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How to unwind in Oneida County this summer

Add another scoop. Turn your happy hour into happy hours. When you’re in Oneida County in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, you can make those long, lazy summer days as long and lazy as you want—you’re on vacation.

Here are four great ways to unwind in Oneida County this summer.

Pick a flavor at the Windmill Ice Cream Shoppe

This summer, count scoops instead of calories. If you’ve got a hankering for a cone, shake or sundae, you can visit this iconic ice cream shop in Tomahawk—you’ll know you’re there when you see the giant windmill, obviously—by car, bike or boat. (Seriously, it’s right on the shores of Lake Nokomis.)

Find more Oneida County ice cream spots with our searchable restaurant listings.

Soak up the sun at Lake Katherine

Lots of lakes means lots of beaches, and that means lots of opportunities to wiggle your toes in the sand in Oneida County this summer. One great option is the beach at Lake Katherine, located in the friendly community of Hazelhurst. The beach is an ideal place for families to relax lakeside—there’s a lifeguard on duty during the summer, and the lake’s water is clean and refreshing. Relax in the sand, take a dip, and repeat!

Traverse the Three Eagle Trail

Oneida County is home to one of the Northwoods’ most scenic trails, and it’s a perfect place to spend the afternoon walking or biking while marveling at your serene surroundings. The Three Eagle Trail travels from Don Burnside Park in Three Lakes north for about 11 miles to the historic train depot in downtown Eagle River. (Three Lakes + Eagle River = Three Eagle. Get it?) The trail will take visitors over wetlands, past towering trees and through expansive wilderness areas.

Learn more about Three Lakes.

Toast to a great view on Lake Minocqua

If your style is less French Riviera and more French Fry Riviera, you’ll find plenty of places for waterfront dining in Oneida County. A favorite spot of locals and visitors alike is The Thirsty Whale in Minocqua, which has been welcoming customers to the shores of Lake Minocqua since 1902 with tasty food and refreshing beverages.

Looking for more waterfront dining? Check out our listing of Oneida County restaurants, sortable by location and amenities.

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