About the Area

About the Area

About the Mercer Wisconsin Area

Today, Mercer, Wisconsin is known for the natural beauty of its surroundings.  Offering quiet, tension-free lifestyles for all ages.  It has an excellent school system, a new library and renovated community building, legal and medical facilities and a strong retail base.  The current population is 1,732 as of 2000 census.

Mercer, Wisconsin is in the heart of a vast, open country.  No other area in Wisconsin provides more authentic wilderness, or greater abundance of virgin vacation land, than the lake area of Mercer, Wisconsin.

Much of Wisconsin has been invaded by traffic and tourists, but this area remains unspoiled.  It offers you a clean, fresh world, renewed with every change of season, here at the top of the state.  Each year brings more Mercer history, we hope you will enjoy sharing a little of our town’s past and present.  We can provide all the conveniences so necessary to a successful family vacation.

Come visit Mercer, Wisconsin, the ‘Loon Capital’ in the Heart of the Northwoods! A great place to live and play!

  • Over 200 lakes in a 20 mile radius
  • Over 125,000 acres of clean waters teeming with game fish
  • Nearly 300 miles of trout streams
  • Includes world famous Turtle-Flambeau Flowage, home of bass, trout, walleye, northern, crappies, perch, scrappy bluegills and explosive musky
  • 377,900 acres of forest land
  • Sand Beaches, cool forests, sun-filled days and brisk nights
  • Boating, swimming, hiking, cycling, water skiing, nature study, hunting, ice fishing, archery, golfing, and loon watching
  • You’ll find it all in Mercer, Wisconsin and all set in the natural beauty and serenity of the True Northwoods


Mercer, Wisconsin; c. 1981.  How much does a 16 foot loon weigh?  The Mercer Loon, which made its debut on May 22, 1981, weighs approximately 2000 pounds.  It was erected at the location of the new Mercer Chamber of Commerce building to emphasize Mercer, Wisconsin’s  claim as the ‘Loon Capital’.


  • New Library and Renovated Community Center   Carrow Tourist Park on County J – Offers Swimming, Boating, Picnicking & Tennis                                                                                                                     
  • Walleye Run Early in May at Lake of the Falls County Park
  • Canoe/Kayak Trails with State Mapped Routes including Turtle River Chain
  • 456 miles of Groomed Snowmobile Trails
  • Loon Day Art and Craft Fair the First Wednesday of August
  • County Fair Last Weekend in August
  • Near Major  Downhill Skiing Hills
  • MECCA Trail System – Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing, Hiking, Biking
  • Approximately 200 miles of ATV & Mountain Biking Trails
  • 15 Waterfalls
  • 9-hole Golf Course 
  • Miniature Golf Course
  • Northwoods Public Shooting Range
  • World’s Largest Loon
  • Railroad Depot Museum, Caboose and Historical Society
  • Over 377,900 Acres of Forest Land for Hunting & Recreation
  • Miles of Undeveloped State-owned Shoreline Bird and Wildlife Watching


About The Hurley, Wisconsin Area

In the old days Hurley, Wisconsin was a place where only the rough and tough could survive.  During the logging, trapping and mining days Hurley, Wisconsin was hustling and bustling, the town was like a Las Vegas of the time.  Hurley, Wisconsin was full of gangsters and action in the 1940’s as well with just as much excitement occuring daily.  Today, Hurley, Wisconsin isn’t quite as rough as back in the day, but there is plenty to do during the day and the nightlife is also still fun and exciting.  Hurley maintains the motto “Hurley, Wisconsin; “Where 51 Ends and the Fun Begins”.

Many visitors come to Hurley, Wisconsin to enjoy the miles and miles of fantastic snowmobile/ATV trails, to enjoy the area ski hills, area waterfalls and much more.  Hurley, Wisconsin hosts the world’s largest ATV parade annually.  The Hurley, Wisconsin area offers three golf courses; two 18 hole courses and one 9 hole course.  This area is truly a golfer’s paradise.  There are plenty of places to rest your head or grab a bite to eat.  The hospitality the area has to offer is unmatched, with locally owned and operated restaurants that can’t be beat and also plenty of friendly motels and historic Bed and Breakfast’s.

Winter brings tons of snow to the area!  Hurley, Wisconsin boasts they have snow when no one else does, that’s part of the bonus of being in the “snow belt” the area has no shortage of fun in the snow, that’s a sure thing!  Hurley is consistantly rated by Snogoer Magazine as number one for nightlife.  This little city offers people the chance to get out for a fun day on the hills, trails, waterways or the back nine and then at night hit the town for a great night of fun!  What more could anyone want?

Wisconsin’s oldest marathon began in 1969 in Hurley, Wisconsin and has continued every year since.  The Paavo Nurmi Marathon is held the second Saturday in August without fail.  The area marathon draws over 1,000 participants every year with some participants traveling from England to take part in this famous event.


About Iron County, Wisconsin

As you might guess Iron County is rich in iron, mining was one economic development that brought many settlers to the area.  The logging industry was also an important economic force to the county and remains so today.  Iron County is rich in history from the French-Canadian Fur Traders to the Logging Era this area is rooted in resources.  Today tourism has replaced mining and trapping and has become a major part of the county’s economy.  Visitors are drawn to the numerous waterfalls that are scattered throughout the area, there are over 50 to tour! 

Iron County is rich in water with over 154 lakes with public access and over 136 miles of trout streams to fish.  Iron County is also right on the shores of Lake Superior, Saxon Harbor is a popular destination for many to enjoy a day of picnicing or chartering a fishing boat.  Fishing is one of the areas most popular summer attractions, there are numerous fishing tournaments and plenty of lakes and waterways to cover.  Trophy Musky is a major draw to the area with famous fishing waters such as the Turtle Flambeau Flowage housing giants.  Don’t worry if summer is to busy of a time for you to enjoy fishing the winter months offer out of this world ice fishing.

Wildlife is another major draw to Iron County, whether you enjoy fishing, hunting or birding this area offers it all!  Iron County has many acres of public land that allows the public to enjoy the serenity of nature.  Some of the wildlife that one can take in include bear, eagles, deer, great blue heron, wolves, otter, osprey, loons along with numerous other species.  Fall color brings many people to the area as the fall color in northern Wisconsin can’t be beat!

Iron County also offers over 500 miles of well groomed snowmobile trails and receives an average snowfall of over 200 inches, making the area a number one destination for your winter recreation destination.  There are also numerous ski hills nearby to get out on those slopes and have a fun weekend of skiing and snowboarding as some of the hills have great snowboard parks.

No matter what your outdoor recreational intrests are Iron County can meet them, this is a place filled with friendly faces and lots of fun destinations!


About Gogebic County Michigan


Gogebic County is situated at the farthest western part of Michigan’s Upper Peninusla and boarders Wisconsin.  The word gogebic comes from the Chippewa word “agogebic” which means “a body of water hanging on high” and what a fitting name – Gogebic County has 315 named lakes including Lake Gogebic (which is the largest lake in the UP), numerous inland rivers with with over 35 waterfalls and many miles of shoreline on Lake Superior.


Gogebic County boomed with the discovery of Iron in 1871, small mining towns quickly popped up all over the county.  The mining era reached it’s peak around the 1920’s and as expected saw a change.  Slowly the mining slowed, mines started to close with the last mine closing in 1966.  Since then Gogebic County’s economic focus has changed to tourism as many people flock to Gogebic County to take in its natural beauty.  Recreationists come from all around to take part in all the outdoor activities that Gogebic County has to offer from the beautiful snowmobile trails to the great camping areas.

Copper Peak is a registered historic mining site and International Ski Floying Hill, the location of the world’s largest ski jump.  The observation deck, accessed by chairlift and elevator, provides the highest, unobstructed, 360 degree vista in the Midwest overlooking 2,500 square miles of the Western Lake Superior region.


  • 35 waterfalls
  • Beautiful beaches on Lake Superior
  • Lake Gogebic State Park
  • Black River Harbor
  • Cisco Chain of Lakes
  • Sylvania Wilderness Area
  • 954,000 acres of Ottawa National Forest including 27 campgrounds, access to scenic waterfalls and miles of hiking trails in the North Country National Scenic Recreation Trail

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