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Minocqua, Wisconsin
Fast Facts
Boating & Sailing
X-Country Skiing
Wildlife Park
Family Entertainment
Family Travel Tips

Kayaking with Kids


Photo by Pilch & Barnet, courtesy Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce

Whether you pet animals at Wildwood Wildlife Park, participate in an educational program at Northwoods Wildlife Center, visit Woodruff State Fish Hatchery, watch a Min-Aqua Bats water ski show or roar with laughter at Fred Scheer's Lumberjack Show, a family vacation in Minocqua Wisconsin is all about fun with the kids. And traditional Wisconsin Northwoods attractions abound. Enjoy fishing, canoeing, kayaking and boating on Minocqua lakes. Hike, bike, cross country ski, snowshoe and snowmobile on one or more Minocqua trails.
Getting There
Minocqua is located on US Hwy 51 in the Wisconsin Northwoods. Most families traveling to the area will make their way by car. From Chicago, take I90 west to Madison and US51 to Minocqua. From Minneapolis, take I94 east to Eau Claire, Hwy 29 to Wausau, and US51 to Minocqua. Trans North Aviation Ltd provides commuter service between Minocqua's Lakeland Airport and Chicago's Palwaukee Airport twice weekly and between Eagle River and Palwaukee Airport four times a week. Midwest Airlines provides daily service between Rhinelander and Milwaukee and Northwest Airlines offers daily service between Rhinelander and Minneapolis.
Getting Around
Area trails and waterways provide an excellent alternative to the automobile. Hiking, biking, cross-country skiing and even snowshoeing offer families an opportunity to explore Minocqua and the surrounding area at a relaxed pace. Having said that, families flying to Minocqua or any other Northwoods location should consider renting a vehicle; public transportation is limited in the Wisconsin Northwoods. And while the family car may not be the most adventurous way to get around, a slow drive through the Northwoods in autumn is one of the best ways to observe Colorama, the changing of the leaves.
When to Travel
The weather in the Wisconsin Northwoods affects more than the layers of clothing required. Weather can affect how the fish are biting as well as the condition of area trails. And while family fun is to be had in summer, fall, winter and spring, the amount of time you spend outside will depend on Mother Nature to a large degree. Rain is possible from March to November and snow is likely from November to April. Summer (June - August) is the peak fishing season and best time to enjoy Minocqua rivers and lakes. Colorama, the local term for the changing of the leaves, begins in late August and ends in mid-October. Winter sports from cross-country skiing to snowmobiling are optimal from January through March.
Things to Keep in Mind
The weather varies considerably, even in summer. Pack rain gear as well jackets and sweaters. If you plan to rent a boat or any other equipment that requires towing make sure that your vehicle has the capacity to pull the desired load.
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