Posted by Frank Kempf


Like most southern communities of Ashland County, Glidden has its origin in the days of the lumber boom. After the logging era ended, it became a thriving center for dairy farmers, loggers and a wood products industry. The hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and ATVing is amoung the best in the state. Known as the Black Bear Capital of Wisconsin, Glidden boasts a record black bear taken in this area during the 1963 gun season, weighting 665 lbs and measuring 10'7" long. THe Glidden area is a gateway to two major forest, the Chequamegon/Nicolet National Forest and the Ashland County Forest located in the headwaters area of the Chippewa River. The Northern Continental Divide is located just north of Glidden, marked with a clear sign. The unique Marion Park Pavilion is listed on the National Regisster of Historic Places and hosts numerous special events, including the Glidden Community Fair every Labor Day weekend.


Clam Lake

The central location in the Heart of the Chequamegon/Nicolet National Forest makes Clam Lake well-situated for year 'round enjoyment of all the Forest has to offer. The majestic pines and flowing waters create a wonderful escape from the toils of everyday life. Fish the many lakes and streams in the area, golf some of the most scenic golf courses, ski some of Wisconsin's finest cross county ski trails, mountain bike the miles of off-road track, snowmobile right from your front door onto well-groomed routes, or unwind while patiently waiting for glimpse of a browsing elk. The Elk Capital of Wisconsin - in 1995, 25 elk were experimentally reintroduced in the the Chequamegon/Nicolet National Forest near Clam Lake. Much of the original herd remains within a relatively well-defined range in the vicinity of Clam Lake and can ofter be seen from area roadways.


Link to printable Ashland County Recreation Map