The Cable Area is located in the heart of the 858,400 acre Chequamegon (pronounced “sha-wom again”!) National Forest. You’ll fall in love with this pristine environment that is home to an abundance of wildlife, clean air, and an unhurried pace of life that will captivate you. Here you can view the clear brilliant blue skies of day and the spectacular sunsets and the millions of stars illuminating the nights. The entire forest is open to the public for four seasons of adventure and exploration. County maps are available at the Chamber of Commerce which shows the National Forest land.


When the snow flies, the Cable Area turns into a winter play land. Visitors can experience snowshoeing, ice fishing, snowmobiling, and cross country skiing all in the same day without ever having to leave the area.

Our multiple cross country ski trail heads offer over 150 kilometers of groomed and marked trails, ranging from family oriented to athletically challenging. Snowshoe trails are commonly found at the same trail head as the cross country ski trails, but with a map and compass in hand, you can explore the National Forest on snowshoes! When the lakes are covered in a blanket of ice, fishing becomes fast and furious. Pick any area lake to drop a line and set up camp for the day! Snowmobiling offers 1,200 miles of interconnecting trail systems, making it one of the largest trail systems in the U.S. Un-crowded trails and the solitude of the Chequamegon National Forest bring snowmobilers back again and again to the Cable Area. Our trails give any snowmobiler an exhilarating outdoor experience.

Trail maps and cross country ski trail passes are available at the Chamber of Commerce.


Spring brings a feeling of renewal as the trees of the great forest begin to show their dress of green. Flowers peek through the warming earth and wildlife appear in the sun-filtered woods. Now’s the perfect time to take advantage of our hiking and mountain biking trails, canoeing down the Namakagon & White Rivers, or camping in the Chequamegon National Forest. Fishing season begins in earnest, our beautiful area golf courses are ready for play, plus there is lots of great shopping, restaurants and other area attractions.


Summer’s months blossom into a wide range of landscape and recreational activity. Fishing for all ages is enjoyed by many, as well as water activities on thousands of acres of lakes, rivers, and streams. There are hundreds of miles of nature trails for hiking and on/off road biking; plus many area campgrounds, public boat landings, places to canoe, and ATV.


There’s just something about Chequamegon National Forest when you witness Mother Nature’s stunning display of autumn colors! Whether you’re driving, hiking, or mountain biking, you will experience a paradise of the most spectacular array of colors imaginable on the fall color tours. The Great Divide Scenic Byway, a striking 29-mile route that takes motorists through the National Forest, viewing the magnificent colors, wildlife and breathtaking nature that our area is known for. We guarantee you will want to do more than just look! There is also public hunting in the National Forest for small game, deer, and bear. Don’t forget about the excellent fishing on area lakes and rivers in the forest!