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Cornucopia, WI – Plan a Day-Long Adventure Visiting Waterfalls and More

Who doesn’t love a good day trip?

My husband and I like to take the boys and get out of Bayfield for the day. It’s fun to explore other towns on the Bayfield peninsula and enjoy their unique experiences.

Hi, we’re Isaac and Mollie, and last year we shared an itinerary of a day trip to Madeline Island. This week we’re highlighting another fantastic day trip for you to explore during your stay at Seagull Bay: A day trip to Cornucopia, WI.

Cornucopia, or “Corny,” is the perfect place for hikers, water sports enthusiasts, and foodies looking to sample the local fare.

Cornucopia is the northernmost town in Wisconsin. It’s also the western gateway to the popular Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. This old fishing village sits on the south shore of Lake Superior. It reminds us of the 90s TV show Northern Exposure – its business district spans only two blocks.

Here you’ll find natural wonders, whispers of the past, and tasteful eats. Despite its small size, incredible adventures are waiting for you.

In this week’s blog, we’re here to answer the most common questions about Cornucopia, WI. Questions like:

  • What’s there to do in Cornucopia?
  • What’s the weather like?
  • Where can you eat in Cornucopia?

We have your answers and an itinerary we’re honestly drooling over (and we bet you will too)!

How to Get To Cornucopia, WI.

Corny is an easy and scenic 30-minute drive from Seagull Bay. There are two main routes.

  1. Head north on Highway 13 following Lake Superior’s shoreline.
  2. Head south toward Washburn and take a right onto County Trunk C – driving through Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

Each route is about the same distance. But each offers you a different landscape.

If traveling south, you must stop at Coco in Washburn. This cafe has all the delicious things you need to fuel you up before venturing into the heart of Cornucopia, WI, including:

  • Artisan pastries
  • Local ingredients
  • Mouth-watering breakfast sandwiches

County C is a right turn three short blocks from Coco. As you travel through the national forest, the first stop you need to make is at Lost Creek Falls, five miles south of Corny.

Go Chase Some Waterfalls

Cornucopia, WI is home to two waterfalls that feed directly into Lake Superior – Lost Creek Falls and Siskiwit Falls.

Lost Creek Falls in Cornucopia, WI

Lost Creek Falls

Lost Creek Falls is a three-mile out-and-back trail that leads to a secluded waterfall. The trail is well-marked and kid-friendly.

Cool off at the waterfall or climb behind it and watch the curtain of water rain down. Take some time to dip your toes in its shallow creek or bask in the sunlight that weaves between the trees. There’s a stunning spot right in front of the waterfall for a selfie (or 10).

Siskiwit Falls

Siskiwit Falls has been a local gem for generations.

The not-so-best-kept secret of these falls is that they make the best natural waterslide. Don’t be surprised to see kids and adults sliding down the falls. A piece of advice – bring an inflatable, a cushion, or at the very least, wear a pair of shorts when sliding over the sandstone slabs.

Bayfield County recently purchased 100 acres surrounding the falls and has plans to establish a primitive trail system. Currently, a parking area and a small group of trails follow the creek bed and run along the falls.

We’re sure you’ve worked up an appetite after your hiking and water-sliding adventures. Lucky for you, there’s some delicious food waiting for you in Cornucopia, WI.

Where to Eat In Cornucopia, WI.

One of the definitions of cornucopia is “an abundant supply of good things.” The food in this quaint little town definitely lives up to its name.

Cornucopia Coffee and Sweet Shoppe

The Cornucopia Coffee and Sweet Shoppe is a one-of-a-kind stop.

This little shop may be small but big in personality and events. Not only can you get coffee and ice cream, but you can enjoy a Thursday night dinner, farmer’s market, and local music.

Check out their outdoor movie schedule and grab a blanket. Or relax in one of their large inflatables and watch a cinema classic.

Ehler’s General Store

Historic Ehlers General Store is truly a general store. You can buy:

  • Groceries
  • That pipe fitting you’ve been looking for
  • A Cornucopia sweatshirt
  • Takeout for a beach picnic from their deli
  • Many other random and valuable finds

Wander around and see what you find. It’s like a treasure hunt for every person! Many locals say, “You may not find what you want, but you WILL find what you need,” at Elher’s Store in Cornucopia, WI.

Fisherman's Hideout in Cornucopia, WI

Fisherman’s Hideout

Fisherman’s Hideout by Halvorson’s Fisheries is home to the freshest fish you’ll ever eat.

Here you can enjoy fresh fish straight out of Lake Superior for lunch or dinner.

If you’re eager to taste some of Lake Superior’s bounty, this is the perfect place for you.

The Fat Radish in Cornucopia, WI.

Last but not least is one of this area’s favorite restaurants, The Fat Radish.

Located on the corner of Highway 13 and County C, this farm-to-table and #slowfoodmovement restaurant is brimming with personality and flavor. Some of their menu items include:

  • Fried Brussels
  • Dan’s Fish Boo-Yah
  • Grilled Tenderloin
  • Black Market Curried Roasted Vegetables

In this artistic-inspired atmosphere, you’ll enjoy fine casual dining, a tiki bar, and always homemade fare perfect for capping off the end of the day.

Sunbathing at Corny Beach

Corny Beach is a beautiful sandy beach alongside the Cornucopia marina in Siskiwit Bay – less than a mile from Cornucopia’s main street.

This shallow beach is ideal for kids to swim, share a picnic, or play on the nearby playground. Lay down your towel, fill up your water bottle at the artisan well, and take a nap listening to waves lap onto the shore.

You can watch Halvorson’s fishing boats come in with the day’s catch from the beach. Or you can rent a paddle board from Lost Creek Adventures and glide along the shore.

The sunsets at Corny Beach are magical. Here you can watch the blue clouds transform into cotton candy skies.

Looking for souvenirs? There’s a group of gift shops – right by the beach – housed in old fishing sheds where you can find the perfect memento from your day spent in Cornucopia, WI.

Seagull Bay Is Here to Anchor All Your Adventures

Room with queen bed at Seagull Bay in Bayfield, WI

At the end of the day, we’re here to make sure you’re bathed in comfort after your day-long excursions.

Our accommodations are simple and classic because we want your greatest adventure to be in this place we call home.

We want you to explore:

  • The Apostle Islands
  • Hike the trails
  • Walk the streets
  • Learn about the rich history of Bayfield and our surrounding area

Seagull Bay is the perfect place for your Bayfield vacation and beyond.

We have cozy spaces for couples and larger rooms for families or groups. Our decor has an old-school motel charm with modern touches that are welcome to all – especially you.

Ready to see for yourself? BOOK NOW and plan your day in Cornucopia, WI.

Your memories with a view!

Mollie, Isaac, Axel, Ridge, and Banks

QUICK LINKS:

Cornucopia, Wisconsin

Cafe Coco

Cornucopia Coffee and Sweet Shoppe

Historic Ehlers General Store

The Fisherman’s Hideout | Cornucopia WI

The Fat Radish

July 14, 2023

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