Rainbow Lake Wilderness

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Rainbow Lake was one of the first wildernesses designated in 1975. The total area encompasses 6,583 acres, located 4 miles north of Drummond, Wis. in Bayfield County. Among the unique features of this wilderness are the numerous narrow gauge railroad grades that were used for log hauling in the early 1900's. The North Country National Scenic Trail, which runs the length of the wilderness, follows parts of these old grades. The trail is marked at difficult intersections. The terrain in the area is flat to gentle rolling, and steep hills can be found north, east and northwest corner of the wilderness. Fishing opportunities can be found at Wishbone, Clay, Reynard and Beaver Lakes. Wildlife is abundant, so bring your binoculars and cameras!

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Trail open for hiking year round, horses prohibited from March 15 - May 1.
Restrictions: The possession or use of motorized or mechanized equipment is prohibited. This includes all motor vehicles, bicycles, outboard and electrical motors, and any wheeled devise for transporting canoes, boats, or equipment. Camping within 100 feet of water or the North Country National Scenic Trail is prohibited. Camping is limited to 14 consecutive days. All State of Wisconsin fishing and hunting regulations and license requirements apply in wilderness areas. Erecting permanent hunting tree stands or ground blinds is prohibited. Storing or leaving a boat, canoe, equipment, personal property, or supplies is prohibited. Disposing of debris, garbage or other waste, except that which is burnable and disposed by fire, is prohibited. 
Closest Towns: Drummond
Water: Always bring water and a water filtration device.
Information Center: Washburn Ranger District

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