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Minocqua Area Water Sports

Vilas and Oneida counties have one of the largest concentrations of water bodies in the world. So, take your pick of lakes and rivers and head out to view the Northwoods from an entirely different angle.

Hundreds of area lakes offer endless opportunities for water-lovers to swim, sail, water ski, boat and pontoon. And, if you don’t have your own water transportation, rentals are readily available.

Many area lodging options offer direct access to docks and swimming areas. Public beaches are also plentiful in the area, including Torpy Park in downtown Minocqua, Brandy Lake Park in Woodruff and nine designated swimming beaches in the Northern Highland - American Legion (NH-AL) State Forest.

The majority of area lakes have public boat landings, but some do not, or are no-motor lakes. Check with the Visitors Center or your lodging hosts before you make plans.

Due to the increasing threat to our natural water resources by the spread of aquatic invasive species, please plan to inspect, clean and disinfect your boat, trailer and equipment before you launch to ensure you are not transporting invasive plants or animals.


Must Try Water


Canoeing & Kayaking

Welcome to the Minocqua area with 2,300 bodies of fresh water, the highest concentration in the world.

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Fishing Reports & Guides

Seasoned anglers and novices alike enjoy testing their skills in the Minocqua area’s lakes, rivers and streams....

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Boat Rentals

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Boat Rentals & Tours

All the gear you'll need to enjoy the water & woods of the Minocqua area. Want an expert experience? Book a tour.

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Boat Lauch



Boat Launch Fees

All tow vehicles accessing the following boat launches from April 1 through November 30 must purchase a daily or annual use permit. Thirsty Whale Boat Landing - 453 E. Park Ave, Minocqua, WI Schoolhouse Bay Boat Landing - 429 E. Park Ave, Minocqua, WI Cedar Street Boat Landing - 968 Cedar Street,...

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All About The Water

Can't get enough of the water? There's more to do than boating. 

Water Ski Show

Join the Min-Aqua Bats for a display of daring dos and graceful performances at the Aqua Bowl on Lake Minocqua every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, at 7 p.m., mid-June through mid-August. Originating in 1950, the Min-Aqua Bats are the oldest non-profit amateur water ski club in the nation, making them a Northwoods tradition.

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Trip Ideas: 

Let’s start with the fact that it’s all about the water. The fresh air, hospitality and great food are important, but let’s face it ... we come for the water. To be in it, on it or see it. Thanks to the glaciers of ages past, the Minocqua area has the highest concentration of lakes in the world. Everywhere you turn, people are out enjoying the fun. It’s good for the soul, being witness to such joy.
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