The world's largest body of fresh water, Lake Superior, boasts clarity that surpasses the other Great Lakes. The city of Superior's St. Louis Bay is an international port connected by the St. Lawrence Seaway to the Atlantic. Bayfield, attractive to small-town visitors, is the jumping-off point to Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, comprising 22 islands. Madeline Island is home to the Madeline Island Museum and Big Bay State Park. Fishing is king at the Chequamegon Bay communities of Washburn and Ashland. Washburn offers trout streams, beaches, a marina and campgrounds. Ashland's city hall is a striking brownstone edifice listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Thousands of lakes, numerous waterfalls and piney forests characterize the Northwoods area. Snowmobiling is a major sport in the northwoods. St. Germain is home to the Snowmobile Racing Hall of Fame, and offers a winery tour. On the Kinnikinnic River, the town of River Falls features a historic downtown district that strollers can enjoy with a brochure. Rice Lake, an outdoor enthusiasts draw, also boasts nearby Pioneer Village Museum, a logging era re-creation. Hayward, a former lumber town, hosts the summertime Lumberjack World Championships. Tomahawk boasts a record trophy bear and is the urban gateway to the Northwoods. Merrill is home to the Lincoln County Courthouse and its historical exhibits. The town of Lac Du Flambeau lies at the center of the Ojibwe Reservation of the same name, noted for its heritage and good fishing.