Enjoy every day of summer

It has been a beautiful summer in Oneida County and there are still more warm summer days ahead. Don’t miss any minute of Oneida County fun this summer. Here are a few great ways to cool off on those warm late summer days.

Water trails

There’s nothing like paddling down a Northwoods river under a canopy of leaves. Oneida County is home to numerous padding routes – check out the Tomahawk River, the Wisconsin Rover and Willow Flowage Area. From quiet, family-friendly backwaters to rivers with challenging rapids, you’ll find just what you’re looking for in Oneida County. See padding routes and ideas here.


Oneida County is home to some of the most beautiful lakes in the Northwoods. There’s nothing like spending the day on the water. There are endless miles of shoreline to explore and when things heat up, there’s nothing more refreshing than a dip in a cool Oneida County lake.  The county has many great lakes for boating – a few examples include Lake Thompson, the Rainbow Flowage and Lake Tomahawk. Don’t have a boat? No problem – rentals are available.


Oneida County has a lot of gorgeous beaches that are perfect places to spend a late summer day. Oneida County’s lakes are clear and calm and many have beautiful stretched of soft sand that are perfect for family fun. In downtown Minocqua, Torpy Park is a popular spot; other beaches to check out include Hodag Park in Rhinelander. Lake Katherine in Hazelhurst and Maple Lake in the Three Lakes area.

Need some more ideas for enjoying every last bit of summer in Oneida County? Check out these itineraries. They’ll give you some more options and some ideas for fall!

Get out on the trails!

oc blog aug 2015Summer is a great time to explore Oneida County on two wheels. Here are some notable biking routes in Oneida County.

Bearskin State Trail

This 18-mile trail—a former railroad corridor that runs alongside Bearskin Creek—travels through Minocqua, Hazelhurst, Goodnow and Harshaw. Cyclists will find beautiful Northwoods vistas as they traverse lakes and streams. A trail pass is required for bicycling. Learn more about the Bearskin State Trail.

Mud Lake Trail

Mountain bikers can enjoy eight miles of single-track mountain bike trails near Mud Lake, three miles north of Rhinelander. Ride through pine forests and over log bridges. You can find parking at two lots off of Crystal Lake Road. Learn more about Rhinelander area trails.

Shannon Lake Trail

Shannon Lake, which sits just north of Little St. Germain Lake in northern Oneida County, is home to a multi-use trail system that welcomes mountain bikers, cross-country skiers, snowshoers and hikers. Trails range from 2.3 miles to 7 miles. Learn more about St. Germain area trails.

There’s still time to find summer fun in Oneida County

oneida county marathonIf you haven’t launched your Oneida County adventure yet this summer, there’s still plenty of time to take advantage of all our scenic Northwoods destination has to offer. Here’s a look at just a few reasons you should visit us before summer ends:

Events. From fun, family-oriented events like the Oneida County Fair to active events like the See Me Tri Triathlon in Minocqua and the WILD Hodag Mini-Triathlon, you’ll find plenty of activities to put on your calendar.

Lakes. Whether you’re fishing or just watching your kids act like a fish, there are hundreds of lakes to take advantage of in Oneida County. Opportunities for boating, fishing, paddling, swimming and other aquatic activities abound in late summer.

Outdoor fun. Even when you’re not enjoying life by the lake on your Oneida County vacation, there’s still plenty of ways to get outside, including golfing, hiking and biking. Or, if you want to be more relaxed about it, you can stroll down charming Main Streets to do some shopping or find a restaurant with outdoor dining.