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Minocqua Articles & Accolades

Discover what some well respected writers and publications have to say about the Minocqua Area.

Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce Wins Trailblazer Award

snowmanTrailblazer awardThe Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce has won the Trailblazer Award at the Wisconsin Association of Convention and Visitor Bureau's Fall Tourism Conference! The award was given for creating a cost effective campaign to draw winter tourism to the Minocqua Area in 2015. Utilizing social media and media relations, the campaign resulted in thousands of people stopping to have their picture taken with Snowmy Kromer and subsequently visiting our 24 hour Visitor Center. Along with hundreds of phone calls, Facebook involvement exceeded a 200,000 person reach in the month of January, and a snow melt contest generating 300+ entries. The free advertising value of Snowmy was over $250,000. From Singapore to Nova Scotia and all stops in between, Snowmy went around the WORLD!

The Legend of Snowmy Kromer Continues

The world famous 30 foot tall snowman built by the Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce draws crowds every year. Check out coverage of Snowmy Kromer.  

Stacking Up 'Snowmy

Giant Snowman Returns To Minocqua 

Work Begins to Construct Minocqua's 30' Tall Snowman

Minocqua Snowman Construction Underway

Minocqua Named one of four Midwest Living's "Favorite Family Getaways"

kayaks"Almost surrounded by water, Minocqua qualifies as the quintessential resort-area town - the one most people dream of when they're stuck in a cubicle on a sunny day. Popcorn- and fudge-scented air hums with the buzz of speedboats and the putter of pontoons. Giggles and shrieks ripple from Torpy Beach, a popular park and playground along Main Street. Families meander in and out of shops and gather around lakeside tables. Many return year after year. "It's tradition," says Carrie Helwig of Lee's Summit, Missouri, whose husband has vacationed here since childhood. Now they come with their own children. "We won't go anywhere else."

Visit midwestliving.com for the full story and more.

Midwest Living Declares Minocqua 1 of the 25 Coolest Midwest Lake Vacation Spots

kids fishing on dockCool for Kids: Minocqua, WI

"This northern Wisconsin resort town (165 miles northwest of Green Bay) has all the ingredients of a great family vacation - including more than 3,000 lakes in Vilas and Oneida counties. Minocqua's quieter lakes are perfect for swimming lessons and sandcastles. Meanwhile, you can zip across big Lake Minocqua on a wakeboard or check out the Min-Aqua Bats ski team.

Kids love cheering at Scheer's Lumberjack Show or digging into an ice cream cone at Hoggie Doggie's. If Mom and Dad get an evening to themselves, Northern Lights Playhouse has a summertime-perfect screened auditorium. And the lodgings here understand what a family lake vacation is all about -- no one minds a little sand tracked in.

Pictured: Families love Minocqua's plentiful dock fishing -- perfect for when little ones get fidgety." -Midwest Living (visit midwestliving.com for the rest of this great article and more) 


Minocqua Named one of the "Best Fishing Towns in America" by Field & Stream

Minocqua, Wis.
The Town Where Everybody Fishes

musky fishing"In Wisconsin, they might as well staple fishing licenses to birth certificates. It seems everybody here was born to fish. Minocqua is a quaint little cabin community, the kind of place where you fish all day and sit on the porch at night to watch the sun set over the lake. Fishing-wise, there is much to keep you busy: trout in the creeks, and just about every species you can think of in the 70-odd vicinity lakes. The underrated smallmouth bass fishery probably should rank among the top five in the country. Of course, fishing is a prominent part of the North Woods culture, as are beer, cheese, and Green Bay Packers football. It's fair to say that living in Minocqua year-round is a commitment to being "out there" from the time the leaves drop until the snow melts (you're a solid five hours from Milwaukee, and four from Madison). But if you like water and the wild outdoors, you wouldn't want it any other way." -Field & Stream (visit fieldandstream.com for the rest of this great article and more)

Minocqua Declared one of the Best Wisconsin Towns by Wonders of Wisconsin

fisherman on dockBest Town for a Fishing Getaway

  1. Minocqua
  2. Hayward
  3. Eagle River

Best Snowmobiling Getaway

  1. Eagle River
  2. Hayward
  3. Minocqua


 Best Cross Country Skiing Town

  1. Blue Mounds
  2. Cable
  3. Minocqua

Best Town for a Family Weekend

  1. Wisconsin Dells
  2. Green Lake
  3. Minocqua

Island in the Rough

lake at sunsetMary Bergin of Madison wrote about Minocqua’s Beef-a-Rama in her book Hungry for Wisconsin (2008, Itchy Cat Press) and loved having the Raven Nature Trail to herself during Forest Art Wisconsin.

"Surrounded by peaceful lakes and acres of pristine forests, the Northwoods town of Minocqua was once a rest stop for Native Americans traveling in northern Wisconsin. Today, travelers from all over flock to Minocqua for their own brand of rest in a town whose unique natural and manmade attractions enrich and deepen the landscape for explorers, especially during autumn..."

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