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Minocqua Area Fact Sheet

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 Minocqua area has one of the largest concentrations of fresh water bodies in the world, providing endless opportunities for four seasons of fun.
  • 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

penny statue

  • 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.

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