The North Lakeland Discovery Center invites you to experience the best of birding in Wisconsin’s Northwoods during peak spring migration. Warbler walks, field trips, workshops and programs. Great for anyone interested in learning more about our feathered friends. Contact: Discovery Center, (715) 543-2085 or discoverycenter.net
Come to the 2nd Annual Celebrate Spring in Marshfield vendor and craft show. This is a great opportunity to see the new spring line of products and get fun spring crafts. Visit over 40 vendors. Visit Celebrate Spring in Marshfield on Facebook and watch for Celebrate Fall as well.
Wisconsin is a great place to go birdwatching. The complex mix of habitat types and the abundance of public land combine to attract hundreds of species of birds. Everything from tiny hummingbirds to the massive American white pelicans spend part of their year in Wisconsin. The variety of species is incredible.
The period running from late April through mid June is the best time to be out birding. If you’re interested in seeing many dozens of species in a single outing, this is the time of year to be out in the field. You can really help your chances of seeing more birds by going to proven birdwatching locations.
Here are seven of Wisconsin’s best birding spots, in no particular order.
This 550-acre nature conservancy in the heart of Middleton is a gem. It serves as a wildlife oasis amid a bustling community, attracting hundreds of species of birds each spring, including warblers, wading birds, hawks and more.
Running along the Mississippi River near the community of Onalaska, this enormous refuge is the place to go to see migrating waterfowl. During the spring, you’ll have a chance to see a variety of diving ducks, bald eagles, tundra swans, pelicans and a vast array of migrating songbirds.
Many people compare Oneida County’s Willow Flowage to the Boundary Waters Canoe area, and for good reason: this remote complex of islands, sloughs and channels is one of the wildest places in Wisconsin. Species include blue herons, ospreys, mergansers and kingfishers.
This piece of Vilas County is made up of pine forests and shimmering lakes. The state forest is one of your best places in the state to see pileated woodpeckers and other birds of the deep forest.
The Buena Vista Wildlife Area near Stevens Point is home to a number of rare species, including Henslow sparrows, short-eared owls, northern harriers and, most famously, the greater prairie chicken. It’s the ideal place to see prairie species.
Located west of Ladysmith in Rusk County, the Blue Hills offer an outstanding trail system. These trails provide birders with access to a variety of bird habitats. During the spring migration, look for warblers in the canopy who’ve stopped to rest on their journey north.
This wetland in the Black River Falls area attracts good numbers of waterfowl each spring. Canada geese are common, but you’ll also find the full range of ducks and wading birds. The surrounding Black River State Forest is also a great place to look for woodland species.
The best thing about birding in the spring is the variety. Every day brings new species of birds to the state. Some stay for just a few days and others spend the rest of the summer here raising their young. Make plans this spring get out there and see these birds while they’re here.
Go on a shopping getaway this spring. Wisconsin offers some great shopping destinations with a variety of shops and affordable lodging options. Go bargain hunting at outlet stores. Visit fun and quirky galleries filled with interesting artwork. Shop brand-name retailers offering the latest styles. Here are four of Wisconsin’s best shopping destinations.
OSHKOSH – OUTLET SHOPPES AT OSHKOSH
Conveniently located just 90 minutes north of Milwaukee on Highway 41, the Outlet Shoppes at Oshkosh are just a short drive away from millions of Wisconsin shoppers. This outlet mall is home to more than 40 brand-name stores selling everything from footwear to kitchenware. Men’s clothing offerings include Brooks Brothers Factory Store, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Van Heusen and Tommy Hilfiger. Women’s clothing retailers include rue21, Dress Barn, Maurices and Christopher & Banks Outlet. And everyone will love the GAP Outlet, Old Navy, Pac Sun, Aeropostale, Bass, Eddie Bauer Outlet, Jockey, Levi’s Outlet Store and Lands’ End Inlet. Children’s apparel can be found at American Girl, Carter’s Childrenswear, Gymboree Outlet, Justice, Oshkosh B’Gosh and The Children’s Place Outlet.
Get fashionable footwear at Bass, Famous Footwear Outlet, Nine West and Skechers. And, for the athletically inclined, there’s Nike Factory Store and Under Armour. Foodies will love kitchenware and culinary-related merchandise on display at Le Gourmet Chef, Kitchen Collection and Corningware Corelle & More.
There’s something for everyone at this huge mall. Plus, downtown Oshkosh offers interesting shops and galleries, and the community is home to the EAA AirVenture Museum, the Oshkosh Public Museum and the Paine Art Center and Gardens. Plan your Oshkosh shopping getaway today.
Located just minutes from Madison, Middleton is a popular place to stay when visiting the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, downtown Madison and the Wisconsin State Capitol. And, with dozens of shops, it’s also a great place to go shopping.
Greenway Station is a shopping and dining complex featuring landscaped walkways and a fountain. The mix of shops and restaurants makes it a relaxing place to spend the day. National clothing retailers include Chico’s, Christopher & Banks, C.J. Banks, Coldwater Creek, J. Jill, Jos. A. Bank, Justice Just for Girls, LOFT, Marshalls, Maurices and White House|Black Market. You’ll find home furnishings at the Ashley Furniture HomeStore and World Market. Specialty shops include Archiver’s, Bath & Body Works, Claire’s, Endurance House, Erehwon Mountain Outfitter, Francesca’s Collections, Soma Intimates, Sprint and Michaels. Grab a bite to eat at Bison Jack’s, Cheeseburger in Paradise, Claddagh Irish Pub, Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse, Tanner’s Bar & Grill and TGI Fridays. There’s also a Cold Stone Creamery and a Starbucks.
Middleton offers seven hotels, three of which are Travel Green Certified. Get complete information for planning your trip to Middleton this spring.
ONALASKA – LARGEST SHOPPING DISTRICT IN A NINE-COUNTY AREA
This spring, relax in Onalaska on the Mississippi River. This friendly river town offers wonderful views of the Mississippi River as well as and fishing and boating on Lake Onalaska, a 7,700-acre pool on the river. Onalaska is also home to the largest shopping district in a nine-county area and a variety of comfortable and affordable hotels. This, coupled with easy access from I-90, makes Onalaska one of the easiest and most convenient getaway destinations in the state.
Onalaska’s Valley View Mall is home to more than 90 retailers. Major department stores include Sears, Macy’s, JC Penney and Herbergers. The mall is also home to a large Barnes & Noble. Clothing retailers include Gap, Hollister, Aeropostale, American Eagle, Buckle, rue21, Hot Topic, Zumiez and Express/Express Men. Footwear can be found at Finish Line and Foot Locker. You’ll also find five children’s clothing stores, seven jewelry stores and ten restaurants, including a Chuck E. Cheese’s. That’s just a few of the 90 retailers that call Valley View Mall home.
While you’re in Onalaska, take a bike ride or walk along the 24-mile Great River State Trail, which follows the Mississippi River. Start planning your trip to Onalaska.
Located in the pine forests of northern Wisconsin and surrounded by crystal clear lakes, Boulder Junction is the classic Northwoods vacation destination. It’s famous for its musky fishing as well as its excellent system of paved and unpaved bike trails. The community also boasts a number of interesting shops.
One of the most eclectic shops in the Northwoods is Moondeer and Friends. The gallery displays regional, contemporary fine art and handmade items. They also carry antiques and artifacts from around the world. The shop is open May through December.
Firemouth Pottery and Gallery showcases the pottery of owner Bill Karaffa. His pottery is characterized by extraordinary coloration and elegant shapes. The gallery also includes the works of several other artists and craftspeople. You’ll find hand-blown glass, etchings, prints and oil paintings.
Other Boulder Junction shops include Blueberry Patch, Boulder Junction Trading Company, Alder Lake Cranberry Gift Shop, The Frog House, Peeplelures, Stormy Kromer and the sporting goods shop Coontail Play in Style. Don’t miss this fun little community of shops and galleries. Find Boulder Junction resorts, motels, cabins, cottages and more.
These are just four Wisconsin shopping destinations. For more places to shop this spring, visit witravelbestbets.com.
There’s a fish for every season. Shortly after the ice leaves Wisconsin’s lakes, crappie begin their feeding frenzy. On many river systems, the spring walleye run can be action-packed. Late spring brings great fishing for bluegill on lakes all over the state. As the water begins to warm in early summer, the bass fishing in Wisconsin can be incredible. And, as the mercury begins to drop down toward freezing, the musky fishing can be downright unbelievable.
In general, a musky doesn’t feed during the winter. To make it through those long, cold months, these huge predators must pack on the pounds during the fall. By late fall, muskies will be eating voraciously. Musky anglers who want to catch a trophy fish will spend as many hours on the water as they can during this period.
During late fall, big lures are the rule. Musky baits should be between 12 and 18 inches – or more. Successful musky anglers know that they need to spend a lot of time hunting as muskies can be spread out across the entire lake. In fact, fall is the only time of the year that certain monster-size muskies will make an appearance in the shallows. These huge fish leave their deepwater lairs in pursuit of baitfish, particularly ciscoes. Put a lure in front of one of these ravenous predators and you might experience the fight of your life.
Wisconsin offers some of the best musky fishing in the nation, regardless of the season. Here are some of the state’s very best late-fall musky destinations.
Part of the Wisconsin River, this 2,231-acre impoundment is one of the best musky fishing destinations in the Northwoods.
Lake Arbutus, Black River Falls area
The Black River is home to a healthy population of musky, and Lake Arbutus holds some of the biggest specimens.
Try your luck on one – or all – of this chain’s 28 lakes. You’ll find plentiful fish and lots of room to explore.
If you’re looking for variety, fish the Eagle River Chain of Lakes. This chain has one of the highest concentrations of musky in the state.
Trout Lake, Boulder Junction
The musky fishing in this deep, clear lake really turns on in the late fall. The musky here grow to enormous sizes.
This sprawling impoundment of the Wisconsin River offers miles of channels, numerous islands and lots of musky.