Spread Eagle, WI, Florence County, Northeastern Wisconsin

Located in Florence County, Northeastern Wisconsin

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.

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. 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.
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.

Food and Beverages:

ANNIE'S TRADING POST: Restaurant on Keyes Lake south of Florence, WI. Enjoy dining and your favorite beverage. Serving sandwiches, specialty soups, & salads for lunch, and a full menu for dinner including Pasta, Pizza, Steaks, Chicken, Pork, Seafood, plus Saturday night specials. Summer: Open daily 11am to 9pm. Labor Day to Spring: Tuesday and Wednesday:  (Closed for lunch) Open 4 pm to 9 pm. Thursday through Sunday: 11am to 9 pm. 5203 Keyes Lake Drive, Florence, WI. Phone: (715) 528-2170. Visit us on Facebook.

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CHUCKWAGON Bar & Grill Food & Beverages. Located in Spread Eagle, WI, 7 miles east of Florence on the north side of Highway US-2 at the intersection with Carpenter Road. 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. Phone: 715-696-6220. Snowmobile & ATV trail across the roas. Visit us on Facebook.
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Princeton Garden near Felch, Michigan offers outdoor dining during the summer and breakfast every weekend year round. Dine in a quiet setting under canopies in a lovely garden with soft music in the background. Outdoor Dining is open Wednesday and Thursday from 11am to 2pm and Friday and Saturday from 11am to 8pm. Breakfast is served in the Farmhouse on Saturday and Sunday from 7 am to 2 pm year round. Princeton Garden is located only 22 miles north of Iron Mountain, Michigan with driving directions on their website. N7478 Harders Road, Felch, MI 49831. Phone: 906-246-3568 or 906-221-7829

Smoklers BBQ & Catering Experience the taste of authentic, wood-smoked barbecue at Smokler's BBQ & Catering. Whether you're craving pulled pork, brisket, chicken, or ribs, our barbecue restaurant in Iron Mountain, MI, is sure to satisfy any appetite. Everything on our menu is made fresh daily - nothing is premade! We take pride in providing top-notch service, whether we are serving you through our drive-up window or catering for your big event. Come experience the delectable barbecue at Smokler's BBQ & Catering!

Attractions, Businesses, and Recreation

IRON MOUNTAIN IRON MINE and ROCK/GIFT SHOP Guided tour of the old Iron Mountain Iron Mine where iron ore was mined from 1870 until 1945. Ride the train 2600' through lighted ancient rock formations followed by a short walk to the large underground cavern created by years of mining.  Large Gift/ Rock Shop open daily.  Mining Museum. Late May through mid-October. Located 9 miles east of Iron Mountain at W4852 Hwy US 2, Vulcan, MI. Watch for Big John, a 40’ miner welcoming you.  Phone: (906) 563-8077

IRON MOUNTAIN POWERSPORTS/RIDE NORTH is a full service dealer offering sales, certified service, and parts. Sales of boats, pontoons, motors, ATV's, UTV's, snowmobiles, and motorcycles. Open Tuesday through Saturday. Iron Mountain Powersports, 1804 N Stephenson Ave, Iron Mountain, MI 49801. Phone: 906-779-1720.

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 with Northwoods Adventures in Norway, 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, W5758 Old Piers Gorge Road (off of Highway 8) Norway, MI 49870. 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. Shows from mid-June through Labor Day weekend. Night Show. Watch awesome skiing and amazing jumping. The Badwater Ski-Ters are the 2015 State of Wisconsin Division 2 Show Ski Champions! The Badwater Ski-Ters Jump Team has been very successful in national competition and are the2003, 2009, and 2015, and 2016 National Show Jumping Champions. Please check our schedule for exact times and dates. Always Fun! Always Free!

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.

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.

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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Top Photo: "Sunset over Middle Lake" by David Martin
"Deloria Ladies" provided by Mary Deloria

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