Town of Athestane, Marinette County

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If you’re looking for a place to enjoy nature away from crowds of people, the Town of Athelstane is just the place for you! With a total area of 107 square miles and a 2010 Census count of 504 people, the town had a population density of a mere 5 persons per square mile. Don’t let the low population mislead you – it’s because almost 41,600 acres, or 61% of the town, is public land!

A majority of the public land is Marinette County Forest Lands, which provide numerous locations to hunt for deer, grouse, turkey, waterfowl, and even bear. There are over 1,400 acres of state land within the Town of Athelstane too, dedicated as the Town Corner Wildlife Area, the Pike Wild River, and the Amberg Wildlife Area – all providing unique outdoor recreational activities.

Glen Lake - a great place to catch some panfish and enjoy the outdoors!
Glen Lake – a great place to catch some panfish and enjoy the outdoors!

The town has numerous lakes and streams. Five of the lakes have public access: Benson, Dolan, Duck, Glen, and Phillips. Glen Lake has an excellent panfish population, and also has northern pike and largemouth bass. It is a 49-acre lake with an average depth of 9 feet and a maximum depth of 22 feet. The other four lakes provide chances to catch panfish, pike, and bass as well, and also trout. If you don’t have any luck catching trout in one of the town’s lakes, you could try just about any stream within the town, as nearly everyone in it is either a Class 1 or 2 Trout Stream.

One of the scenic trails through the town’s forests.

The Town of Athelstane has a fairly extensive snowmobile and year-round ATV trail system. These trails provide scenic and thrilling rides through the forests. Trail Corridor #5 runs centrally through the town and can take all the way up to the Florence County trail system.

County Roads A & C and Benson Lake Road provide easy access to the most remote portions of the town. The unincorporated village of Athelstane lies conveniently at the intersection of County A and County C, and has most of the amenities you should need or want. The Town of Athelstane is bordered by the Towns of Dunbar and Goodman to the north, by the Towns of Amberg and Wausaukee to the east, and the Towns of Silver Cliff and Stephenson to the south and west.

Town of Beaver, Marinette County

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The Town of Beaver offers great outdoor recreational activities! Between its many rivers/creeks and lakes, there’s plenty of opportunities for anglers to catch almost every species of fish that Northeastern Wisconsin has to offer. Much of the town’s public lands are surrounded by farm fields and allow hunters chances at getting the trophy of a lifetime. And with three different ATV/snowmobile clubs maintaining trails within the town, there is a variety of trails to explore all-year long.

One of the more common species of fish found within the town are trout. The Town of Beaver has 7 Class 1 Trout Streams, 3 Class 2 Trout Streams, and 1 Class 3 Trout Stream within its borders. One of the Class 1 Trout Streams is the North Branch of Beaver Creek, which has over 1,100 acres of public lands along its shores, known as the North Branch Beaver Creek Fishery Area. Even 2 of the town’s lakes, Murphy and Bass, have been known to have trout in them.

Scenic Nelligan Lake - a great place to enjoy nature while catching panfish!
Scenic Nelligan Lake – a great place to enjoy nature while catching panfish!

Probably the most popular lake in the town, Left Foot Lake, has an abundance of panfish, plenty of largemouth bass, and even some northern pike and smallmouth bass. Gilas Lake is one of the largest in the town at 138 acres, and has decent northern pike, largemouth bass, and panfish populations. In addition to trout, Bass Lake (the one at the end of W. 10th Road, not the one off of County P) also is known for largemouth bass and panfish. There are boat landings at each of these lakes, along with 4 other lakes within the town, including Nelligan Lake shown in the photo above.

Not only does the Town of Beaver have numerous trails, there are also many ATV/Snowmobile Routes like this to access the trails!
Not only does the Town of Beaver have numerous trails, there are also many ATV/Snowmobile Routes like this to access the trails!

Snowmobile Trail Corridor #5 runs centrally through the Town of Beaver, and is maintained by the Kumalong Sno-Riders. The River Road Riders Snowmobile Club keeps the scenic trails along the Peshtigo River in the eastern portion of the town in prime riding condition. Although a majority of their trails are in Oconto County near the White Potato Lake area, the Bagley and Brazeau Joyriders also maintain Snowmobile and Summer ATV trails in the western portion of the Town of Beaver.

The Town of Beaver is easily accessed by US Highway 141, State Highway 64, and County Highways P and S. The town had a 2010 Census Count of 1,146 people. With the town encompassing 69.5 square miles, a population density is 16 people per square mile. The Town of Beaver is bordered by the Town of Stephenson to the north; by the Towns of Lake and Grover to the east; by the Towns of Pound and Brazeau to the south; and by the Town of Brazeau to the west.

Town of Beecher, Marinette County

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One of the many trout streams in the Town of Beecher.
One of the many trout streams in the Town of Beecher.

The Town of Beecher is a town in Marinette County, in Northeastern Wisconsin, that is dominated by public lands, trout streams, and trails. Nearly a third of the town is public land, almost every river or creek has trout in it, and the ATV/snowmobile trail system is one of the most scenic in the state!

There’s around 9,600 acres of public lands in the Town of Beecher. The majority (7,900 acres) are Marinette County Forest Lands, providing great hunting and fishing opportunities and plenty of woods to bring out the explorer in you. Over 1,600 acres are state lands, dedicated as the Pike Wild River, Miscauno Wildlife Area, and Menominee River Natural Resource. The Pike River is only 1 of 4 rivers in the state designated as a Wild River due to its untouched natural beauty. Unique to the town is the Miscauno Wildlife Area. Consisting mostly of the Miscauno Cedar Swamp Wildlife Area, it is a good bedding area for the deer as they wait for a chance to forage in the neighboring fields. Two Class 1 Trout Streams, the South Branch of Miscauno Creek and one of its tributaries known as Creek 24-5, meander through this wildlife area and have native brook trout. The Menominee River Natural Resource preserves the shores of this boundary water, and no journey to the area would be complete without taking a hike to enjoy Pemene Falls.

Beautiful Beecher Lake!
Beautiful Beecher Lake!

10 Class 1 Trout Streams are located within the town, providing every trout angler with the chance to fish in their preferred environment. If you’d rather fish from the comfort of your boat, the town also maintains 2 boat landings. One is on Upper Lake, a 21-acre lake with a maximum depth of 18 feet, where panfish are abundant and largemouth bass are common. The other boat landing is on Beecher Lake, a 34-acre lake with a maximum depth of 47 feet and an average depth of 18 feet, with northern pike and largemouth bass common and panfish present.

Fun, winding trails through the woods!
Fun, winding trails through the woods!

Snowmobile Corridors 1 & 3 meander through the Town of Beecher and provide access to most points in the county and beyond. Most of the trails in the town are maintained by the Pemene River Riders, including the winding snowmobile and ATV trails through Marinette County Forest Lands. Ranger City Riders keep the remainder of the trails in the town in prime riding condition.

The Town of Beecher is conveniently located along US Highway 141, and County Highways L and Z provide access from the highway to the western and eastern portions of the town. The town is over 31,600 acres and had a 2010 Census Count of 724 people, or 15 people per square mile. The Town of Beecher is bordered by: the Town of Amberg to the south; the Town of Dunbar to the west; the Town of Pembine to the north; and, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to the east.

Town of Dunbar, Marinette County

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One of the many scenic trails in Dunbar, courtesy of Dun-Good Riders.
One of the many scenic trails in Dunbar, courtesy of Dun-Good Riders.

With miles of Year-round ATV/Snowmobile Trails and Trout Streams, the Town of Dunbar in Marinette County is an outdoor adventurer’s dream! The trail system within the town allows for exciting rides through Marinette County Forest Lands, and can take you many places beyond. Trail Corridor 5 runs north/south through the county, from Florence to Oconto County, and Trail Corridor 16 runs east/west through the county, from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to Forest County. Most of the trails in the town are maintained by the Dun-Good Riders, but those in the eastern part are taken care of by the Pemene River Riders and those in the southern part are taken care of by the Near North Trail Riders.

There are about 80 miles of classified trout streams within the Town of Dunbar. With nearly 60 miles of Class 1 and over 20 miles of Class 2 Trout Streams, the chances of catching brook, rainbow, or brown trout are excellent. The major streams include the Pemene and Pike Rivers, and just about every tributary to those rivers have good trout populations. There are five waterfalls in the town to provide scenic locations to try your luck. Access to these streams is easily gained through public lands, whether it is through county, state, or town lands.

Over 66% of the Town of Dunbar consists of public lands. Most of it is Marinette County Forest Land, almost 44,000 acres! This includes the scenic, 160-acre, 12-foot Falls County Park along the Pike River, with camping and picnic areas. It also includes Pike River Ruffed Grouse Management Area, which provides quality habitat for grouse and woodcock, and hunter walking trails through the east and west units. There are also over 850 acres of state lands with the town, all part of the Pike Wild River, a natural area that you soon won’t forget!

Lily Lake - a beautiful lake full of panfish!
Lily Lake – a beautiful lake full of panfish!

Not only does the Town of Dunbar have excellent trout fishing, but its lakes also give anglers a chance to pursue other species of fish. The town provides access to four different lakes. Boat landings are on Lily and Lindquist Lakes. Lily Lake is 24 acres with a maximum depth of 17 feet and an average depth of 7 feet, with panfish abundant and largemouth bass present. Lindquist Lake has panfish and largemouth bass common and northern pike present, and is a 69-acre lake with a maximum depth of 58 feet and an average depth of 22 feet. Kidd and Spur Lakes have walk-in access and provide scenic locations to go kayaking surrounded by Marinette County Forest Lands.

The Town of Dunbar is located in Northern Marinette County, just a few miles from Iron Mountain, Michigan. It had a 2010 population of 1,094 people, or 10 people per square mile. It is bordered by the Town of Goodman to the west; by the Town of Athelstane to the south; by the Towns of Beecher, Pembine, and Niagara to the east; and by Florence County to the north. US Highway 8 and County Highways L, O, and U help make traveling through the town easy.