Top Ten Picnic Spots in the Chequamegon Bay Area

Picnic Spots

August is National Picnic Month, so pack your basket and head to one of these beautiful spots located around Chequamegon Bay. What’s your favorite picnic spot?

  1. Prentice Park in Ashland – West on U.S. Highway 2. Left on Turner Road. Right on Park Road. Two picnic shelters and a number of picnic tables make this a great spot to grab lunch. When you’re full, kids can play on the playground and everyone can walk the trails. Take a break for a sip from the artesian well and look for a variety of birds in the estuary.
  2. Memorial Park in Washburn – North on State Highway 13. Right on 6th Avenue East. Continue on to Park Road. This well-forested park sits on a bluff overlooking Lake Superior. One picnic shelter provides space for a large gathering. Take the steps down the bluff to dip your toes in the big lake.
  3. Cornucopia Beach in Cornucopia – From Washburn take County Highway C. Right on State Highway 13. Beach is on the left after the marina. A picnic shelter sits at one end of a small history museum and another one is situated near the artesian well on the other end of the beach. With perfect sand and a western view over Lake Superior, Cornucopia Beach is the perfect place for an evening picnic.
  4. Bayview Town Park north of Washburn – North on State Highway 13 (heading out of Washburn). Right on Bayview Park Road. The picnic shelter at Bayview is tucked into the trees. Down a short drive you’ll find the beach with a view of Madeline and Long Islands to the east and all of Chequamegon Bay to the south.
  5. Big Bay Town Park on Madeline Island – From Bayfield ride the Madeline Island Ferry to LaPointe on Madeline Island. Left on Airport/Big Bay Road. Right at Big Bay Town Park. If you’re looking for a day-long adventure, head to Big Bay with a large supply of food, sunscreen, and bug spray. Big Bay’s picnic shelter has a fireplace for cool nights. After meandering down a short trail, you cross a bridge overlooking a bog to the south and Lake Superior to the north. Rent a canoe or kayak to explore the area and then grab a picnic dinner on the beach.
  6. Long Lake Picnic Area west of Washburn – South on Highway 13 (heading out of Washburn). Right on Wannebo Road. Right on Forest Road 435. Left on Forest Road 1890. Sprinkled with picnic tables, the forest at Long Lake offers a great middle-of-nowhere feeling. Take a dip in the lake or hike the nature trail that circles it.
  7. Maslowski Beach in Ashland – West on U.S. Highway 2. Right on Beach Road. This beach park offers a picnic shelter, volleyball, a playground, and artesian water. Plus, the shallow waters at this beach are often warmer than the rest of Lake Superior.
  8. Thompson’s West End in Washburn – North on State Highway 13 (heading into Washburn). Right at 8th Avenue West. Right on West Loop Road. Play on the playground, fish off the pier, and then enjoy a picnic under the picnic shelter at this easily accessible park. Enjoy fresh artesian water, too.
  9. Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center west of Ashland – West on U.S. Highway 2 (heading out of Ashland). Right on County Highway G. Eat on the deck, take in the educational exhibits, and then climb the tower for a panoramic view of Chequamegon Bay and the surrounding countryside.
  10. East Dock Park on the waterfront in Bayfield – North on State Highway 13 (heading into Bayfield). Right on Manypenny Avenue. Right on South Third Street. Left on Wilson Avenue. Right on East Dock Road. Nestled along the docks on Bayfield’s waterfront, this park has an expansive wooden playground. Large trees shade the picnic tables and you can spend the afternoon watching the comings and goings of boats galore.