Fun Facts

Fun Facts About the Cable Area

Cable is home to the American Birkebeiner, the largest cross country ski race in North America. Each February over 10,000 skiers leave Cable on a 52 kilometer course through the forest to downtown Hayward.

The Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival, held each September utilizes the same trail as the American Birkebeiner, but the racers travel from Hayward to Cable! Over 4,500 mountain bike racers register to participate in what is now known as the most prestigious mountain bike race in the United States. A lucky 3,100 racers are selected through a lottery drawing to compete in the 40 mile race.

In 2015 the Cable Area hosted the International Paralympic Committee Nordic Skiing World Championships.
23 Countries compete over 11 days in the most prestigious competition on the planet.

In March 2014 the World Fat Bike Championships were held in Cable utilizing portions of the American Birkebeiner Trail. It was the largest fat bike race in the world.

The Cable Area is known as “Trail Town USA”; we offer miles upon miles of recreational trails for every sport!

-180 miles of ATV trails
-300 miles of biking trails
-1200 miles of snowmobiling trails
-240 miles of cross country ski trails
-280 miles of hiking trails
-110 miles of snowshoe trails

Many artists call our area home. They’ve moved here for the peaceful solitude of their surrounding; calling it “inspirational” as they create their work. Each summer the streets of Cable turn into an open air art gallery where artists display their original art work on banners hanging from the light poles. In the fall, some of our artists open their studios for a once a year special event called Blue Moon Art Tour attracting hundreds of visitors to the area

The towns of Cable, Drummond, Grand View and Namakagon cover 393.3 square miles.

The median age is 48 years young.

Town of Cable Population 825 (estimate)
Town of Drummond Population 540 (estimate)
Town of Grand View Population 480 (estimate)
Town of Namakagon Population 285 (estimate)

There are over 963 lakes, streams, and ricers in the Cable Area
Lake Owen was named the healthiest of Wisconsin’s 15,000 lakes and is one of the top5 clearest lakes in Wisconsin.
Lake Namakagon is one of only three trophy musky lakes in Wisconsin. 40 pound fish are regularly pulled from her waters.

Chequamegon Nicolet National Forests covers more than 1.5 million acres of Wisconsin’s Northwoods. The Chequamegon side of the forest covers about 858,400 acres in Ashland, Bayfield, Sawyer, Price, Taylor, and Vilas counties.

We take pride in the fact that the majority of our businesses are family owned and operated, 99% of the businesses in the Cable Area are privately owned!

Our local phone cooperative, Norvado, is currently in the process of providing fiber optic to most homes in Bayfield County, providing internet speed faster than most cities.

Bayfield County is the 2nd largest county in Wisconsin and we still don’t have a single stop light.
73% of the land in Bayfield County is held in public trust giving residents and visitors alike thousands of acres to explore.

Clam Lake is home to one of only two free range elk herds east of the Mississippi River.

Fun Facts of Wisconsin:

-Wisconsin is the Dairy Capital of the United States
-Wisconsin produces more milk than any other state
-WI snowmobile trails total 15,210 miles of signed & groomed snow highways
-WI has over 14,000 lakes & 7,446 streams and rivers
-State of WI is nicknamed the Badger State
-State Bird: Robin
-State Fish: Muskellunge
-State Animal: Badger
-State Insect: Honey Bee
-State Tree: Sugar Maple
-State Grain: Corn
-State Song: On Wisconsin
-State Dance: Polka
-State Flower: Wood Violet
-Motto: Forward – reflecting Wisconsin’s continuous drive to a be a national leader
-Origin of State Name: French “gathering of waters”
-State Symbol: Coat of Arms – represents diversity, wealth, & abundance of resources in Wisconsin
-WI is home of the nation’s largest music festival (Summerfest)
-Home of Harley Davidson Motorcycles


Famous Wisconsinites: Harry Houdini (famous magician), Douglas MacArthur (WWII & Korean War General), Frank Lloyd Wright (America’s most famous architect), William H. Rehnquist (Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court), Liberace (Pianist), Georgia O’Keeffe (Painter), Orson Welles (Actor & Producer), Chris Farley (Actor), Laura Ingalls Wilder (Author), Bob Uecker (Baseball Player/Announcer), Charles & John Ringling (Circus Entrepreneurs), Willem Dafoe (Actor), Gene Wilder (Actor), Seymour Roger Cray (Electrical Engineer & Developed Supercomputer)