing enthusiasts. Local trails and town roads provide direct access to the ATV and snowmobile trails in the Chequamegon National Forest. Pubs and supper clubs serve up great burgers, pizza and steaks and diners can choose from 10 area Friday Night Fish Fries. A picture perfect sandy beach is the highlight of the town's Tomahawk Park as well as its family friendly mountain bike trails and picnic areas. In winter the trails are groomed for classic cross country skiing.
Several local events have made Barnes a favored destination for families and fun lovers:
The local St. Paddy's Day Parade is made up of all those who come to celebrate - participants display their green side when they parade East for St. Patrick, their purple side when they parade west for St. Uro.
The annual 4th of July parade features a local float competition - anyone can enter. Stay for the amazing fireworks at dusk.
The Vatten Paddlar - Canoe and Kayak Races to be held on July 11, in 2015 is a paddling event featuring a 10 mile race and a 5 mile race. Visit www.vattenpaddlar.com for more info and registration.
A visit to Barnes offers a true up north experience.
Take State Highway 27 North from Hayward or State Highway 27 South from Brule