Monthly Archives: June 2014

June 26, 2014

Wisconsin’s Best Boating Lakes

 

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Summer is here and it’s time to go boating. If you’re dreaming of a lazy afternoon, a cool blue lake and lots of room to roam, you’ll find it in Wisconsin. Some of the best boating lakes in the Midwest are located here. These are five of the very best.

Lake Winnebago

This 138,000-acre lake is the largest inland lake in the state. No other body of water offers so much open water. The lake is approximately 30 miles long and ten miles across, providing boaters with an opportunity to really open up the throttle. With its location at the center of the western shore, Oshkosh is the perfect place to launch your expedition.

Eagle River Chain of Lakes

Located in Vilas County, the Eagle River Chain of Lakes is one of the most famous resort areas in the state. The chain is lined with forests and charming vacation homes. Boaters will love traveling from lake to lake and stopping at the friendly restaurants and pubs. The Eagle River Chain is known for its fishing, particularly for musky, walleye and bass.

Minocqua Chain of Lakes

Oneida County’s Minocqua Chain is another well-known resort area. The lakes surrounding Minocqua are noted for their scenic beauty, with many islands and beautiful lake homes, some with historic boat houses. You’ll find a nice mix of outdoor fun and natural beauty: Bald eagles and loons are common, as are water skiers.

Lake Onalaska

Onalaska sits on the banks of a 7,700-acre pool on the Mississippi River known as Lake Onalaska. Boaters can explore the lakes many channels, sloughs and backwaters. Wildlife is plentiful on the lake. Expect to see a variety of waterfowl, wading birds, raptors and songbirds. The surrounding bluffs and the occasional river barge make this a boating destination like no other in the state.

Lake DuBay

Minutes north of Stevens Point is a 6,800-acre impoundment of the Wisconsin River known as Lake DuBay. The lake was formed in 1942 and is today one of the region’s most popular lakes. This sprawling flowage invites exploration. It’s also a great place to fish, particularly for musky and smallmouth bass.

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June 11, 2014

Mountain Biking Trails to Try

Wisconsin is a great place to go mountain biking. You’ll find hundreds of biking trails throughout the state, from challenging single-track to level trails suitable for beginners. Here are seven of Wisconsin’s best mountain biking opportunities.

Nose Lake County TrailOneida County

This mountain bike trail runs for 11 miles through Oneida County Forest lands. Choose from 5-mile and 9-mile loops. The trail is located just 12 miles west of Rhinelander between Highway K and Highway 8.

Anvil Lake TrailVilas County

Located approximately nine miles east of Eagle River, you’ll find the Anvil Lake Trail. This excellent mountain bike trail winds its way through national forest lands and offers plenty of woodland scenery.

Lumberjack Trail – Boulder Junction

The community of Boulder Junction is surrounded by great trails. Mountain bikers should head to the Lumberjack Trail, which runs for 12.5 miles through the forest. The trail links to many more miles of trails running throughout the Boulder Junction area.

Standing Rocks County ParkStevens Point area

The 524-acre Standing Rocks Park is located seven miles east of the Stevens Point area and offers some of the best mountain bike trails in the region. Ride more than 20 miles of mountain bike trails, including beginner level trails and challenging single track.

Northern Unit Kettle Moraine State ForestWest Bend

West Bend is the perfect jumping-off point for exploring the Kettle Moraine State Forest’s trails. Mountain bikers can choose from the forest’s Greenbush recreation area and the New Fane recreation area, both offering single-track mountain bike trails.

Blue Hills Trail SystemRusk County

The Blue Hills of Rusk County are a great place to bike. Explore 10 miles of mountain biking trails along the Blue Hills Trail System. Enjoy views of picturesque ponds and the surrounding hills.

Middleton Bike Park – Middleton

Planning a visit to Middleton? Bring your mountain bike and test your skills at the Middleton Bike Park. The park includes a pump track, jump line and short single-track loop. Wind your way over the rollers, enjoy some “air time” and pedal through the woods.

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