Radisson WI - It's that time of year when we bust out the sweaters, shorts turn into pants and our green lawns are filled with beautifully colored leaves. The orange, crimson and gold start showing their faces in the trees as the leaves fall and dance among the brisk windy days - sun shining brightly to exaggerate the colors.
If you're an early bird, you can catch river, lakes and streams with a misty hue shadowing over the everflowing rapids, and in the background, the reds, orange and yellows.
Fall colors in Wisconsin provide a vast array of breathtaking views to witness in Southern Sawyer County. During September, October, and November, we watch trees transform from mostly green to a palette of fleetingly vibrant colors. Part of the fun of the season is the anticipation of not only which colors we will see, but how the environmental conditions will render these pigments before our eyes.
On October 5, 2023 Explore Southern Sawyer County took a drive to the various communities in Southern Sawyer County to view some of the color changes that have been happening, and take an inventory of the beauty that is happening before our eyes.
Meteor Wisconsin, home to the highest elevation point in Sawyer County is also home to some rolling hills that pose as tremendous opportunities for photogenic landscape imagery. Meteor Hill, located on private property in Meteor Wisconsin has an elevation of 1,801 feet above sea level. Meteor is location between the towns of Exeland Wisconsin and Birchwood Wisconsin.
The image was taken from the Exeland Nature Trail located near Balsam Lake. This 14 acre lake is located near the Exeland Rod & Gun Club. Exeland Wisconsin is a village in Southern Sawyer County with a population of 229 people, and home to some of the best trails for ATV and snowmobile use. Exeland is located 16 miles from Birchwood Wisconsin, 20 miles from Winter Wisconsin, and 17 miles from Bruce Wisconsin (Rusk County).
Radisson Wisconsin, once known as "Southern Sawyer County" established in 1905. This image was taken at the Radisson Recreational Park overlooking the Grimh Flowage while standing on the canoe/kayak launch. Radisson home to a population of 278, the Tuscobia State Trail runs through the heart of Radisson Wisconsin giving it access to various recreational opportunities.
Ojibwa Wisconsin is a beautiful village that sits on the banks of the Chippewa River. On the Hwy G bridge adjacent to Hwy 27 is where this picture was taken, which sits right next to the old Ojibwa Club. Ojibwa Wisconsin has a population of 250 and located exactly 5 miles from Radisson Wisconsin, and 5 miles from Winter Wisconsin.
Winter Wisconsin has the majority of commerce in Southern Sawyer County with restaurants, bars, taverns, the Winter Cooperative, a fuel station, and the Winter School District - to name a few. Winter Wisconsin has a population of just 327 but seem quite a bit busier than most other small towns and villages in Southern Sawyer County.
Loretta/Draper "Twin Cities"
Loretta and Draper are located on Hwy 70 in the eastern most portion of Southern Sawyer County. Draper has a population of 204 and is home to some great fishing on Loretta Lake and Lake Blaisdell, while also having the Tuscobia State Trail run directly the town of Draper.
Oxbo Wisconsin, like Loretta is an unincorporated community in the town of Draper. This image was taken from the ATV bridge next to the Oxbo Resort. In the distance, you can see Hwy 70.
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The images were shot on October 5, 2023 by Explore Southern Sawyer County using a Pixel 7 and the Bazaar filter to really bring the colors out.
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