Welcome to Ashland!

Ashland SignAshland, Lake Superior’s Hometown! Your destination for year-round recreation Visit Ashland in autumn and see the Garland City at its most stunning! The striking red, orange and gold of the turning leaves and the crisp, invigorating weather make this a perfect time to experience the northwoods.

Located near Mellen, just south of Ashland (but still in Ashland County), is Copper Falls State Park with its trees awash in bold autumn shades. Morgan Falls and Old Baldy (or St. Peter’s Dome) are gorgeous with vibrant hues during the autumn season. One can hike to the top of Old Baldy and see both Ashland and Bayfield counties in an overview of fantastic colors.

A drive right through the residential areas in Ashland can also be stunning as many oaks, maples and other trees become blazing torches of fiery aspect during the fall season. Check out Chapple Avenue on the west side of Ashland for scenic autumn neighborhood views.

Historic downtown Ashland is characterized by its extraordinary brownstone buildings. As you browse our many gift, clothing, sporting and specialty shops, take the time to view the distinct architectural styles displayed throughout the downtown business district, an eight-block area of which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The community’s pride in its rich history is evident in its 13 vibrant murals highlighting a particular aspect of Ashland’s colorful past, depicting subjects ranging from the city’s lumberjacks and military veterans to its railroads, storefronts and former massive ore dock. Since 2005, Ashland has been known as the “Historic Mural Capital of Wisconsin,” making the city a year-round public art destination.

copper falls St. Peter’s Dome in the Penokee Hills near Mellen Marathon Fishing

Follow the Mural Brick Road to Ashland County! From Butternut in the south to Madeline Island in the north, Ashland County’s over two dozen eye-catching murals dazzle visitors all year long. Beginning Sept. 1, 2014, and continuing through Nov. 30, 2014, the Ashland County Tourism Committee will hold a unique three-month contest called Follow the Mural Brick Road. Part trivia quiz – part treasure hunt, Follow the Mural Brick Road can be done on paper or using a smartphone. After filling in all of the correct answers, participants’ names will be entered in a drawing with six winners each receiving cash prizes of $500! To learn more, visit www.muralbrickroad.com.

Autumn is arguably the best time to be out fishing in the Ashland area. Cooler temperatures trigger all fish to bulk up for the coming winter. It also is spawning time for the Lake Superior salmon and brown trout. Stream-fishing the tributaries is a popular fall pastime with the opportunity to catch coho and Chinook salmon, as well as rainbow, lake and brown trout. Shallow-water fishing picks up, inland and on Lake Superior, as the water cools and fish are more active during the day. Fall is trophy time for muskies on the inland waters, and northern pike on Chequamegon Bay.

No matter the season, the community cordially welcomes visitors to enjoy and explore this shining jewel crowning the greatest of the Great Lakes, Ashland – Lake Superior’s Hometown. Click here to download the 2014 Ashland County Activity & Visitor Guide or here to have a Visitor Guide mailed to you.

(Photos on this website are provided by Monroe Photography.)

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