There are few things as soothing as spending some time next to (or on or in) a lake in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. Here are four ways to take advantage of this watery wonderfulness in Oneida County.
Eagle River-Three Lakes Chain of Lakes
Did you know that Oneida County is home to the largest freshwater chain of lakes in the world? It’s true—the Eagle River-Three Lakes Chain of Lakes consists of 28 lakes, including many of Wisconsin’s top fishing lakes. There are many ways to access this chain of lakes, whether you’re out on a fishing expedition, renting a pontoon, canoe or kayak, or just enjoying the waterfront at parks and beaches like Maple Lake in downtown Three Lakes.
Hodag Park, Rhinelander
This large park in the heart of Rhinelander sits on the southern shore of Boom Lake, which is actually part of the Wisconsin River. Hodag Park boasts a sizeable boat launch, a public fishing pier and a popular swimming beach. Bring a picnic lunch or just enjoy a stroll along the lakeshore at this scenic spot.
‘Beer Can Island’, Minocqua Area
OK, we guess this one’s only “lakeside” in the sense that “the lake is on all sides.” This small island on Kawaguesaga Lake (itself a part of the Minocqua Chain of Lakes) doesn’t have an official name, but it’s a popular spot among local boaters who anchor their crafts in the shallows and on the sandbar surrounding the island. It’s a great place for a pitstop when you’re cruising around Northwoods lakes in the summer. (Please boat responsibly and note that Wisconsin law prohibits anyone from operating a motorboat while under the influence of alcohol.)
Sunset hotspots, various locations
With more than 1,100 lakes, there are plenty of places in Oneida County to take in a beautiful Northwoods sunset. Many of the county’s cabins, cottages and lodges are located on the shores of these lakes, so you’ll be treated to a beautiful show every night. Seeking out your own sunset spot is part of the fun, but popular public-access lakes for sunset viewing include Pelican Lake, Lake Katherine, Lake Nokomis and Lake George.