Minocqua / meh-nah-kwuh / n: synonymous with Northwoods fun

Minocqua Area


Vacationers return to the Minocqua Area year after year to experience this unique Northwoods community. The area includes Minocqua, Woodruff and Arbor Vitae and is nearly surrounded by water, earning it the title, “Island City.” In addition to numerous recreational offerings, Minocqua is one of the county’s most important areas for shopping, dining and entertainment. No trip to the Northwoods would be complete without a stop in Minocqua for ice cream or homemade fudge.

Year-round, the Minocqua Area offers indoor and outdoor fun. Anglers, boaters and paddlers can choose from an endless array of lakes, both large and small.

Minocqua offers a number of entertainment options. During the summer, the Min-Aqua Bats ski team puts on water ski shows. Scheer’s Lumberjack Shows entertain audiences of all ages with their skillful feats.

Madeline Trail offers more than 16 miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking and cross-country skiing. The trail offers loops ranging from three to 5.5 miles and run around three shimmering lakes.

Raven Trail loops its way through the woods near Inkpot and Clear Lakes. It’s a challenging place to ski in the winter. Part of this group of trails is an interpretive nature trail. Both the Raven Trail and Madeline Trail require a State Trail Pass, which can be purchased at the trailhead.

Field and Stream magazine has named Minocqua one of the “Best Fishing Towns in America.” Anglers in Minocqua fish for musky, walleye, crappie, bass and northern pike on more than 70 area lakes, including Lake Minocqua, Kawaguesaga Lake, Clear Lake, Rainbow Flowage, Big Arbor Vitae Lake and Little Arbor Vitae Lake.

Annual events include Beef-A-Rama, Christmas in Minocqua and the Antique Wooden Boat Show, which includes the popular wooden boat parade.

Minocqua traces its roots back to the logging days. Learn about the history of Minocqua with a historical walking tour. Stop by the Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce Office to pick up a walking tour booklet.

Find out about Kate Pelham Newcomb, better known as Dr. Kate, the “Angel on Snowshoes,” at the Dr. Kate Museum in Woodruff. Dr. Kate was brought to national attention through the popular 1950s television show, This Is Your Life. With the help of local school children, she spearheaded a fundraising effort to collect a million pennies. The museum and the nearby “World’s Largest Penny” commemorate her life and work.

Visit the Art Oehmcke State Fish Hatchery, which raises musky, walleye and northern pike for stocking in lakes throughout Wisconsin. See first-run films at the local cinema. Skateboarders will love the community skate park.

Minocqua Winter Park offers ice skating, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Ice skating is also available at Torpy Park and Brandy Park and on an indoor skating rink. Torpy, Brandy Lake or Lake Katherine parks offer a number of recreational options, including beaches patrolled by lifeguards during the summer. Brandy Park, Torpy Park and Lakeland High School offer tennis courts. Brandy Lake Park offers a disc golf course.

Minocqua offers golf at Golf Timber Ridge Golf Club, Minocqua Country Club, Wildwood Golf Club and nearby Trout Lake Golf Club. If you’re interested in golf on a smaller scale, go mini golfing at Settler’s Mill Adventure Golf or Island Golf.

For more information visit minocqua.org.