Explore Lincoln County

The Gateway to the Northwoods and Beyond

This peaceful, wooded region is home to nationally recognized insurance, health care and manufacturing companies, as well as more than 700 lakes and 100,000 acres of public forests. Living here gives you access to:

  • In-demand jobs in agriculture, health care, insurance and manufacturing
  • Hundreds of miles of recreation trails for snowmobiles, ATVs, skiers and hikers
  • Low living costs in communities with some of the state’s top-ranked public schools


A Historic River Runs Through It

Prairie River Trout Fishing Capital

Just outside the town of Gleason in Lincoln County, you’ll find a sign that touts the “Trout Fishing Capital of the World.” Okay, someone may have exaggerated a little, but thanks to tireless restoration efforts, the Prairie River is living up to the name, supporting brook trout, brown trout and other native species.

Council Grounds State Park

Located along the Wisconsin River, Council Grounds State Park is a favorite destination for paddlers, hikers and cross-country skiers, depending on the season. The park also hosts special events throughout the year where roads are lit by candlelight, providing an ambient glow for skiers and hikers as they traverse the quiet beauty.

Lincoln County Trail System

Hundreds of miles of ATV, snowmobile and other outdoor recreation trails give you access to the untamed wilderness of Lincoln County year-round. During your journey, you’ll find all sorts of diverse terrain to explore, from rolling farm fields to pristine lakes, winding streams and hardwood forests.

Merrill Historical Society

Like many of the Center’s communities, Merrill is especially connected to its past, in both historic sites and figures. Visit the Merrill Historical Society to find records, photographs and artifacts that tell the story of the people and places that make Lincoln County an incredible place to call home.

Underdown Recreation Area

Lincoln County is the outdoor destination for thrill seekers, nature lovers and conservationists, alike. Underdown Recreation Area contains trails for cross country skiers, snowshoers, snowmobilers, horseback riders and mountain bikers of all skill levels, in addition to excellent hunting and fishing spots.

By the Numbers

Thriving Communities, Endless Opportunities







Source: 2023 YTD

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