Exploring
Spread Eagle, WI

Florence County

in
Northeastern Wisconsin

Food and Lodging
Rental Cabins and Cottages, Vacation Homes, Businesses, Art Shows, Water Ski Shows,
and things to see and do while you are visiting Spread Eagle, Wisconsin

The community of Spread Eagle, WI is located on Highway US-2. 5 miles west of Iron Mountain and 6 miles east of Florence in northeastern Wisconsin. The beautiful lakes, rivers, and woodlands have attracted many people who have chosen to live here, vacation, or have summer homes and cottages.

July 13, 2013: Badwater Bash and Bass Fishing Tournament at Vagabond Park. Free Admission. Fun for the whole family. Activities include the Fire Department's Water Canon, Minnow Racing, dunk tank, plus much more. Fish and Chips served from 3 pm on. Badwater Ski-ters Water Ski Show at 5pm Music by the band Oz starts at 6 pm .Fishing Tourney: $50 per boat. Call 755-528-5377 to register

Lodging on the Michigan side of the Menominee River. The border between Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

DUVALS LAKESIDE RESORT on the Menominee River, N4849 Harding Park Road, Iron Mountain, MI 49801. 906-774-1689. Housekeeping cabins on the Menominee River a few miles north of Iron Mountain. 1, 2 and 3 bedroom cottages, pleasant front rooms, modern bathrooms, finest kitchens with electric stoves, large refrigerators, cooking utensils and dishes furnished. Cable TV, 2 to 8 people per unit. Sand bottomed beach for swimming. Picnic table and grill near each cottage.
 
EDGEWATER RESORT COUNTRY LOG CABINS N4128 North U.S. 2, Iron Mountain, Michigan 49801.Phone (906) 774-6244 or 800-236-6244. 4 miles east of Spread Eagle on the Michigan side of the bridge over US-2. Nine fully equipped housekeeping log cabins on the Menominee River, 3 miles west of Iron Mountain, Michigan. Cable TV, outside barbecue and your own boat and dock slip. Relax and watch the deer coming down to the waters edge to drink.
 
Camping:
KEYES LAKE CAMPGROUND and Mini-Golf. Camping with Modern Facilities, Beautiful Wooded Sites, & 18 Hole Pro Mini Golf. We have 33 sites and 2 Sleeping Cabins, a camp store and WI-FI. The Mini Golf is the largest course in the area. The course runs around two ponds and crosses over flowing streams. Located 3 ½ miles south of Florence on Highway 101. You and your family are invited to enjoy a quiet memorable vacation at Keyes Lake Campground & Mini Golf, N4018 Highway 101, Florence, WI 54121. Phone: 715-528-4907 or 1-800-264-8071
 
NICOLET NATIONAL FOREST in Florence County. Rustic campgrounds at the Brule River, Lost Lake, Morgan Lake, Chipmunk Rapids, Stevens Lake, and backcountry camping in the Whisker Lake Wilderness. Phone: 715-528-4464 for additional information.
 
SUMMER BREEZE Campground, 4 miles north of Iron Mountain in the central Upper Peninsula Phone: 906-774-7701. Heated swimming pool. 70 shady sites including full hook-ups, electric and water campsites, and tent sites. Dump station, hot showers, camp store, playground, and laundry room. Wireless internet access and dial-up. Open May 1st through October 15th. W8576 Twin Falls Road, Iron Mountain, MI 49801. Pets welcome.
 
Food and Beverages:
CHUCKWAGON Bar & Grill for food & beverages. Open daily at 11 am serving a wide variety of sandwiches, homemade soup, chili, your favorite beverages, and a delicious Fish Fry on Friday. Bring the family . Take out available. On the north side of Highway US-2 at the intersection of Carpenter Road in Spread Eagle, WI. Phone: 715-696-6220. Snowmobile & ATV trail across the road with easy access. 

Attractions, Businesses, and Recreation

DOWNTOWN SEW & VAC carries Lindhaus, Simplicity, and Sebo vacuum cleaners; the Big Green Egg cooker & accessories; Simplicity sewing machines, thread, and notions; air purifiers; heaters; plus many other products to make your life easier. Stop by and check out our products for your home. Downtown Sew & Vac, 
224 E. Hughitt Street,
Iron Mountain, MI 49801. 
Phone: 906-774-8931

IRON MOUNTAIN POWERSPORTS is a full service dealer offering sales, certified service, parts, and rental machines in the central Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Sales of boats, pontoons, motors, ATV's, UTV's, snowmobiles, and motorcycles. Large rental fleet of boats, ATV's, and snowmobiles. Delivery available. Open Tuesday through Saturday. Iron Mountain Powersports, 1804 N Stephenson Ave, Iron Mountain, MI 49801. Phone: 906-779-1771.

Mountain Bike, River Tubes, and Kayak Rentals at WILD RIVERS ADVENTURE COMPANY in Florence, WI. rentals of Hurricane Kayaks and Trek Mountain bikes for enjoying the back roads, trails, lakes, and rivers in northeastern Wisconsin with delivery available. Half day to weekly rentals. Bike rentals include helmet and lock. Kayak rentals include a life vest and paddle. Car carriers available. River Tubes for a fun day floating down a nearby rivers. Located on Highway US-2 in downtown Florence. Open Friday through Monday from 10 am to 5 pm. Call for weekday rentals. 209 Central Avenue, Florence, WI 54121 Phone: 715-952-8027

PAINTING CONTRACTOR Randy Duval Painting & Decorating. Over 35 years of service in the area. See Randy for all your painting and decorating needs. Wallpaper, Refurbrishing Paneling, Woodgraining on Metal Doors, Deck Maintanence, Window Trim and Sills, Cabinets, Staining, Color Varnishing, & Power Washing. Licensed & Insured. Duval Painting, N-4849 Harding Park Drive, Iron Mountain, MI 49801. Phone: 906-774-2812

RAFTING at Piers Gorge and Horserace Rapids with Northwoods Adventures in Iron Mountain, Michigan. Located at the corner of M-95 & US-2 on the north side of Iron Mountain, Northwoods Adventures offers several rafting trips daily. Experienced rafting guides. All equipment provided. Call to schedule a thrilling ride down these exciting rapids. Northwoods Adventures Rafting Outfitter, N4017 US Highway 2, Iron Mountain, MI 40901. Phone: 906-563-5450

 

Things to See and Do in Spread Eagle Wisconsin

BADWATER SKI-TERS Water Ski Show,Vagabond Park, Menominee River, Spread Eagle, Wisconsin, 5 miles from Iron Mountain, Michigan. 2012 Shows from mid-June through Labor Day weekend. Two Late Night Shows. Watch awesome skiing and amazing jumping. The Badwater Ski-Ters Jump Team has been very successful in national competition and are the 2009 National Show Jumping Champions. Please check our schedule for exact times and dates. Always Fun! Always Free!

BEARS DEN, MINI-GOLF and GO-KARTS, Highway US 2, Spread Eagle, Wisconsin 54121. (715) 696-6166. Just 4 miles north west of Iron Mountain, MI, 1/2 miles north of the bridge over the Menominee River (State Line).

NICOLET NATIONAL FOREST in northeastern Wisconsin, just 10 miles west of Spread Eagle. Four seasons of recreation may be enjoyed in the Nicolet - hiking, camping, biking, fishing, swimming, canoeing, bird watching, berry picking, hunting, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. The Nicolet contains Whisker Lake Wilderness, over 7,500 acres of remote dedicated wilderness with walk in camping, fishing and canoeing. The Nicolet is not heavily used and offers a real opportunity to "get away from it all". Enjoy this true wilderness experience for those who love the outdoors. Phone: 715-528-4464.

SPREAD EAGLE ART SHOW "Art in the Woods", 38th Annual Show, Spread Eagle, WI, 7 miles from Iron Mountain, MI. Sunday, July 22, 2012 from 9 am to 3 pm, at the Chuckwagon on US-2 in Spread Eagle, Wisconsin.

Recreational Opportunities

Florence County offers hundreds of acres of public land for hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, off-roading, snowmobiling, downhill and cross country skiing, An amazing area for outdoor enthusiasts. Whitewater rafting at Piers Gorge just east of Niagara, WI.

FISHING: The lakes and streams near Spread Eagle and Florence County are just waiting for you to drop in your line and enjoy some great fishing, The boat launch for Badwater Lake on the Menominee River is just off US-2 on the Twin Falls Road. You can fish Badwater, a backwater of the Twin Falls Power Dam on the Menominee River, or head upstream on the Menominee River. The Pine River flows into the Menominee downriver from the power dam . . . boat launch south of the Lake Elwood Road or there is a launch south of Florence on Highway N. The Brule River is north of the town of Florence and separates Wisconsin from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Great fishing, canoeing and kayaking.

The Brule River
The Menominee River

GOLFING: There are several area courses open to the public that offer a challenge to those who enjoy playing golf.

SKIING: Keyes Peak Downhill Ski Area is located 4 miles south of Florence on Highway 101. Downhill skiing, snowboarding, and tubing with rental equipment available. Phone 715-528-3207. Pine Mountain Resort near Iron Mountain offers downhill skiing and snowbloarding with rentals available.

SNOWMOBILING: Trail runs along US-2 on the old Northwestern railroad tracks and connects to the Iron Mountain area via the railroad bridge over the Menominee River or west throughout Florence County and into the Upper Peninsula. Snowmobile rentals at Power Sports on the northside of Iron Mountain, MI

SPREAD EAGLE BARRENS NATURAL AREA. Just south of Lake Anna you will find one of the last areas in the state of Wisconsin that was never settled and remains undeveloped as it was many centuries ago. Rolling plains, grasslands, sweeping vistas, wild birds, butterflies, wildlife, and wildflowers dot the landscape and delicious blueberries are ready for picking during the summer.

WATERFALL TOUR: Florence County has several waterfalls located on state designated Wild Rivers, the Popple River and the Pine River. Both offer canoeing and kayaking with portage trails around the waterfalls. The Florence County Waterfalls are not easy to reach and are on backroads, sometimes impassible, so be cautious as you treck into the woods. All the waterfalls are accessible by land except Little Bull Falls that is located on private property and can only be viewed from a canoe or kayak.

  • LaSalle Falls, Meyers Falls, & Bull Falls are on the Pine River. LaSalle is the largest falls and it is about a hike of 1 mile over hills and hollows to find this exciting waterfall. Washburn Falls Jennings Falls, Little Bull Falls, and Big Bull Falls are on the Popple River
  • Directions and maps are available at the Wild Rivers Interpretive Center at the corner of US-2 & Highway 70/101 on the west entrance to the town of Florence. Tourist information, maps, and licenses. Phone 888-889-0049 
A Pileated Woodpecker stops by for lunch at a cottage along the Menominee River in Spread Eagle, Wisconsin.
Welcome Home Committee in the backyard.
A new resident takes a nap by the Menominee River.

 

~ Yesterday ~

Many years ago when the Northwestern Railroad extended their tracks west to the iron mines in Florence and Commonwealth, the train brought people from Iron Mountain to enjoy the beautiful lakes in the Spread Eagle area.

Private cottages and camps sprang up around the Spread Eagle Chain of Lakes, Lake Elwood, Spring Lake, Lake Anna, and Cosgrove Lake as well as along the Menominee River that separates Wisconsin from the Upper Peninsula.

Old postcard shows people enjoying a summer day in Spread Eagle, WI.


Ladies preparing to enjoy a boat ride
on the Spread Eagle Chain of Lakes.
Included are the Deloria girls from
Iron River, MI, Mae and Ruth.
Photograph taken August 15, 1912

Old postcard shows Chainey's Store, the boat landing, and waterslides on Railroad Lake in Spread Eagle.

The train from Iron Mounain stopped at the store for travelers visiting Spread Eagle.

Menominee river Iron Bridge, Twin Falls

The old iron bridge crossing the Menominee River is located just east of US-2 on Twin Falls Road in Spread Eagle near the boat launch and the Badwater Ski-Ters Waterski Show site. This was the original bridge for Highway US-2 from Iron Mountain, Michigan to Florence, Wisconsin. Foot traffic only. The bridge was 100 years old in 2012.

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