Monthly Archives: July 2011

July 25, 2011

Seven Short Hikes for Nature Lovers

Going for a hike in the woods doesn’t have to be an epic adventure. These hikes offer mini-adventures nature lovers a great way to get a taste of wilderness without having to bushwack their way through the forest. All you need for these short hikes is a good pair of shoes.

1. North Trout Lake Nature Trail, Boulder Junction – 1 mile
Located just four miles south of Boulder Junction on Hwy M, this trail offers a trail loop through a beautiful forest of tamarack and spruce. It’s just the right distance for a family hike. See trail map.

2. Holmboe Nature Preserve Trail, Rhinelander – 0.6 miles
Running through a dense forest along the banks of the Pelican River, this trail is an outstanding birdwatching opportunity. The trail is only minutes from downtown Rhinelander, but you’ll feel like you’re far out in the wilderness. Parking is available behind the Taylor Park Health Center. See trail map.

3. Awassa Nature Preserve, St. Germain in Vilas County – 0.5 miles
This trail offers the ultimate in accessibility as well as natural beauty. Hikers of every ability level will appreciate the level, wheelchair-friendly trail running through a mature forest. See trail map.

4. Pheasant Branch Conservancy, Middleton – 3.3 miles
Covering more than 550 acres and surrounded by business and residential neighborhoods, Pheasant Branch Conservancy is the wild heart of Middleton. The main trail loop at the conservancy runs for 3.3 miles, but there are numerous short hiking trails branching off from the main trail. See trail map.

5. Great River State Trail, Onalaska – 24 miles
While this state trail runs for 24 miles, you don’t need to travel its entire length to appreciate the trail’s beauty. For a good, short walk, begin at the trailhead in Onalaska and walk north on the trail for about a mile. You’ll come to a stairway leading up the hillside. At the top of the hill, you’ll find Sunny the Sunfish, a giant fish sculpture. After a quick picture with Sunny, retrace your steps along the trail back to the trailhead. See trail map.

6. Riverwalk, West Bend – 3 miles
The community of West Bend is named for a westward bend in the Milwaukee River. The Riverwalk takes you along the river and features a number of outdoor sculptures. It’s a very unique walk. The trail begins in downtown West Bend.

7. Raven Nature Trail, Minocqua in Oneida County – 1.5 miles
This short nature trail is part of a larger 13-mile trail system. The nature trail takes you through pristine woodlands and features interpretive signs and benches along the way. See trail map.


July 19, 2011

Fishing Floats on the Mississippi River

Do you want to catch fish, but don’t want to mess around with a boat? Then you need to hop aboard a Mississippi River fishing float.

Mississippi River fishing floats provide some of the most reliable fishing action in Wisconsin. That’s because these floating platforms are located at some of the best fishing spots on the river. Anglers have a chance to catch walleye, bass, catfish, northern pike, bluegill, perch, crappie, sturgeon and even the occasional sauger. The highly stable floating platforms make fishing easy, even for kids.

Genoa, Trempealeau and Alma, all located along the Wisconsin Great River Road, offer fishing floats. Fees for fishing on the floats range from $5 to $17 per day. Anglers of all ages will love these the fishing float experience.

Learn more about Mississippi River Fishing Floats:

This entry was posted in Article, WGRR on Tuesday, July 19, 2011.

July 19, 2011

Four Fantastic Summer Paddling Trips

Summertime is perfect for paddling. Wisconsin is blessed with thousands of miles of rivers and hundreds of lakes. There’s an abundance of paddling opportunities to choose from. Here are five outstanding Wisconsin paddling trips, with something for every type of paddler.

The Willow Flowage in Oneida County

The Willow Flowage is the largest undeveloped lake in Wisconsin, with more than 6,400 acres of open water for paddling. Paddlers can access 117 islands and seemingly endless backwaters. It’s a true wilderness paddling experience without the drive to Canada. Find out more.

The Black River in Black River Country

The Black River below Black River Falls is popular with paddlers. Trips range from three to twelve miles. The river is characterized by sandstone bluffs, weathered pines and numerous sand bars. Learn more about paddling on the Black River.

Flambeau River in Rusk County

No other river in northern Wisconsin is more beloved as a paddling destination. Paddlers can choose from a number of outstanding stretches running through Rusk County. There are also three other great paddling opportunities in the area too—the Jump, Chippewa and Thornapple rivers. Get complete paddling information.

Allequash Lake – Boulder Junction

This 426-acre lake is the perfect place for a quiet paddle. There is a no-motor restriction for the lower basin of the lake, making it easy to find some serenity, even on the busiest summer day. Look for loons, bald eagles, osprey and other feathered friends who frequent these pristine waters. Find more paddling opportunities in Boulder Junction.