The temperatures falling set the scene for a family experience worthy of a Christmas card. When our waters turns to ice, the adventure continues.Trade your bathing suit for ice skates and your fishing pole for a tip up. Keep cruising the lake on a snowmobile instead of a boat. Strap on some skis or snowshoes and trek through our winter wonderland. When the cold starts nipping at your nose, gaze at snow dusted pine trees by the warmth of a fire with a cup of hot cocoa.
Thanks to the hard work of our area snowmobile clubs and volunteers, an extensive network of professionally groomed trails — more than 1600 miles — are maintained in the Minocqua area. These trails traverse a magnificent natural environment that includes 1,300 glacial lakes and 233,000 acres of public forest land. This, combined with our 65-inch annual average snowfall, makes for some of the Midwest's best sledding.
If you enjoy fishing, don't let the snow and ice slow you down. Ice fishing in the Minocqua area is a great way of enjoying the outdoors during the winter months. Whether you take pleasure in the solitude of being out on a frozen lake, the challenge of the sport, or the friendship and good times found in an ice shanty town with your friends and family, ice fishing is an activity for everyone.
With such a wide variety of trail options, planning a cross country skiing or snowshoeing vacation in the Minocqua area is both easy and fun.