A white wonder
A majestic visitor graces Onalaska every year. White pelicans, one of the largest birds in North America, gather in an area just down from the Onalaska Spillway on the Black River. These birds are giants – their wing spans can exceed 9 feet. Onalaska is on the Mississippi Flyway, a major migratory route, so it’s a great place to see white pelicans, bald eagles and other migratory birds, especially in the spring. Discover more details here.
A beautiful point in Vilas County features white pines of majestic proportions – some top 130 feet. This special place is called Cathedral Point and it’s located between the north and south basins of Trout Lake. The spring is an ideal time to visit this site, as the forest comes to life. Learn more about the trails of Vilas County here.
The woods around Boulder Junction are home to a large number of ghosts – ghost deer, that is. Albino deer have been a feature in the woods around Boulder Junction for generations. They are illegal to hunt, which may have allowed their population to grow. Be on the lookout for these beautiful creatures as you hike the forest trails. If you’re lucky enough to spot one of these incredible animals, you’ll notice that they are white as snow- with pink noses, ears and hooves. Learn more about the albino deer of Boulder Junction here.
In the Oneida County hamlet of Monico, a tiny town not far from Rhinelander, a man named Frank Kovac decided to travel to the heavens without leaving his backyard. Kovac, who as a child dreamed of becoming an astronaut, brought space down to earth by constructing the world’s largest globe planetarium. It’s one of just three in the world and it stands more than two stories tall. The planetarium is open to the public and well worth a visit, if only to see what happens when a man dreams about the stars. Learn more about the planetarium here.