Hurley is located in Wisconsin’s Iron County. Hurley sits directly across from the Montreal River and sits at the junction of U.S. highway 77 and M-51. Hurley is near Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park and sits on the border between Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
Hurley has a population of 1547 Hurley made a name for itself as a wild and wooly outpost during the region’s iron mining days in the late 1800’s. Today the town is best known for the glorious waterfalls that can be found nearby on the Montreal River, and for great snowmobiling available throughout the area during the winter months. Although some of the wildest falls are only accessible by foot, the effort is always worth it.
Hurley’s 19th century County Courthouse, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has been turned into a museum devoted to the area’s rich mining, logging and farming heritage. Hurley is known as the snow capital of Wisconsin. Surrounded by alpine ski resorts, Nordic centers and the best snowmobile and ATV trail system in the Midwest, making it the perfect winter destination. Over 500 miles of groomed trails provide ample amounts of wintertime fun. The Montreal Trails, 15 km, pass by remnants of the Montreal mining and Krankala Spur with an additional 5 km surpass all others in scenic beauty. The trail winds through the Penokee Range to Montreal, with shorter spurs offering great scenery without the distance. The Cedar Trail in Gurney follows ravines and plateaus to Lake Superior. Hurley is also a magnet for skiers and snowboarders. Part of a unique microclimate that extends into Upper Michigan, Hurley often has deep snow cover even when the rest of the state has bare grass.
Iron County has 214 lakes with public access, providing fishing for walleye and musky and 136 miles of trout streams. Saxon Harbor on Lake Superior is a convenient launching point for private boats and home to many charter craft. Visitors can discover real deep sea fishing right here is the Midwest. Don’t miss Iron County’s great eateries, from authentic Italian cuisine and great grilled steaks to savory burgers at local pubs that just can’t be matched by the chain outfits. Iron County also has some great choices when it comes to places to stay, including some well-known chains, sully furnished condominiums and house rentals.