Three to See: Oneida County

Bearskin State Trail, Oneida County

Bearskin State Trail, Oneida County

You’ve made the decision to hit the open road and visit one (or all) of our dozen unique destinations. So what are you going to do once you get there? Here are three local highlights to help you plan your trip.

1. Miles and miles of trails. Explore the Northwoods along miles of multipurpose trails that wind through Oneida County’s nine communities. Hop on your bike or snap on your cross-country skis to traverse the Bearskin State Trail, or fire up your ATV or snowmobile to explore the trails that run through and around Rhinelander. Hikers along the hundreds of miles of trails should keep their eyes open for potential signs of wildlife, including bald eagles, deer, bear, wild turkeys and ruffed grouse. http://oneidacountywi.com/trails-recreation/

Hundreds of lakes. Oneida County is a water lover’s paradise. Hundreds of lakes offer four seasons’ worth of angling opportunities, from ice fishing for panfish in the winter to hunting down musky in the summer and fall. Oneida County’s dozens of lakes and rivers also appeal to canoe and kayak enthusiasts in the spring, summer and fall. Since Oneida County is part of a region that contains the fifth-largest concentration of freshwater lakes in the world, there’s something for everyone. http://oneidacountywi.com/fishing-boating/canoeing-kayaking/

3. Minocqua Brewing Company. Established in 1997, the Minocqua Brewing Company (and adjoining family restaurant) makes its home in a Masonic temple that was constructed nearly 90 years ago. The Minocqua Brewing Company serves its six house beers, as well as seasonal creations, throughout the year. For the last 14 Januaries, the Minocqua Brewing Company has sponsored the annual Ice Cold Beer Fest, which brings together more than two dozen beer, wine and food enthusiasts for a celebration of all things gastronomical. 238 Lakeshore Drive, Minocqua; www.minocquabrewingcompany.com, (715) 356-2600

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