Nestled on the south shore of Lake Superior's Chequamegon Bay, the City of Ashland boasts a unique mix of historic charm and modern convenience. Ashland is a great starting point for trips to both the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and southern Ashland County, home to Copper Falls State Park, Saint Peter's Dome and Morgan Falls.
This historic city spreads out along U.S. Hwy. 2, embracing the shore of Chequamegon Bay and the greatest of the Great Lakes -- Lake Superior. Ashland offers endless waterfront activities, including hiking and biking, boating, kayaking, canoeing, fishing and camping. There are several public beaches that offer a view of the pristine waters of the big blue lake.
The Lake Superior Waterfront Trail is a continuous trail linking Maslowski Beach on the west to Bayview Park and Beach on the east. Ashland is home to a full-service 121-slip marina, conveniently located in the center of Ashland. Attractions in Ashland include 13 beautiful murals that depict the history of this over 150-year-old city.
In 2005, Ashland was designated the "Historic Mural Capital of Wisconsin", a title that brings tourists from all over to visit and see these life-size murals painted by two area artists on the sides of historic brownstone buildings within an 8-block historic downtown business district.
Known for its world-class smallmouth bass fishing, Ashland offers four-season fishing. Anglers will snag trout, salmon, walleye, bass, northern pike and panfish.
Paddlers will discover endless waters to explore and bicyclists can choose from dozens of scenic trails. Golfers will find an excellent 18-hole golf course with a fantastic view.
As the commercial hub of the Chequamegon Bay region, Ashland is proud to offer visitors a variety of unique shops and restaurants with something to please everyone.
You'll find just the right lodging in Ashland. From full-service hotels and motels to charming bed & breakfasts, Ashland has a great selection of lodging to fit your needs.
Winter, spring, summer and fall, Ashland is a year-round vacation destination that will fully meet the needs and expectations of tour buses and conference groups.