Village of Sheldon
Sheldon was first settled just east of the present village. The settlement, called Fern in the 1880’s, was supported by the lumbering industry. Present day Sheldon is busy with year-round activity. Starting in April, the Community Club organizes an annual canoe race, starting in Jump River and ending in Haley’s Park. At the finish line, canoeists and spectators are invited to share in food, drink and games.
Haley Park is noted for the variety of its trees and wildflowers. The park has excellent access facilities for the canoeist. The town’s fairgounds feature two well-maintained ball diamonds, tennis courts, horseshoe pits, a horse arena, a restored Soo Line depot and fair building. As the snow arrives, snowmobilers start grooming the Sheldon Rough Rider Snowmobile Club trails, a 35-mile system stretching from the Village of Tony to Chippewa County.
Fisherman will find the clean, clear Jump River brimming with smallmouth bass, musky, northern pike, walleye and catfish. Rich farmland and successful dairy crop operations add to the Sheldon area’s economy.