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Town of Spider Lake, Wisconsin

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Introduction ...

Below is our collection of tidbits, odds 'n ends for Spider Lake.

This page contains six sections:

Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Spider Lake, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Spider Lake and the surrounding area.

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Spider Lake

Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help amateurs find their way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website lists the visible planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their track across the sky.

To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above, we pass the location for Spider Lake. Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude for your actual position.

The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Spider Lake.

We enjoy finding new spots for bird watching and we use the eBird website to find local sighting reports and hotspots.

The eBird website is organized on a county-by-county basis. We have selected Sawyer County as the starting point when you click on the link below:

Sighting report for Sawyer County

Since Spider Lake is near Bayfield County and also Ashland County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Bayfield County

Sighting report for Ashland County

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Spider Lake ...

As we travel, we always see a community with a name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always wonder about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

Cable [Bayfield County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the northwest of Spider Lake

Link to Google Map centered on Cable

Chief Lake lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Spider Lake

Link to Google Map centered on Chief Lake

Clam Lake [Ashland County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the east of Spider Lake

Link to Google Map centered on Clam Lake

Grand View [Bayfield County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the north of Spider Lake

Link to Google Map centered on Grand View

Leonards [Bayfield County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the west of Spider Lake

Link to Google Map centered on Leonards

Little Round Lake lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Spider Lake

Link to Google Map centered on Little Round Lake

Mason [Bayfield County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the north of Spider Lake

Link to Google Map centered on Mason

Reserve lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the southwest of Spider Lake

Link to Google Map centered on Reserve

Winter lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the south of Spider Lake

Link to Google Map centered on Winter

How Far From Spider Lake to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Spider Lake to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance beginning in Spider Lake and extending to:

  • Hayward, which is the Seat of Sawyer County, lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the West Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Spider Lake to Hayward, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km]<1> per hour, it would take just over a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km]<1> per hour would take 6 hours.
  • Madison, which is the State Capital of Wisconsin, lies 226 miles [363.7 km]<1> to the South Southeast (SSE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km]<1> per hour, would take nearly four hours, a buggy would take 9 days and walking would take 13 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC) is 871 miles [1,401.7 km]<1> to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take most of two days, a buggy would take 34 days and walking would take 50 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,094 miles [9,807.3 km]<1> and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<4>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,848 miles [11,020.8 km]<1> and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,756 miles [7,654 km]<1> and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Wisconsin

About Sawyer County

About Wisconsin

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Spider Lake:

The official website for Sawyer County:

The official website for State of Wisconsin:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Spider Lake) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Spider Lake. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Town of Spider Lake

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Spider Lake. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 46.1202, Longitude: -91.1155     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Spider Lake have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>While we have tried to pick reasonable speeds, the rate of travel is very theoretical - obstacles like fences, hills, lakes, river crossings and rest stops have been ignored. When we say 'Days' of travel, we're assuming 8 hours of travel per day.
<3>The shortest line can be visualized by stretching a string on a Globe from Point A to Point B - this is known as a Great Circle Route. Where you might expect the shortest route from Spider Lake to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<4>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 316.766 degrees.
<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 314.576 degrees.
<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 309.139 degrees.






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