The Rhinelander Area is in the “Heart of Hodag Country,” a landscape rich in forests, lakes and trails. The Hodag is a legendary woodland creature. If you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of the Hodag as you hike, bike, fish, paddle, shop, dine and relax in the Rhinelander Area.
In Hodag Country, you’ll enjoy the perfect balance between nature and creature comforts. Cross-country ski in the morning, go on a shopping spree in the afternoon and then catch a first-run movie in the evening. You’ll find a mix of activities that’s hard to beat.
Rhinelander Area lakes offer some of Wisconsin’s best fishing. The community is known as the “Ice Fishing Capital of the World.” Year-round, the fishing in the Rhinelander Area is spectacular. You’ll find lakes right in the heart of Rhinelander, such as Boom Lake, a large flowage on the Wisconsin River. There are hundreds more lakes within a short drive, including the popular Lake George, Lake Thompson, Lake Julia and the Moen Lake Chain.
Mountain bikers and road cyclists alike will enjoy bicycling in and around the Rhinelander Area. The quiet roadways that stretch out from Rhinelander are great for touring cyclists looking to enjoy the beauty of the Northwoods.
Hodag Country offers outstanding winter trails. Cross-country ski and snowshoe through snow-covered pines or glide along tamarack bogs and groves of hemlocks. Choose from several trails located just minutes from downtown Rhinelander. Excellent trail grooming combined with the area’s lodging, restaurants and numerous amenities make Hodag Country the ideal snowmobiling destination.
The Rhinelander Area offers many attractions. Take a trip through the universe at the Kovac Planetarium. Go on a sightseeing cruise or dinner cruise from Wisconsin River Cruises. Tour the Pioneer Park Logging Museum Complex, which includes the Rhinelander School Museum, the Logging Museum, Soo Line Depot, Civilian Conservation Corps Museum and Model Railroad Display. Or play a round of golf at the Northwood Golf Course, Pinewood Country Club and the Rhinelander Country club.
Throughout the year, you’ll find a huge variety of special events. From tastings and festivals to fishing tournaments and concerts, there is something for everyone in Rhinelander. Annual Rhinelander Area events include Hops & Vines, Art Fair on the Courthouse Lawn, the Second Saturday in June Car Show, Hodag Country Music Festival and the Hodag Musky Challenge.
The Rhinelander Area offers hotels, resorts, cottages, cabins, vacation home rentals, campgrounds and more.