Activities, Boating & Fishing, Hiking

3 ideas for a quick fall getaway to Oneida County

Want to make the most of your fall trip to the Northwoods of Wisconsin? Here are a few ways to enjoy this scenic season in Oneida County, whether you’re looking for fall color, want to hit the trails, or cast for a trophy fish.

For fall color fans

There are lots of ways to take in northern Wisconsin’s beautiful fall colors on your next visit to Oneida County. Find a hotel with all the amenities in Rhinelander, Minocqua, Three Lakes, Tomahawk, or the surrounding area and enjoy great ways to take in fall colors, including:

  • Fall color drives: Explore Rustic Road 58 and Rustic Road 59 near Minocqua, drive along County Highway X in Three Lakes, or follow State Highway 107 from Tomahawk to Merrill; find more information here
  • Fun events: Annual events like Minocqua’s Beef-A-Rama™ fill up the Northwoods’ fall calendar; see more information here
For trail lovers

Fall is a great time to travel Oneida County’s trails, whether you’re looking for a quiet stroll along a scenic former railroad route or a more challenging trek through the woods. Book a stay at one of the Northwoods’ welcoming resorts or lodges and use that as your home base as you spend a day or two exploring the area’s trails.

Here’s a closer look at some trails you should visit:

  • The Bearskin State Trail stretches for more than 20 miles between Minocqua and Tomahawk, and the trail’s level, crushed-granite surface makes it an easy (and scenic) trek for all ages and abilities.
  • The Tomahawk River Walk follows the Wisconsin River, offering an easy, serene walk through downtown Tomahawk before reaching SARA Park (home to a trailhead for the Hiawatha Trail).
  • The Washburn Lake Trail near Rhinelander passes through some hilly scenery around Perch Lake and offers some great views

Find more hiking trails in Oneida County.

For anglers

Fall is also a great time to go fishing in the Northwoods of Wisconsin—the lakes aren’t as busy and the fish are feeding ahead of the long winter. (Plus, getting out on the lake is a great way to take in the fall colors in Oneida County.) Find a vacation home or cabin for rent on one of the area’s scenic lakes and cast for musky, bass, walleye, pike, and more.

Notable fishing lakes in the area include:

  • Big Stone Lake, Three Lakes
  • Boom Lake, Rhinelander
  • Lake Mohawksin, Tomahawk
  • Tomahawk Lake, Minocqua

Learn more about fall fishing in Oneida County here.

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