March 26, 2012

Put the Wind Back In Your Sails

Three huge Wisconsin lakes offer unsurpassed sailing this spring

The Badger State isn’t the first place that comes to mind when you think of sailing. However, Wisconsin boasts three of the Midwest’s top sailing opportunities. If you’re looking for a place to put your sailboat in the water this spring, don’t miss these three lakes.

Oshkosh Millers Bay Sail BoatsOne Humongous Lake

Lake Winnebago is Wisconsin’s largest inland lake. From the numerous boat launches in Oshkosh, located midway between the north and south ends of the lake, sailors can access 138,000 acres of open water. It’s a world-class freshwater sailing destination that offers consistent winds and endless acres to explore.

Super Scenery
Onalaska Sails

Photo: RJ & Linda Miller

At 7,700 acres, Onalaska gives sailing enthusiasts ample room to maneuver. Sail around islands, along wetlands and through wide expanses of open water. Surrounded by bluffs, the scenery is spectacular. And, on a windy day, don’t be surprised if you see bald eagles sailing above you.

Sail Boats on Lake Pepin The Longest Lake

At the northern end of the Wisconsin Great River Road, the 28-mile-long Lake Pepin is a favorite with boaters from Wisconsin and Minnesota. This wide pool on the Mississippi River allows sailboats to tack their way north and south through the heavily forested valley beneath the gaze of high bluffs.

Get the latest articles

Learn about the best things see and do in Wisconsin right now! Provide your email address below to sign up for the FREE Wisconsin Travel Best Bets e-newsletter.