Crandon, located in the northeastern part of Wisconsin, is a quaint town with an abundance of history and natural resources that appeal to both the avid history-lover and the casual traveler.
Crandon is the home of the Sokaogon Chippewa heritage, whose history and legacy still remain intact in this tight-knit community. In fact, in the early autumn, the Sokaogon Indians of Mole Lake make their way to the Rice Lake, which is one of the last remaining ancient wild rice beds in Wisconsin. The annual harvest of wild rice has altered very little in the hundreds of years that this tribe has resided here.
Competition from the Sioux resulted in the Battle of Mole Lake in 1806. Today there stands a marker on Highway 55 in the village of Mole Lake to mark the battleground where more than 500 warriors lost their lives in the fierce battle. Sokaogon means ‘Post in the Lake people” which refers to the significance of a post that once stood in Post Lake near Crandon.
Crandon also has a rich copper deposit, and is very well known for other outdoor recreation opportunities including, 82 trout streams for an abundance of fishing, hunting and snowmobiling; the terrain also boasts well over 800 lakes and hundreds of miles of trails for ATV usage or cross country skiing. Keep your eyes open for the wealth of wildlife that inhabits the area too, including bald eagles, which are easy to spot soaring above the village of Mole Lake and nearby lakes and streams.
National Indian Gaming Association
Midwest Off Road Racing
Native American Tourism of Wisconsin
Historic Dinesen House
United Tribes of Forest County