Village of Sayner – Facilities in Sayner include a lighted ball park, tennis courts, basketball courts, a park with playground, a wonderful public library, soccer fields, a public pier at Plum Lake and a community building for large gatherings.
Water Ski Show – The Plum Ski-ters waterski club performs regular shows at Plum Lake Statehouse Point Wednesdays and Saturdays at 7p.m. during the summer season.
Sites to See – Musky Mountain, Star Lake Cemetery, Fredrickson’s Minnow Stand, Star Lake Forestry Plantation, Star Lake Picnic Point, Vilas County Museum, Eliason’s Snowmobile Collection, Warner Public Fishing Pier and others.
Vilas Historical Museum – Located in Sayner the museum houses over 7500 square feet of displays and artifacts. Inside you’ll find the first snowmobile, the pioneer room, guides room, doll collections, native wildlife mounts, lures, boats, outboard motors, and Jim Froelich’s African Safari mounts. The museum is open from Memorial Day to September 30. Visit their web site: www.vilasmuseum.com
World’s First Snowmobile – In 1924, Carl Eliason began working on an idea for a powerful sled he called the “motor toboggan”. Throughout the year, you can see several early motor toboggan production models displayed at Eliason Hardware in Sayner, now operated by Eliason’s grandson. Outside the museum is a Historical Marker commemorating Eliason’s invention. Visit their web site: www.eliason-snowmobile.com or you can get more information by following our link for “The Carl Eliason Story”.
Snowmobiling – An extensive system of snowmobile trails have been developed and are maintained by the Sayner Barnstormers Snowmobile Club in cooperation with the DNR and Vilas County. These trails connect to the 600 miles of top ranked trails in Vilas County and more in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
Golfing – Be sure to visit the Plum Lake golf Club located on the south shore of Plum Lake. Founded in 1912, it is the oldest 9-hole golf course in Wisconsin, featuring a turn of the century clubhouse, wrap around porch, and beautiful view of the lake. There are many other tremendous golf courses within a short drive of Sayner-Star Lake.
Fishing & Hunting – The town is located in the headwaters of two drainage basins – the Manitowish River basin flowing to the west and the Wisconsin River basin flowing to the south. Several smaller streams are managed for trout, with Plum Creek receiving the most attention by trout anglers. Vilas County has over 1300 lakes. There are about 50 named, 95 unnamed lakes, and 31 boat landings in the town of Plum Lake. You’ll find fishing for trophy muskies and bass, walleye, trout, northern crappies, perch, and blue gills. There are 47,000 acres of public property or water in the township, that is about 76%.
Camping – State forest campgrounds are located at Plum Lake, Crystal Lake, Razorback Lake, Starrett Lake, and two facilities on Star Lake. Several of these campgrounds include public swimming beaches and picnic areas, as well as public boat landings. Contact the chamber for a camper’s paradise brochure. Visit the Wisconsin DNR web site: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/camping/
Biking – The area is an ideal place for bikers with many quiet roads that connect with forest roads in the Northern Highland/American Legion State Forest, Razorback Ridges, and paved bike trails to the town of Boulder Junction and St. Germain.
Hiking & XC Skiing – Nature trails are marked and located throughout the county. In the immediate area are the Fallison Lake trail, the Star Lake Plantation trail, Shannon Lake trail, Langley Lake, the Lumberjack trail and the Escanaba-Pallette Lake trail. Maps are available from Up North Traders, 2977 Main Street, Sayner. Many unmarked trails and logging roads also make possibilities endless.
Razorback Ridges – Very scenic 12 miles of cross country skiing in the winter and 30 miles of mountain bike trails the rest of the year. The system is maintained by the Sayner – Star Lake Lions Club and the trailhead is at The Corner Store. The ski trails are groomed for classic and skate skiing for skiers of all abilities. Razorback Ridges are in close proximity to three major campgrounds with direct access to the trail system and the Boulder Area Trail System (BATS).
Vilas County – Visit the Vilas County Chamber web site: www.vilas.org.