Did you know the Minocqua area is home to 2,300 bodies of water – one of the world’s largest collections of freshwater bodies? Or that the world’s largest penny can be found here?
The name “Minocqua” is said to be derived from the Ojibwe Indian word "Ninocqua" meaning "noon-day rest."
Minocqua has an approximate year-round population of 4,821, and is the largest township in the northern half of the county.
Because its major industry is tourism, the Minocqua population nearly quadruples during the summer months.
Termed the “Island City,” a portion of the town is situated on what was an actual island, which is accessible by bridge on Highway 51 and “the fill” to the north.
The Minocqua township consists of approximately 107,520 acres of land and contains approximately 45 lakes. Approximately 187 miles of road are located within the township. The altitude is 1,626 feet.
There are more than 100 boat launches, 18 family campgrounds and 9 swimming beaches in the Minocqua area.
The Northern Highland American Legion State Forest has 225,000 acres and is the largest in the state
The Dr. Kate Newcomb Museum in Woodruff is home to the world’s largest penny; stop in to hear the story of Dr. Kate and this giant coin.
Minocqua is home to a 30' tall snowman in the winter called "Snowmy Kromer" due to the Stormy Kromer that is placed on top his head!
Minocqua is home to the legendary “Ghost at Norwood Pines,” which is said to haunt the Norwood Pines Supper Club.