Step Outside - Wisconsin WELCOME TO STEP OUTSIDE! Find the best outdoor fun near you! en-us 30 http://stepoutside.org/ Step Outside - Wisconsin 144 144 http://stepoutside.org/ https://cdnstep-americantownscom.netdna-ssl.com/img/stepoutside_logo.gif Thu, 25 Apr 2019 14:44:38 -0500 10 Best Ski Destinations for Families in Wisconsin Skiing with your family is a wonderful way to stay active and form a stronger relationship this winter. There are numerous excellent places to take the kids across Wisconsin that offer lessons, rentals, or challenging slopes. So bundle up and bring the family to our favorite ski destinations throughout the state! 

Alpine Valley is the perfect place to bring the entire family. They offer specific trails tailored for intermediate to beginner skiers. They’ve expanded their beginner area with gradual slopes for endless amounts of fun. Stay the weekend at their resort or stop in for a fun day on the slopes. 

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Located within Rib Mountain State Park in Wausau, Granite Peak is the place to be. Now open with 75 runs and three high-speed lifts for maximum fun. Their Winter Family Festival offers lodging and lift ticket discounts for a family of four. Plan out the best winter weekend at Granite Peak! 

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Cascade Mountain is a family-friendly ski area perfect for the entire group.  Join Cascade Kids programs where the kids can learn the safety and basics of skiing. Their ski shop is stocked with the best brands in the business just in case you forgot something. Shred down their trails for hours of winter fun.

Did you know Grand Geneva Resort and Spa offers winter activities? You and your family can enjoy 30 acres of downhill ski runs that are suitable for all ages. Recently added—Burton Riglet Park—was built to teach children to ride through a variety of stations. Feel free to bring your own gear or rent from their stock! Stay and play at Grand Geneva Resort and Spa.

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Take advantage of Christmas Mountain’s 16 downhill runs this winter. You’ll want to plan a weekend getaway because Christmas Mountain is located in none other than our beloved Wisconsin Dells. Feel free to stay in one of their on-site villas or townhomes. Find the appropriate runs for all skill levels of your group. 

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Hit the slopes this winter in Slinger, Wisconsin. Little Switzerland is a popular ski spot and is great for families. Rentals of skis, helmet, poles, and boots are available for those kiddos who just seem to always be growing. Enjoy 18 runs (ranging from easy to challenging) and three terrain parks. 

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Hit the ground skiing at Nordic Mountain. Their 60-acre park offers a trail for everyone in the family. Take a trip down Memory Lane (one of their easy runs), sail smoothly down Crisis (a challenging trail), or take the ultimate plunge down Nordy’s Narrows (the most difficult of trails.) Either way, meet back at Nordy’s Pub or Nordy’s Café for something warm afterwards! 

Tyrol Basin is a widely-loved family-friendly ski area. Just 20 minutes west of Madison you’ll find Tyrol’s notorious 40 acres of fun. Enjoy ski lessons for all ages, rentals, and Tyrol Café & DoubleDiamond Bar. Tyrol is the perfect place to bring your curious tots because kids ages five and under ski free every day!

Since its start in 1938, Wilmot Mountain has been a ski and snowboard treasure of Wisconsin. Enjoy nearly 120 skiable acres offering 23 trails, lifts, and two surface conveyor lifts. Their newly-expanded progression terrain parks call for a perfect day out on the snow. After you’re finished, head up to Walt’s Tavern to warm up.

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Whitecap Mountains offers an affordable day out on the slopes for your family. A stunning 43 runs from easy to double black diamonds are open for all skill levels. There are three amazing mountains to choose from. Have the kids try out the Bunny Hill or the Kilimanjaro bumps, while you brush up on the advanced runs. Whitecap Mountain in Upson, Wisconsin, truly offers it all. 

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10 Best Ice Skating Rinks in Wisconsin Ice skating is a magical winter tradition. Whether your skating legs are wobbly or you’re proficient at carving ice, gliding across a rink is a freeing experience. So bundle up, sharpen your skates, and get ready to hit the rink. From indoor, Olympic-sized arenas to outdoor wonderlands, here are the 10 best ice skating rinks in Wisconsin. 

The Pettit National Ice Center in Milwaukee is an official U.S. Olympic Training Center for speed skating. The building holds almost 100,000 square-feet of ice surface. Pettit is a great place to take the group during their public skate hours. No skates? No problem. Rent skates for just $3.50. 

Slice of Ice is another popular ice sating spot in Milwaukee County. Skate for free when you bring your own skates or stop by their skate rental counter to pick up a pair for a couple of hours. Enjoy the crisp winter air of Red Arrow Park with your friends and family this season! 

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Tenney Park is another great outdoor skating rink for the family. Bring your own skates and skate for free or pick up a pair from the rental booth. You’ll also find a convenient concession stand and warming shelter at Tenney Park. 

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While Minocqua, Wisconsin, might only be considered a touristy town in the summer, there are plenty of winter activities to enjoy too. Grab your ice skates and head over the Chip Wulff Memorial Pond at Winter Park. It’s a great place to slide around with the family. They do not offer skate rentals on site.

The Lake Delton Ice Arena attracts many Wisconsin Dells and area visitors. On top of hosting competitive hockey leagues, they do offer a public skate session every Wednesday and Sunday. Grab your friends, pick up a pair of rentals, and hit the ice for a memorable indoor ice skating experience. 

Home to the Chippewa Thunder youth hokey program, the Chippewa Area Ice Arena is utilized by the entire community. Join them each Sunday from 6- 8 p.m. on the South Rink for open skate. Admission is completely free and skates are available for rental for just $3.

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Love that crisp Madison, Wisconsin, air in December? So do we! The Edgewater Hotel offers an oval ice rink fit for a perfect date. Overlook the beautiful Lake Mendota while lights from the capital shine above. The Edgewater offers a convenient skate rental area and numerous in-house dining options to warm up afterward!

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The De Pere Ice Area is a staple in the De Pere and surrounding communities. Open Skate Saturday hours offer the perfect time to teach your kids to skate for a great price. Public skate is $4 per person and skate rentals are an additional $3. Gather the up the gang and head to the De Pere Ice Arena.  

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Enjoy indoor ice skating year-round at the Janesville Ice Arena. Check out their online schedule for public skate, teen skate, and late-night skate times. The arena is also home to the Learn-To-Skate program “the Polar Express,” the Janesville Jets, and the Janesville Youth Hockey Program.

The Appleton Family Ice Center is just that—a family ice center. They provide a fun, yet safe environment for families with children to practice ice skating and hockey skills. They hold year-round leagues, events, lessons, and public skate sessions. Check their ice schedule which is updated daily for the most current information. 

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10 Best Ski and Snowboard Stores in Wisconsin When the cold and snow plaster the ground for months on end, Wisconsin hits the slopes. But before you can hit the slopes, you need to stock up on the best gear, clothing, and accessories for a fun day of skiing and snowboarding. Stop by our favorite ski and snowboard stores in Wisconsin! 

ERIK’s might be most famous for their bike inventory, however, they have a large selection of ski and snowboarding equipment that is second to none. Pick up cold weather gear, fun boards with cool designs, and other top-of-the line accessories to make your winter activities a blast. 

Stop by CS Ski Tunes in Madison for the very best ski and snowboard services and products. Pick up ski poles, ski suites, helmets, ski boots, gloves, and skis. Bring your broken skies and snowboards in for a full-service repair shop. Their customer service is unmatched!

Since its opening in 1950, Zeller’s has been a leader in the Fox Valley area. Their customer service team will help you find the equipment for your winter activity needs.  Find the best prices and top name brands at Zeller’s.

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Stop by Expedition Supply in Hartford as they celebrate a successful 40 years. Whether it’s 30 years old or brand new—their service department can repair it. Buy the best name brands of ski and snowboards like StepChild, Capita, and Volkl.

Located in central Wisconsin, Central Board Shop is your one-stop shop for winter sports. Tune up your snowboard with a $15 wax while you shop around for great accessories for a reasonable price. Be sure to ask their knowledgeable sales staff for top-notch suggestions on products. 

Find a snowboard and ski shop that is just as passionate about winter sports as you. At Focus, that is exactly the case. From boards to bindings and everything in between, you’ll find it all. Shop for men’s, women’s, and youth accessories with the best name brands at Focus Boardshop.

Better known for their bicycle gear—Nordic Ski Shop is located right on the Glacial Drumlin Trail in Dousman. Stop by for poles, bindings, boots, skis, and rentals. Ask about their ski services and lessons for all ages! 

New Moon Ski and Bike has been a leader in the industry for over 30 years. Prepare your skis for the new season by purchasing waxing kits and a ski prep. Buy a complete ski package or simply buy a pair of ski boots for all ages.

Spring Street Sports is a top sporting goods store in the Chippewa Falls area.  Shop their snow sport and apparel brands. If you’re looking to rent instead of buy they have both day and weekend rental rates. Be sure to ask their knowledgeable sales representatives about the best products for your ski and snowboard trip! 

Attitude Sports is your destination for high-quality sports gear. Their educated staff is around to help you find the perfect bike, snowboard, and skis. Attitude genuinely cares about the longevity of your purchase and that’s why they offer the best services for your winter sport equipment. Stop by today!

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10 Best Winter Cabin Camping Spots in Wisconsin Even in the cold Wisconsin winters, camping options abound. The key to success? A cozy cabin. Camping areas tend to clear out during the colder season and open up for fun winter activities like snowmobiling, skiing, snowshoeing, and ice fishing. Bundle up and head over to our favorite winter cabin camping locations in Wisconsin! 

The Rustic Ridge Log Cabins in Merrimac are a series of luxury four-season cabins. Cuddle up by the fire and make yourself at home in these fully-furnished cabins. Choose between cabins that suit two people all the way up to 10 people. You’ll love how close to scenic attractions you are—perfect for snowshoeing and other winter activities.

Sit back and relax in the Wisconsin Northwoods. Theses comfortable cabins sit on scenic Round Lake. It’s the perfect location for ice fishing. Grand Pines Resort is also in great location for snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. These newly-remodeled cabins will keep you coming back every winter. 

Woodside Cottages are just that, nestled along the wood side. Each cottage provides a unique stay while offering privacy, a warm fire place, and spacious grounds. These modern, yet, quaint cottages are perfect for experiencing all that Bayfield has to offer. Be sure to utilize ice skating and ice fishing on Lake Superior. 

Nitschke’s offers an unforgettable Northwood paradise in Minocqua, Wisconsin. This vacation town comes alive in the summer, but that doesn’t mean the fun stops there. Updated cabins located right on the water make sure an easy access for ice-fishing enthusiast. Winter activities include sledding, snowmobiling, and wildlife watching. Reserve a cabin today!

If you are looking for a peaceful, secluded cabin in the Door County area—reserve your cabin early. The Door County Cottages are nestled within the forests of Egg Harbor. Pet friendly and open year-round, you’ll find these cabins are equipped with everything you need.  

A Lot of Lakes Resort is the perfect place to kick up your feet and relax. Most cabins are winterized and ready to suite your needs. Choose between cabins like the Broken Oar, Cedar, Lodge, Loon Lodge, or Timber Wolf dependent on your family’s needs.

Maplewood Resorts can accommodate for snowmobilers, snowshoers, ice fisherman, cross-country skiers, or those looking to get away during the winter. Whether you’re looking for a cozy getaway with your partner or you’re celebrating with the entire family—there’s a cabin for that. Don’t forget to check out Eagle River’s legendary ice castle created every winter in late December/early January. 

Make it a fun tradition to come back every year at Fireside Lake Resort. They offer three cabins with various sleeping arrangements for your family’s needs. These cabins are perfect for enjoying the outdoors and coming home to a warm, cozy bed.

Located near the La Crosse area—Percheron Paradise Romantic Hideaway is perfect for a long weekend. Percheron allows for relaxation and rejuvenation for you and your partner. They offer five cozy chalets that are open year-round. You’ll never want to leave this hideaway.

Walnut Ridge Log Cabins are a short drive from Madison. Get cozy in this historic 1800s log cabin. Rent out either one of their two romantic cabins that are fully functional during the winter months. These cozy cabins are only for adults but are perfect for a lovely weekend away.

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10 Best Apres Ski Activities at Granite Peak Ski Area Heading out on a Wisconsin ski trip? Granite Peak Ski Area is a favorite among many, locals and travelers alike! You don’t have to be an expert skier to enjoy a weekend on the slopes. From restaurants and bars to spas and snowball fights, there’s always something for everyone to enjoy. These 10 best apres ski activities near Granite Peak will cap off the perfect winter weekend with memories to last forever. 

Trade your ski poles for fishing poles and head to Lake Wausau for some renowned ice fishing. Ice fishing always draws a big crowd when the lake fully freezes over; be sure to check with local authorities to make sure the lake is sound. Throw a line to the bottom of the lake to catch panfish, northern pike, bass, walleye, and musky. It’ll certainly be a relaxing way to kick back after hitting the slopes!

After a day of skiing, change your scenery and check out some colorful artwork at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. Open until 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 5 p.m. on weekends, this is the perfect place to gain some culture and appreciation for the artistic side of Wausau. You’ll be so mesmerized by the artwork that you won’t want to leave.

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If you’ve been skiing at Granite Peak and need a break, take a trip to Blades and Boards for a unique weekend activity. Perfect for date night or family time, you can test your hatchet throwing skills in a safe environment. They offer an assortment of beverages and light snacks for purchase, or you can bring your own food and make an evening of it.

Handcrafted wines and wine-making supplies are worth the stop, but you’ll want to sit and sip awhile in their tasting room. They also have a Cheese Shoppe on-site, along with other handcrafted items like jewelry and locally made products. 

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If wine isn’t your drink of choice, there’s a great brewery nearby serving up icy cold craft beer. They offer occasional tours of the brewery where you can see all the magic happen. It’s the perfect way to unwind after a long day of carving the slopes at Granite Peak.

If you’re skiing at Granite Peak, you won’t have the benefit of staying on property, but with a place like Grand Lodge Hotel + Waterpark nearby, that won’t be a problem. You can book your stay here as part of a ski & stay package that gives you great discounts on both. The resort offers a heated indoor waterpark, on-site restaurants, and cushy rooms. There’s so much happening here you might never make it to the ski slopes!

This natural approach to health and wellness is just what you need to soothe sore ski muscles. They offer a variety of massage techniques to whisk away your achiness, or simply to help you unwind and enjoy your weekend. 

To complete your experience at Granite Peak, head to this cozy candy store and get your sugar rush on. This sweet shop offers hand-dipped ice cream, chocolates, coffees and espressos, herbal teas, and other goodies that are simply satisfying. It’s a chill spot for warming up after a day of skiing and reconnecting with your group.

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If you’ve been to Willow Springs Garden, you know that they go all out for the winter season. They don’t fear the snow, they thrive in it. From dog sled races and horse-drawn sleigh rides to dinners and live entertainment, they have it all. Check their schedule to see if you’ll be in town for one of their events, or ahead to book a sleigh ride, where you’ll be taken through the woods to a cozy campfire with hot cocoa waiting for you. There is nothing cozier to follow up a skiing adventure. 

People call this place a local gem, and once you enter, you’ll understand why. You’ll be joined by friendly folks, live music, delicious daily specials, a great beer selection, and more. The menu is always changing, but you can expect elevated classic dishes like breaded pork loin, German potato salad, and gyros to name a few. After a day flying down Granite Peak head to this gem for some well-deserved drinks, a game of pool, sounds by local musicians, and an all-around great time. 

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Best Winter Weekend Getaway at Governor Nelson State Park Oftentimes when we think of winter, we remember all of the snow we had to shovel this past year and how much salt we had to purchase for our sidewalks. We tend to forget that winter can be a pleasurable season filled with crackling fireplaces and the beauty that is an icy Mother Nature, as well as a joyous time to spend time with family. Experience a cozy winter weekend getaway near Governor Nelson State Park in Waunakee, Wisconsin. Remember what it feels like to enjoy the winter season.

Wait, did someone say crackling fireplaces? How about crackling Victorian fireplaces? This rustic bed and breakfast was rated the fifth-best American romantic inn by American Historic Inns, according to Cameo Rose’s website. Filled with elegance and luxury, a weekend getaway here would entail relaxing rendezvous to the whirlpool room, breakfasts fit for kings—and queens—and soul-soothing solitude from the bustle of everyday life. Whether you enjoy a crisp walk on the inn’s 120 acres or would rather remain inside indulging in a favorite movie on a flat screen TV with fresh-baked goods, Cameo Rose can cater to your needs—and your family’s too.

Yes, it’s as good as it sounds. In fact, it’s even better. Morningside Trail is a 2.4-mile loop that meanders through restored prairies. In the winter, trail-goers have the added options of skiing, snowshoeing, or bringing beloved pets along (on a leash, of course).

Ruddy cheeks. The crunch of boots on ice. Hot Hands warming pockets. Sound familiar? Ice fish out of Spring Harbor Park or, if the ice is thick enough, travel on to Lake Mendota itself to drop a line. Spend the day in a rented ice shanty or brave the cold on a 10-gallon bucket flipped over to make a chair and experience a true Midwest winter. 

While visiting Governor Nelson State Park it might be appropriate to spend a day at Pheasant Branch Conservancy, hiking, birdwatching, or snowshoeing—or maybe a combination of all three. Just a short distance away from the state park, the conservancy offers an awe-inspiring look at nature with 160 acres of land to explore. The conservancy is an experience family members of all ages will enjoy and cherish.

Yes, you read that right—the National Mustard Museum. Most museums may be home to art pieces from previous decades, pharaohs encased in tombs, or modern architecture that may be just a little difficult to wrap your head around. This museum is home to more than 6,090 mustards from all 50 states and from more than 70 countries, according to the museum’s website. How about that! And here you thought the only mustards that mattered were yellow and Dijon.

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It would be a bummer to travel so close to Wisconsin’s capitol city and not venture in for a tour of the capitol building. Witness the elegant first-floor rotunda, the Supreme Court Room, and maybe brush shoulders with members of the Wisconsin legislature. Go on a guided tour or simply wander around the building of your own accord, capturing snapshots of the interior decorations while you go. The Wisconsin State Capitol will surprise you with its beauty and charm.

Maybe the family is in the mood for something a little sillier and a little cheesier. Visit the Mousehouse Cheesehaus and experience at least 20 different cheeses all made in Wisconsin. More goodies than just cheese are available, the Mousehouse offers homemade fudge, sausages and other specialty foods such as maple syrup and honey. Don’t forget to pack your Cheesehead to wear while you’re there!

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While there aren’t many areas available for hunting purposes during the winter near Madison, Wisconsin, there is one park that allows limited trapping. Want to experience the thrill of the hunt? Trapping may be the answer. McCarthy County Park is 22 acres of wildland that contains any number of critters. Set your traps, and all you have to do is wait.

Beyond a doubt, these gardens are nothing to sneeze at. Home to Bolz Conservatory, Olbrich offers a tropical indoor conservatory filled with exotic plants, fragrant flowers, free-flying birds, and a waterfall. Admission is affordable, even if the whole family decides to tag along. The air inside is humid and a great refresher during a mid-winter slump. 

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Leave the kids—if you have them—at the hotel or bring them with! Drumlin Ridge is family-owned and while obviously there are adult beverages available, the children can still roam the winery and learn about how wine is made. Tours are offered daily and walk-ins are welcome.

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SPOTLIGHT: Things to Do in and Around High Cliff State Park Situated on Lake Winnebago, High Cliff State Park is among the most picturesque places to visit in Wisconsin. To truly experience all that the nearly 1,200-acre park has to offer, you have to make a trip of it! Enjoy historical sites, hiking trails, and area restaurants as you escape to High Cliff State Park.  

High Cliff State Park is located in Sherwood, Wisconsin. The park bumps right up to Wisconsin’s largest lake—Lake Winnebago. There are tons of beautiful views to take in throughout the 1,187-acre park. Hike, camp, bike, snowshoe, and more at High Cliff State Park. 

While there are tons of different trails for all levels of hikers at High Cliff, we’d recommend the Red Bird Trail. You can start your hiking at the family campground or the tower parking lot. The Red Bird Trail runs parallel to the stunning Niagara Escarpment. You’ll find beautiful views of Lake Winnebago and unique rock structures like limestone quarries. Hike 3.4 miles through heavy forest, but don’t forget to stop at the Chief Red Bird Statue and the park observation tower. 

A historical statue of Red Bird, Chief of the Winnebagos, can be found along Red Bird Trail. This beautiful statue of Chief Red Bird depicts the fearless leader in authentic costume dating back to 1827. Brush up on your history of the Ho-Chunk Native American Tribe and one of the most dramatic incidents in Wisconsin history.  

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Catch beautiful views from High Cliff State Park’s observation tower. The observation tower is located at the top of the escarpment near Red Bird Trail and Historical Red Bird Statue. Watch the sunset over the west side of Lake Winnebago from this 40-foot tower. Catch views of all of the Fox Valley (Appleton, Oshkosh, Neenah, Menasha, and Kaukauna.) Don’t forget to take your camera along for the perfect selfie. 

Even when the temperatures drop, there is fun to be had at High Cliff. Winter activities at High Cliff include skiing, fat tire biking, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling. When the trails are snow-covered, certain trails in the park are designated for skiing. On the segment of the Red Bird Trail from the Red Bird Statue to the Family Campground, fat-tire bikers are welcome to explore. Snowshoeing is allowed anywhere in High Cliff except on designed ski trails. Explorers will also find a three-mile snowmobiling trail through the park, connecting Lake Winnebago with the Calumet County snowmobile trail system. 

Located just north of the campground off the Indian Mount Trail you’ll find signs for the Effigy Mounds. They were built by nomadic woodland tribes dating back to 1000 A.D. and 1500 A.D. Some mounds were used for burial and funeral purposes, while others remained empty for ceremonial purposes. Originally there were 30 mounds within High Cliff State Park. Unfortunately, only nine remain. 

Dishing up delicious Chicago-style pizza with “that guaranteed Sicilian taste,” Pagoni’s is the perfect place to stop and fill up your belly after a long adventure! Their delicious stuffed pizzas feature two layers of crust, stuffed with mozzarella, red sauce, and your favorite ingredients, and topped with chunky marinara and parmesan cheese. Yum! 

If camping isn’t in the books, stay overnight at the quaint and charming Roost Bed & Breakfast in Appleton. Featuring five contemporary suites with gas fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, and private baths, this will be a relaxing way to close your adventure. 

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5 Cool Spots for ATV Off-Roading in Wisconsin Wisconsinites love a little off-roading adventure. In the Badger State, you’ll find forested areas and wonderfully-rugged terrain suited perfectly for an ATV journey. If you’re ready to spend the day in nature and get a little muddy, check out these five awesome spots for ATV off-roading in the state. 

Enjoy 118 miles of ATV and UTV trails in Iron County. Start your fun trip at the Schomberg Park trailhead. You’ll experience the beautifully forested Northwoods, lakes, and even some waterfalls. There are tons of great stops just off the trail for you to load up on food and water before heading back out for more engine revving.

Black River Falls is an ATV lover’s dream—specifically Jackson County. They host tons of ATV-thrill seekers throughout the year. There are over 100 miles of trails that wind through the beautiful Wisconsin scenery. That being said, Black River Falls is home to many different animals that you might encounter on your tour! So watch out! 

While the Chippewa County ATV Trail is only about a string of 20 miles—it is by far the most challenging. You’ll find tough inclines and challenging hills and valleys as you meander your way through. You can thank Mother Nature’s glaciers for such an exhilarating trip.

Ride all day through more than 150 miles of ATV trails within Florence County. You’ll come across a few different overlook sights and two different waterfalls along your way. Trails are open year around, besides April. Check out why Florence County ATV Trails are some of the most sought out in the Midwest!

Life on the ATV is much better lived in Douglas County. The trail covers a network of over 100 miles during the summer months. Stop at Amnicon Falls State Park, Big Manitou Falls, and catch a waterfall at Pattison State Park.  There are a couple of great food stops along the way for body refueling.

*Note: Age restrictions, special licenses, and other requirements for off highway vehicles vary from state to state. Before heading out on your OHV, please consult your local regulations.

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5 Stunning Foliage Hikes in Wisconsin Fall is by far Wisconsin’s most beautiful season. The weather is perfect and the foliage is at its most gorgeous state. It’s the perfect time to head outside and get the blood pumping on a hike. Here are some of the most stunning foliage hikes Wisconsin. 

The Sentinel Trail at the Peninsula State Park is the perfect two-mile loop.  You’ll find maple, beech, and red pine trees along the trail loop. This trail offers breathtaking views inside one of Wisconsin’s favorite natural spots. We recommend taking your hike at sunset for even more stunning views. 

The entire Bearskin State Trail runs 18 miles-long through three different communities in Northern Wisconsin. If you don’t want to commit to its 18-mile length there are tons of areas that are great to shorten your trek. While on the trail, you will stroll along a few different bridges across Minocqua’s chain of lakes. Catch beautiful sunsets sneaking between the tree-lined trail. We recommend coming during the fall months for some of Wisconsin’s most beautiful shades of autumn.  

There are tons of hiking trails within Devil’s Lake State Park. We recommend the East Bluff Trail at Devil’s Lake for some of the best seasonal foliage. The hike itself is a moderate feat at about 1.7 miles in length and will take you 45-90 minutes to complete. You’ll find inspiring views of Devil’s Lake, along with its most prized views of hardwood forest landscape. 

If you are looking for more of a difficult hiking trail, but don’t want to sacrifice the beautiful views—try the Perrot Ridge Trail. Located in Perrot State Park, this 1.5-mile-long trail has beautiful views of Trempealeau Bay.  Heavy foliage of wildflowers and trees fill the steep trail that makes Perrot Ridge Trail.

Rib Mountain State Park is best experienced in the fall, when the vibrant colors of autumn bring the trees to life. For an easier hike, try the Blue Trail. Along the way, hikers will be afforded views of striking rock formations. There is also asphalt along the trail, making it less labor-intensive. 

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ATV Off-Roading Adventure at Cheese Country Trail System If there is an off-roading adventure to be had, Wisconsin is an excellent choice. One of the most beloved trail systems in the state is the Cheese Country Trail System running from Mineral Point to Monroe. Not only is the off-roading experience awe-inspiring and exhilarating, but there is so much to do in the surrounding area. Start with a cup of joe, hop on the trails, and finish off your day with a cold one and a bite to eat. Here’s how to have the ultimate off-roading adventure in Wisconsin! 

Start your morning off at the Red Rooster Café located less than a mile off of the parking lot for the Cheese Country Trail. The Red Rooster is open early, at 5 a.m. Grab a cup of coffee and a bite to eat before you head out for your off-roading adventure. You’ll love the old school, cozy vibe you get at Red Rooster. 

The Cheese Country Trail system, also known as the Tri County Trail, is located within Wisconsin’s Driftless Area. This is the perfect trail system for those looking for a day well spent on and off the trail. Hop on the trail system by using the parking located in Mineral Point. You will find almost 50 miles of trails that are open to ATVs, motorcycles, snowmobiles, and horseback riding. 

This Darlington speedway is rich in history and an excellent place to check out while you’re in the area. Lafayette County Speedway has decades of auto-racing history beneath its belt. The track has been around since the 1950s, and continues to draw crowds for stock car racing to this day. Check out their schedule to see what event you can catch while you’re here! 

With stone walls and exposed beams to create a rustic, relaxed feel, Brewery Creek is a great place to unwind after a long day on the trails. You have to check out their steak. Try the Kentucky Bourbon—a char-grilled, eight-ounce certified Angus center cut top sirloin with Kentucky Bourbon and onion sauce for a dark, sweet, a slightly spicy flavor. Is your mouth watering? Be sure to enjoy one of their brews as well. Check their menu to see what’s currently on tap!   

Situated in historic downtown Mineral Point, this hotel will make you feel like you’re at home. Mineral Point Hotel is located right nearby local restaurants, museums, and antique shops. This two-story hotel constructed in 1857 has just five incredibly comfortable guest rooms—so get booking! 

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5 Best Fishing Spots in Wisconsin Ask any real fisherman and they’ll never give up their secret spot for massive fish. But there are 15 different lakes in Wisconsin just waiting for you to drop a line in. Whether you’re looking for dinner or just looking to do some casting, we’ve got the hook up. Here are the best fishing spots in the state.

Cedar Lake a beautiful 1,120-acre lake perfect for fishing. Throw a bobber in or trolley around casting for walleye, musky, pike, panfish, and bass. The lake itself only get to about 32 feet-deep, but you will have hours of fun fishing on the stunning Cedar Lake.

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Rock Lake is a perfect fishing spot to frequent this summer. Grab your gear and fishing accessories and get your line in the water as soon as possible.  Between seaweed beds and rock beds, you’ll find tons of great spots throughout the 1,365-acre lake to pull up panfish, bass, walleye, and northern pike.

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Hope Lake is a small lake within Jefferson County that is home to tons of fish. No motorized motorboats are allowed. Grab your canoe and your favorite fishing partner and spend some time on the peaceful Hope Lake. The lake is moderately clear and get to about 24 feet-deep. You’ll find panfish, bass, and northern pike. If you need bait, stop at the Sandy Beach Bait Shack in Lake Mills. Here, you will find various boat rentals. The shack is not open during the winter months.

Minocqua is a mecca for fishing—especially the chain of lakes. Lake Minocqua has a ton of cozy little bays and rock beds that are perfect for dropping anchor and reeling in a big one. Maximum depth gets to about 60 feet. Frequent fish are musky, panfish, pike, bass, walleye, and perch. For the freshest bait around and top-notch guide services, visit Kurt’s Island Sport Shop. Head out in early morning, wait until the noon bell chimes, head in for lunch, and get back out on the water for some night fishing!

Lake Wisconsin is about 25 feet at its deepest point. This 7,197-acre lake located in Columbia County is the perfect place for a great weekend for fishing. Small and largemouth bass, trout, catfish, panfish, walleye, and pike are available to catch. Deemed “your Lake Wisconsin destination,” the Moon Valley Resort Bait Shop will bring you everything you need as far as fresh bait, boat rentals, licenses, and snacks go.

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5 Awesome RV Campsites in Wisconsin When nice weather hits, the campers hit the road. If you’re not into tenting it, then renting or owning an RV is the perfect option. With an RV, every weekend can be spent at a new campsite with new memories to be made.  Check out our favorite awesome RV campsites in Wisconsin. 

Previously known as Hidden Valley, Milton/Madison SE KOA is the perfect place to park the RV for the weekend. Rates are as low at $39 per night and there are seven different campsite options. This campsite offers grills, laundry, internet, tables, a pool, and a playground. This KOA is pet friendly, so don’t forget your four-legged friends this weekend!

Stoney Creek has tons of big rig RV-friendly sites. You can count on Stoney Creek for being a completely family-friendly area, too. Full hook-up and water/electric are available. Other features of the RV sites are a cable hook-up and concrete patios. The resort is perfect for families that are always on the move. Basketball and volleyball courts, a mini golf course, pool, laser tag, and more, are available on the grounds. Bring the entire family for a fun-filled weekend!

The Door County area is a highly sought out destination in Wisconsin.  Take your RV to the Egg Harbor Campground and RV Resort. They offer many family-friendly amenities like a game room, TV and reading room, playgrounds, store, and Wi-Fi. You’ll meet tons of great people and your family will love all of the activities available.

Plymouth Rock Camping Resort is an award-winning destination in Wisconsin. Their RV park is gated and the weekends are action packed.  Themed activities will keep your family busy. Enjoy a pool, clubhouse, picnic area, playground, laundry facilities, an on-site restaurant and clean bathrooms. Four-legged family members are more than welcome to come along. 

Fox Hill RV Park is ranked number one on TripAdvisor. With fair rates and tons to do, you’ll quickly understand why. Their RV sites are designed to hold the largest RVs and trailers. You and your family will feel right at home using their great amenities. Check out their heated pool, showers, volleyball and basketball courts, nature trails, and pet play area. 

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5 Perfect Fall Camping Spots in Wisconsin There’s no doubt that summer is Wisconsin’s peak season for camping.  However, camping during the fall calls for beautiful autumn views and cool crisp nights. Pack extra blanks and sweaters because it’s going to get chilly, but we promise it’ll be worth it! Here are five perfect fall camping spots in the state. 

Peninsula State Park has eight lovely miles of Lake Michigan shoreline to show for itself. The trails throughout the campground make for the perfect fall scenery. The campground has over 450 sites that feature quiet woods and beautiful foliage. Peninsula State Park is Wisconsin’s treasure year-round. 

Perrot State Park combines the beautiful Trempealeau and Mississippi Rivers in one campground. The towering 500-foot-tall bluffs are the perfect place to catch favorited fall views. There are a little over 100 campsites at Perrot State Park open for reservation. Start a warm fire in the ring right before the crisp fall weather hits at night. Perrot State Park offers some of the best natural, archeological, and historical resources including Brady’s Bluff.

Willow River State Park near Hudson is the perfect place to camping this fall. Be sure to bring your camera and enjoy the cascading rapids and water falls of Willow Falls. There are year-round recreational activities to experience as well as just over 150 campsites. Bring some blankets to snuggle up with around the fire after that chilly fall sunset.

Copper Falls State Park lives up to its name. It holds some of the most beautiful waterfalls, lava flows, gorges and historical 1930s wood cabins—making it one of the most sought out camping destinations in the state. There are exactly 51 campsites available for reservation for this fall. Catch some of the most beautiful fall views in Northern Wisconsin at Copper Falls State Park Campground.

Big Bay State Park is perfect for a fun fall camping experience. Gigantic cliffs overlooking Lake Superior surrounded by colossal color from the autumn trees is the most picturesque fall you could possibly ask for. Head over to the Madeline Island to walk their boardwalk, view their sandstone bluffs, and adventure on Big Bay’s 61 sites. 

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5 Energizing Hikes in Wisconsin There’s nothing more energizing and fulfilling than completing a hike.  Whether it’s a short or lengthy trail loop, we’ve found some of the most beautiful and exhilarating hikes in the state. Check out our top five energizing hikes—they’ll get your heart pumping for a satisfying trek! 

The Lone Rock Trail is a nine-mile loop part of the Quincy Bluff State Park.  This moderate hike will really get you moving. If you are looking for an exhilarating, long, and rustic trail, Lone Rock Trail is perfect for you. This hike will take you a while to get through so pack some food and pace yourself for a beautiful end destination. 

The West Bluff Trail is a challenging hike part of Devil’s Lake State Park. The 3.5-mile loop is an energizing course but the views are spectacular. The trail combined with the Tumbled Rocks Trail will take nearly an hour and a half to complete. You’ll feel a sense of accomplishment like none other when you’ve completed the route.

Come visit Wisconsin’s highest natural point on this 10-mile hike.  The Timm’s Hill Trail is a moderate trail but lengthy to say the least. This trail connects to the National Ice Age and Rib Lake Trails. The trails are open year around so the fun never stops. You’ll love the 360-degree views from atop Timm’s Hill.

Lost Canyon Trail is a moderate hike within Governor Dodge State Park. This three-mile loop has several steep grades. Your blood will be pumping and a couple of stops may have to be made on the way up. You’ll find thick forested areas along your hike and a waterfall! Best times for hiking are March to October. Bring layers during the fall months because it gets chilly! 

Located in Perrot State Park, Brady’s Bluff Trail is a moderately challenging hike. You’ll feel a new sense of energy upon completing this .7-mile route. This beautiful hike is part of Wisconsin’s Driftless area and will take you above the gorgeous Mississippi River. The hike may be tiring but the views are breathtaking. You’ll catch a second wind atop Brady’s Bluff.

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9 Best Bait and Tackle Shops in Wisconsin Wisconsin is home to many great fishing holes. With great fishing holes comes the need for a trusty bait shop. Any experienced fisherman knows that a good bait and tackle shop not only holds the necessary accessories but also is able to give you tips and tricks for the upcoming fishing season. Check out the best bait and tackle shops in the state! Fish on.

Rollie and Hellen’s Musky Shop always offers the best information. Their skilled staff can offer up experience and advice on which lures and bait to buy for the type of fish you are trying to catch. Not only can you buy your normal rods and bait, you can pick up clothing and other fishing accessories, as well. 

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Captain Hook’s has everything you need. Buy your hunting and fishing licenses in store, stock up on accessories for your tackle box, and pick up your live bait. Even pick up your fillet knives for after the day out on the boat. Be sure to ask their knowledgeable staff about any hot fishing holes this season! 

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Don’t underestimate this log cabin-style bait and tackle shop in Saraona, Wisconsin. Visit them year around for rentals, sporting goods, hunting/fishing license, ice, drinks, and light grocery items. Furthermore, they provide live bait during the summer and winter months. 

Lakeside Bait & Tackle is a little sporting goods shop in Delavan offering all sorts of fishing accessories. Buy your fishing rod, jigs, line, lures, live bait, and more. Update your tackle box this season at Lakeside Bait & Tackle.  

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Find a full line of bait and tackle at Kurt’s Island. You’ll find tons of different minnows, night crawlers, leeches and more. Stock up on top rod and reel brands.  Kurt’s even offers fishing guide tours and a regularly-updated blog with valuable fishing updates.   

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The employees at Happy Hooker Bait & Tackle are always helpful and willing to find exactly what you’re looking for. Follow their Facebook page for updated fishing reports or stop in to their Hayward location to talk fish. It’s the perfect place to purchase your license, pick up the essentials, and hit the water!

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Come check out the largest live bait selection in the Janesville area at It’s a Keeper Bait & Tackle. They offer crappie, fatheads, shiners, Rosie Reds, walleye suckers, pike suckers, and musky sucker minnows. Ask about their leech and worm selection. Not into live bait? No problem—they have a large tackle selection too!

Stop by D & S Bait & Tackle for you fishing needs in Madison. They provide fishing seminars, an online fishing report, and an in-house fishing guide service. Find everything from St. Croix rods, to premium bait like night crawlers, to Quantum reels.  

R&R is your top-notch bait shop in the Cudahy and Milwaukee area. The Fishin’ Hole isn’t your average bait and tackle store. Find rods, reels, line, lures, bobbers, and tackle. They hold annual events to help their customers with continued education on the lake! 

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