Area Activities

Trips and Things to Do at The Arrows

We are located about 11 miles from the Watersmeet and about 13 miles from Land O’ Lakes, Wisconsin and just four miles over the Wisconsin border.  Boulder Junction is also a short ride.

There is one unique restaurant and bar on Mamie Lake here on the Chain which serves lunches and dinners including  everything from salads, sandwiches, homemade pizza, and  Friday fish fries to great steaks, ribs, walleye, and more.  

Watersmeet Michigan has a cafe in town on the corner of US 2 and Highway 45.  Try their Bourbon Burger there…yum!  The Lac Vieux Desert Casino just  1 3/4 miles north of that same intersection has a restaurant with a Friday Crab Fest buffet and a Saturday Prime Rib buffet plus a full menu, and a snack bar which is open from breakfast and at least till 9 p.m. each night.  Their Reubens and French Dips are great at the snack bar, too. If you’re looking for another closer pit stop for sledding, check out the bar just north of Cisco Lake Road on Old Highway 2 to the west of us.  Pizzas and other specials are served there, too, plus it’s a great place to meet the locals.  It’s a hop, skip and a jump away when heading across iced-over Thousand Island and Cisco Lakes during the winter.  Just pick up the trail at Cisco Lake and head up over new Highway 2 to Old Highway 2. 

Land O’ Lakes, Wisconsin has a cafe, an ice cream shop, and numerous great restaurants.  We feel fortunate to have such good restaurants in our area. Give the cook a break!  Just ask us for suggestions.

Don’t forget your camera and binoculars, and comfortable hiking or walking shoes. Everyone dresses casually here in the northwoods. Kick back and relax!


Sylvania – 21,000 acres of virgin forests and 36 unspoiled lakes.  Nice beach area, too.  One mile.

Sylvania Visitors Center – Area museum with displays, slide presentations, and special summer programs. Watersmeet, MI

Wilderness Lakes Trail  and Agonikak Trail – This bike trail traverses Watersmeet and adjoining Land O’ Lakes.  It encircles the Sylvania Wilderness Area and combines segments of aggregate bike paths, paved bike baths and hiking trails, and bike road paths.  There’s a new section down Whitefish Road joining Thousand Island Lake Road from two areas just a mile away from our homes.  

Bond Falls and Agate Falls – Spectacular waterfalls and scenery that are both wheelchair accessible with beautiful easily accessed wooden walkways. You can still hike around Bond Falls like “the old days” if you want a little more exercise!  Paulding and Bruce Crossing, Michigan.

Porcupine Mountain State Park and Lake of the Clouds – Beautiful views of Lake of the Clouds and miles of awesome scenery from high atop a mountain.  Great wooden accessible walkways.  Many hiking trails down to Lake Superior.  See Copper Peak and three other states and Canada off in the distance, too!  About 65 miles away at Ontonagon, MI

Copper Peak – Largest ski-flying hill in the world. Winter world championship competitions.  Snowmobile hill runs.  Summer ski lift rides to top to see three states and Canada. Bessemer, MI.

Black River Harbor, Potawatomi, Gorge, and Rainbow Falls – Charter boat harbor for Lake Superior fishing, sand beach and picnic areas.  Beautiful waterfalls with wonderful wooden walkways and hiking trails. Bessemer, MI.

J.W. Toumey Nursery – Self-guided tours showing young trees being prepared for frest plantings. Watersmeet, MI

Fish Hatchery – Holding tanks and ponds teeming with thousands of trout of many sizes.  Also, a trout pond for fishing. Watersmeet, MI.

Jim Peck’s Wildwood – Northwoods zoo with over 100 varieties of animals.  Get close up with all kinds of wildlife.  Hold animal babies at their petting zoo, new safari rides, snacks for animals and people.  Minocqua, WI. 

Close by is Paul Bunyan Logging Camp Restaurant.  Somehow the two go hand in hand for our family and many others!  They have the very best doughnuts!  All three meals are served family style at nice wooden picnic tables.  The food is very good and the atmosphere is a fun one with all types of logging equipment that will both entertain and educate.  And of course there’s a gift shop with lots of unique things and a bakery that will call out to you and want you to bring goodies home with you!   


Chain Skimmers – Water ski shows on Lake Pleasant on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday nights and Sunday afternoons. Conover, WI

Mystery Light – The “light” appears almost every night after dark on a lonely old gravel road and has defied explanation for years.  It appears to arise from the horizon, glows like a beacon, splits, changes color, and mysteriously disappears as quickly as it came.  Paulding, Michigan just north of the Casino on Robbins Pond Lake Road.

Northern Waters Casino and Lac Vieux Desert Casino Golf Course – Open 24 hours daily.  Slots, black jack, craps, roulette, etc. Weekend entertainment, fantastic 18-hole golf course.  Restaurant, bar lounge, and snack bar.

For additional entertainment in the area,  there are many activities including boating, pontooning, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, horseback riding, golfing, tennis, bowling, dining and dancing, canoeing, picnicking, hiking, swimming, go-karting, bird and animal watching.  In the wintertime, enjoy cross-county skiing and snowshoeing, snowmobiling, downhill skiing, tobogganing, sledding, ice fishing, ice skating and hunting.  You can snowmobile and atv/orv/utv or bike right from your door here at The Arrows.  We have miles and miles and miles of well-maintained trails in our area.

Wildlife abounds here….