Above: Downtown Eagle River, Wisconsin. Photo licensed Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported: Royalbroil.
Eagle River, Wisconsin - The "Snowmobile Capital of the World" and "Wisconsin's Cranberry Country."
Eagle River is located in southeastern Vilas County along the Eagle River, which is part of a popular chain of lakes. The Eagle River/Three Lakes Chain of Lakes is made up of 28 lakes, which is the world's largest number of inland interconnecting lakes.
Eagle River was the site of the first permanent Indian settlement in the Wisconsin Northwoods, located on the shores of Watersmeet Lake where the Wisconsin River and Chain O' Lakes meet. These early Indians, who were called Old Copper Indians, were succeeded by the Woodland Indians from 2,600 B.C. to 800 A.D. These Indians were probably the ancestors of the Chippewa, Potawatomi, and Menominee.
The first recorded white settler in what became Vilas County was a man named Ashman who established a trading post in Lac du Flambeau in 1818. Eagle River's name was derived from the abundance of eagles nesting along the river.
The "Snowmobile Capital" of the World.
The World Championship Snowmobile Derby is the World championship snowmobile race. It is held at the Eagle River Derby Track along U.S. Route 45 in Eagle River, Wisconsin on the third weekend in January. Eagle River is known as the "Snowmobile Capital of the World" because it hosts the Derby.
There are over 500 miles of groomed snowmobile trails in the county. The World Snowmobile Headquarters and International Snowmobile Hall of Fame are located in Eagle River.
Eagle River is located in the same county as Sayner, Wisconsin, the place that Carl Eliason invented one of the first modern snowmobiles.
"Wisconsin's Cranberry Country."
Wisconsin produces 60 percent of the nation's cranberries and Eagle River hosts an annual Cranberry Fest in October.
The Cranberry Fest include arts and crafts, cranberry food sales, a bakery, entertainment, Cranberry Fest Souvenirs, fitness events, the world’s largest cranberry cheesecake, chainsaw carvings and more.
With more than 40,000 people attending the festival annually, this event is one of the highlights of the fall season in Eagle River, and is one of four Cranberry Festivals around Wisconsin in the Autumn months.
Learn more about the Eagle River Cranberry Festival at: eagleriver.org.
Also, you can visit the Lake Nokomis Cranberries website at: www.lakenokomiscranberries.com.
For more information on Eagle River, Wisconsin, visit Wikipedia.
Or, visit the Eagle River Chamber of Commerce website at: eagleriver.org.
Or, visit the Eagle River Business Association website at: eagleriverbiz.biz.
Eagle River also hosts an annual Paul Bunyon Fest in August.
Buy a Eagle River apparel at Amazon (Click on image below).
Eagle River, Wisconsin
Above: Eagle River, Wisconsin. Coordinates: 45°55′12″N 89°15′1″W
Snowmobile Capital of the World
Wisconsin’s Cranberry Country
Above: The Eagle River flows through the city. Photo licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic.
Above: The Eagle River water tower. Photo licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported: Royalbroil.
Above: 54th Annual Eagle River World Championship Snowmobile Derby (2017).