We have put together this list of shopping, attractions, and restaurants in the area to maximize your Stout's experience, on and off the island. You will also find information about rental options in the area for recreational vehicles like bikes, ATVs, and boats.
The Trails of Northwest Wisconsin
The area surrounding Red Cedar Lake has many trails (and rustic roads!) for the adventurous traveler to enjoy. Here is a list of a few of our favorites and links to more information about each one!
Tuscobia State Trail
The Tuscobia Trail is the main off road trail. Running for about 74 miles, it is well marked and easily accessible. ATV’s are available for rent (see below). See Tuscobia Trail for more information.
Ice Age National Scenic Trail
In addition, The Ice Age National Scenic Trail, a thousand-mile footpath entirely within Wisconsin is nearby to hike some of the state’s most beautiful natural areas. ATV’s are available for rent (see below). Visit Ice Age Trail for general information or the Day Hike section for information on our sections of the trail that are great for a day hike. Their website includes Google Maps directions to trail access points and a fantastic trail guide that you can download or is available for print in our office. We suggest the Hemlock Creek Segment, Northern Blue Hill Segment, or the Tuscobia Segment.
Directions to closest parking near Ice Age Trail:
Directions to Murphy Flowage Picnic Area/Parking for Hemlock Creek Section below:
Cedar Side Trail
The Cedar Side Trail runs alongside Red Cedar River for about 4 miles offer spectacular views and serene walking, jogging, or biking experiences. It starts near the Goodwill in Rice Lake and goes behind the UW-Barron County campus. Visit Cedar Side Trail for more information.
Chequamegon National Forest
The Chequamegon National Forest offers endless hours of trails. Bring your own bike or rentals are readily available. For more information about the Chequamegon Trail call 1-800-533-7454 or visit Chequamegon National Forest website for more info.
Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary
Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary is a nonprofit sanctuary dedicated to connecting people to the environment. Hunt Hill offers a wide variety of day programs and 10 miles of hiking trails, which are free of charge to the general public. Visit Hunt Hill Audobon Sanctuary website for more information.
More Nearby Bike Trails
Bike Riding options are aplenty in Barron County! More information can be found at Nearby Bike Trails or stop in the office for a map.
Rustic Road Drives
Love a pretty drive? Rustic Roads have been selected as the prettiest drives in the state. See the office for a map of the roads-less-traveled. Click here to visit the WI DOT website for more info.
Stout's Island Lodge does not rent motorized boats. However, we do recommend the following vendors for rental of motorized boats.
Arnie and Florence Evitch in Birchwood
Their pontoons can be picked up at the Barron County Park boat dock. The typical charge is $150/day. Price subject to change. Advance warning is appreciated. Our boat drops the guest off there and picks them up again from that spot.
Cell Ph. (preferred): 715-651-3925
Home Ph. 715-354-3263
Gathering Place Resort & Lodge
MBM Boat Rentals
Fishing boat: $150/day or $135/day or $125/day depending on boat. Prices subject to change. Boat is delivered to boat launch. Boat must be rented in advance. Our boat drops the guest off there and picks them up again from that spot.
Hayward Power Sports
Fishing boats, pontoons, ski boats, personal watercraft, and accessories available.
12305 W STATE ROAD 77
HAYWARD, WI 54843
Licensed fishing guide Steve Sedani has over 30 years' experience fishing the lakes of Barron & Washburn counties, where walleye, northern, and pan fish await. Contact Steve at 715-829-9477 (voice or text) to plan your adventure! Equipment provided.
Email:(he checks this every day)
Looking to go for a bike ride on one of the beautiful nearby trails? Look no further!
Grinder’s Bike Rentals in Rice Lake
Need a bike to use on one of the wonderful local trails? Grinder's can help!
Bikes: $25-$45 per day + delivery charge. Prices subject to change.
Delivered to the Stout’s boat landing.
Shopping and Attractions
Log Museum: The Log Museum holds a collection of logging memorabilia as well as a hand carved replica of a logging camp operation. The Morey house was originally built in 1901, and with many additions was finally completed in 1908. Howard Morey’s parents bought the house for $304.07. In 1924 Howard left Birchwood for Chicago to pursue his piloting career; three years later he began an airline shuttle service between Madison and Chicago. Over the next 40 years Howard Morey continued to make a significant difference in Wisconsin aviation, including training pilots for World War II. His home was donated to the Birchwood Historical Society in 1995. The home is undergoing restoration to return it to its original appearance and to preserve the memory of Howard Morey. Hours for both Museums are Memorial Day through Labor Day, Friday & Saturday 11:00am-3:00pm, or by appointment. ph. 715-354-7300. Admission is free.
Idlewild Outfitters: Their hope is to create an excellent “small” shopping experience with products that inspire an active and balanced lifestyle. Idle = Relax and Wild = Active; put the two together and we think it makes for a great balance not to mention a great weekend. You can check them out at: www.idlewildoutfitters.com.
Peter and Annie’s World Market: They offer a wide variety of items and whether it’s their many collectible items or their home decor or kitchen items, they probably have something for whoever is on your list. Also serving breakfast and lunch daily. To learn more, go to: peterandannies.com
Dancing Bird Art Studio: Representing over 60 area artists. Most of their products are handmade and each one is unique. Learn more about the studio at: www.dancingbirdartstudio.com/main.html.
Mainstream Boutique: For women’s fashion apparel, accessories, and jewelry all located in a cute stone building. cumberland.mainstreamboutique.com/.
Woodcarving Museum (Shell Lake): The largest collection of woodcarvings in the world created by one man includes 100 life-sized carvings and 400 miniatures. For more information visit www.roadsideamerica.com or call 715-468-7100.
Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame including a four story tall musky with a mouth open so wide you (and your family!) can have your picture taken in it! www.haywardlakes.com
Tremblay’s Sweet Shop: Who doesn’t like homemade fudge and barrels of candy? If you have a sweet tooth, Tremblay’s is heaven on earth. They have really great homemade taffy. You fill up a basket and pay based on weight. Check them out at: www.tremblaysweetshop.com.
The Book Shop: If you need to pick up a good book to enjoy the quiet evening on the lake, this is the place to go. They have all of the latest books and bestsellers. There is also a fairly large magazine section. You can learn more at: www.haywardbookshop.com.
Hookstone Winery: If you appreciate locally-made alcoholic beverages, visit the Hookstone Winery. Napa-Style winery with tasting room and gift shop. All wines made on premises with grapes from California. Check out their new gourmet olive oil and balsamic tasting bar with over 20 products bottled on-site. Oils are cold pressed, not infused for maximum freshness and purity. Call (715) 634-9463 for more info.
Towering Pines Miniature Golf: This putting greens boast challenges that taunt even the most seasoned golfer. You play among the towering Norway pines, floral gardens, rock waterfall, streams, ponds, and fountains. Lighting for night play. Check it out at: toweringpinesminigolf.com.
Wilderness Walk: This is a great place for kids. They have a wide variety of animals, mostly of the Northwood’s variety. Children are also able to pet and feed some of the animals. They also have other activities, such as mining for gold nuggets. Visit their website at: www.wildernesswalkhaywardwi.com.
You’ll find a variety of retail businesses in Rice Lake. It’s a shopping destination for the surrounding communities. From books to sporting goods, Rice Lake retailers offer a large variety so you’ll have no trouble finding what you are looking for. Shopping highlights include the Cedar Mall; which is home to Claire’s, JC Penny, Dunham’s Sports, Radio Shack, Zimmerman Jewelers, Glik’s, Herbergers, Sports Unlimited, and many more.
BOOK WORLD: An independent, this lovely bookstore offers an outstanding selection of reading material, toys, games, and more. www.bookworldstores.com
Miller’s Cheese House: A family owned and operated business for over 45 years, selling Wisconsin's finest cheese and sausage. Homemade fudge is made right in the store. The store also carries maple syrup, honey, jams, cheese spreads and souvenirs. More information can be found at www.millerscheesehouse.com
Primrose Parlor Antiques: The quaint two-story shop is a multi-dealer shop. We specialize in primitive pottery, red wind stoneware, fifties items, furniture, glassware, records, military items postcards, resource books and vintage books, magazines, vintage linens and collectibles. Visit their website at: www.primroseparlor.com.
Rosie Hart Gifts & Collectibles: Welcome to Rosie Hart Gifts & Collectibles! We have a wide and ever evolving selection of gourmet coffee, antiques, cabin decor, baskets, hostess gifts, etc. You can check them out on Facebook.
Time & Again Antique Mall (Chetek, WI): Time & Again Antique Mall is a multi-dealer shop with over 35 dealers offering a great variety of quality antiques, collectibles, gifts and crafts. Choose from jewelry, glassware, toys, coins, pottery, kitchenware, primitives, collector cards, old tools and advertising items, and much more! You can learn more at: www.chetekantiques.com.
Red Barn Theatre: Celebrating over 50 years of productions, the Red Barn Theatre is located just 10 minutes from the Island. To view their summer schedule visit www.redbardtheatre-ricelake.com.
Fireline Shooting Range: Northern Wisconsin's premier indoor gun store, gun range and firearms training center. Visit www.firelinestc.com for more information or call 715-434-4867.
Perlick Distillery: The Perlick Family purchased a small farm in the Northwoods of Wisconsin in 1920. Five generations have now had the pleasure of working and cultivating the uncompromising soils set amongst the backdrop of Wisconsin's picturesque forests, lakes, and streams. That same land and family now grow and distill the fine alcohols produced on the farm. Stop by the Distillery located at W5014 County Highway B Sarona, WI 54870 to sample our products, enjoy a cocktail, and purchase a bottle to take home and share with friends and family. Website: http://www.perlickdistillery.com/
Rusty Bucket Antiques: It is Spooner's newest antique store with an eclectic style of 'unique' furnishings which range from new to antique, custom and repurposed. For more information, visit: www.rustybucketantiques.com
Purple Pelican Art Gallery: The Purple Pelican Art Gallery is a fine American art and craft gallery. It also sells gifts, CDs, jewelry, wall art, pottery, and watches. To learn more, go to: www.purplepelicangallery.com
SPOONER TRAIN RIDES: Choose a Veazie Springs Sightseeing Excursion (45 minutes) or a Pizza Train (noon on Saturdays, 90 minutes and includes pizza!). If trains tickle your fancy, then you will love to spend a day at the Railroad Memories Museum. Located within the old Chicago & Northwestern Train Depot, the museum is full of artifacts and memorabilia from railway history. The depot, built in 1902, serviced passenger trains until 1961, and now hosts historic train rides on beautifully rebuilt train cars. The trains excursions from Spooner to Trego feature a variety of activities and themes including, Hobo Night, Tony’s Riverside Pizza Train, Family Picnic Trains, the Spooner Rodeo Train Robbery and more. Kids, whether big or small, are invited to have their picture taken with the train conductor on the station platform and with the train engineer in the front cab of the historic locomotive. Train rides run April through December. Call for special events and train schedule. Reservations are recommended for all train rides. Group rates available. Stop in the office or visit www.SpoonerTrainRide.com for more information. Ph. 715-635-2752 or 715-635-3325
River Excursions at Jack’s Canoe & Tube Rental: Looking for more of a challenge than a paddle around the island? Visit Jack's for a fun "off-island" excursion. Rent a kayak, canoe, or tube and make your way down the scenic Namakagon river. They will shuttle you up the river and you will end up back where you parked your car—convenient! Ph. 715-635-3300 Website: http://jackscanoerental.com/
Stout's Island Lodge Restaurant Onsite!
Right on the island with you! Call 715-354-3646 for reservations.
Visit our Dining page for more info!
BIRCH LAKES RESORT LODGE GRILL & TIKI BAR: Lakeside bar and grill featuring specialty burgers, chicken sandwiches and appetizers. A fun, relaxed family atmosphere with indoor and outdoor seating. The outdoor area features a tiki bar with many original drink recipes. Located on the corner of County Road F and Hwy 48 by road. They also have live music on Sundays. For more information, call 715-354-3880 or visit www.birchlakesresort.com.
PAUL’S PIZZA DEN: Best known for their pizzas, but they have other options, too. You can check out the menu at: paulspizzaden.com or call 715-354-7058
BIRCHWOOD CAFÉ: The coolest place for the hottest breakfast. "Almost World Famous Hash Browns". Breakfast served all day. Menu includes Sandwiches, Burgers, Salads, Fish Specials, Homemade Soups, Horseshoes, Hot Platters, Senior Menu, Tot Menu, Beer, Wine and Mimosas, Desserts and Appetizers. The Birchwood Cafe - where strangers, friends, families and employees meet to share a part of their day. "It's what’s cooking in Birchwood" Texas Mike and Apron Betsey look forward to your visit.
THE HUNGRY MINNOW: At The Hungry Minnow they strive to serve the freshest baked goods, soups, salads and sandwiches possible. You can browse a gift shop full of fun and unique items while you wait, or sit back and relax on the porch. For hours and more information call 715-354-3320 or visit their website: www.thehungryminnow.com
WOODLANDS AT TAGALONG: Come on in for drinks, or their famous Friday Fish Fry! If Friday does not work, try any one of the other nights for a steak, burger or anything else from their full menu. Casual dining & cocktails. Open for lunch & dinner. All-you-can-eat soup and salad bar!
ED’S PIT STOP: Ed's Pit Stop is a convenience store and gas station located ¼ miles East of Main Street (on the Tuscobia Trail) in Birchwood. One of our main attractions is our gourmet ice cream. They offer sundaes, shakes, floats and cones. Their waffle cones are homemade and can be hand dipped in chocolate and nuts if you so desire. We think it's "the best ice cream up north."
The 5 O’ Clock Club: With a beautiful view of Granite Lake, The 5 O' Clock Club offers great food and refreshments, set in a nautical atmosphere! The deck is lovely. Call 715-822-2924 for reservations (recommended). For the menu, visit their website at: www.the5oclock.com
Tower House: All about Italian in a lovely restored Victorian home this restaurant is located on the main drag. 888-446-1361 or visit www.cumberlandtowerhouse.com.
Angler’s Bar & Grill: Angler’s has excellent food. Everything is always really fresh and hot. We love the wings and chili dogs! They also have outdoor dining in the summer, as well as a small bowling alley. Check them out at: www.anglersbarandgrill.com or call 715-634-4700.
Angry Minnow Brewing Company: This microbrewery is located in a historic building on the edge of downtown Hayward. It offers casual dining with some outdoor seating. You can try out a selection of their beers with the sampler paddle. To find out more call 715-934-3055 or visit angryminnow.com.
Coop’s Pizza Parlor: If you are looking for pizza, try out Coop’s Pizza Parlor. They also have a buffet with soup and salad bar. View their menu at: www.coopspizza.com or call 715-634-3027.
West’s Hayward Dairy: If you need a cool treat for a hot day, West’s is the place to go. You can enjoy West's homemade waffle cones, mouthwatering malts and shakes, or take a half gallon of ice cream to go from their cooler or locally supplied store. Learn more at: westsdairy.com.
QUILLEN’S BIG BEAR (MIKANA-LEFT OUT OF PARKING LOT): Quillen's Big Bear Food and Spirits offers family dining with a Northwood’s touch. They have a complete children’s menu, exceptional BBQ Ribs, Friday Fish Fry and nightly dinner specials. To check out the menu, go to: www.quillensbigbear.com 715-234-2833.
Rice Lake offers a long list of restaurants to fit any travel budget. Partake in the local tradition of a Friday Night Fish Fry. Get a true stick-to-your-ribs breakfast at a local diner. Or, enjoy scenic surroundings as you enjoy a first-class gourmet dinner at one of Rice Lake’s fine dining establishments. There are a couple family-friendly chain restaurants like Adventures, Applebees, Perkins, and Norske Nook.
Casa Mexicana: The closest thing to Mexican food in the area with chips and salsa, cheese sauce, fajitas, and enchiladas. 715-736-1184
Lehman’s Supper Club & Cocktail Lounge: Lehman’s Supper Club is a fourth generation, family run, full service restaurant in entering with 75 years of business under their belt. They feature hand cut steaks, seafood, ribs, and pasta. There is music on the grass every Wednesday. It is closed on Mondays. To view the menu and learn more, visit: www.lehmanssupperclub.net or call 715-234-9911
Tokyo Japanese Restaurant: Tokyo offers a wide array of authentic Japanese Food, such as Shrimp Tempura, Hibachi Chicken & New York Steak, California Roll, Yaki Soba, Bento Dinner, & etc. Visit their website at tokyoricelake.com or call 715-719-0389
Adventures Restaurant & Pub: Adventures Restaurant & Pub is a family owned and features a menu full of local flair and flavor. All of our locations feature casual dining in a Northwoods inspired atmosphere, a fully stocked bar, and our friendly team ready to meet your dining needs! Life's an Adventure... Eat it Up! Visit adventuresrestaurants.com or call 715-434-4040 for more information.
Reel‘Em Inn: Just 10 minutes from Stout’s and overlooking beautiful Long Lake their menu is large and varied. You’re sure to find something for everyone. To view the menu, go to: thereeleminn.com Ph: 715-354-3700
Prop’s on long lake: Prop’s Sports Bar & Grill is located on the south shore of Long Lake. With great deck dining and an extensive menu, it’s a hit with everyone. To view the menu, go to: www.propsonlonglake.com Ph. 715-354-3515
Spooner Market & Grill: Enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Spooner Market & Grill in Spooner, Wisconsin is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers a wide variety of wholesome and mouth-watering dishes. To view the menu, go to: www.spoonermarketandgrill.com Ph. 715-635-6833