If you’re looking to get out and enjoy the wild rivers and glacial lakes of Rusk and Chippewa counties, you’ll find plenty of options to help get you there. Each week we’ll be profiling lodging establishments and outfitters, so be sure to check back every Monday!
Today we take a look at… Cedar Bay Resort
The Cedar Bay Resort offers beautiful cabin getaways and a true Northwoods feel. In addition to their accommodations, they have a wide variety of rentals such as pontoon boats, paddleboats, fishing boats, and rowboats. The resort is located on Marshmiller Lake in Bloomer, which is known for bountiful fishing, calm waters and beautiful sunsets.
The 2011 paddling season is nearing its end in Wisconsin, but this article from Paddling Light contains a bunch of good tips and tricks for doing extended-season canoe camping, when rain, sleet and cold weather are possible, if not likely.
A few things caught my eye from the article:
Seat pads can provide an extra bit of warmth instead of a plastic, metal or wooden seat in your canoe or kayak.
An insulated mug is a great way to keep coffee, tea, hot chocolate, etc. at the right temperature on a blustery day.
Carry two types of firestarter, since you’ll likely need to light a fire to keep warm or dry if off you take a dunk.
Proper clothing is key. Dress in waterproof, breathable pants, shirts, etc. (you might even consider wearing a wetsuit or drysuit), but be sure you have the proper clothes for dry days, too.
All in all, use common sense when you pack for paddling trips in the late fall/early spring. It’s a great time to be out on the lakes and rivers when you’re looking for some peace and quiet without the throng of other canoeists and kayakers.
Do you like fishing for muskies on rivers or lakes?
There are plenty of opportunities to pursue muskies on the Chippewa and Flambeau Rivers. Even though paddling season is winding down, you can still find lots of action on the rivers. I’ve known lots of fishermen who have had success fly fishing and using topwater baits.
And fall’s the perfect time to track down those monster fish, too, since the water’s cooled down and prey fish move up the river. Take your opportunity to track down river muskies while you still can.
With fall weather coming to western Wisconsin this week the trees are showing signs of spotty color changes throughout Chippewa County. Enjoy paddling on the glacial lakes in the Chippewa Moraine Ice Age Reserve and you’ll be sure to spot some beautiful fall colors soon. Or paddle around Brunet Island State Park and enjoy all that is offered in Cornell. Lake Wissota provides great recreational activities all year round and will not disappoint with this fall season. Paddle the lake and then take in an apple orchard or area winery while enjoy the sites and tastes that are Wisconsin. See you on the water!