|CHAIN OF LAKES | MUSKY FISHING | MUSEUMS WATERSKI SHOWS ICE AGE CENTER OTHER|
|Tourism has been a major industry in Chetek for more than five generations, and for good reason. In addition to the unparalleled beauty of the Chetek Chain of Lakes and the many recreational opportunities it provides, you'll find a wealth of activities and attractions to entertain young and old alike, whatever the season or weather.|
|THE BIG SIX CHAIN OF LAKES|
Chetek, the City of Lakes, is located in northwestern Wisconsin on the Big Six Chain of Lakes. These six lakes - Chetek, Prairie, Pokegama, Moose Ear, Ten Mile and Ojaski - cover 3,800 surface acres with the smallest, Moose Ear Lake, covering 33.6 surface acres. Lake Chetek, which appears to be the largest, covers just 683 surface acres, while Prairie Lake has 1,545 surface acres. Lake Chetek is the deepest lake, with a maximum depth of 22 feet.
The fish population in these lakes includes Northern Pike, Walleye, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Bluegills, Black Crappies, Pumpkinseeds, Perch, Bullheads, Rock Bass and White Suckers. Several hundred of these fish have been marked with $25, $50, $100 and $500 tags for Chetek's popular Fish-O-Rama program, which is now in its 12th year. This unique program provides cash rewards for those lucky enough to haul in one of these tagged fish.
MOOSE EAR LAKE
TEN MILE LAKE
|LOOKING FOR MUSKYS? TRY POTATO LAKE|
For those looking for the side-trip that can produce a real "wallhanger" type fish, a jaunt down the road to Potato Lake just might be the ticket. The lake itself is close to Chetek - just a dozen or so miles east on County Trunk D, located in the southwestern part of Rusk County. While the lake isn't an actual part of the Chetek Chain of Lakes, some of the resorts on the lake maintain memberships in the Chetek Resort Owners Association.
Potato Lake's musky fishing can only be called "top notch." Extensive state stocking along with good natural reproduction have produced above average numbers of legal sized fish. Muskies in the 40 to 50 inch range are caught each year.
|CHETEK HYDROFLITES WATER SKI SHOW TEAM|
The Chetek Hydroflites Water Ski Show Team has been performing over 20 years on Lake Chetek. The team is made up of 85 skiing and nonskiing members.
The Hydroflites perform their weekly shows from their ski site on Lakeview Drive (one mile east of downtown Chetek). - Waterski shows- (time changes) Performances are held Thursdays (preshow 6 p.m. and themed show 7 p.m.) and Sundays (preshow 5 p.m. and themed show 6 p.m.)
The Ski Team has a fleet of powerful ski boats - one Ski Nautique, a Hydrodyne twin rig powered by two 150 hp Mercury motors, and a single Hydrodyne with a 150 hp Mercury motor.
Among the acts the skiers perform at the shows are pyramids, shoe and trick skiing, swivel skiing, barefoot acts, prefabricated pyramids, jump acts and 360 turn around the boat to name just a few. Members of the ski team perform without pay, and admission to all shows is free.
Throughout the summer, the ski team offer Learn to Ski sessions in which for a nominal fee, they will work with participants to teach them the basics about waterskiing. Generally by the end of the session, all participants are able to waterski a short distance. For dates and times, watch The Chetek Alert or ask a team member at a waterski show.
An offering is taken during the shows. Bleachers are available for seating at the shows, but those attending are also welcome to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Ample parking is available across the road from the show site. There are a limited number of handicap parking spaces available in the boat landing parking lot for those who need them.
For Show Dates Follow This Link To Their Web Site & Click on Schedule
|Chetek Museum-Pioneer Village Museum|
Chetek Museum-The Chetek Museum is located on Knapp Street. The museum
houses a large collection of items from Chetek's history. It is operated
The Pioneer Village Museum The Pioneer Village Museum in Cameron celebrates its 46th year this year. It is located 1 1/2 miles west of Cameron, WI on County W (Museum Road). It has been described as one of the best-kept secrets of Barron County. It evolved as a project of the Barron County Historical Society. At that time a group of ladies from all parts of Barron County felt the need to preserve, advance, and disseminate knowledge of the history of Barron County. In March of 1960, after much research, with 23 members present, the by-laws were approved, the articles of incorporation were signed, and their work had begun.
In September 1961, a committee was appointed to look into the possibilities for a place to establish a museum. The school districts of Barron, Cameron, and Rice Lake offered to donate the Joliet School to the historical society. Through the efforts of Ralph Hill, County Clerk, and the County Board, the Joliet School was moved in 1964 to the Barron County Game Farm site, then a pheasant-raising operation. This site eventually became the permanent home of the Pioneer Village Museum. With the school in place, other donations soon followed and a pole building was constructed to house the growing number of articles.
Other buildings also began to appear on the site. In October 1967, the A.P. Hedin log house arrived. John David Hedin, then living in the East, drew the floor plan of the house showing where the furniture, door, and stariways were located. He also described the kind of furniture they had. So now the furniture from the crude handmade kitchen table, wash stand, and bunk beds upstaris, are as the Hedin family experienced it.
The Ebenezer Lutheran Church, which was located north of Poskin on the Rabbit Trail Road, was donated to the Society by its congregation. A fund drive was organized, and in March 1972, the church was moved to the museum grounds.
After much consideration, the board elected to expand the museum, and the concept of a pioneer street evolved. Then the search was on for older-type buildings that would be suitable for the museum. Over the space of the next few years, the dentist office, the log farmstead buildings, Soo Line depot, barbershop, general store, old sandstone-block jail, post office, doctor's office, meeting house, and other buildings appeared on main street of Pioneer Village.
Pioneer Street would not have been a reality without the generouse donations from many organizations and private individuals and the willing hands and hearts of the many volunteers. Their help played a part in other additions to the museum as well. Jerome Hall was a huge undertaking, taking two years to complete. This exhibition hall houses 40 large humidity-controlled showcases designed to preserve cloth, paper, parchment, and leather and contains hundreds of artifiacts from the past.
The Pioneer Village today consists of 40 buildings, some historic, and others for display, along with ample rest areas, modern rest-room facilites, an entertainment pavilion, plus a gift shop filled with numerous items, including hand-loomed rugs. The educational school tour program, established by the Historical Society, attracts 1600-1700 students and teachers each year. Several other groups arrange special tours as well. The beautiful Ebenezer Lutheran Church has hosted many wedding ceremonies over the years. The library has become a wonderful source for studying local history and researching genealogy.
The museum is now open Thursday-Sunday from 1-5 p.m. every week from June 1 through September 3 with a schedule of special events such as a Voyageurs Encampment, Bluegrass Festival, 50's days, and the very popular Heritage Days. General admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. Children under 5 are admitted free. Groups of 25 or more are charged $5 per person.
|Chippewa Moraine Ice Age Visitor Center|
Chippewa Moraine Ice Age Visitor Center The Chippewa Moraine segment of the Ice Age National Scientific Reserve Includes 23 miles of well-marked trails. Begin your visit at the Interpretive Center where you are encouraged to experience hands-on activities.
Along with nature, natural history, and cultural displays, the Center's glacial displays well help you understand the area's geological history. You can also select one of the may interesting films offered for you viewing. Nature activity books are available for a small charge for the younger visitors.
|OTHER ATTRACTIONS, ACTIVITIES & EVENTS|
For additional attractions, activities and events, please see our Calendar of Events and Visitor Information pages.
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Chetek, Wisconsin 54728
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Chetek, WI 54728