Do you feel like summer is slipping through your fingers and you haven’t had the chance to enjoy it? Don’t worry, there’s still plenty of fun left in August! Here are some ideas to “stay-cation” in Washburn County this month. Trust us; you’ll be glad you didn’t leave your own “back yard” if you head off to enjoy a few things on this list. 

August 18 & 19 - Family Bike Scavenger Hunt: Enjoy a family bike ride around Spooner’s many parks as you search for the Scavenger Hunt clues. Complete your returned map by Monday to be entered for family prize drawings!

August 21 - Great American Solar Eclipse Viewing Party: Everyone is invited to the band shell at the Shell Lake Park to watch the eclipse during the period of most coverage of the sun, 12:30pm-1:30pm. There will be eclipse information, kids’ activities, and free solar viewing glasses at the event.

August 22 - Acrylic Painting Class: Head to the Minong Center to create your very own masterpiece with step-by-step instructions from Tracy Elkins. Instructions and materials are provided for $10 per person. 

August 25 - Music at the Shed: Truegrass: Enjoy a concert at the Potter’s Shed great outdoor venue. The Shed is family friendly, so bring the kids and your own chairs, if you choose. Doors open at 6 p.m.; Music starts at 7 p.m. Truegrass is a new band in the old style, covering material by the classic bands of old with reverence, but also adapting modern material and originals to the bluegrass idiom. 

August 26 - Upper Great Lakes Regional Canoe Assembly: As part of the Upper Great Lakes Regional Canoe Assembly, there will be a display of wooden canoes and boats at the Shell Lake Memorial Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition, there will be dry-land workshops, on-water demos, and at 7:30 p.m., a parade of canoes.

August 29 - Mosaic Stepping Stones: Head to the Minong Center to create your own colorful mosaic stepping stones. Prices vary from $25-$45. All ages are welcome.

September 1 - Stone Lake Lions Fish Fry: Come out for a great Wisconsin tradition, the famous Wisconsin Fish Fry! Head to the Stone Lake Lions Hall for all you can eat fish, baked beans, coleslaw, dinner roll, milk, coffee and dessert.

September 1 & 2 - Shell Lake Town & Country Days: Celebrate Labor Day weekend in Shell Lake with street dances, tractor & truck pull, parade, sailboat regatta, fly-in breakfast and much more.

September 1 - Long Lake Golf Tournament: Head to Butternut Hills Golf Course for a fun day of golfing. Registration is at 11 a.m. with shotgun start at noon. Afterwards, head to the clubhouse for dinner, awards, raffles & prizes. 

Keep in mind; this is just a sampling of some of the fun things going on yet this summer. In addition to all the great events, some other ideas for you are to go horseback riding, take a train ride, hunt for Spooner’s Fairy Doors, take a hike on one of the many great trails or set up camp at one of the area campgrounds. For details on the above events or other fun things to do, visit

[Photo courtesy: Washburn County Tourism]

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