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Located in Ashland County along the Bad River, Mellen is a small town that’s home to some 700 residents. The community boasts the beauty of its natural surroundings located just south of Copper Falls State Park and natural area, one of Wisconsin’s most picturesque parks.

Situated in the Penokee Range, residents here enjoy sprawling views of the low rolling mountains with its green valleys during the summer and active ski hill communities in the winter. Only a short drive to Lake Superior and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, the endless outdoor activities draw adventurers year round.

The opportunities for outdoor recreation and affordability make Mellen real estate ideal for finding your dream home or building your vacation getaway in northern Wisconsin.

A Brief History of Mellen, WI

The community of Mellen, originally called Iron City, was established in the late 1800s as a railroad town. During its early years, it was home to the largest tannery in North America. The town was renamed Mellen in honor of William Solon Mellen, the general manager of the Wisconsin Central Railroad who built the community’s first school on West Street.

In more recent years, Mellen was recognized as Wisconsin's first "Trail Town '' due to its location along the North Country Trail providing a way stop for trail hikers.

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Living in Mellen, WI

If you’re looking for a Northwoods home surrounded by natural beauty, the Mellen area is an ideal setting. With easy access to Copper Falls State Park and miles of forested trails, there’s endless opportunity to explore the outdoors. Read on for more highlights of this northern Wisconsin community:


Residents of Mellen enjoy a continental climate with mild summers and snowy winters. During the summer months, temperatures range in the 70s with plenty of sunshine and occasional rain showers.

Winter brings plenty of snow and temps hovering around 20°F, creating a winter wonderland for outdoor enthusiasts.


Mellen offers an affordable cost of living at 30.2% percent below the national average according to Sperling’s Best Places to Live. Homes in Mellen are significantly more affordable than neighboring communities and offer proximity to the natural beauty of the area.


Mellen’s economy is characteristic of many small towns in Northern Wisconsin. The largest employment sector is manufacturing followed by health care and social services and public schools. The area economy is also driven by tourism, providing opportunities for small businesses that provide lodging, recreational activities, and trade services to local cabin owners and vacationers.


Families with children in Mellen enjoy a laid-back pace of life that comes with small-town living.

Students living in Mellen attend schools in the School District of Mellen with a low student-teacher ratio and individualized learning plans for each student.


The Mellen area is located in the Penokee Range in northern Wisconsin with rolling hills and numerous lakes and rivers. The hilly terrain is a paradise for hikers and mountain bikers exploring the region’s bluffs and waterfalls.

Situated near Lake Superior, the lake effect in the Penokee creates heavy snowfall in winter attracting cross-country skiers, snowshoers, snowmobilers, downhill skiers, and snowboards to the many trails and ski resorts within the expansive national forest.


Copper Falls State Park
Just north of Mellen, Copper Falls State Park is one of the most picturesque parks in Wisconsin offering trails overlooking of canyons, streams, and spectacular waterfalls.

Morgan Falls and St. Peter's Dome
Located west of Mellen in the Penokee Range, Morgan Creek cascades 70 feet into a small shaded pool to create Morgan Falls. Available from the same trailhead, the St. Peter’s Dome hike brings you to the highest point in the Chequamegon National Forest.

North Country Scenic Trail
Mellen is the largest town in Wisconsin on the completed North Country Trail, which is the longest trail in the National Trail System stretching 4,700 miles from North Dakota to Vermont. As a recognized Trail Town, Mellen provides a layover destination for trail hikers.

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Mellen, WI Real Estate

If you’re looking to spend your time outdoors in the Northwoods, the Mellen community in northern Wisconsin offers the perfect natural setting.

Those looking for homes in the Mellen area will find single-family houses, luxury vacation homes, or traditional cabins tucked in the woods. With vacant lots and land for sale, you can also find the perfect property to build your dream home or vacation getaway.

Mellen’s mix of natural beauty, outdoor recreation, and affordable prices in the housing market gives families and individuals lots of opportunities to buy homes or land for sale that will appreciate for years to come.

Find the Best and Latest Houses for Sale in Mellen, WI

The Windseeker team is proud to call this area home and be your local guide to a sought-after real estate near Mellen, WI. Whether you’re a first-time buyer or looking for a second home or rental property, we are here to help you fulfill your real estate needs—big or small.

Get in touch with Jenna Galegher and the Windseeker team by calling 715.779.5000 or sending an email to [email protected] to get started.

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