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May 18, 2017

Your Guide to Wisconsin’s Best Paddleboarding

Float your boat

In recent years, stand-up paddleboarding has taken the Dairy State by storm. The activity is perfect for Wisconsin—the state has more than 11,000 lakes, so there are endless places to launch a board.

People of all ages and abilities can try paddleboarding. All you need is a bit of balance and the desire to take in the beauty of nature. Here are some ideal places to explore on your board.

Boulder Lake, Boulder Junction

This beautiful lake features a couple of small islands you can paddle around. It’s near downtown Boulder Junction, where you can find plenty of places to refuel after your paddling trip. Also, if you don’t have a paddleboard of your own, you can find daily, three-day or weeklong rentals at Coontail, which has locations in Boulder Junction and nearby Manitowish Waters.

Black Oak Lake, Land O’ Lakes

Known as the clearest lake in Wisconsin, there’s perhaps no water that feels more refreshing than Black Oak Lake. Glance down and you’ll see fish swimming 20 or 30 feet below.

Dorothy Lake, Oneida County

There’s no place like home, but Toto would agree that there’s also no place like Dorothy Lake. This little gem of a lake is just 96 acres, so its calm water is perfect for paddling. The lake’s water is extremely clear and you’ll find the lake just east of Lake Tomahawk.

Little St. Germain Lake, Vilas County

Vilas County is home to one of the largest collection of freshwater lakes in the world. Paddlers can explore remote waterways, expansive lake chains and beautiful backcountry rivers. Check out Little Saint Germain Lake if you feel like exploring a larger lake—there are lots of small bays to paddle on this lake and board rentals are available nearby in St. Germain.

Amacoy Lake, Rusk County

Rusk County is home to four beautiful rivers and 250 lakes and flowages, so there are plenty of places to launch your board. Lakes around here are teeming with fish, so they are also great for paddleboarders who like to cast a line. Amacoy Lake is one such spot—it’s filled with bass, walleye and panfish.

Lake Emily, Stevens Point Area

This lake in the Stevens Point Area is just west of Amherst Junction. There’s a 143-acre park with a swimming beach that offers access to the lake, and it’s an ideal spot to relax after being out on the water.


May 4, 2017


Hiking in West Bend

Four trails with amazing views

To experience the full beauty of nature, you can’t beat a hike in the woods. Wisconsin is a land of trails – there are endless places to explore the state’s Upper Midwestern scenery. Some trails rise above the others. They are easy to reach, accessible to all ages and best of all, they offer unforgettable vistas.

If you’ve hiked these trails before, you’ve taken in the views and you know how special these trails are. If you’ve never visited these paths, put on your boots and see what you’re missing.

Ice Age Trail, Glacial Blue Hills Recreation AreaWest Bend

West Bend has some fantastic hiking in and around the city. This is land sculpted by glaciers, so you’ll find a landscape marked by various glacial features like drumlins and moraines. The 1,000-mile Ice Age National Scenic Trail passes through West Bend via the Glacial Blue Hills Recreation Trail. While some people take months to hike the whole trail, you can enjoy a great taste of the path in this recreation area. Enjoy beautiful vistas of the woodland valley while dreaming of a through-hike.

Blue Hills Trail SystemRusk County

For miles more of glacial terrain – and another beautiful stretch of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail – head to Rusk County in Northwestern Wisconsin. The 23-mile Blue Hills Trail System will take you through the remnants of a mountain range that’s older than the Rockies. To enjoy the best views here, take a morning hike. You’ll see why this area got its name; the hills take on a beautiful blueish hue early in the day.

Van Vliet HemlocksVilas County

Vilas County has more than 240,000 acres of public forest so there’s no shortage of places to take a hike. In fact, the county boasts more than 60 trails that are open for hiking. For a picturesque hike through the towering remnants of an old growth forest, head to Van Vliet Hemlocks. This 400-acre parcel includes more than 3 miles of hiking trails. The views of Averill Lake and Van Vliet Lake are simply beautiful.

Bearskin State TrailOneida County

For a gentle hike that’s full of Northwoods scenery, head to the Bearskin State Trail in Oneida County. This trail, which was once an old railroad corridor, has a crushed granite surface that’s easy on the legs. The views are incredible. You’ll enjoy vistas of shimmering lakes, lily ponds and dense forest.