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  • Share your photos and you could win!

    Posted on Monday, May 12, 2014

    Rhinelander Picture Perfect ContestDo you have great photos from Rhinelander? Share them with us, and you could win cash and a Rhinelander getaway!

    With the “Rhinelander is Picture Perfect” Photo Contest, we’re asking fans to submit photos in three categories – Events, Fun on the Water (watersports, fishing, boating, etc.) and Hiking, Biking & More (on-land recreation).

    Entries will be accepted until July 4.

    After the submission period ends, three finalists will be selected in each category, and fans will have a chance to vote for their favorites from July 9-31. The person that submits the photo that receives the most overall votes will receive the grand prize – a two-night stay at a Rhinelander-area lodging property and $250 in spending cash. Two runners-up – the top vote-getters in the other two categories – will receive a $100 prepaid credit card.

    Enter today!

  • Accepting Applications for Rhinelander Room Tax Community Grants

    Posted on Tuesday, April 22, 2014

    The Rhinelander Tourism Marketing Committee is once again accepting applications for our Room Tax Community Grant Program.  These grants are awarded twice a year in June and December.  Applications are due by 5pm Friday May 30, 2014 and the applications will be reviewed at the committee’s June meeting on June 4, 2014.

    The Committee will fund projects submitted by non-profit organizations to help with marketing and advertising for events, programs or items directly related to bringing in visitors from outside the Rhinelander area.

    If you have questions regarding the application or application process please call the Chamber at 715-365-7464 and ask for Dana.


    2014 Application for Room Tax Funds

  • A Rhinelander Area Birdwatching Gem

    Posted on Thursday, April 10, 2014

    RHI Heron in marsh( Kelly L Ramker) 2

    Photo courtesy of Kelly L. Ramker

    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.

  • May 3 is Opening Day!

    Posted on Friday, March 28, 2014

    RHI fishing boat on a misty lake 5

    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.


  • Try these trails this spring

    Posted on Monday, March 17, 2014

    hiking in rhinelanderAs 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.
  • 2014 Art Fair on the Courthouse Lawn

    Posted on Thursday, March 6, 2014

    When: June 14, 2014 – June 14, 2014 from 9:00am  –  3:00pm

    Headquarters: Oneida County Courthouse

    Download an Event Application

  • Find Weather-proof Indoor Fun

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014

    RHI  Court House inside 1

    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.

    Find a more things to do in the Rhinelander Area this spring.

  • Why we love Rhinelander in winter

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014

    RHI snowy shorelineHow 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.

  • Calling all skiers and snowshoers!

    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.

    See a list of area trails and find current trail conditions.  

  • February fun in Hodag Country

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014

    OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWinter 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.

    Find more featured events in the Rhinelander area here. You can also see a full community calendar here.