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Connecting Buyers and Sellers in NW Wisconsin

By Jean Hedren | Agent in Gordon, WI
  • Welcome to the NW Corner of NW Wisconsin

    Posted Under: General Area in Wisconsin  |  June 22, 2014 8:24 AM  |  36 views  |  No comments

    Hello! My name is Jean Hedren and I’m a Realtor® with Edina Realty. I live in this beautiful northwest corner of Northwest Wisconsin. I hope to introduce you to this wonderful and diverse part of the state, and to provide essential information about the lakes, rivers, and communities of Gordon, Wascott, Solon Springs, Barnes, Minong, Spooner, Hayward, and other area communities. Our area is rich in history, recreation, business opportunities, and extraordinary natural beauty.





    Visit my website www.JeanHedren.com
  • All roads lead to NW Wisconsin

    Posted Under: General Area in Wisconsin  |  June 13, 2014 6:05 AM  |  46 views  |  No comments
    All roads lead to my NW Wisconsin listings. www.JeanHedren.com 
  • Learn about many of the clear lakes in NW Wisconsin

    Posted Under: General Area in Wisconsin  |  June 4, 2014 6:30 AM  |  67 views  |  No comments
    Learn about many of the clear lakes in NW Wisconsin

    Lakes including Minong Flowage, Eau Claire Chain of Lakes, Whitefish Lake, Hayward area lakes, and many others.

    NW Wisconsin map
  • Tips for buying a lake home or cabin in NW Wisconsin

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Douglas County, In My Neighborhood in Douglas County, How To... in Douglas County  |  March 26, 2013 2:17 PM  |  1,515 views  |  No comments

    If you are thinking about buying a lake home or cabin in NW Wisconsin this year, there are many excellent properties to choose from on a variety of lakes or rivers, many styles, and price ranges to fit your budget.

    The topics below provide more information to help you choose the lake and home that's just right for you. In my NW Wisconsin blog - Buyers tab, click on Buying a lake home and select any of the 20 articles below from the drop-down menu.

    1. Getting started
    2. Choosing the lake or water type that's right for you
    3. How does water get into your lake?
    4. Recreational activities
    5. Lake home or cabin style and condition
    6. Frontage and shoreland zoning
    7. Pier regulations
    8. Beauty or price
    9. Critical habitat - how the process works
    10. Critical habitat - how do they affect you
    11. Critical habitat - how they affect waterfront owners
    12. Critical habitat - why they're a plus
    13. Critical habitat designations - Minong Flowage example
    14. Viewing lake properties
    15. NW Wisconsin is closer than you think
    16. Shoreland zoning regulations
    17. Aquatic invasive species
    18. Is a smaller lake right for you?
    19. Wells
    20. Septic systems

    Have other questions? Give me a call. I'll be happy to help.

  • New video: Douglas County in Northwest Wisconsin - natural beauty, pristine lakes, tall pines

    Posted Under: General Area in Douglas County, Home Buying in Douglas County, In My Neighborhood in Douglas County  |  October 3, 2011 6:46 AM  |  3,024 views  |  No comments

    Check out this video of Douglas County in the northwest corner of NW Wisconsin. Enjoy the scenery.


    For some reason, the northwest corner of northwest Wisconsin remains largely undiscovered.  In the minds of many vacationers and home buyers from the Twin Cities, Eau Claire, or Chicago, there’s a large blank area on the map of Wisconsin; it extends all the way from Duluth to Hayward.  It’s time to fill in the blank.

    Northwest Wisconsin map

    Up here in my corner of Northwestern Wisconsin, you’ll find that Douglas County, Bayfield County, Washburn County, and Sawyer County all offer some great real estate bargains.  They also offer quiet, relaxing places to live or visit.  Within each county, you’ll find smaller pockets that each have their own distinct personalities.  All of them offer a wide variety of recreational opportunities right outside your door:

    • Canoe, kayak, or boat on our streams, rivers, and lakes.
    • Experience world-class trout streams.
    • Enjoy great fishing for muskies, northern pike, walleye, bass, and bluegills.
    • Swim or sunbathe on sandy beaches.
    • Play a few rounds of golf on one of our many courses.
    • Hike, bike, ATV, or snowmobile on an extensive network of trails.
    • Pump up your tires and get ready for some great road and mountain biking.
    • Enjoy the winter woods on snowshoes or cross-country skis.
    • Hunt large game, small game, upland game, or waterfowl.
    • Participate in a wide variety of family-oriented community events.
    • Simply get out and enjoy nature.

    I live near Gordon on the 1900-acre Gordon-St Croix Flowage; it’s in the southern part of Douglas County.  My home neighborhood covers Douglas County, western Bayfield County, and northern Washburn County.

    Over the years, I’ve become well-acquainted with the lakes and communities throughout these counties, as well as with the Hayward Lakes area of Sawyer County.  I’d be glad to show you properties in that area.

    You may be able to get more for your money over my way.  This truly is the last undiscovered corner of Northern Wisconsin.  In many cases, the same dollars will get you more home, more cabin, more shoreline on a clear, deep lake, or more acres of great hunting land.

    I’d like to help my clients, both present and future, learn more about the undiscovered and under-rated northwestern corner of northwestern Wisconsin.  Who knows?  Maybe someday we’ll become neighbors.

  • Douglas County in the northwest corner of NW Wisconsin

    Posted Under: General Area in Douglas County, Home Buying in Douglas County, In My Neighborhood in Douglas County  |  August 19, 2011 7:10 AM  |  3,150 views  |  No comments

    Check out this video of Douglas County in the northwest corner of NW Wisconsin. Enjoy the scenery.
    For some reason, the northwest corner of northwest Wisconsin remains largely undiscovered.  In the minds of many vacationers and home buyers from the Twin Cities, Eau Claire, or Chicago, there’s a large blank area on the map of Wisconsin; it extends all the way from Duluth to Hayward.  It’s time to fill in the blank.

    Northwest Wisconsin map

    Up here in my corner of Northwestern Wisconsin, you’ll find that Douglas County, Bayfield County, Washburn County, and Sawyer County all offer some great real estate bargains.  They also offer quiet, relaxing places to live or visit.  Within each county, you’ll find smaller pockets that each have their own distinct personalities.  All of them offer a wide variety of recreational opportunities right outside your door:

    • Canoe, kayak, or boat on our streams, rivers, and lakes.
    • Experience world-class trout streams.
    • Enjoy great fishing for muskies, northern pike, walleye, bass, and bluegills.
    • Swim or sunbathe on sandy beaches.
    • Play a few rounds of golf on one of our many courses.
    • Hike, bike, ATV, or snowmobile on an extensive network of trails.
    • Pump up your tires and get ready for some great road and mountain biking.
    • Enjoy the winter woods on snowshoes or cross-country skis.
    • Hunt large game, small game, upland game, or waterfowl.
    • Participate in a wide variety of family-oriented community events.
    • Simply get out and enjoy nature.

    I live near Gordon on the 1900-acre Gordon-St Croix Flowage; it’s in the southern part of Douglas County.  My home neighborhood covers Douglas County, western Bayfield County, and northern Washburn County.

    Over the years, I’ve become well-acquainted with the lakes and communities throughout these counties, as well as with the Hayward Lakes area of Sawyer County.  I’d be glad to show you properties in that area.

    You may be able to get more for your money over my way.  This truly is the last undiscovered corner of Northern Wisconsin.  In many cases, the same dollars will get you more home, more cabin, more shoreline on a clear, deep lake, or more acres of great hunting land.

    I’d like to help my clients, both present and future, learn more about the undiscovered and under-rated northwestern corner of northwestern Wisconsin.  Who knows?  Maybe someday we’ll become neighbors.

  • About the Totogatic State Wild River in NW Wisconsin

    Posted Under: General Area in Minong, Home Buying in Minong, In My Neighborhood in Minong  |  March 13, 2011 10:35 AM  |  3,195 views  |  No comments

    Totogatic State Wild River in NW Wisconsin

    Totogatic or Totagatic, however you spell or pronounce it, brings to mind canoing, hunting, or fishing on a clean and wild river for many people in NW Wisconsin.

    The name Totagatic comes from the Ojibwa word “Totogan” meaning “place of floating logs” or “boggy river”. Pronunciation is varied between Tuh-TO-ga-tec, To-TO-ga-tec, To-BA-tec, and just TO-ga-tec, according to long-time local residents. Each of these spellings and pronunciations seems to have a strongly-defended local following, and one will consider use of the others as incorrect.

    The Totogatic flows approximately 70 miles through portions of five counties in NW Wisconsin. It begins in southern Bayfield County, just upstream of Totogatic Lake. From the lake, it flows westerly through Sawyer, Washburn, and a small portion of Douglas County, crossing back into Washburn and eventually emptying into the Namekagon River in Burnett County. It is impounded by four dams forming Nelson Lake in Sawyer County, and the Totogatic, Colton, and Minong Flowages in Washburn County. The shoreline is relatively wild for much of the river’s length. A substantial portion of the land along the river is owned by the state, county, or federal ownership.

    The river has a very wild character with forested banks, waterfalls, rock outcroppings, and relatively few road crossings. Fishing is good, with many cool-water game species present and several tributaries that support trout. There are challenging stretches for whitewater canoists, as well as quiet water segments through forestland, and one area known as the “Dismal Swamp.”

    Retaining the river’s wild character and habitat is dependent on all five counties and the state keeping their present holdings in public ownership, and/or on responsible use and development of both public and private shoreline and forestland.

    The Totogatic River became a State Wild River in July 2009. It was so designated because of its miles of scenic and relatively undeveloped banks; significant public ownership; and excellent water quality, habitat, and wildlife. There are four reaches or segments of the river.

    • First Reach: From the outlet of Totogatic Lake in Bayfield County to the upstream end of Nelson Lake in Sawyer County.
    • Second Reach: From a point 500’ below the dam in the Totogatic Wildlife Area to the upstream end of the Colton Flowage, both located in Washburn County.
    • Third Reach: From a point 500’ below the dam that forms the Colton Flowage to the point where the river crosses the Washburn-Douglas County line immediately above the upstream end of the Minong Flowage.
    • Fourth Reach: From the bridge on Cty Hwy I in Washburn County to the confluence of the river with the Namekagon River in Burnett County.

    Totogatic State Wild River, NW Wisconsin

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