What to know about Oneida County snowmobiling

Planning a snowmobile getaway to Oneida County this winter? Good idea—we’ve got hundreds of miles of trails, so there’s plenty to explore. Got questions about snowmobiling in the Northwoods of Wisconsin? We’ve got answers.

Where can I snowmobile?

More than 1,000 miles of trails are open to riders in Oneida County—that means a lot of great snowmobiling. Plus, you can connect to hundreds of more miles of trails throughout the Northwoods. Learn more.

Do you have snow?

Oneida County usually gets a lot of snow, so it’s a great place to ride, but it’s always best to check conditions before your trip. To find the latest snow report for Oneida County, click here. You can also get the snow report for specific Oneida County communities below:

Where can I stay?

From cabins and cottages to amenity-laden hotels, Oneida County has plenty of places to stay, some of which are located right on the snowmobile trails. Find lodging options for Oneida County communities here.

Where can I stop to eat along the trail?

  • Bonnie’s Lakeside, Three Lakes. This popular establishment on Spirit Lake serves up great steaks, seafood, soups, sandwiches, broasted chicken and a Friday night fish fry.
  • Silver Birch Supper Club, The Silver Birch has delighted diners for more than a century, providing fine dining and friendly service in a warm and unique atmosphere.
  • Roadside Pub, Pelican Lake. Hungry for pizza or a hot sandwich? Head to the Roadside Pub in Pelican Lake, a good place to relax or enjoy a quick meal that will get you back on the trails in no time.
  • Bitters + Bull, Lake Tomahawk. This establishment near the trails in the Minocqua Area incorporates locally sourced ingredients and craft cocktails.
  • Backwaters Bar & Grill, You’ll find this bar on the northern end of the Boom Lake Chain in Hodag Country. Enjoy something off the grill or choose from a variety of craft and tap beers.

Snowmobile adventures

Oneida County is home to some of the finest snowmobile trails in the Midwest—1,100 miles in all. Snowmobilers return to Oneida County year after year for the great snowfall, the many resorts and restaurants that cater to snowmobilers and the routes that will take you through the beautiful Northwoods. Here are a few of our favorite spots.

Bearskin Trail

This 18-mile trail in the Minocqua Area is a level ride that will take you through some beautiful snow-covered forest. The trail is constructed on a former railroad corridor that was built in the 1880s to transport logs from the Northwoods. You can continue riding south on the same corridor via the Hiawatha Trail that runs to Tomahawk.

Three Lakes

From the heart of Three Lakes, snowmobilers can explore the beauty of northeastern Oneida County, including a portion of the Thunder Lake State Wildlife Area. Three Lakes’ trails connect to nearly 200 additional miles of snowmobiling trails, including Eagle River to the north.

Willow Flowage

The Willow Flowage Scenic Wildlife Area is a 27,000-acre parcel isolated from roads and development. Designated snowmobile trails will take you through a portion of this beautiful property. Learn more about the Willow Flowage here.

Enterprise Block, Oneida County Forest

In southeastern Oneida County, this 20,000-acre swath of county forest land is a scenic destination for trail riders who like getting away from it all. There’s very little development in this part of the county—riders will find a dense forest of hardwood, aspen, oak, balsam fir and spruce. Learn more about the county’s snowmobiling lands here.

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Unforgettable fall hikes

The leaves are gorgeous in Oneida County and now is the ideal time to take the spectacle in, one step at a time. Our networks of scenic hiking trails are the perfect path to enjoying the county’s best fall beauty. We have options for experienced hikers seeking a challenge, as well as gentle paths that will offer anyone an unforgettable experience.

Bailey Lake Equestrian Trail, Three Lakes

On this picturesque trail, you just might see a horse walking through the leaves. The unpaved scenic path, which was once used by loggers, runs 15 miles through a wilderness camping area east of Three Lakes. 

CAVOC Trails, Rhinelander

This 5-mile unpaved trail is hilly and scenic, perfect for those seeking a challenging hike through the woods. There are lots of looped options to explore. You’ll find the trail east of Rhinelander with an entrance off South Shore Drive. 

Enterprise County Trail, Enterprise

In southeast Oneida County, explore two unpaved four-mile loops featuring some hilly terrain through the Oneida County Forest. 

Madeline Trail, Woodruff

This 16.5-mile trail features easy to moderate terrain and some rolling hills. There are spots to take in nice views of Madeline lake. You’ll find the trailhead off Rudolph Road, about two miles southeast of Woodruff.

McNaughton Trail, Lake Tomahawk

This beautiful 13-mile trail south of Lake Tomahawk rings a few small lakes. It features largely gentle terrain, although there are a few steep hills. 

Fall golfing

This fall, bring your clubs to Oneida County! There’s nothing like enjoying a beautiful autumn afternoon on the course, golfing amid a sea of brilliant foliage. Our course clubhouses also offer food and drinks for when you need refueling on a crisp fall day. The season’s best days are here–check out these great places to book a tee time.

Minocqua Area

You’ll find several great options in the Minocqua Area, including Timber Ridge Golf Club, Minocqua Country Club and Trout Lake Golf Club.

Rhinelander Area

Hodag Country is home to some beautiful courses: Northwood Golf Club, Pinewood Country Club and the Rhinelander Country Club.

Three Lakes

Golfers will find fantastic color at the 9-hole Big Stone Golf Course.

Tomahawk

Tomahawk’s scenic golf courses include Inshalla Country Club and Edgewater Country Club.

Scenic spots in Oneida County

Fall is arriving, and colors will be peaking soon! Our scenic corner of Wisconsin’s Northwoods is filled with beautiful forests and lakes so it’s the perfect place to enjoy a hike or bike ride, cast a line, ride an ATV or just relax and enjoy the season. Here are some of our favorite scenic spots.

Almon County Park

About five miles south of Rhinelander, you’ll find this scenic park that flanks the shore of Buck Lake. Take the Almon Park Trail for a scenic stroll that will take you to the water’s edge.

Squirrel River Pines State Natural Area

In this natural area, you can wander through massive pine trees that are more than 100 years old. There are more than 1,300 acres to explore!

Rustic Road 58

This lightly traveled wilderness road, located southwest of Minocqua, passes cedar lowlands, dense pine and hardwood forests. Travelers will also encounter abundant native wildlife.

Thunder Marsh Wildlife Trails

A pleasant place for a fall stroll is located about three miles north of Three Lakes. The Thunder Marsh Wildlife Trails will take you through part of a 3,000-acre property that’s managed to protect wetland wildlife. The trails will guide you onto a dike system that’s a great place to observe migratory birds.

Washburn Lake Trail

About seven miles west of Rhinelander, you’ll find this hilly 15-mile trail system that offers beautiful forest vistas. Mountain bikers will enjoy 9 miles of single track trails.

Fall golfing in Oneida County

One of the best ways to experience the brilliant fall colors of Oneida County is on a golf course. There are scenic courses spread across the county so you’re never far from a tee time. Our courses offer unforgettable fall views, with greens and fairways that are lined with dazzling displays of yellow, red and orange. The temperatures are comfortable this time of year and the air is fresh. The only challenge to golfing in all this beauty is keeping your eye on the ball!

In the Minocqua Area, there are several great options for fall golfing, including the picturesque Timber Ridge Golf Club and the historic Trout Lake Golf Club.

The Rhinelander Area is home to two great public courses that are an easy drive from the center of town: Northwood Golf Club and  Pinewood Country Club in Harshaw.

Golfers will find some great golfing and great views at the Big Stone Golf Course on Big Stone Lake in Three Lakes.

Tomahawk’s scenic golf courses include the beautiful Inshalla Country Club and Edgewater Country Club on Lake Alice.

Take in the fresh air at these summer festivals

There’s something happening every weekend this summer in Oneida County, including music festivals, classic car shows, craft fairs and more. See what’s on the calendar and make plans to join the fun. Here are four upcoming events you won’t want to miss.

Snowshoe baseball games 

Snowshoe baseball? In the summer? Yep. In 1961, the town chairman of Lake Tomahawk came up with this event as a way to give summer tourists and residents another source of entertainment. The idea took off and people have been swinging, stumbling and laughing ever since. The games take place on summer evenings at 7:30pm in Lake Tomahawk’s Snowshoe Park. There’s no admission, but you’re welcome to throw a few dollars into the butterfly net that’s passed around during the game or just sit back, relax and enjoy the game.

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Hodag Country Festival

If you love country music, you need to be in Rhinelander from July 12-15 for the annual Hodag Country Festival. Join 30,000 country music fans for four days of live shows by some of the biggest names in country music, including Clint Black, Toby Keith and Neal McCoy.

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Nicolet Wheel-a-Way

On September 1, cruise down the beautiful roads of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest and join the Nicolet Wheel-A-Way, a late summer tradition in Three Lakes. This fun bicycle ride is not a race, but rather a scenic tour along an 18-mile or 36-mile route. There will be a support wagon to accommodate riders’ needs and plenty of refreshments at stops along the way.

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Beef-A-Rama

Where’s the beef? In Minocqua of course, during the last weekend of September. This fun-filled festival celebrates everything beef and includes the Rump Roast Run and a Parade of Beef. There’s also a special “Calf Mile” for kids. Beef-A-Rama features cook-offs, games for all ages, great food and live music that will get you moo-ving.

Learn more.

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ATV adventures

ATV riders will find a lot to love in Oneida County. There are miles of riding on trails and rural roads and routes that will take you through timeless Northwoods scenery. The 2018 riding season has arrived—here are some things to know before you rev your engines.

The trails: Head to southwestern Oneida County to launch your trail adventure. There are two trail systems that will take you through segments the 82,000-acre Oneida County Forest, across wild creeks and past woodland lakes. Miles of additional riding can be found on rural roads. The Little Rice ATV/UTV Trail System will take you through the Oneida County Forest. The trail system includes 16 miles of beautiful woodland trails and 23 miles of lightly trafficked connecting ATV road routes. There are also 76 additional miles of town roads that are open to ATV use. Parking is available at the north end of the system. See a trail map here.

The Enterprise ATV Trail System includes 13 miles of trail and a couple of short road routes in the Oneida County Forest. The trail connects to systems in Lincoln and Langlade counties. The Enterprise trailhead is located at the north end of the system. To reach the trailhead, take County Highway 17 south from Rhinelander 7 miles to Bowman Road. Take Bowman Road east 1 mile to the trail parking lot. See a map here. ATV camping is available at Enterprise Campground, located within the Oneida County Forest, about 11 miles south of Rhinelander on Shingle Mill Road. The campground is accessible via the Enterprise ATV trail or via Shingle Mill Road. There are 11 campsites with grills, fire rings and picnic tables. Restrooms and hand pump wells are also available. Fees are $10 per night per site, payable by self-registration. The campground is open from May 22 until December 1. 

The regulations: Oneida County’s trails are open from May 22 until December 2 and are open to ATVs and UTVs up to 65 inches wide. Ride safe and follow the rules—be sure to stop at the stop signs and stay below 10mph when you see caution signs like “slow,” “steep hill,” “dip,” or “turn.” See a flyer with regulations here.

Learn more about ATV/UTV trails in Oneida County.