Official detours for Northern Wisconsin flood damaged roads.

Notice of Post-Storm Access


Washburn, WI (July 15, 2016) – Despite the storm, businesses are open! All businesses that we are aware of are open and operational including the Cruise Service, Ferry Line and Big Top Chautauqua along with all the restaurants, lodging and other attractions throughout the county.


Although many roads and trails were affected, especially in the southeast part of the county, you should be able to get where you are going with a little pre-planning. All County roads with the exception of two, County Hwy D and County Hwy E, have been repaired. State Hwy 63 is also closed north of Grand View, but businesses in Grand View are open and accessible from the south. Hwy D may be open later today.


For the most up-to-date information, visit where you will find maps, photos and information for road closures and trail conditions. Here is a list of suggested routes from different locations to avoid any closures:


  • From Madison/Milwaukee/Chicago: I-94W to 53N to 63N to 27N to HWY 2
  • From Green Bay & Wausau: 29W to 53N to 63N to 27N to HWY 2
  • From Fox Valley: 10W to 39N to 29W to 53N to 63N to 27N to HWY 2
  • From Eau Claire/Chippewa Valley: 53N to 63N to 27N to HWY 2
  • From Minneapolis/St.Paul: I-35N to 53S to HWY 2
  • From Twin Ports of Superior, WI & Duluth, MN: 53S to HWY 2
  • From Hurley, WI/Ironwood, MI: 51S to 77 to 13S/77W to 77W then North on 27 to HWY 2; alternately, at Clam Lake, take County Road M to Cable, then right on 63N to Drummond and follow detour West on County N to County A north to HWY 2


Note: Hwy 2 may be open later this weekend, so check back to for updates.*** AS OF THIS POST U.S. 2 WAS STILL CLOSED.


Some trails and forest roads in the southern part of the county have been closed and there is still a considerable amount of work to be done before those trails can be opened. For trails that are open, please report any downed trees or other issues as soon as possible to the Bayfield County Forestry Department at (715) 373-6114.  As always, riders should use caution when out on the trails.  Please stay on the designated trails and routes and follow the trail signs. Be aware that there may be grooming equipment on the trails.

Additional information and detour maps below…

Division of Transportation System Development DOT Briefing Paper





Alternative Routes to Northern Wisconsin


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