Posted on Thursday, April 10, 2014
It might still feel like winter up in the Northwoods, but spring is on the way. And that means it’s time to plan your spring birdwatching.
Birdwatchers coming to the Northwoods should grab their canoe or kayak and head to the 6,400-acre Willow Flowage, located just minutes west of Rhinelander. Many people compare the Willow Flowage to the Boundary Waters Canoe area, and for good reason: this remote complex of islands, sloughs and channels is one of the wildest places in Wisconsin.
Common bird species include blue herons, ospreys, mergansers and kingfishers. Loons are plentiful. The flowage’s 117 islands and numerous backwaters are home to rare species of birds and plants. Bring your binoculars and explore this natural gem.
Posted on Friday, March 28, 2014
The spring gamefish season opener is just five weeks away. Make plans to fish this veritable fishing holiday in the Rhinelander area. Hodag Country’s lakes offer some of the best fishing in the Midwest. The community’s restaurants, shops and lodging establishments love catering to anglers. You’ll find everything you need for a fun and relaxing trip.
Walleye, smallmouth bass and pike are the top targets when the season opens. May 3 marks the start of a catch-and-release season for smallmouth bass. That same day, the regular season begins for largemouth bass, walleye and pike. Musky fishing opens on May 24.
The largest and most popular Rhinelander area lakes include Boom Lake, Lake George, Lake Julia and the Willow Flowage. However, great fishing can be found on many of the area’s hundreds of smaller lakes.
When fishing on opening weekend, look for areas where the water temperature is higher than surrounding waters. The shallower areas of a lake will usually be several degrees warmer than the deeper sections of that lake. That warmer water attracts baitfish, which attract gamefish.
The spring opener is right around the corner. Don’t wait to book your lodging. See a complete list of lodging options.
Posted on Monday, March 17, 2014
As the snow starts to melt away in Hodag Country, it’s time to start looking forward to spring. And what better way to explore Rhinelander than by getting out on the trails?
Here are three trails you shouldn’t miss:
- Enjoy an easy stroll through the woods along three lakes while traversing the Cassian County Two-Way Trail, which provides hikers with 15 miles of trails. Pets are allowed on the trail in the summer.
- While short, the trail at the Holmboe Nature Preserve offers beautiful scenery and excellent birdwatching opportunities. You can find the trail off of Boyce Drive (Business Highway 17). The trail is also open for snowshoeing in winter.
- Bicyclists looking for a fun ride should head west of Rhinelander to the Bearskin State Trail, a crushed-gravel pathway that runs for 18 miles from Minocqua to north of Tomahawk. Learn more about biking opportunities in the Rhinelander area here.
Posted on Thursday, March 6, 2014
When: June 14, 2014 – June 14, 2014 from 9:00am – 3:00pm
Headquarters: Oneida County Courthouse
Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014
Early spring can bring the whole range of weather to Wisconsin, from beautiful sunny days to snowstorms. Luckily, the Rhinelander Area offers some fun indoor activities.
Head to Hodag Lanes and bowl a few frames. You’ll find 20 synthetic lanes as well as the onsite Hideout Steakhouse, which offers big-screen TVs, a pool table, darts and more.
Check out the Oneida County Courthouse. This historic building includes a breathtaking Tiffany glass dome. Or, take a trip through the galaxy at the Kovac Planetarium.
The Rhinelander Area is the economic hub for much of the Northwoods of Wisconsin. You’ll find lots of interesting shops and restaurants as well as a movie theater showing first-run films.
Within a short drive of Rhinelander, you’ll also find a long list of other fun things to see and do, including a children’s museum, a playhouse, wineries and more.
Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014
How do we love thee in winter, Hodag Country? Let us count (at least a few of) the ways.
Fun events. Even though this year’s HoDrags on Ice has been cancelled, we still have plenty of fun things to do all winter long. There were plenty of anglers around for the DNR’s Free Ice Fishing Weekend in January, and upcoming don’t-miss events include the Lions Club Fisheree & Winter Carnival and the annual Taste of Chocolate this weekend and the Community Music Festival on Feb. 16. Find more events here.
Recreation (with or without motors). Whether your preferred winter recreation happens on skis, snowshoes or on the seat of a snowmobile, you’ll find nearly endless options in the Rhinelander area. Explore several of the cross-country ski and snowshoe trails near Rhinelander, including the Almon Park Trail, the Northwoods Ski Trail or the CAVOC Trails. Snowmobilers can also find more than 1,000 miles of trails in Rhinelander and the surrounding area. Learn more about snowmobiling here.
Food, food, food. We already mentioned the annual Taste of Chocolate, but in case you don’t want to just eat sweets (though we wouldn’t blame you if you did), you can pick from any of the Rhinelander area’s great dining establishments, from supper clubs to bars and everything in between.
Affordable lodging packages. Headed up to Oneida County for a snowmobiling trip? Or have a romantic Northwoods getaway planned for Valentine’s Day? Be sure to check out our list of lodging packages.
Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014
This winter has been fantastic for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the Rhinelander area. Good snowfall and consistently cold temperatures have combined to create trail-trekking conditions that really can’t be beat.
The Rhinelander Area boasts an abundance of winter trails. There are at least nine trails within a 20-minute drive of Rhinelander. And, the Rhinelander Area’s many shops, restaurants and lodging options makes it the ideal hub for all your winter silent sports adventures.
Right now might be the very best time in years to be out on the trails. Make plans today to explore the trails in the Rhinelander Area.
Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014
Winter is in full swing in Rhinelander, and we’ve got some great events lined up in the coming weeks. Here are a few that you should put on your calendar for next month:
- Saturday, Feb. 8-Sunday, Feb. 9: Rhinelander Lions Club Fisheree & Winter Carnival. Come to Hodag Park on Boom Lake for a weekend of fun events, including the annual ice fishing tournament (7am-3pm Saturday and Sunday), the Hodag Broomball Tournament (Saturday), the Hodag Snow Dash snowshoe race (Sunday) and more!
- Sunday, Feb. 16: Community Music Festival. Visit Nicolet College to hear performances from five Northwoods music groups—the Rhinelander Area Community Band, the Nicolet Male Chorus, the Nicolet Choraliers, Hymns and Hyrs and the Lakeland Barbershoppers. Admission is free. More information can be found here.
- Saturday, Feb. 22: HoDrags on Ice. The second annual ice drag racing competition runs from noon to 4pm on Lake Thompson. Race classes include cars, trucks and outlaw vehicles. Call the Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce at 715-365-7464 for more information.
Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013
- Monday, Dec. 9: Scott D., De Pere, WI (Hodag goody bag)
- Tuesday, Dec. 10: Hannah D., Milwaukee, WI, and Karolyn J., Milwaukee, WI (Men’s and women’s golf merchandise from Northwood Golf Club)
- Wednesday, Dec. 11: Deb G., Woodbury, MN ($50 prepaid Visa card)
- Thursday, Dec. 12: Kerry K., Kaukauna, WI (One-night stay at America’s Best Value Inn)
- Friday, Dec. 13 (grand prize): Missy N., Walworth, WI (Two tickets for Wisconsin River Cruises, one-night stay at America’s Best Value Inn)
Thank you to everybody who entered, and thank you to the local businesses for the great prize packages!
Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013
When: May 2, 2014 – May 5, 2014 from 5:00pm – 12:00pm
Headquarters: Rhinelander Area
Join us for the 2nd Annual Rhinelander Girlfriends Getaway May 2 – 4, 2014. This weekend promises to be full of fun, learning and great times! We will begin the weekend Friday at the Hext Theatre on Brown Street in Rhinelander for a private comedy show, Saturday will be full of workshops that peak your interest, shopping and dining and we’ll end the evening with a wine tasting. Plus on Sunday we’ll make sure you get a great meal before heading home. Rhinelander is the perfect community for a girls weekend and we’ll help keep you busy!
For questions call the Chamber at 715-365-7464.