If the weather gets too warm on your summer getaway to the Minocqua Area don’t worry, we’ve got plenty of places where you can cool off, from beaches and lakes to ice cream hotspots. Here’s a closer look at a few places to beat the heat this year.

Beaches & Lakes

The Minocqua Area is home to more than 3,000 lakes, streams, and ponds, so it’s easy to find a refreshing body of water to cool down in on those hot summer days, whether you’re headed to the beach or riding the waves on a boat, kayak, canoe, or stand-up paddleboard.

In the heart of downtown Minocqua, you’ll find Torpy Park, a 4-acre site that not only boasts an impressive beach on Lake Minocqua but also a playground, tennis courts, a sand volleyball court, picnic shelters, and more. Other public beaches can be found at Buffalo Lake (off Highway J near Woodruff) and Clear Lake (between Minocqua and St. Germain, also off Highway J).

If sticking your toes in the sand isn’t your thing, you’ve got a lot of options when it comes to paddling and boating in the Minocqua Area as well. Popular paddling spots include the Manitowish River in the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest, the Bittersweet Lakes State Natural Area, and the Wisconsin River. See more waterways to explore here. Visitors looking for a pontoon boat or fishing boat have several rental businesses to choose from.

Let’s not forget the great fishing you’ll find in Minocqua, too. Whether you’re looking for walleye, bass, or the iconic musky, you’ll discover lots of great lakes with public access in the area. Some popular fishing lakes include Clear Lake, Madeline Lake, and Big Arbor Vitae Lake.

Ice Cream & Cold Drinks

There are also plenty of ways to cool off outside the water in the Minocqua Area. If you want a cool treat, take your sweet tooth to Boardwalk ice Cream, Fudge & Gelato, which sells a wide selection of Chocolate Shoppe ice cream, gelato, sorbetto, shave ice, and more.

Minocqua’s restaurants and bars also offer ice-cold refreshments for patrons. Toast a tasty craft beer or enjoy a classic Northwoods cocktail at dozens of eateries throughout the Minocqua Area. (Want to sit outside and enjoy the weather? Check out Minocqua’s outdoor and waterfront dining options.)