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WI World's Record Black Bear



Bear Den - Grant Street. The world’s record Wisconsin black bear was shot five miles northeast of Glidden during the 1963 hunting season. Otto Hedbany and Donald Struebel both of Milwaukee, were the hunters who bagged this trophy-size animal estimated to be twelve years of age.

The bear dressed out at 665 pounds and required seven men to pull it out of the woods. The bear’s height was 7 feet 10 inches. The world’s record black bear was purchased by the Glidden Chamber of Commerce and has been on permanent display in the Log Cabin Home since 1964. 


Obviously, if bear hunting is your game, the Glidden area deserves the title of “Black Bear Capital of Wisconsin”. Black bear hunting season is usually open in September.




Black bears are commonly found in the northern third of Wisconsin; but are sighted more frequently in the central and southern counties of Wisconsin as they expand their range. As the black bear population continues to grow, so do an increasing number of bear-human conflicts. In order for bears to coexist with humans, we have to understand normal bear behavior. Black bears tend to be shy, solitary animals, but at some times of the year, particularly in the spring when bears emerge from their winter dens and food is not abundant, bears may be on the lookout for opportunistic food sources. This might be your garbage can, or the bird feeder in your back yard. Nearly all human-bear conflicts are a result of the animals' search for food. There are lots of simple things you can do to avoid conflicts with bears. With your help we can continue to live together with this great animal, enjoying their presence in the woods around us and at the same time reducing conflicts with bears around our homes and our campsites.


Little Free Library

Girl Scouts - Little Free Library


It’s a “take a book, return a book” gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library, is a box full of books where anyone may stop and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another to share. Please come enjoy the fantastic resource provided by the Glidden Area Development Corporation. Pictured are the Glidden Girl Scouts. (2016) 




Make noise and wave your arms--let the bear know you are there so you don't surprise it. Bears normally leave an area once they know a human is around.

If you happen surprise a bear at close range, back away slowly.

If you are near a vehicle or building, go inside until the bear wonders away.

Do not approach a bear. Respect black bears as wild animals and enjoy them safely--from a distance.

One of Three Military Murals


The Great Walls of Glidden are dedicated to the men and women of the Glidden area who served their Country in war and peace. The walls dedicated to the men and women who courageously served our county in peace  as well as war time. Thank them for their courage, fortitude, and willingness to serve, helping all of us to live in a free country. We thank them for believing in freedom, serving our country, and, at times, risking and even giving, their lives. The people of the Glidden area are very grateful and acknowledge their sacrifices by dedicating the three murals located in Glidden, known as the Downtown Mural, River Mural and Hill mural. The murals include full size portraits and stars recognizing these great individuals. 

Tourists can explore Ashland Count Murals. Follow the Mural Brick Road is a fun promotion bringing attention to the numerous beautiful public murals depicting actual people, places, and events from Ashland County’s rich history from Butternut in southern Ashland County to Madeline Island in northern Ashland County. Ashland County has become a public art destination that is not weather dependent and our beautiful murals can be seen 24 hours a day 7 days a week 365 days a year!


Marion Park

Play Ground & Pavilion

A beautiful example of cooperation among the four adjacent Towns of Gordon, Jacobs, Peeksville and Shanagolden in the Glidden area is the operation of Marion Park.

The plot of land was donated by Dan F. Tyler from a part of his farm, which then extended well down toward the community of Glidden on Park street.  It was named after Marion Tyler, eldest daughter of Dan and Mrs. Tyler.

The park did not then include the present baseball diamond.  The latter area was rented for years and finally purchased in 1922 after the Town of Jacobs paid about $1500 in rent over a period of eighteen years.  It was s called Woodlawn Park.  The first recorded ball game was in 1904 against Fifield.

In 1909 Frank Huber constructed the first pavilion dance hall for $200.

In 1925 the Gliddden Commercial Club started the Glidden Community Fair with the four towns involved.  The main exposition building was erected in 1926.  In 1938 Frank Huber designed the present spacious pavilion and through the efforts of Chairman Joseph Schraufnagel and assisted from the The Federal Works Progress Administration fund, the building was erected for $11,000.


The building stands on 347 concrete pyramid pillars, and a concrete foundation supports the structure. The forms for the pillars and foundation were constructed from the lumber salvaged from the old pavilion. The new floor has the highest quality hard maple available at the time and extends 92 feet in diameter. This still provides one of the largest dance pavilions in northern Wisconsin. The building has 12' sidewalls and a domed roof that peaks at 45'. Operable windows completely surround the eight sided building. It has four beautiful entrances and each entrance faces a compass direction. The building was roofed with the newest asphalt shingles available in 1938.

The inside houses a stage or band stand 15' by 25' and was designed to be large enough to handle the high school band. It was planned to have to a hood over the stage to carry the sound to the remote cornors of the building. This was never constructed.

On June 21, 1940 a big free dance was arranged for the afternoon. This event provided a free experience to acquaint everyone in the area to the New Marion Park Pavilion, the largest and best dance hall in Northern Wisconsin.


Hart Baseball Field

Ball field history to be updated soon.

Chequamegon National Forest


Forest Description

Pronounced SHO-WAH-MA-GON, the name is derived from the Ojibwa Indian language and means "place of shallow water." The reference is to Chequamegon Bay, which extends north from Ashland, Wisconsin, into Lake Superior. The Chequamegon National Forest is a special place in the Northwoods of Wisconsin offering you the wild and scenic wonders of its diverse landscapes. Explore the forest at any time of the year for an endless variety of recreational experiences.

Totaling nearly 850,000 acres, the Chequamegon National Forest was formed by ice age glaciers that sculpted the land surface, shearing off hilltops and producing small lakes from the huge blocks of melting ice left in the retreating glacier's path. The culture, traditions and lifestyles of the Indians, missionaries, fur traders and loggers who traveled these forests, have added a wealth of colorful natural and human history to the Chequamegon National Forest of today.


The hundreds of sparkling lakes and flowing streams in the Chequamegon National Forest are brimming with quality fishing for species such as muskellunge, northern pike, bass, walleye, panfish, and trout. The Chequamegon is best noted for its "Musky" fishing. Whatever you're after, this is the place to get 'em! A Wisconsin state fishing license is required for fishing within the Chequamegon National Forest.

The Park Falls Ranger District features many lakes for good sportfishing and one of them is Round Lake. This lake supports fish species such as walleye, musky, northern pike, large-mouth bass, small mouth bass, crappie, yellow perch, panfish, and bullhead.

The Medford Ranger District has several excellent fishing lakes and flowages; one of the flowages stands above the rest for good fishing. The Mondeaux Flowage supports fish species such as walleye, northern pike, large-mouth bass, and panfish.

The Hayward Ranger District has many lakes to choose from, including Namekagon Lake. This lake supports fish species such as musky, northern pike, walleye, large-mouth bass, small-mouth bass, and panfish.

The Washburn Ranger District has many lakes to choose from, including Lake Owen. This lake supports a variety of fish species such as walleye, northern pike, large-mouth bass, small-mouth bass, crappie, yellow perch, panfish, and trout.

In the Glidden Ranger District you can find many lakes and streams just loaded with fish. One lake that stands out is East Twin Lake. This lake supports fish species such as musky, large-mouth bass, perch, crappie, and panfish.

Wilderness & Primative Areas

 Visitors seeking a secluded outdoor experience can find nearly 11,000 acres of wilderness in the Porcupine Lake and Rainbow Lake Wilderness Areas. Both of these wildernesses are quiet places reserved for foot travel and only the plaintive call of the loon breaks the silence and tranquility.

Semi-Primitive Areas
An additional 52,000 acres have been set aside as semi-primitive, non-motorized areas. Visitors who are looking for peace and solitude can find solace in these places as well. These areas differ from those designated as  wilderness in that they occasionally permit motorized equipment in for administrative and maintenance purposes.


If you're looking for watchable wildlife, the Chequamegon has a corner on the market! This National Forest is known for its feathered inhabitants with seasonal display of neo-tropical migratory bird species and waterfowl. Each spring and fall, wildlife watchers, equipped with cameras and binoculars, flock to over 800 wetlands and streams to catch the show in flight! The Chequamegon has developed five prime areas: Chequamegon Waters Flowage; Popple Creek and Wilson Flowage; Day Lake; Lynch Creek and Moquah Pine Barrens. These special areas offer visitors interpretive wayside exhibits, auto tours, and brochures describing the wildlife that can be viewed.


 There are 632 miles of rivers and streams in the Chequamegon including the Chippewa, Jump, Yellow, Flambeau, Bad, and Namekagon Rivers. These larger tributaries flow as they did when they were the major routes of travel for Indians, explorers, missionaries, voyageurs, traders, and loggers. Today, a modern voyageur can enjoy canoeing on several of these rivers. The Flambeau, Chippewa, and Namekagon Rivers are considered to be the best for this type of adventure. Boating enthusiasts will find easy access and few crowds on the 411 lakes within the Forest.

The Namekagon was designated a National Wild and Scenic River. The Namekagon flows from Namekagon Lake, located within the Forest. This river provides varied opportunities to test a modern-day voyageur's skills with Class II and III rapids.

The South Fork of the Flambeau River will also offer a challenge with Class II and III rapids. For canoeists that enjoy viewing wildlife, this river has a display of eagles and ospreys to delight many a dedicated birdwatcher! This river is currently being studied for National Scenic and Recreation River status.

The East Fork of the Chippewa canoe route is excellent in the spring and early summer, with a campground and good fishing along the way. This river is presently being studied for National Scenic and Recreation River status.




Some of Wisconsin's best hunting opportunities for black bear, ruffed grouse, and white-tailed deer are in the Chequamegon National Forest! Populations of black bear vary from one year to the next, but on the average; more bears are harvested in or near the Chequamegon than any other part of the state. Glidden is the "Black Bear Capital of the World." Park Falls is also proclaimed as the "Ruffed Grouse Capital of the World" and offers yet another challenging pursuit for many visitors to the Forest. White-tailed deer populations are less in the Forest than in the southern part of the state, however, the Chequamegon is known for its trophy-sized animals.


Things to do in the Forests Cont'd.




Highlighted by its unique forest landscapes and abundant wetlands, the Chequamegon National Forest is a hiker's paradise. There are approximately 200 miles of developed trails open to hiking; mountain biking, horseback riding, and wildlife viewing. Among the trails on the Chequamegon National Forest, the North Country Trail, the Ice Age Trail and the Rock Lake National Recreation Trail hold national significance and are part of the National Scenic Trail System.

The North Country Scenic Trail reaches from eastern New York to central North Dakota. A 60-mile section of this trail crosses the Chequamegon. The western portion of this trail system is highlighted by the scenic beauty of the Penokee-Gogebic Range. On the western segment of this trail, visitors discover the peaceful solitude of the Porcupine Lake and Rainbow Lake Wildernesses.

The Ice Age National Scenic Trail stretches across Wisconsin with a 42-mile section passing through the Chequamegon. This trail follows the edge of the most recent glacial advance and is accented with scenic vistas of glacial wetlands.

In the Glidden Ranger District, St. Peter's Dome and Morgan Falls stands above the surrounding landscape at 1,710 ft. above sea level. This place is the second highest point in Wisconsin! Visitors are treated to a view of three states on the horizon from the Dome! The cool cascading water of Morgan Falls, tumble over an 80-foot cataract of black granite, as it winds its way down the valley.

Mountain Biking

  The Chequamegon has outstanding mountain biking trail opportunities, designed to accommodate all ability levels. These trail clusters include a mix of single and double-tracks and have 15-30 miles per cluster, for a total of over 100 miles of trails in the Forest.

There is a cluster of trails in the Washburn District called the Drummond System. This system consists of four interconnecting loops ranging in length from 2.6 miles to 4.6 miles. There is also a cluster in the Hayward District called the Rock Lake Trail Cluster. This system consists of six interconnecting loops ranging in length from 1.2 miles to 9.9 miles.


 When soft white snow carpets the Chequamegon National Forest, hiking gives way to cross-country skiing. It is then that winter casts its magic spell, beckoning skiers of all levels of ability to the excitement of cross-country skiing. If you enjoy the thrill of a challenging trail, the exhilaration of exercise, or the peace of the winter woods, 11 different trail systems, scattered throughout the Chequamegon, provide you with a beautiful opportunity to achieve it.

The Rock Lake Trail System provides the greatest variety of distances and challenges. The trails are groomed and vary in length and degree of skill required to ski them. Skate skiing is discouraged on groomed trails. In addition to groomed trails, unlimited miles of unplowed logging roads are available for cross-country skiers who enjoy blazing their own trail. There is no charge to use any of the Chequamegon National Forest ski trails.


ATV Trails

For the ATV and motorcycle enthusiast, the Chequamegon maintains over 200 miles of trails open to motorized use. Three separate trail systems, with adjoining loops, offer an exciting scenic tour of the Forest. Trails wind over rolling terrain, with towering forests and panoramic views of meadows and wetlands.

The Flambeau Trail can be found in the Park Falls District. This trail has five access points where vehicles and trailers can be safely parked. The trail has two interconnecting loops for a distance of 55 miles. This trail was ranked by a leading off-road vehicle magazine as the 14th best ATV trail in America!

The Washburn Ranger District has 53 miles of interconnecting loops, taking ATV riders to such places as the Sunbowl, Moquah Pine Barrens, and vistas that overlook the north shore of Lake Superior and the famous Apostle Islands.

For more of a challenge, there is the Dead Horse Run Trail in the Glidden District. This trail is 78 miles long, with several loops to choose from. There are two parking areas for this trail, one of which was a former CCC site used from 1934-1938.

In the Medford Ranger District you can find the Pekinstown Motorized Trail. This trail embraces the Chequamegon Waters Flowage and is 20.2 miles in length.


If snowmobiling is what you're after, the Chequamegon has over 300 miles of trails that are groomed on a weekly basis. These trail systems interconnect with county and state systems, increasing the options and miles available for the avid snowmobiler! In addition to the designated, there is nearly 1,000 miles of National Forest roads that are not plowed in the winter months and are open to snowmobile travel!


Scenic Driving

There are thousands of miles of paved and gravel roads in the Chequamegon National Forest that provide access to recreation areas and attractions. These roadways also provide visitors with endless opportunities to enjoy the scenic beauty of the Chequamegon landscapes and wildlife.

One special scenic drive in the Chequamegon is the Great Divide National Forest Scenic Byway. This roadway spans 29 miles on State Highway 77 through the heart of the Chequamegon National Forest.

The Great Divide Scenic Byway received its national designation for its stretch of rolling forested ridges which display forests of great diversity and a vast array of wildlife. Steeped in a rich cultural heritage, the region also displays unique cultural diversity and traditions dating back as early as 1000 B.C.

The Scenic Byway passes through the heart of the Chequamegon National Forest from the town of Glidden to the east to Lost Lake in the west. This popular travel route affords Forest visitors some of the best scenic driving Wisconsin has to offer. It also serves a wide range of multiple-use management practices necessary to accentuate forest growth and productivity, wildlife and fish management, and fire protection.


The Great Divide Scenic Byway corridor displays a variety of scenic, historic, and geologic features. Composed largely of granite and iron ore deposits, the Penokee Range forms a visible ridgeline known as the Great Divide that separates the water flowing south to the Mississippi River. Glacial remnants found in this region record some of the earliest as well as latest, chapters of geologic history found in the United States. It is this prominent landform that lays the foundation for the Scenic Byway and provides today's focal points—the Great Divide and its associated topography, natural, and cultural history. It was for this reason the Great Divide Scenic Byway was established.


Other Areas of Interest

Additional Information

Penokee Overlook - This unique scenic overlook located in the Glidden Ranger District offers you an opportunity to view the breathtaking remnants of an ancient mountain range. This platform is the first of its kind to be built in the Chequamegon National Forest. Atop this towering bluff you can view the panoramic Penokee Range, as well as wayside exhibits.

Wisconsin Timber Bridges - These bridges represent renewed interest in the development and use of one of Wisconsin's resources (wood) and enhances the scenic beauty of Wisconsin's landscape. Smith Rapids Covered Bridge and Teal River Bridge are two of the bridges located in the Forest.

Black Lake Trail - Following the Black Lake Trail is like reading a history book on logging. Interesting interpretive stops identify the unique logging history of the area in an engaging manner as you amble along history's path. Today, the cutting of timber is done in such a way as to ensure a supply of quality trees and wood products for future generations.

The Swedish Settlement - This 4 ½-hour self-guided tour in the Marengo River Valley highlights three historic Swedish settlement sites. The Gust Welin Homestead, The Green Mountain School and The Calvin Beyzanson Homestead. You will learn interesting historical information about Swedish immigrant farming and logging practices.

Round Lake Log Driving Dam - A prominent vestige of the logging era, the Round Lake Log Dam was built by Frederick Weyerhauser to push a winter's log harvest to downstream mills and is the last remaining structure of its type in the state of Wisconsin.

Birkebeiner Ski Race - Held in February each year, this is the largest cross-country ski race in North America and is considered "The Boston Marathon" of cross-country ski races. The course runs over hilly terrain between the sides of Hayward and Cable, Wisconsin. Over 6,000 skiers hit the trail annually to experience the challenge of "The Birkie."

Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival - Come to the hub of mountain biking activity in the Midwest! This is the largest off-road bike race in the United States; it and utilizes the Birkebeiner trail in summer.