Boulder Junction

Photo by Dawn Roper
The Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest with its numerous lakes is home to a variety of intriquing wildlife and in the middle dwells the fifth largest town of Vilas County.

With the amazing Wisconsin Northwoods natural beauty and generous resources at hand, fantastic recreation is inevitable.

Take a trail on the wild side, land a Musky from the underside or just relax and enjoy the downtown curbside, it's all good, here in Boulder Junction.


The land area of Boulder Junction is 80.0 square miles in Vilas County. Latitude: 46.09 N., Longitude: 89.69 W. It is 124.2 miles N.E. of Eau Claire, WI and 183.6 miles N.E. of St. Paul, MN. The nearest city with a population of 1,000,000+ is Chicago, IL which is 310.3 miles S.E.


The railroad tracks were built in 1903 to cater to the logging industry however the newly formed access attracted fishing and hunting enthusiasts so resorts were built for those tourists. It received electricity in 1925 and five years later, phone service. In 1930 the Civilian Conservation Corps embarked a large scale planting effort and replenished the barren land left in the wake of the booming logging era. Boulder Junction was awarded the official trademark of "Musky Capital of the World" On June 8, 1971 after a 20 year battle with a neighboring community over the title.

Fun Facts

Elevation: 1652 ft.

Population: 993 (as of 2009)

Snowfall: The annual snowfall for the Boulder Junction area will range from approximately 79 to 143 inches.

Helpful Links:
Town of Boulder Junction Municipal Web Site
Boulder Junction, Wisconsin information courtesy: Wikipedia

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