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Editor’s COLUMN Come alive with a trip to the Northwoods

Dean S. Acheson

Whether you’re up for a hot air balloon ride or a down to earth adventure, there are plenty of opportunities to do so this winter in the Great Northwoods.

crappies and 30-inch northern pike that hit last season. Instead, the Marcum camera revealed just a 3-inch perch pecking at the jig and waxie.

You might want to stop by the snowmobile races on the ice ovals, or do a bit of cross-country skiing and downhill skiing at any of several ski resorts found in the Northwoods. The thousands of miles of snowmobile trails are already humming with the sounds of sleds traveling through forests and across fields.

We pulled the tip-ups, packed up and headed to another nearby lake where we scored a meal of perch and bluegills.

Over at the snow tubing facilities, the excited cries are from the kids zipping down the hills. You may not be able to carve your initials in the trees, but you can carve up the ice with your skates either on ice-skating rinks on land or on the lake. Fishing of course is a hugely popular in the Northwoods, which boasts thousands of lakes. We got skunked on our first outing this year to our favorite ice fishing spot. No monster 14- and 16-inch

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Editor’s Column................................................................................... Pg. 4 St. Croix Rods........................................................... Inside Front Cover Iron County Lodging.............................................................Back Cover

At the time of this writing we’re anxiously waiting word that it’s safe to travel across frozen Lake Superior to view the ice caves up in Bayfield County. Some years they are accessible; some years they are not. But when they are accessible, expect to be “wowed.” There are sleigh rides, sled dog rides, groomer rides, and more to experience. We have plenty of options for snowmobile or skiing vacations, lodging and packages. You can spend a day or an entire week exploring the trails, the food and hospitality, and the only regret you’ll have is leaving the land they call “Up North.”

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Map & INDEX

Counties Covered in this Issue NORTHWOODS REGION Florence County................................. page 11 Forest County...................................... page 14 Iron County.......................................... page 16 Langlade County............................... page 18 Lincoln County................................... page 19 Marinette County.............................. page 24 Oconto County................................... page 26 Oneida County................................... page 27 Price County........................................ page 35 Shawano Country.............................. Page 38 Vilas County......................................... page 41

NORTHWEST REGION Bayfield County.................................. page 45 Barron/Polk Counties....................... page 46 Burnett County................................... page 47 Rusk County........................................ page 48 Sawyer County................................... page 49 Washburn County............................. page 56

U.P. REGION Western U.P. Michigan..................... page 59

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BESSEMER

Big Powderhorn Lodging Association N11360 Powderhorn Rd, Bessemer, MI 800-222-3131 bpla.com Vacation rentals of different sizes, styles in Ironwood & Bessemer, MI.

BERGLAND

The Timbers Resort 34275 Hwy M 28, Bergland, MI 906-575-3542 thetimbersresort.com A year round resort, we offer 11 completely furnished cabins.

BUTTERNUT

Timber Breeze Resort N16243 Lake Shore Dr, Butternut, WI 715-762-3001 timberbreeze.com On Butternut Lake. 5 newly built housekeeping cabins; 4-unit lodge.

CABLE

Lakewoods Resort 21540 County Hwy M, Cable, WI 715-794-2561 lakewoodsresort.com On Lake Namakagon. Lodge rooms, condominiums, golf villas, lake homes. Otter Bay Resort 46595 Otter Bay Rd, Cable, WI 715-798-3336 otterbayresort.net We have four rustic cabins and motel lodging.

CRIVITZ

Pine Acres Resort N10184 Parkway Rd Crivitz, WI 715-757-3894 pineacresresortinc.com Deluxe vacation homes, modern housekeeping cottages and motel units. Popp’s Resort W11581 County Road X, Crivitz, WI 715-757-3511 poppsresort.com Motel suites, lakeview cottages, deluxe lakeshore homes, RV & mobile home park.

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DANBURY

Rosenthal’s Resort 30925 Namekagon Rd, Danbury, WI 715-259-3363 rosenthalsresort.com 7 cabins, 56 seasonal campsites, heated, outdoor swimming pool, pavilion, and playground area.

EAGLE RIVER

Eagle River Inn & Resort 5260 Hwy 70 W, Eagle River, WI 715-479-2000 eagleriver-inn.com 1-3-bedroom hotel suites, 3-bedroom condo. Hi-Pines Campground 1919 US Hwy 45 N, Eagle River, WI 715-479-9124 hipines.net Cabin rentals, camp sites either rustic, or with water/electric/sewer.

ELCHO

Twin Oaks Resort N10870 Circle Dr, Elcho, WI 715-275-3917 Cabin rentals, daily or weekly. On ATV and snowmobile trails.

HAYWARD

Musky Run Resort 12503 N Town Hall Rd, Hayward, WI 715-462-3445 Peaceful resort on Spider Lake Chain of Lakes. Riverside Motel / Mallards Landing 10429 State Road 27, Hayward, WI 715-634-2661 riversidemotelhayward.com Standard rooms, king efficiency, waterfront rooms, studio apartment.

HILES

Little Pine Motel 9245 Hwy 32, Hiles, WI 715-649-3431 littlepinemotel.com Large, studio-sized rooms with kitchenettes. On ATV & snowmobile trails.


KESHENA

Menominee Casino Resort N277 Hwy 47 / 55, Keshena, WI 800-343-7778 menomineecasinoresort.com 103 beautifully designed rooms and suites; smoke free.

MANITOWISH WATERS

Chippewa Retreat Resort 13029 Deer Park Rd, Manitowish Waters, WI 877-937-3664 chippewaretreat.com Luxury accommodations in Lakeside, Lakeview and “Treetop” villas.

MARENISCO

Fishtales Resort N10596 State Hwy M64, Marenisco, MI 906-842-3366 fishtalesup.info Spacious rooms and lakefront housekeeping cottages offer a beautiful view, whatever the seasons

MERCER

Gateway Lodge 4695 Popko Circle W, Mercer, WI 715-476-7878 thegatewaylodge.com Modern and newly remodeled cabins. 1-4 bedrooms.

MINOCQUA

Northwoods Inn & Suites 8730 Highway 51 Minocqua, WI 715-356-9541 northwoodsinnsuites.com Rustic Northwoods feel with modern amenities. Ample parking.

SPRINGSTEAD

Birches Resort 1727 N Boot Lake Rd, Springstead, WI 715-583-4500 birchesresort.com 12 housekeeping cottages on beautiful Boot Lake. Springstead Lake Lodge 1065 N Springstead Rd, Springstead, WI 715-583-4403 facebook.com/springstead-lakelodge Newly remodeled 2 bedroom cabin. Sandy beach, private pier.

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Twin Bay Resort 2173 County Road L, Tomahawk, WI 715-453-2679 • twinbayresort.net All season resort with 5 cabins on Lake Nokomis.

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AURORA

Annie’s T & T Steak House W598 County Rd N, Aurora, WI 715-589-4111 anniestntsteakhouse.com Our menu features flame grilled steaks, succulent seafood and Italian food at its best.

BUTTERNUT

Timber Breeze Resort N16243 Lake Shore Dr, Butternut, WI 715-762-3001 timberbreeze.com Cocktails on the deck with view of Butternut Lake, or order from the menu.

CABLE

N12025 County Hwy. L | Tomahawk, WI | 715-453-4984 6 Large Plasma TVs! DAILY SPECIALS OPEN DAILY AT 11 AM MON - AYCE WINGS $8.99 Homemade Sandwiches, TUES - AYCE TACOS $7.99 Burgers, Wraps, Salads & WED - AYCE SHRIMP $8.99 Chicago Style Pizza 14 beers on tap! THURS - $5 OFF PIZZAS

H APPY Half Price Drinks: H OUR Rail & Tap Beer Mon-Fri, 2-5 pm

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BREAKFAST BUFFET 9:00 AM $9.99 Adults to NOON $5.99 10 & Under

Friday Fish Fry All Day Long! Saturday Night Prime Rib Special Slow roasted Prime Rib with baked potato & fresh vegetable.

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BillyBobsSportsBarAndGrill.com

Lakeside Restaurant 21540 County Hwy M, Cable, WI 715-794-2561 lakewoodsresort.com Rustic Northwoods décor; serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Otter Bay Resort 46595 Otter Bay Rd, Cable, WI 715-798-3336 otterbayresort.net Serving burgers, sandwiches, salads, wraps and appetizers.

CRANDON

Tricia’s Treasures & Bistro 109 N Lake Ave, Crandon, WI 715-478-1161 triciastreasuresandbistro.com Coffee and specialty drinks, Panini sandwiches, soups, salads, wraps

CRIVITZ

Parks Cheese & Chocolate 915 N US Highway 141, Crivitz, WI 715-854-3170 facebook.com/parkscheesecandyshop Homemade fudge and chocolates, old time candy, cheese curds and more.

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Pelkin’s Smokey Meat Market 600 S US Highway 141, Crivitz, WI 715-854-3681 facebook.com/pelkinssmokeymeatmarket The area’s best “smokey meats,” spices and related products. Wild game processing. Pine Acres Resort N10184 Parkway Rd, Crivitz, WI 715-757-3894 pineacresresortinc.com Sandwiches and pizza, daily specials and weekend breakfast. Rene’s Dining Room W11590 County Road X, Crivitz, WI 715-757-3411 poppsresort.com Fine dining, homemade soups, salad bar and cocktails, banquet hall.

DANBURY

Rosenthal’s Resort 30925 Namekagon Rd, Danbury, WI 715-259-3363 rosenthalsresort.com We have a wide variety of delicious food on our menu, as well as daily specials.

EAGLE RIVER

Eagle Lanes & Lounge 534 W Pine St, Eagle River, WI 715-479-4555 eaglelanesandlounge.com Serving appetizers, burgers. sandwich baskets, pizzas. Eagle River Inn 5260 Hwy 70 W, Eagle River, WI 715-479-2000 eagleriver-inn.com Restaurant and lounge, with banquet and meeting room facilities.


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Annie’s Trading Post 5203 Keyes Lake Dr, Florence, WI 715-528-2170 facebook.com/Annies-Trading-Post Casual dining for lunch, dinner and cocktails. Happy hour specials and outdoor seating available. Barb’s Cafe 633 Central Ave, Florence, WI 715-528-4219 facebook.com/barbs-café Breakfast and lunch restaurant with home cooked meals.

GLEASON

Prairie Pines Country Store N5448 State Road 17, Gleason, WI 715-873-4840 Fresh baked bread, deli meats, cheeses, bulk food for canning.

GOODMAN

Stoney Ridge Inn Restaurant 15224 US Hwy 8, Goodman, WI 715-336-2308 facebook.com/StoneyRidgeInn Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Daily specials and scratch made soups.

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MANITOWISH WATERS

White Oak Grill 13029 Deer Park Rd, Manitowish Waters, WI 877-937-3664 chippewaretreat.com Culinary art experiences with food and wine.

MARENISCO

Fishtales Resort N10596 State Hwy M64, Marenisco, MI 906-842-3366 fishtalesup.info Full service pub & grub with varied daily specials. Hoop N’ Holler Tavern 115 Hoop N’ Holler Rd, Marenisco, MI 906-575-5555 facebook.com/hoopnholler On beautiful Lake Gogebic. Great lunches and dinners.

MERCER

Gateway Lodge 4695 Popko Circle W, Mercer, WI 715-476-7878 thegatewaylodge.com From fish frys and burgers to steaks and lobsters. Full bar and restaurant.

MINOCQUA

Hazelhurst Pub 6617 Hwy 51 Hazelhurst, WI 715-356-9400 Tasty burgers, sandwiches, pizza, craft beers, Bloody Mary’s.

Mama’s Supper Club 10486 Hwy 70 W, Minocqua, WI 715-356-5070 Mamassupperclub.com Finest Italian and American cuisine, fine wines; on Curtis Lake.

KESHENA

Polecat & Lace 427 Oneida St, Minocqua, WI 715-356-3335 polecatandlace.com Casual dining with full bar and grill, serving lunch and dinner.

Menominee Casino Resort N277 Hwy 47 / 55, Keshena, WI 800-343-7778 menomineecasinoresort.com Forest Island Restaurant serves full breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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The Boathouse, 305 W Park Ave Minocqua, WI 715-358-3999 facebook.com/MinocquaBoathouse Fine dining and superb cocktails; live piano music, outdoor deck seating. TJ’s Butcher Block & Market 8762 Hwy 51 N, Minocqua, WI 715-356-5258 tjsbutchermeats.com Prime choice meats, seafood, homemade sausage and jerky. T. Murtaugh’s Pub 500 Oneida St Minocqua, WI 715-356-7712 murtaughspub.com Traditional Irish pub. Daily drink specials, delicious sandwiches.

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Mulligans Sports Bar & Grill 16707 State Highway 32, Mountain, WI 715-276-3125 mulligansmountain.com American tavern fare & Bloody Marys, TVs for sports fan, patio.

PRESQUE ISLE

Last Wilderness Cafe 8279 Main St, Presque Isle, WI 715-686-2193 lastwildernesscafe.com Family restaurant serving breakfast and lunch.

RHINELANDER

Bucketheads Sports Bar & Grill 46 N Brown St, Rhinelander, WI 715-369-5333 Good selection of beers and full bar; sandwiches, pizza, fish fry. CT’s Deli 17 N Brown St, Rhinelander, WI 715-369-8988 cheftomsdeli.com Hot sandwiches, Italian deli meats, artisan cheeses, craft beers, wine and liquor. The Brick 16 N Brown St, Rhinelander, WI 715-369-2100 thebrickrhinelander.com Inventive dishes, attentive service and stylish atmosphere w’ classic bar.

SPRINGSTEAD

Birches Resort 1727 N Boot Lake Rd, Springstead, WI 715-583-4500 birchesresort.com Pizza, full liquor bar, 4 large tv’s, pool table, video games. Springstead Lake Lodge 1065 N Springstead Rd, Springstead 715-583-4403 facebook.com/springstead-lake-lodge Great views of Springstead Lake. Serving lunch, dinner and drinks.

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TIPLER

Whitetail Inn 5836 State Hwy 139, Tipler, WI 715-674-2184 facebook.com/TheWhitetailInnTipler/ Sports bar, Friday fish fries, next to ATV trail.

TOMAHAWK

Billy Bob’s Sports Bar & Grill N12025 Co Rd L, Tomahawk, WI 715-453-4984 billybobssportsbarandgrill.com Unique dining experience; nightly specials; six 55-inch plasma TVs. The Happy Snapper 315 S Tomahawk Ave Tomahawk, WI 715-453-8686 thehappysnapper.weebly.com All your favorite drinks, food including Friday fish fry. Nelson’s County Market 662 N 4th St, Tomahawk, WI 715-453-2174 nelsonscountymarket.com One-stop shopping: groceries, postage, banking, floral, liquor, deli, bakery. Outboards Bar & Grill 616 N 4th St, Tomahawk, WI 715-224-3594 facebook.com/OutboardsTomahawk/ Located right on the Wisconsin River/ Lake Mohawksin and features a very creative menu. The Thirsty Giraffe 2200 County Rd L, Tomahawk, WI 715-224-3368 facebook.com/TheThirstyGiraffe. Lake.Nokomis Enjoy our full Smoked BBQ Pit menu, Homemade Pizza, Broasted Chicken, Specialty Drinks and Full Bar. Tomahawk Family Restaurant 1020 N 4th St, Tomahawk, WI 715-453-4504 Good variety on breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. Friendly staff. Twin Bay Resort 2173 County Road L, Tomahawk, WI 715-453-2679 twinbayresort.net Home-made pizza, appetizers, sandwiches, wraps, gyros, soups and salads.

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Randall Bakery 505 Sunday Lake St Wakefield, MI 906-224-5401 facebook.com/Randall-Bakery-Wakefield-Mi-the-best-YOOPER-bakery Best fresh & frozen pasties, glazed donuts, potato rolls, & coffee.


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EVENTS

Florence County -- more lakes than you can shake a jig stick at Countywide -- With 265 lakes and a few river flowages, there are many places to fish in Florence County. Ice fishing is a social activity aimed at curing cabin fever as well as catching some fish to eat. The most social form of this activity happens at ice fishing derbies. For a small entry fee, participants have the chance to win prizes while having fun with family and friends and meeting many new acquaintances.

Leff’s Fishing Derby The seventh annual Leff’s Fishing Derby will take place on Saturday, Feb. 17. Headquarters is Leff’s Bar. You can fish any Florence County waterbody for this event. Entry fee is $5 with 100% payout. Fishing begins at dawn and ends at 4:30pm. There will be raffles and food to enjoy. For more information, call 715528-5151. The Pete “Toad” Church Ice Fishing Derby, sponsored by the Aurora-Homestead Conservation Club, will be Saturday, Feb. 24 on the Pine River Flowage. Entry fee is $7 for adults, with kids 12 and under free entered free. Registration starts at 6am on the ice or pre-register at Bob’s Midland in Aurora. Fishing hours are 6am to 3:30pm. Cash prizes will be awarded, and food and soda will

be available. For more information, call 715-589-4400. Check ExploreFlorenceCounty.com events tab for the latest information. Tip-up fishing for northern pike is a relaxing family activity. Northern pike feed actively throughout the daylight hours, so you don’t have to brave the dark and cold. And once you get your tip-ups set, you can sit back and watch your tip-ups or throw a football or play a game of badminton or snow-golf on the ice. The best lakes in Florence County to catch northern pike through the ice are Patten Lake, Twin Falls Flowage, Fay Lake, Seidel Lake and Sea Lion Lake. If you are looking for a trophy pike, give Lake Ellwood or the Brule River Flowage a try. There aren’t as many fish per acre in these two lakes, but the fish there are monsters. If you are looking to jig for panfish, the better waters are the Spread Eagle Chain of Lakes, Sea Lion Lake, Twin Falls Flowage and Halsey Lake. Or if you prefer walleye, Lake Emily, Patten Lake and the Brule River Flowage are the hot spots through the ice. So call ahead to make sure the ice is thick enough and then pack up your ice fishing gear, shanty or bucket and come join the fun.

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Church Ice Fishing Derby

Feb. 10-11 Florence – Snowmobile Hillcross and Hillclimb Championship Races: Keyes Peak Ski Hill. 10 am start both days. Feb. 17 Florence – Leff’s Fishing Derby: 5am to 4:30pm, any lake in county. 715-528-5151. Feb 24 Florence – Fireman’s Ball: 5pm, Encore on Central Ballroom: Feb. 24 Florence – Ice Fishing Derby: 6am to 3:30pm, Pine River Flowage. March 3 Florence -Keyes Peak Winterfest: 11am to 4pm.


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FLORENCE COUNTY Day of fun at Keyes Peak Winterfest FLORENCE – The annual Keyes Peak Winterfest will be Saturday, March 3 at Keyes Peak Ski Hill, four miles south of Florence on Hwy. 101. The cost is $15 per person ($5 for season pass holders) for a day of skiing, snowboarding, tubing, snowshoeing and games. The event starts at 11am and the lift ticket is good until hill closing at 9pm. This price includes lift ticket, rental equipment and the opportunity to take part in other fun activities. Activities include lessons from professional snow carvers (noon to 4pm), snowshoes potato race (noon to 2pm), human bowling (noon to 3pm) and guided snowshoe hikes on the new Chickadee Snowshoe trails (all day). Be sure to try the fastest tube run in the region! Helmets are provided. The Keyes Peak Ski Hill kitchen offers a variety of food and beverages all day to fuel you up for another trip down the hill.

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The Florence County Chamber of Commerce, Forestry & Parks, and the Keyes Peak Ski Hill Committee are sponsoring Winterfest. For more information call the Visitor Center 715-528-5377 or visit ExploreFlorenceCounty.com.

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Discover Florence County’s snowmobile trails COUNTY-WIDE – There are nearly 180 miles of beautifully groomed Blue Ox Trail-Riders’ snowmobile trails -- and many more miles of snowmobile trails in the Nicolet National Forest -- waiting to be discovered in Florence County. The county is located in the “Wild Rivers Country” of the Northwoods. Florence County rests against the Wisconsin-Michigan border and boasts breathtaking scenery that includes rolling hills, endless miles of rivers and streams, towering pines and hardwoods. You would be hard pressed to discover an area as unspoiled as this. The Nicolet National Forest Trails vast network of nearly 500 miles of signed, groomed trails is complemented by hundreds of miles of unplowed National Forest roads, all available to the public.

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As soon as a substantial snowfall occurs, members of the Blue Ox Trail-Riders (comprising snowmobile and ATAV members) spring into action. The club owns and operates four Bombardier groomers to cover the county. The trails are groomed at least twice a week except for the rail grade at 4-5 times a week. Plenty of lodging facilities and eateries can be found along the routes. Like other clubs, the Florence volunteer members are also out there in summer and fall brushing, signing, raising funds and much more to maintain and expand the trails. The trail system exists because of the cooperation and generosity of private landowners in allowing trails to cross their property. Please stay on the trails and be respectful of private lands! Consider becoming a member of the club. They host Thursday morning rides and Saturday family cookouts during the riding season. Rides start at 10 a.m. from the Resource Center in Florence, travel at moderate speed and usually are about 90 to 110 miles in length. There are stops along the way to view wildlife and scenic areas. A lunch stop is always on the schedule. For more information, contact the Wild Rivers Interpretive Center at 888-889-0049, florencewisconsinwi.com or go to blueoxtrailriders.org.

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EVENTS

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Feb. 3 Hiles – Ice Fishing Jamboree: 10am to 5pm.

Discover Forest County snowmobiling Enjoy your next snowmobiling adventure in Forest County with over 405 miles of groomed, state-funded trails winding through the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. All trails link to two casinos and all hospitality businesses in Forest County, providing many pit stops along the trail for food, lodging and refreshments. For current snow conditions call the Forest County Snowline at 715-478-2024. To request a Forest County snowmobile map call 715-478-3475. The county forest department lists these trail systems for sledheads: 100 Mile Snow Safari Trail: The 100 Mile Snow Safari has approximately 150 miles of marked and groomed trails through the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest linking all the localities of Forest County. Maps, food, etc., are available at pit stops throughout the system.

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Lumberjack Memorial Trails: The Lumberjack Memorial Trails Club grooms and maintains over 90 miles of trails in central and southern Forest County. These trails link to the 100 Miler as well as to the trails in the Lakewood area. Three Lakes/Brule Trails: The Three Lakes Trail system has over 80 miles of groomed trails in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, linking Forest and Oneida counties in the western half of the county as well as upper Michigan. Tombstone-Pickerel Trails: The Tombstone-Pickerel Trails include over 20 miles of groomed trails in southwestern Forest County, with numerous pit stops and resorts, as well as providing a link to the Langlade County trail system. Black Bear Sportsmen’s Club: The Black Bear Club has over 40 miles of groomed trails, linking the Crandon area north and west to trails in Oneida County.


Trump Lake Fish-O-Ree set

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WABENO – The 56th annual Trump Lake Fish-O-Ree will be Saturday, Feb. 10 on Trump Lake. Activities begin at 9am and go until 5pm, both on the lake and in the heated pavilion. Concessions will be available at 10am. The American Legion and Wabeno Lions Club are joint sponsors of the Fish-O-Ree. The two organizations use proceeds from the day to support their many programs and local groups. They are holding various raffles, including one for a first place prize of $500, plus seven other prizes; another raffle for $100 and still another for a half pig. Drawings will take place at 4:30pm in the pavilion. Cash prizes will be awarded for the largest and second largest bass, northern, walleye, bluegill, crappie and perch registered that day. The 1,620-acre Trump Lake is located one and one-half miles north of Wabeno on Hwy. 32.

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Feb. 3 Hurley – Winter Extravaganza Snowshoe Fundraiser: hurleywi.com. Feb. 17 Mercer – Lions Ice Fishing Jamboree: 715-476-7655. Feb. 23-24 Springstead – Braapfest: Antique and classic snowmobiles. Modern sleds welcomed, too. Springstead Lake Lodge. Feb. 24 Hurley – Hurley Fireworks/Snowshoe Extravaganza: Gile Flowage Park. Bonfire and music 2pm, snowshoe race 3pm. Feb. 24 Mercer – Claus Kraetke Memorial Ice Fishing Jamboree: 715-476-2555

Explore the XC trails in Iron County

MERCER –Iron County has three cross-county ski trail systems to explore. The Iron County Forest is the location for two of the Nordic ski trail systems: MECCA Ski Trails in Mercer and Uller Ski Trails in Pence/Iron Belt. The Montreal Ski Trail system is located in Montreal. MECCA offers 18 km of classical and skating trails with easy to intermediate options. Snowshoeing and skijoring are allowed only on untracked (skating) portions. There is a 1.1 km snowshoe and hiking loop.

The Uller Trail offers 11 miles of remote backcountry skiing. Trailheads are located in Pence on Hwy. 77, Hoyt Road about 1 mile north of Hwy. 77, in Iron Belt on North Road and at Weber Lake. Montreal Ski Trail offers 8.6 km of trails through Montreal’s historic mining district. Trailheads are located at Rose Wreath on Hwy. 77 and Spring Camp Road on the west side of Montreal.

Mercer area hosts ice fishing tournaments

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MERCER – Gas up the ice auger (or charge the electric model), pick up minnows and waxies at your favorite bait shop and head out to Mercer for a day of fishing fun with a bit of competition to spice up the day. These two fishing tournaments should fit the bill: The Mercer Lions’ annual ice fishing jamboree will be Saturday, Feb. 17 with tournament headquarters at the Carow Park pavilion on County Hwy. J. Fishing hours are 11am to 5pm on Grand Portage Lake. There are walleyes, largemouth bass and muskies in the lake, along with perch and bluegills for the catching. There will be food and beverages, prizes for biggest fish in several categories, paddle wheel games, can raffles and a 50/50 raffle. For more information, call 715-476-7655. The Claus Kraetke Memorial Ice Fishing Jamboree will be Saturday, Feb. 24 on the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage. This tournament will be headquartered out of Donner’s Bay Resort with fishing hours from 7am to 4pm. Cash prizes will be given for the largest fish caught in several categories. Available for purchase will be hot food, warm and cold beverages and tickets for the many raffles. The resort is located just off County Hwy. FF between Mercer and Butternut at 2974 Hiawatha Road. (Snowmobile trail #9.) For more information, call 715-476-2555.

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‘Braapfest’ enters 10th year of fun on the ice

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SPRINGSTEAD – Kick back with a bunch of fellow sledheads at the 10th annual Braapfest on Feb. 23-24 sponsored by and hosted at Springstead Lake Lodge in Springstead. Braapfest’s roots are in riding and collecting vintage and classic snowmobiles, so you’ll see a lot of those at Braapfest. But a full range of modern sleds will be there also. While the antique and classic sleds are the backbone of the event, there will be other happenings, including live music. Flashback will begin playing at 8pm Friday with Refuse to Rust starting at 8pm Saturday, both inside the lodge. Beginning at 2pm Saturday, there will be drag and oval racing on the lake. New this year is slush pit racing. Entry to the festivities on the lake is free, as is the parking. As is tradition, sledders who arrive early that week go on social rides starting at 10am Wednesday. On Thursday they will ride late model sleds north for the day. On Friday, they will run vintage sleds to Price County for lunch and to visit some fun places. The “big day” on Saturday features a huge vintage ride (modern sleds welcomed, too) starting at 10am with a lunch stop included, then returning around 2pm for the races – including race sleds. The lodge is located at 1065N Springstead Road, Springstread. Visit springstreadlakelodge.net for updates and more details.

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Langlade COUNTY

EVENTS

Feb. 3 Neva Corners – Vintage & Antique Snowmobile Ride: Feb. 10 White Lake – Fishing Derby: 7am to 4pm, White Lake. 715-882-2246. Feb. 10 Pickerel – Pickerel Fun Days & Winter Plunge Jump-In: Jerry’s Sportsmen’s Lodge, Pickerel Lake. Jump-in at noon. Feb. 10 Antigo – Jack Lake Ski Fest: 7am to 1pm, Jack Lake Ski Area. Feb. 17 Post Lake – Ice Fishing Jamboree: Upper & Lower Post Lake. Dawn to 4pm. 715-275-4610. Feb. 17 Polar – Snow Ball: 6-11pm, Timber Haven Bar and Grill. March 17 Pickerel -- St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Noon, Country Inn on Hwy. 55. April 20-22 Antigo – Gun and Sport Show: County fairgrounds. April 21 Antigo – Ice Age Trail Spring Hike: 9am, Meet at forestry department office, county fairgrounds. May 5 Antigo – Old Fashioned Plow Day: 9am to 6pm. Antique tractors, old machinery display, tractor parade (noon). Golden Acres Farm.

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ELCHO – The 20th annual Post Lake Ice Fishing Jamboree will be Saturday, Feb. 17 with fishing on Upper Post and Lower Post lakes. Fishing starts at dawn (register fish by 4pm). Registration is free. Cash prizes will be awarded to adults with the largest fish in listed categories. Prizes will be awarded to children 12 and under with largest fish, also. There will be numerous bucket raffles, 50/50 drawing and ticket raffles, along with food and drinks from 8am to 5pm. All activities and fish registration will take place at the PLIA Community Center at the corner of Highway K and Post Lake Drive in Elcho. For more information call 630-327-9148.

Ice-skating rinks offer lowcost family fun

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ANTIGO – Enjoy some good old-fashioned ice-skating fun at the indoor and outdoor rinks in Antigo. The rinks are open to visitors who can join local families in a favorite sport that doesn’t require a lot of money to enjoy – just skates and maybe helmets for the younger set. Future Olympians and novices alike will enjoy taking a spin around these rinks: Antigo Outdoor Hockey & Inline Rink at 1011 First Ave, Antigo is flooded in the winter to create an ice rink. Hockey players and figure skaters share the ice so be courteous to others. Park hours are 7:30am to dusk. The park is lighted for late hockey games or practices. A portable toilet is available next to the rink. Langlade County Indoor Ice Rink is in the Multi-Purpose Building at the Langlade County Fairgrounds. The building features a seasonal ice rink with scoreboard, announcer booth, bleachers, a full-service kitchen, large restrooms and lots of room. The indoor rink is home to the Antigo Red Robins Hockey teams. Peaceful Valley Ice Rink at 420 Field Street is open from 7:30am to dusk, and is lighted for after-dark practice or games. The park features a new restroom and warming house facility (open from 8am to 8:30pm) and playground equipment.

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Third Ward Park at 1120 Second Avenue features a rustic ice-skating rink during the winter months. The park has benches and is open from 7:30am to dusk.


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Feb. 10 Merrill – Merrill Artisans Showcase: Noon to 4:30pm, Bell Tower Residence. Feb. 23-24 Tomahawk: TLR Cup Ice Oval Racing: Feb. 24 Tomahawk – Ice Fishing Jamboree: 9am to 3pm, Somo Lake. 715-493-1656. Sponsored by Somo Fish and Game Club. Feb. 24 Gleason – WI Kids Snowmobile Racing Association Race: wiksra.com. March 3 Ogema – Timm’s Hill Trudge: Snowshoe race/ walk. highpointvillage.com. March 17 Tomahawk – Taste of Tomahawk: Microbrew, wine and food tasting festival. Inshalla Country Club. April 7 Tomahawk – ‘Spring is in the Air’ Craft Show: April 20-22 Merrill – Central WI Concertina Festival: May 11-12 Tomahawk – Spring Fling & Art Walk: Various vendors in the downtown.

Craft beers, wines featured at Taste of Tomahawk TOMAHAWK – It’s always a fun time at the “Taste of Tomahawk” sponsored by the Tomahawk Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center. This year’s event on Saturday, March 17 promises to be another memorable event.

There will be live music to create a relaxing and enjoyable atmosphere. Lower priced advance tickets are available at the chamber office, and tickets will also be available at the door.

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The event runs 1-5pm at the Inshalla Supper Club in Tomahawk. Attendees will be treated to creative food samples prepared by local restaurants and food vendors. The big draw of course is the microbrew and wine tasting, featuring selections from regional and state makers.


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LINCOLN COUNTY Gleason track hosts ice oval races GLEASON – Come see the thrills, chills and spills during the Winter Races held on the iced oval of the Gleason International Raceway, Gleason Community Club Park, downtown Gleason. The 2018 remaining race dates are Feb. 3, 17 & 24. Gates open at 8am with races starting at 11am for all dates except for the 3pm start for the Feb. 3 “night race under lights.” After the racing on Feb. 3, follow the crowd to the Gleason Community Park building where there will be dancing with live music. They run some 45 classes for snowmobiles, carts, motorcycles, ATVs. Hot food and refreshments will be available at each race. Bathrooms are in the heated building. There is a spectator admission fee with kids under age 10 admitted free. The club maintains a 100 percent payback (driver’s entry fee is $15 with a season sanctioned fee) on all races. Point system is tallied each week and for season. For more information, call 5369681 or 536-6513 or go to gleasoncc.org.

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MERRILL – More than 100 concertina artists from around the state and beyond will be attending the 38th annual Central Wisconsin Concertina Festival in Merrill over three days, April 20-22. The public is invited to take part in the festival. The toe-tapping music will be playing at Les & Jim’s Lincoln Lanes, 12308 N. Center Avenue. Hours will be 5-11pm Friday, 11am to 11pm Saturday, and 10am to 5pm Sunday following the church service. The public is invited to enjoy the songs and to dance on the large dance floor, said a spokesperson for the host club, the Central Wisconsin Concertina Club. There will be food and refreshments, free parking and a concertina display. For more information, call 715-277-5039.

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LINCOLN COUNTY XC skiing, snowshoeing offered on Treehaven trails TOMAHAWK – Those who strapped on their “big shoes” for the annual Treehaven Tromp snowshoe race at Treehaven were saddened to learn that the event will not be held in 2018. But that doesn’t mean they – and perhaps you -- shouldn’t forget that Treehaven has miles of cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails still open to the public. Located between Tomahawk and Rhinelander, Treehaven is owned and operated by UW-Stevens Point College of Natural Resources Originally the Treehaven Tromp was a Braveheart Snowshoe Racing Series qualifier for the season-ending race, but rules were changed and any snowshoe race became a qualifier for the Series. That cut the number of participants at Treehaven Tromp by more than half, and the organizers thought it best to discontinue it.

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Passes are available in the parking lot by the two Treehaven trailhead signs. Daily passes are $5 and annual passes are $25. Fees are used for trail maintenance and equipment. No pets, bicycles or motorized vehicles are allowed on trails. They ask you to check in at the office first before using the trails. You can obtain a current trail map, and it’s recommended that you travel with a companion or two. Directions: Take I-39/Hwy 51 to Hwy A (Exit #231Continue on Hwy A (east). Hwy A will intersect with Hwy H (Stay on Hwy A, left at stop sign). Go about 2 miles and take a right on Pickerel Creek. Treehaven is located at the end of the road. (When approaching the intersection of County Road A and County Road H, stay on County Road A. Do not drive straight onto Drott Road. This private, gated road leads to Case Industrial property.) The facility is located at W2540 Pickerel Creek Rd., Tomahawk.


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Marinette COUNTY

EVENTS

Feb. 10 Crivitz – High Falls Radar Run & Fish-O-Rama: 715-757-3511. Feb. 17 Crivitz – Candlelight Ski/Hike: 6-9pm, Gov Thompson State Park. Feb. 17 Crivitz – Human Ice Bowling & Bed Races: 11am, Thornton’s Resort. Feb. 24 Crivitz – High Falls Radar Run: 8:30am, access via boat landing on 3rd Rd. Feb. 24 Crivitz – Fish A Rama: 6am to 4pm, Lake Noquebay. Timberline Resort headquarters.

Lots of fun, excitement planned at Fish-O-Rama, Radar Run & Winterfest

CRIVITZ – The 43rd annual High Falls Fish-O-Rama, Radar Run & Winterfest will be Saturday, Feb. 10. The Twin Bridge Water Ski Team sponsors the day’s events.

The events will take place on High Falls Flowage, 12 miles northwest of Crivitz, with access via the Town of Stephenson Park on boat landing 3 Road. Parking on land is also available. For snowmobilers, it is on the Iron Snowshoe Snowmobile Trail. Cash prizes will be awarded for the largest fish in each species. Fish entry tickets can be purchased for $5 at Popp’s Resort, Tall Oaks, T&B One Stop, and at the Fish-O-Rama site. Fish registration ends at 3:30pm. The radar run will take place from 9am to 4pm. Registration starts at 8:30am. The track will be 800 feet long. Trophies will be awarded for top speed in all classes including, non-studded, studded, stock, modified, improved, Kitty Cat, antique snowmobiles, motorcycles and ATV. Games and other activities are scheduled. Food, beverages and raffles tickets will be sold in the large heated tent beginning at 11am. For more information call 715-757-3511.

Another radar run, fish tournament If you missed Feb. 10 event, mark the calendar for more radar runs on High Falls Flowage at boat landing #3 on Feb. 24. There will be food and refreshments available. Also on Feb. 24 is the Lake Noquebay Fish-O-Rama, sponsored by the Lake Noquebay Angler’s Partnership Headquarters will be at Timberline Resort, W6296 Circle Dr, Crivitz. There will be three prizes each in seven fish categories, along with food, beverages, contests, games, and raffles under tent. Visit timberlinecrivitz.com for more information or call 715-854-2439.

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Bed races part of crazy fun

CRIVITZ – After several weeks of winter it’s time to unwind – and that’s why the folks at Thornton’s Resort are happy to sponsor their sixth annual Human Ice Bowling & Bed Races on Saturday, Feb. 17 at the resort, W12882 Parkway Rd., Crivitz.

The fun gets underway at 11am. Cost is $5 per person per event and you can participate in both events, which have 100 percent payout. They provide the snow saucers and beds on skis. Early signup of teams is encouraged.

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Bowling teams consist of two people. One person sits on a snow saucer as the “bowling ball,” the other teammate pushes their partner down the iced bowling lane to the bowling pins below. In the bed race, one person sits on the bed on skis, the other teammate pushes the bed on the lane. Best time wins. There will be DJ music and lots of meat and miscellaneous raffles throughout the day – all raffles benefit local charities. For more information, call Thornton’s Resort at 715-757-3311.


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Oconto COUNTY

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Feb. 3 Townsend – Farfromsnoozin Bed Races on the Ice: Feb. 3-4 Mountain – Doty Dog Days of Winter Festival: Feb 10 Oconto – Northern Fishing Tourney: Sponsored by Oconto WGAS. 920-227-7503. Feb. 17 Townsend – Fish-ARee: Sponsored by Red Arrow Snowmobile ATV Club. Feb. 17 Lakewood – Ice Fishing Jamboree: Wheeler Lake Association. Feb. 24 Riverview – Turkey Bowling: March 24 Oconto – Chamber Business Expo: 11am to 3pm, Bond Community Center. May 7 Lakewood – Spring Fashion Show: Waubee Lake Lodge. 715-276-3473.

Scenic cross-country ski trails await you

OCONTO FALLS – The Machickanee Cross-Country Ski Club welcomes everybody to enjoy the cross-country ski trails that they maintain in the Machickanee Forest in Oconto County. Scenic ski trails are available for both the beginner and more advanced skier. The trails lead through a series of forest types, including red pine plantations, coniferous swamps, oak ridges, and birch and

aspen stands. They undulate through topography ranging from creek bottoms to ridge tops. Numerous hills and curves of various slopes and lengths make this course a challenge for the intermediate to advanced skiers. The ski trails also include a beginner loop that can be enjoyed by skiers of all ability levels. The ski trails are located on Timberline Road, south of Oconto Falls.

Go for the gold at annual Turkey Bowling

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RIVERVIEW – We have our doubts that turkey bowling will ever become an Olympic-sanctioned sport, but if it ever does, the Northwoods will have some experienced teams to bring home the gold! You can see those guys and gals bowling turkeys at the eighth annual Turkey Bowling event on Saturday, Feb. 24 at the Riverview Town Hall/Fire Department. The event gets underway at noon and goes until 4pm on the ice rink, 15471 State Hwy. 32, Mountain (halfway between Mountain and Lakewood). Get your 4-person teams registered; any age can bowl. Pre-register for $25 per team by Feb. 15 at Mulligan’s or HalfWay Bar or $30 per team after Feb. 15. For those bowling, ice grippers are encouraged. For more information contact Karen at 920-323-0336. Enjoy chili, sandwiches, beverages, raffles and more throughout the day in the enclosed and heated pavilion.

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EVENTS

Vintage sled show & ride set at Lake Tomahawk

LAKE TOMAHAWK – The eighth annual Lake Tomahawk Vintage Snowmobile Show & Ride in support of the New-Tom Sno Fleas snowmobile club will be Saturday, Feb. 24 in Lake Tomahawk. Find your old snow suits, dust off those old sleds and join in for a day of fun as they reminisce about the early days of snowmobiling. Groomer rides will also be available. Vintage sled show registration starts at 9:30am in parking area across from Smiley’s Pub and Shamrock Pub & Eatery along corridor trail #17, adjacent to Hwy 47. There is a $5 fee per sled with a $15 maximum. There will be trophies and awards, including for Best of Show, Best Original, Best Restored, Most Unique, and a few others. The show is about having fun and sharing stories about the machines that you enjoy working on and riding.

During the stop at the scenic overlook the 4th annual World Championship Bogie Toss, presented by Lizzy T’s Tamarack Tap, will take place. Competitors show their skill at tossing a bogie wheel into a snowmobile belt placed on the ground. The individual who makes it into the final round and has the best score will have his or her name added to the trophy that is proudly on display at Lizzy T’s. The New-Tom Sno-Fleas equipment raffle fundraiser will be at Shamrock Pub & Eatery the same day. Stop in and take a chance on the many raffle prizes available throughout the day.

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At 1pm, after the awards presentation, they will start up the sleds and go for a short ride through the local club trails. The ride will include a stop at a scenic overlook along the Wisconsin River to enjoy a bonfire, hot dogs, and more socializing.

Feb. 3 Minocqua – Wolf Tracks Rendezvous: Minocqua Winter Park. Feb. 9 Rhinelander – Taste of Chocolate: 5-8pm, Downtown. Feb. 10 Minocqua – Photography Gala: 6-8pm, Campanile Center for the Arts. Results of Northwoods Wildlife Center’s photo contest. Feb. 10 Minocqua – Ice Cold Beer Fest: Noon to 5pm. Feb. 10 Three Lakes – Family Ice Fishing Tournament: Cash prizes, raffles, door prizes. Fishing on Maple Lake. Feb. 10-11 Rhinelander – Lions Fisheree & Winter Festival: Boom Lake and Hodag Park. Feb. 17 Rhinelander – Ice Fishing Derby: Lake George. Feb. 24 Pelican Lake – Ice Fishing Derby: Feb. 24 Minocqua – Loop Around the Lake: 5K ski/ snowshoe race. Non-competitive option. Feb. 24 Lake Tomahawk – Vintage Snowmobile Show & Ride: March 3 Minocqua – Squirrel Hill Loopy Loppet & Beat the Bunny: Minocqua Winter Park. March 17 Rhinelander – St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Downtown. March 24 Rhinelander – Hodag Home Show: Rhinelander High School. April 7 Minocqua – Only Fools Run at Midnight: 11pm start, 5K run/walk at high school. April 21 Rhinelander – Hodag Hops & Vines: 4-8pm. Hodag Banquet Center. Microbrew and wine tasting. April 28 M i nocqua – Get Your K’s On: 1K/5K/10K, Minocqua Park Complex.


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‘Loop around the Lake’ fundraiser to support schools

MINOCQUA – Those in the know will again put themselves in the “Loop,” that being the eighth annual “Loop Around the Lake” evening outing on Lake Minocqua to benefit two local elementary schools. This year’s event will be Saturday, Feb. 24 with headquarters at The Thirsty Whale, downtown Minocqua. Registration is from 4-5:30pm. While labeled a race, most people do the 5K candlelight route with family and friends in a non-competitive atmosphere.

Options include snowshoeing, cross-country skiing (skating and classic) or hiking. The 5K starts at 6pm on Lake Minocqua in front of the Thirsty Whale. There is a “Little 2K Loop” for families with small children. In case of questionable ice conditions, a land route will be used.

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The Boys Scouts will host a big bonfire and hot chocolate pit stop in front of the Beacons. Following the Loop, participants will

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enjoy food and concessions, hot chocolate, music, bonfire, shopping at the Loop Store and the much acclaimed Wish Lantern illumination at 7:30pm, all at the Thirsty Whale. Lanterns will be available for sale at the event for $10. The event benefits activities and academic development for both Arbor Vitae-Woodruff (AVW) School and Minocqua J1 (MHLT) School.

To pre-register for the Loop go to looparoundthelake.com or stop in at River Valley Bank, Minocqua Area Chamber, AWW or MHLT. Registration will be accepted the day of event at the Thirsty Whale. Registrants will receive a t-shirt, race bib, food ticket and goodie bag.


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A decade of ‘Only Fools Run at Midnight’ MINOCQUA -- Join all the Fools as they challenge the night – and their sanity – by hoofing it through Minocqua in the late, late hours of the night on Saturday, April 7 during Minocqua’s wildest running event. The 12th annual Only Fools Run at Midnight draws hundreds of runners and walkers who take great delight in this unique event sponsored by the Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce. All ages participate; many in costumes (we saw a pair of really big dinosaurs at the 2017 event!). The 5K run/walk has a start time of 11pm to allow all Fools to finish before midnight. The route will be via streets and the Bearskin State Recreation Trail. The start/finish line will be at the Lakeland Union High School. Participants may bring flashlights, headlights, glow sticks, etc.; they will be giving out green glow necklaces. The public as well as all Fools are invited to the spaghetti feed and sundae bar sponsored by the Hazelhurst Lions Club from 4-7pm Saturday at the American Legion Hall, 121 Front Street, in downtown Minocqua.

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The first 500 Fools to register are guaranteed an event tee. Special awards will be given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place (male & female) in the 5K, as well as age group winners, Best Dressed Fool (1st-3rd), Farthest Fool and Green Fool, the latter whose costume best exemplifies sustainability. Register online at minocquafoolsrun.com. Call the chamber at 715-356-5266 for more information.

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Downtown Trio of Rhinelander fun events await you

Taste of Chocolate, St. Patty’s Day parade, Hodag Hops & Vines RHINELANDER – Chocolate, beer and wine lovers get ready, because Rhinelander has populated the calendar each of the next three months with a fun and tasty event.

Taste of Chocolate It may be freezing outside, but the delicious chocolate samples will be melting around your taste buds (which, in turn, will be shouting hooray!) when the annual “Taste of Chocolate” rolls around this February in Historic Downtown Rhinelander.

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On Friday, Feb. 9 the downtown will become a chocolate lover’s destination of choice from 5-8pm with more than 30 businesses offering chocolate treats, browsing, special offerings, music and a chance to win the $1,000 Printpack Downtown Bucks prize. The evening concludes with the Printpack Golden Ticket drawing at 8:15pm at CT’s Deli. The $5 tickets for the sampling and prize drawing are available at Rhinelander Café & Pub, Bucketheads, CT’s Deli, and other participating stores.

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St. Patty’s Day Parade The spirited St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day this year!) in downtown Rhinelander will include floats, marching bands, and a sea of green. Downtown businesses get in the spirit of the day with discounts and specials on food and drink during the pub-crawl. Anyone can participate in the parade and be Irish for the day! Check the chamber’s website for the time of the parade: RhinelanderChamber.com. For more information, contact Jack Winkler at 715-3693030.

Hodag Hops & Vines Then the following month join the Rhinelander Area Chamber for its annual Hodag Hops & Vines Microbrew and Wine Tasting from 4-8pm Saturday, April 21 at the Hodag Banquet Center.

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Sample dozens of craft beer and wine samples from a wide range of Wisconsin breweries and wineries, plus taste delicious offerings from Rhinelander area restaurants. Live music and raffles will add to the fun for the evening. Tickets go on sale March 1. For more information, call 715-365-7464 or visit RhinelanderChamber.com.

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ONEIDA COUNTY Rhinelander says: ‘Drop us a line’

RHINELANDER – Ice fishing season is here! Hodag Country is known as the Ice Fishing Capital of the World for good reason. Rhinelander has some great ice fishing lakes. Here’s a quick guide to experiencing worldclass ice fishing in Rhinelander. In the heart of Rhinelander, you’ll find Boom Lake, a flowage on the Wisconsin River that offers reliably productive fishing. Other good bets: Lake George (southeast of Rhinelander), Lake Julia (south of Rhinelander) and the Willow Flowage (west of Rhinelander). Visitors have access to all these lakes via public landings.

The 240-acre Lake Julia is one of the more popular fishing lakes in Hodag Country. Whether you’re looking for panfish, northern pike or walleye, Lake Julia caters to any angler. Public access can be found at a boat launch on the west side of the lake.

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Located in the heart of Rhinelander, Boom Lake offers a convenient option for outdoor recreation, whether visitors are fishing, boating or paddling. Anglers will find musky, panfish, bass, pike and walleye. Public access is available at a boat launch in Hodag Park.

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Lake George is popular among anglers, who can cast for musky, panfish, bass and more. Access is available via a public boat launch.

Located in an undeveloped tract of forest, the Willow Flowage is a true wilderness destination that’s comparable to the Boundary Waters. The complex of lakes, sloughs and islands covers 6,400 acres. Public access is available at the Willow Flowage Dam, Cedar Falls campground, The Sportsmans, Talbots, Jerry’s and McCord Road. Mark your calendar for two tournaments you won’t want to miss. On Feb. 10-11, the Lions Club Fisheree & Winter Festival takes place in Hodag Park on Boom Lake. Fishing hours are from 7am to 3pm both days, and there will be an assortment of activities for the family. On Feb. 17, Forsyth Sunlite Resort on Lake George hosts the 22nd annual Ice Fishing Derby. The event kicks off at 10am Saturday with a shotgun start. Cash and door prizes will be awarded at 5pm.


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EVENTS

Feb. 3 Phillips – Chili Golf Open: Golf on the ice, chili cookoff. Harbor View Pub & Eatery. Feb. 10 Phillips – Ice Fishing Jamboree: Little Spirit Lake. 715748-2724. Feb. 17 Phillips – Poker Run & Picnic: Sponsored by Elk River Pioneers. Drawing at Bird Island Resort. Feb. 24 Phillips – Poker Run: Drawing at Comfort Cove Resort. Sponsored by Northwoods Hi-Riders Club. Feb. 24 Ogema – Sportsmen’s Expo & Wild Game Feed: Doors open at 2pm, meal at 5pm, Ogema Baptist Church. March 3 Phillips – Ice Fishing Rumble: Solberg lake. Roll-In Point. 715-339-4585. March 17 Brantwood – St. Patrick/St. Urho Dinner: March 17 Phillips – Wild Game Feed: Birch Island Resort, Bar & Grill. April 28 Phillips – Walleyes for Tomorrow Banquet: Doors open at 4:30pm, dinner at 6:30pm. Raffles, door prizes and more. 715339-6373.

Poker runs and more await snowmobilers, others Register at 3-Mile Corner, Birch Island Resort, Corner Connection or at the Elk River Pioneer Picnic, which starts at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17 at Russo’s Hill on Trail #80/#12 southwest of Wilson Lake or at N7375 Carpenter Creek Road

to any of the 17 local participating establishments to draw a card, which is then marked on the sheet. Participants can purchase multiple sheets; one card draw per sheet at each establishment. Turn in sheets in by 6pm the day of event at Comfort Cove, N10149 E. Solberg Lake Rd., Phillips, on Solberg Lake, to be eligible for cash awards; guaranteed 3-place payout for the best poker hands. Everyone is welcome to attend. All proceeds will go towards trail maintenance and club expenses.

Everyone is invited to sit around the campfire or in the warming house and enjoy a brat or sandwich and snacks, warm up with some coffee or hot chocolate, or have a cold one. Entries must be turned in by 8pm Saturday at Birch Island Resort, Bar & Grill on Wilson Lake. There will be refreshments and raffles while the cards are drawn for the poker hands. Look for posters at participating area businesses. All proceeds go towards club expenses for maintaining the trails. Northwoods Hi-Riders event The Northwoods Hi-Riders One-Day Poker Run will be the following week, on Saturday, Feb. 24. Pick up sheets at Comfort Cove Resort starting at 11am. Cost is $10 per sheet. Ride or drive

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PHILLIPS – The Elk River Pioneers annual Poker Run & Picnic will be Friday, Feb. 16 and Saturday, Feb. 17. Ride the snowmobile trails or drive your vehicle to designated locations and collect cards for the best poker hand.


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Lots of ice fishing competition left OGEMA & PHILLIPS – There’s still time to get in an ice fishing contest or two before Old Man Winter picks up and leaves the Northwoods. Over at Ogema, at Little Spirit Lake, the Spirit Lakes Improvement Association is holding an ice-fishing jamboree on Saturday, Feb. 10. Fishing hours are 6am to 3:30pm. There is no entry fee. They offer cash prizes for the largest fish, along with brats, chili and refreshments starting at 11am, all in a heated tent. The big draw are the cash raffle prizes: $300 for first, $200 for second, $100 for third, and $50 for fourth and fifth each. Tournament headquarters is at the boat landing, N9401 State Hwy. 102, about 10 miles southeast of Ogema. For more information, call 715-965-0250.

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The Soo Lake Resort Fisheree is Saturday, Feb. 17. Come out and enjoy a fun day out on the frozen pond as try your luck at catching the longest fish in the following five categories: walleye, northern, perch, bluegill and crappie. The fisheree offers prizes for first and second place; entry fee is $10 per person (100% payback). Tickets can be purchased at The Restaurant at Soo Lake Resort anytime up until 8am the day of the tournament. Food and beverages will be available all day. The resort is located at W10030 County Rd. W, Phillips. Call 715-332-5110 for more details. The season’s last contest in the Ice Fishing Rumble series will be Saturday, March 3 on Solberg Lake. Register at Roll-in Point, W6606 Point Ln., Phillips, anytime prior to 10am the day of the tournament. Fishing hours are 7am to 5pm; prizes and drawings to follow. Prize money for first and second place for longest fish in the following categories: walleye, northern, perch, bluegill and crappie. Junior category (12 & under) offers prize money for first place longest walleye. Food and drinks will be available all day; plus door prizes and basket raffle. Entry fee is $10 per person each day (100% payback). The proceeds from the raffles will be donated to a local non-profit organization. Call 715-339-4585 if you need more information.

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EVENTS Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25

Shawano – Fire on Ice: Auto races on Shawano Lake/Cecil Bay. 1pm. Feb. 10, 17 & 24 Tilleda – Thunder on Ice: 1-4pm, ice racing on Tilleda Pond. Feb. 16 Shawano – Wine and Cheese Fundraiser: 6:30-10pm, The Main Event. May 12 Shawano – Amish Quilt & Consignment Auction:

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Explore Shawano Country this winter

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SHAWANO – Visitors will find a wealth of winter recreation resources to enjoy as well as the scenic outdoors to explore when they arrive in Shawano Country – showcasing Shawano and Menominee counties. Snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, an outstanding Nature Center, shopping, hot gaming action and community celebrations together with home-town charm brings added warmth to winter. Here are a couple of events to whet your appetite for winter fun: Snowmobilers are welcome to discover Mountain Bay Trail, a former 83-mile railroad corridor between Green Bay and Wausau. The Shawano County portion is 51 miles between the villages of Pulaski and Eland. It is used for hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, snowmobiling and ATV use. The WIOUWASH State Trail and the Mountain Bay Trail intersect in the Village of Eland. The Shawano County portion of the WIOUWASH State Trail is 23 miles between Split Rock and the Village of Aniwa. Cross-country skiing (and sledding at the first two) can be found at these three recommended areas: Maple Hills Recreation Area -- Hwy. 22 two miles south of Shawano. Navarino Wildlife Area -- 10 miles south of Shawano, Hwy. K to Swamp Rd. south, east on Townline Rd. to McDonald Rd. south, east on Lindsten Rd. 15,000-acre wildlife area includes 14 miles of trails groomed for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Acres for Recreation -- Located 4 miles north of Shawano, Hwy. H to Old Lake Ln. to Retreat Rd.

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Here’s the line on fishing tournaments

With hundreds, nay thousands of lakes, in the Great Northwoods no wonder that there are multiple ice fishing tournaments on any given weekend to challenge anglers of all stripes and ages.

A few are tied together with community celebrations, such as Winter Rendezvous in Manitowish Waters, so there are other events going on for families. Some contests require an entry fee; others are free; all are fun! If you missed those contests held in January, there are still plenty more, including these: Saturday, Feb. 3 Ice Fishing Jamboree: Conover – Saturday, Feb. 3 with headquarters at Pioneer Lake boat landing. Registration begins at 7am with tournament fishing ending at 3pm. Food, beverages and prizes for largest fish in the categories.

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Feb. 2-3 St. Germain – St. Germain Radar Run: Includes bikini races, food and refreshments. Radarraces.com. Feb. 3 Phelps – Winter Carnival: Inflatables, games, free dinner, live music and cook-offs. Feb. 3 Presque Isle – Candlelit Snowshoe & Sky Lantern Send-Off: Feb. 3 Boulder Junction: Frozen Tozen: Feb. 4 Conover – Ice Fishing Jamboree: 7am to 3pm, Pioneer Lake. Feb. 3-4 Land O’ Lakes – 3 Bear Sled Dog Races & Craft Sale: Feb. 9-11 Eagle River – Labatt Blue USA Adult Pond Hockey Championships: Dollar Lake. Feb. 11 Conover – Winter Frolic: 4-8pm, town park. Feb. 10 Phelps – Northern Exposure Ice Fishing Tournament: Feb. 10 Plum Lake – Ice Fishing Tournament: Plum Lake, clubhouses.php. Feb. 17 Conover – Northwoods Blizzard Blast: 10am to 4pm, town park.

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Feb. 17 Land O’ Lakes – Radar Run and Chili Feed: 10am to 3pm, Bent’s Camp Resort. Feb. 17 Phelps – Ice Fishing Derby: Big Sand Lake: 715-5453200. Feb. 17 Manitowish Waters – Winter Rendezvous: 9:30am to 6:30pm, Rest Lake Park. Ice fishing tournament, games, fireworks. Feb. 17 St. Germain – Ride with the Champs: Snowmobile tour, dinner. Feb. 17 Boulder Jct. – Forest Frenzy Winter Triathlon: March 2 Manitowish Waters – Moon-Shoe: Snowshoe hike, Discovery Center. March 3 Boulder Jct. – Snowmobile Cabin Fever Party: Boulderjunctionsc.org. April 7 Phelps – Maple Syrup Fest: 8am to 4pm, Phelps School. Tours, demos, arts & crafts. phelpswi.us. May 4 Sayner – Spring Stampede: 9am to 3pm, Community Center. Vendors, classes, stamp sale. May 5 St. Germain – Martinis in May: st-germain.com.

Frozen Tozen: Boulder Junction -- Saturday, Feb. 3 with fishing on Boulder Lake. Cash prizes, raffles, food and beverages. Fishing from 8am to 4pm. Sunday, Feb. 4 Ice Fishing Jamboree: Conover – Sunday, Feb. 4, from 7am, to 3pm, Pioneer Lake.

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Saturday, Feb. 10 Plum Lake Fishing Tournament: Sayner -- Saturday, Feb. 10 from 6am to 3pm on Plum Lake. Headquarters at Sayner Community Center. Registration at the south shore public pier access. There will be prizes, raffles, food and more. Northern Exposure Ice Fishing Tournament: Phelps – Saturday, Feb. 10 from 6am to 4pm. Headquartered at Northern Exposure Bar & Restaurant with fishing on North and South Twin Lakes. Prizes awarded. Saturday, Feb. 17 Ice Fishing Derby: Phelps – Saturday, Feb. 17 from 7am to 3pm with fishing on Big Sand Lake. Headquarters at Sand Lake Pub. Prizes awarded. Winter Rendezvous: Manitowish Waters – Saturday, Feb. 17 from 9am to 3pm on Rest Lake. Headquarters just off the boat landing on the ice. Food and refreshments available. Prizes and raffles. Saturday, Feb. 24 Ice Fishing Contest: Arbor Vitae – Saturday, Feb. 24 with fishing from 7am to 3pm on Carroll Lake with headquarters at the boat landing. Food and refreshments available. Prizes awarded and raffles.

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Dollar Lake to host Labatt Blue USA Pond Hockey Championships

EAGLE RIVER – The 13th annual Labatt Blue USA Adult Pond Hockey Championships will be held Feb. 9-11 on Dollar Lake, east of Eagle River. The competition ranges from fun to very intense as top-notch players battle for the championship trophy in their division. USA Hockey and Labatt Blue invites you, your teammates and families to enjoy the experience at this year’s 4 on 4 Pond Hockey Championships. Spectators are welcomed to watch this classic outdoor sport. The Eagle River Fire Department creates 30 specially marked rinks for this exciting event that brings participants from all over the United States. In 2017 there were approximately 300 teams facing off in 20 non-check divisions with over 2,000 enthusiasts competing. For information on registration go to the USA Hockey website.

Conover leads the way for winter fun CONOVER – Old-fashioned winter fun will take center stage in Cover the two successive weekends in February. The first one is geared for kids while the second one welcomes all ages.

The Lions Club’s 59th annual Winter Frolic arrives Sunday, Feb. 11. Held under the lights, it features downhill activities – sleds, tubes, toboggans, saucers and snowboards -- for kids, plus plenty of refreshments and prizes for adults. There will be races for each grade level and medals awards first through third place. The Sno Buddies Snowmobile Club’s trail groomer will pull the kids back up the hill. Hours are 4-8pm at the Conover Community Park.

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There will be winter fun for everyone during the annual Northwoods Blizzard Blast set for Saturday, Feb. 17, again at the Community Park. From 10am to 4pm, there will be games for the kids and horse drawn sleigh rides. Try your hand at ice bowling or join in the recliner races to satisfy your competitive side. Be sure to check out the snowshoe baseball games for a good laugh. Browse the Artisan Bazaar in the community center; enjoy a delicious meal and hot cocoa, and much more. There will be warming fires, food and drink. This winter festival is the perfect way to spend a February afternoon with the family.

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Presque Isle’s great snowmobiling and a sled raffle to boot

PRESQUE ISLE – Presque Isle sits at the top of Wisconsin and shares a border with Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, serving as one of the Midwest’s top snowmobiling destinations. The area offers awesome riding, with trails meandering through vast stretches of pine and hardwood forests, and around numerous lakes. Presque Isle is blessed by the Lake Superior Snowbelt and sees more snow than most other Wisconsin locations. More than 600 miles of impeccable snowmobile trails are in Vilas County, with new countywide or Upper Peninsula destinations to be enjoyed every day of the week. The Presque Isle/Winchester Sno-Bunnies keep the trails superbly marked, maintained, and safe for all to enjoy.

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Oh, so sweet! Maple Syrup Festival nears

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PHELPS – Learn more about how and where maple syrup is made, browse local arts and crafts, and grab a tasty treat, all at the 7th annual Phelps Maple Syrup Fest on Saturday, April 7. You might just find some honey activities, too! Phelps Maple Syrup Fest is centered on the grounds of the Phelps School, where you can watch tree-tapping demonstrations and find your favorite maple treats at the Maple Café. Take a driving tour or guided bus tour of local sugar bushes to see where this popular treat originates and how sap becomes maple syrup.

With fantastic scenery, hospitable restaurants and taverns, and cozy lodges, Presque Isle, a.k.a. “Wisconsin’s Last Wilderness,” is the ideal destination for your next snowmobile trip.

With kid’s games and activities, arts and crafts show with over 70 vendors, maple syrup and honey displays, and a maple syrup contest judged by local celebrities, this Phelps event is perfect for all ages. The day’s activities and sugar bush tours are free for all attendees. A portion of the proceeds from Maple Syrup Fest will benefit area high school graduates through continuing education scholarships.

The Snowbunnies Club invites you to support the club with a purchase of a snowmobile raffle ticket. Proceeds will go toward trail maintenance. First place is a 2018 Ski-Doo MXZ 600 Sport snowmobile. Second place is an outdoor red cedar Keweenaw sauna and third place is $500 cash.

This year’s event will again bring educational classes for those interested in syrup and honey. Take the cooking class with instructor Dottie Reeder to learn how to select and cook with these two natural sweeteners. Pre-registration is required and there is a class fee.

Tickets are $10 each or 6 for $50 with 4,000 tickets to be sold. The drawing will be at 1pm Feb. 18 at The Presque Isle Pub, Hwy B & W in Presque Isle. Brunch will be available from 8:30am to 1pm.

Want to make your own syrup or honey? There will be a Beekeepers 101 class and the Maple Syrup 101 class at the school. Class fee, with no pre-registration required.

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VILAS COUNTY Ride with the Champs explores the Northwoods, U.P. ST. GERMAIN – Each year as part of the “Ride with the Champs” the Snowmobile Hall of Fame in St. Germain offers guided rides through the Northwoods of Wisconsin and the U.P. of Michigan. The day culminates with the Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The 35th annual Ride With The Champs will be Saturday, Feb. 17 with the starting point again in St. Germain. There are six different rides to choose from. These rides will be divided into both vintage and late model groups, as well as by how far or at what pace they would like to ride. They will ride alongside some of the snowmobiling’s most legendary racers, engineers, tuners and pioneers. The day begins at 7am at the Whitetail Inn with a buffet breakfast that will be followed by celebrity introductions and a group photo. Participants will then hit the trail with their chosen riding group. At the halfway point they break for lunch and a little “bench racing” before finishing their adventure through the Northwoods. Everybody will be back in St. Germain by 4pm to prepare for the evening’s events. The festivities at the Whitetail Inn begin at 5pm with an autograph session featuring snowmobile legends of the past, present and future. Following the autograph session there will be dinner, a live auction and annual induction ceremony.

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bilehalloffame.com, or call 715-542-4463. The Snowmobile Hall of Fame is located at 1246 Sled World Blvd., Hwy. 70 West, St. Germain. The line-up of rides New from last year is the Eagle River Track ride, hosted by Don Amber. This shorter ride includes a tour of the historic Eagle River Derby Track as well as touring the World Snowmobile Headquarters. The Vintage Challenge led by Joe Rainville is a 150-mile vintage ride to Lake Gogebic in the U.P. and is an all-day adventure. Also riding to Lake Gogebic is the traditional late model group, which will be led by Bob Anderson. This ride travels at a brisk pace and meets the vintage group at FishTales for lunch. Another adventure is the Swamp Challenge led by Craig Marchbank. This 100-mile ride ventures south to the Tomahawk area. Jon Betolino will lead the Yamaha 100, which runs the same trail as the Swamp Lake Challenge, but in reverse and meeting them for lunch. Both vintage and late model Yamahas are welcome to join this ride. New this year is the Arctic Cat 101. Led by Cody and Tom Ryden, this ride goes to the Hazelhurst area. Lunch is at Mama’s to support the Forest Riders Snowmobile Club.


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Discover Phelps... Satisfy your heart’s craving for adventure and leisure! Phelps is a place where you can leave your worries behind and enjoy some good old-fashioned rest and relaxation. The unique flavor of a small town surrounded by the unspoiled beauty of the Nicolet National Forest makes Phelps a traveler’s paradise — 365 days a year. Phelps is the place where the sands of time drift slowly, the fish are always biting, and the view is always breathtaking. On the lakes, on the trails, or in the woods — we know you will find the adventure you are looking for. So what are you waiting for? Discover Phelps and indulge yourself in a true Up North adventure!

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2018 Calendar of Maple Syrup Fest April 7 - Celebrate maple syrup in Phelps with sugar bush tours, tree-tapping demos, children’s activities, arts and crafts, maple treats, and more! Free fun for all ages!

Phelps Museum Open House May 28 - Step into the past at the Phelps Museum. Free admission and refreshments.

Flag Day Celebration June 14 - Ceremonial retiring of tattered flags at Sand Lake Pub.

Hank Lesniak’s Valley of the Giants Musky Tournament June 16 - Musky fishing tournament on Lac Vieux Desert, hosted by Hillside Resort.

Women’s Club Chicken Dinner June 20 - Fundraiser that supports Public Library and local scholarships. Great raffles.

4th of July July 4 - Parade, live music, inflatables and kids games, food, refreshments. Best fireworks in the Northwoods, over North Twin Lake at Dusk.

Open Studio/Garden Walk July 7 - Free weaving and spinning demos and displays, farm and garden tours.

21st Annual Picnic in the Park

July 10 - Chicken & rib BBQ at Wavering Park with live music and kids activities.

Poker Run

July 14 - Fun event on North & South Twin Lakes. Proceeds from the event will be used to help fight Eurasian Milfoil.

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For a full calendar of Phelps events or more information, please visit www.PhelpsWI.Us/events

22nd Annual Steak in the Park

Swen Musky Tournament

Phelps Men’s Softball Tournament

North & South Twin Lakes Musky Tournament

July 18 - Steak fry and live music at Wavering Park, presented by the PhelpsLand O’ Lakes Lions Club.

July 27-29 - Double elimination softball tournament with $1000 first prize.

62nd Annual Fireman’s Picnic & Pig Roast

Aug. 4 - Picnic and pig roast, kids activities, live music and fireworks at Wavering Park, with proceeds benefiting Phelps Volunteer Fire Department.

Founding Father’s Golf Tournament Aug. 12 - Golf tournament to benefit the Phelps Volunteer Fire Department at Big Sand Lake Golf Course.

Lac Vieux Desert Lake Association August Fest

Aug. 12 - Fun, food, and prizes at Hillside Resort to support the health of Lac Vieux Desert Lake.

Phelps Old Timers Softball Tournament

Aug. 17-19 - Double elimination softball tournament for teams with 400 years on the field. $800 first prize.

Sept. 2 - Musky fishing tournament on Lac Vieux Desert, hosted by Hillside Resort.

Sept. 8 - Musky fishing on North and South Twin Lakes. Headquarterd at Northern Exposure Bar & Restaurant.

9th Annual Phelps Scarecrow Fest

Sept. 15 - Scarecrows, pumpkin chuckin’, wagon rides, arts and crafts and fall fun downtown Phelps.

38th Annual Midwest Musky Classic Tournament

Oct. 5-7 - Cash prizes, Big Fish of the Day prizes, and more! Weekend long tournament on 4 lakes hosted by Phelps Chamber.

Halloween Carnival

Oct. 27 - Free Halloween party with games, treats and more at Phelps School.

Breakfast with Santa

Dec. 1 - Fundraiser breakfast and pictures with Santa at the Phelps School.

4th Annual Twin Triathlon

Aug. 25 - Paddle on North Twin Lake, and Bike/Run on Vista Lake Biking trails. $35 - individuals, $90 - teams.

Dan & Connie’s Fishing Classic

Aug. 25 - Musky fishing tournament on Big Sand Lake, headquartered at Sand Lake Pub.

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33rd Annual Great Northern Ice Fishing Tournament

Jan. 26 - Fun tournament for all ages on Lac Vieux Desert, sponsored by the Phelps - Land O’ Lakes Lions Club.

18th Annual Northern Exposure Ice Fishing Tournament Feb. 9 - Ice fishing tournament on North & South Twin Lakes. Headquartered at Northern Exposure Bar & Grill.

Ice Fishing Derby

Feb. 16 - Ice fishing tournament on Big Sand Lake, headquartered at Sand Lake Pub.

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You’re Invited to... Come for a day, come for a season or stay for a lifetime – we look forward to welcoming you to Phelps! This quiet community is destined to become a part of your family, a part of your story. Whether you are a first-time traveler, a third generational visitor, or are looking for that perfect town to call home, you will experience true Northwoods hospitality in Phelps. Surrounded by lakes and forests, Phelps offers true tranquility without sacrificing convenience. This safe, inviting community has something for everyone.

Award -Winning School

The Phelps School provides quality education for K-12 students, with a commitment to a 21st century learning environment. The School has been chosen for the US News and World Report Bronze Award for top schools in the nation for four years, among other awards. In addition to excellent education for students, the Phelps School provides the community with in-house daycare, a fitness center, computer lab, wood and metal shops, and two gymnasiums.

Dedicated Community

The strength of a town lies in it’s people, and Phelps truly takes the cake when it comes to sense of community. All of the service clubs and non-profit organizations demonstrate loving commitment, evident in each fundraiser and every trail. From the Women’s Club and Lions Club to the Landover ATV Club and the Snowmobile Club, the Volunteer Fire Department and EMS – swing in on any event to see these welcoming faces for yourself.

Phelps Historical Museum

...So that the past may shed light on the present and future. The Phelps Historical Museum isn’t the biggest, but the history that has been uncovered is HUGE! Browse the collections of preserved papers and mementos left behind, learn of the families and individuals that built the rich history of this small-town, and let the past touch you as deeply as it has touched our hearts. Open Memorial Day through Labor Day or by appointment.

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Phelps Attractions Wavering Park

Phelps Parks Commission is proud to share wellmaintained facilities in a beautiful setting. Wavering Park is perfect for an afternoon with the family or a morning workout. The park features a playground, tennis courts, basketball courts, soccer and softball fields. Be sure to check the Pickleball schedule in the summer months to join in a friendly match.

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Phelps Shooting Range

Planning a hunting trip or just want to get in some target practice? Swing by the Phelps Shooting Range, located just north of town on Shooting Range Road. The range features a trap area and shooting ranges extending from 50 yards to 200. It is open to the public free of charge with donations encouraged.

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Spacious Campgrounds

S’mores, ghost stories, lazy afternoons – this is what vacationing is all about! Plan your next trip to Phelps to go off the grid and make wonderful memories. Kentuck Lake Campground • 31 sites • Great Musky fishing! Lac Vieux Desert Campground • 31 sites • Picnic area with a view! Spectacle Lake Campground • 34 sites • Beautiful swimming beach!

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Lake Like a Local... • Paddle peacefully on Whispering Lake Headwaters • Canoe the Wisconsin River from the e • Park your ice shanty on Big Sand Lak skiing on • Rev up the excitement with some jet Lac Vieux Desert ectacle Lake • Soak up the view paddle boarding on Sp in Lake • Throw a pontoon party on North Tw Smoky Lake • Host a family picnic on the shores of Twin Lake • Glimpse an eagle soaring above South

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• Hank Lesniak’s Valley of the Giants Musky Tournament - June 16th • Dan & Connie’s Fishing Classic - Aug. 25th • Swen Musky Tournament - Sept. 2nd • North & South Twin Lakes Musky Tournament - Sept. 8th • Midwest Musky Classic - Oct. 5 - 7th

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On the Lake!

LAKE FACTS:

• Vilas County boasts of 1318 lakes • Phelps claims 41 lakes • Lac Vieux Desert is the biggest lake in Vilas County at 4017 acres • The world record hybrid musky (51 lb., 3 oz.) was landed on Lac Vieux Desert

What will you do with your #PhelpsOntheLake vacation? Surrender to the Lure of the Lake... When we use the words ‘On the Lake’, we mean it literally. Downtown Phelps sits right on North Twin Lake, one of the largest in Vilas County. And talk about an ideal backdrop! The view is spectacular all day, every day, but particularly so when the skies color dramatically for each evening’s sunset.

How do you Lake? Let’s face it, there really is no wrong way to spend your lake time. Just cast aside your worries and everyday stress, take a deep breath of that fresh air, and hit the water! Which lake to hit first? Most of the resorts in the area are lakefront, as are the restaurants and taverns. Why not start right where you are and take it from there? Be sure to make a day of it. An afternoon of excitement on the boat becomes so much more with the evening call of the loons.

Your Next Cast Could Be a Trophy... As if the acres of freshwater lakes brimming with fish aren’t enough, Phelps is home to the headwaters of the mighty Wisconsin River, the Deerskin River, and many hidden trout streams. From world-class musky fishing to catching your limit of panfish and everything in between, Phelps is a fisherman’s paradise!

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Ride Like a Local... Leave the Road, Take the Trails, Create Memories

Fulfill Your Trail Temptation...

Do you find yourself daydreaming of skis gliding across the snow or a hike deep into the forest? If you can’t stop thinking about the perfect country road for biking or the sun setting over you as you speed over the ice, you may have been bitten by the trail bug! Luckily, Phelps has the cure. With miles upon miles of both silent sport and motorized recreational trails, you can fulfill your trail (and off-trail) temptations in any season in Phelps. Need a map? Stop by the Phelps Chamber office to pick up maps of different trail systems or download the Vilas County Map It app for your smart device.

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**Local Tip: Grab the binoculars and hike the Beaver Creek Trail for an amazing morning of birdwatching.

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On the Trail! 40+ Miles of Pristine Snowmobile Trails! With plenty of lodging and dining options right on the Phelps snowmobile trails, you won’t have to waste a second of sled time. Thanks to the dedication of the Phelps Snowmobile Club we are pretty sure you won’t find better groomed trails than in Phelps, but if you can’t get enough you can easily connect to the 600 miles of trails in Vilas county and 3,000+ miles in Upper Michigan for even more sledding adventures.

Unlimited Cross -Country Skiing & Snowshoeing!

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There is something almost surreal about spending a winter day exploring forests blanketed in glistening snow. The 1-mile long groomed Phelps trail is ideal for a day of family fun by snowshoe or cross-country ski, or check out the Deerskin Snowshoe Trails, four marked loops with over 12+ miles of winter wonderland. If you are craving a day of Nordic or off-trail skiing, the vast Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest awaits you.

Load Up the ATVs!

Did you know that you can now access 130+ miles of preferred routes and trails by ATV from Phelps? Trails are open May to October, thanks to the hard work of the Landover ATV Club.

**Plan your trip – the 1st weekend in June is a Ride for Free Weekend in Wisconsin!

56 Vista Lake Bike Routes: 2.9 miles to 13.1 37 Conover-Phelps Trail: 11 miles 45 Deerskin Snowshoe Trails: 1.6 miles to 3.7 miles ** Local Tip: Check current trail conditions on TravelWisconsin.com to plan your trip on the trails! PHELPS AREA VISITOR GUIDE • WWW.PHELPSWI.US • 715-545-3800

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In the Woods! Answer the call of the forest... Did you know that nearly 75% of Phelps is national or state forest land? That’s a lot of woods to explore! Phelps boasts of 30 acres of land per resident, which means that when you are in the woods, you can find true peace and quiet. What a perfect setting for your Phelps adventure! In the spring months, the sunshine and warmer temperatures draw out the wildlife and wildflowers. The forest floors are covered in trilliums, forget-me-nots, and many other local flower species. If you tread lightly, you may even spot a fawn through the trees. Spring is a great time for bird-watching, as well. The mild temps of Northwoods summers are ideal for exploring the Nicolet National Forest and geocaching is an excellent way to get the whole family involved. There are hundreds of caches around the Phelps area, perfect for an hour or a whole day of treasure hunting. Or make it a weekend with rustic wilderness camping. Do you look forward to your fall color tour all year long? Each autumn, Mother Nature selects her brightest crayons and colors the Phelps landscape with blazing reds, yellows and oranges. With the many country roads and trails, Phelps is an ideal destination to enjoy this colorful season. Winter months bring a new view - snow-covered trees sparkling in the sun with a blanket of white beneath them. Exploring the forests in the winter can be a rejuvenating experience, and sure to inspire the nature photographer in you.

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Local Businesses Arts & Photography Daniel Johnson Photography

Contact Daniel Johnson Photography for high-quality, professional photos of your family, pets, event, or business. With over 25 years of experience, we understand the unique requirements needed to ensure that you have an enjoyable and productive photographic experience. We have provided images for thousands of books, magazines, and calendars, and know how to make your portraits shine or your business look its best. By Appointment Only • Phelps, WI 54554 www.FoxHillPhoto.com 715-891-2473

Whataview Farm & Weaver

Maple syrup & honey, wool & lambskins; handwoven rugs & runners; handspun yarns; felt hats, clogs, bags; potted perennials; rhubarb, raspberries, apples in season. 4041 Sand Lake Road • Phelps, WI 54554 www.WhataviewFarmandfiber.com 715-545-2897

Northern Waters Casino Resort

Northern Waters Casino Resort offers a casino, hotel, 18-hole golf course, supper club, buffet, food court, and the largest sports bar in the Northwoods. Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, our casino resort offers hundreds of slot machines, including many of the newest and hottest. Other games include blackjack, craps, pai gow and more. N5384 US 45 • Watersmeet, MI 49969 www.LVDCasino.com 906-358-4226

The Wilderness Reserve

5500 private acres to enjoy Whitetail, Elk, and Upland Bird Hunting. Skeet, trap, and sporting clays, hiking, fishing, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Cabin rentals available year-round and fully-furnished, each on it’s own private lake. 680 Reserve Lane • Phelps, WI 54554 www.TheWildernessReserve.com 715-545-2700

Big Sand Lake Golf Course

Picturesque 9 hole course, open to the public. Designed by Chick Evans. From the back tees, the course plays over Land O’ Lakes Area Arts (LOLA) 3085 yards with a slope of 113 and rating of 34.2. No tee Land O’ Lakes Arts, a non-profit organization, offers artistic times needed - Watered tees and greens. Twilight and and cultural events and art classes for children and adults multi-play rates. Snacks and beverages available. Visa and year-round. Discover painting, wood-working, cooking, Mastercard accepted. fiber arts, writing and craft classes, along with summer 4710 Big Sand Lake Club Rd. • Phelps, WI 54554 theater and dance programs, free artisan lectures and www.BigSandLakeClub.com demonstrations, summer art classes for kids, home-school 715-545-2484 art classes and music! 4262 County Road B • Land O’ Lakes, WI 54540 Boathouse Grill & Creamery www.LolaArtsWI.com A destination restaurant for families and friends; offering 715-547-3950 delicious food, drinks, and desserts, with weekly smoked lunch and dinner specials. Open seasonally from May through mid-October. Dine boat side, dockside, or outside on the pontoon. 554 US Highway 45 N • Conover, WI 54519 715-477-2628 Nicolet Area Technical College Nicolet College provides a wide variety of educational and cultural offerings, including more than 65 associate Pirates Hideaway degrees, diplomas, certificates, apprenticeship programs, Rated on Trip Advisor as the #1 attraction in Eagle River, and University Transfer Liberal Arts program. Nicolet also Pirates Hideaway is well worth a visit! Pirate ship rides, ice offers workforce development programs, community cream and gift shop, lakeside tiki bar, and entertainment. education classes, GED & HSED classes, the Nicolet Live! Family fun! creative arts series, and an Outdoor Adventure Series. 1998 Hwy 45 North • Eagle River, WI 54521 5364 College Drive • Rhinelander, WI 54501 www.EagleRiverPirates.com www.NicoletCollege.edu 715-479-6756 715-365-4493

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Sweets, Treats & More

20+ flavors of ice cream, nostalgic candies and oldfashioned toys in a malt shop setting. One-of-a-kind ice cream cookie sandwiches, fresh donuts on the weekends, and freshly-made lemonade are just a few of the treats available. Open Monday - Wednesday, 12:00 to 9:03 pm and Thursdays through Sundays from 8:00 am - 9:03 pm. 2268 Hwy 17 • Phelps, WI 54554 715-545-3131

Lake of the Torches Resort Casino

Lake of the Torches is the Northwoods premier entertainment destination with over 800 slots, table games, bingo, delicious dining venues, nationally-known entertainment acts and a beautiful lakeside resort. 510 Old Abe Road • Lac Du Flambeau, WI 54538 www.LakeoftheTorches.com 715-588-7070

Land O’ Lakes Area Arts (LOLA)

Land O’ Lakes Arts, a non-profit organization, offers artistic and cultural events and art classes for children and adults year-round. Discover painting, wood-working, cooking, fiber arts, writing and craft classes, along with summer theater and dance programs, free artisan lectures and demonstrations, summer art classes for kids, home-school art classes and music! 4262 County Road B • Land O’ Lakes, WI 54540 www.LolaArtsWI.com 715-547-3950

Phelps Historical Museum

Displaying the valuable history of Phelps, WI. Pictures & artifacts preserve our past in honor of the history that has built our thriving community. 4524 County Hwy E • Phelps, WI 54554 www.PhelpsMuseum.com 715-545-3303

Construction North Twin Builders, LLC

North Twin Builders is a general contractor and new home builder providing quality construction services in Northern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. We offer over 40 years of experience building in the local area, with extensive knowledge in construction and the latest innovations in building science. 2345 Strong Road • Phelps, WI 54554 www.NorthTwinBuilders.com 715-545-2510

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Phelps Sawmill is a family-owned full service lumber mill located three miles southwest of Phelps, Wisconsin. Our specialty is custom-cut pine and hardwood lumber. Call us for custom mantels and table tops, rough cut lumber or planed lumber, a few boards or large quantities. 1488 Co. Road A • Phelps, WI 54554 715-545-2001

Stop’s Heating & Cooling LLC

Stop’s Heating & Cooling is a customer focused heating and air-conditioning company that was originally started in 1968. Located in Land O’ Lakes, WI, we employ highly trained people whose goal is to make our company the best service company in Northern WI and Upper MI. 6356 Highway 45 • Land O’ Lakes, WI 54540 www.StopsPHC.com 715-547-3665

Benson Builders, LLC

Benson Builders is the Northwoods Premier Builder of distinct homes and cottages. For over 40 years, we have earned the reputation for unique designs and exceptional craftsmanship. Our expertise encompasses conventional Northwoods designs, timber frame, log, contemporary, rustic elegance, and mountain styles. 5771 US Highway 45 • Land O’ Lakes, WI 54540 www.BensonHomeBuilders.com 715-547-3941

Eggleston Custom Cabinets & Home Furnishings Authorized dealer for Graber window blinds and shades. We’ll help you from start to finish, with or without installation. Authorized dealer for Yorktowne Cabinetry. We’ve been providing excellent customer service for 20+ years. Our furniture gallery includes mattresses starting at just $99, as well as sofas, recliners, bedroom sets and so much more! 5791 Highway 45 • Land O’ Lakes, WI 54540 www.EgglestonBlinds.com 715-851-2259

Kitchens By Julie, Inc.

Certified kitchen designer, Julie Loehner along with husband and project manager Mark, offer extensive experience in remodeling and construction. Kitchens are our specialty, but we also design/build bathrooms, basements, laundry rooms, wet/dry bars and much more. Together we pay meticulous attention to detail and take our client’s projects from conception to completion. 2298 Gunderson Ln. • Phelps, WI 54554 www.KitchensByJulie.com 715-547-3972

Lampert Lumber and Home Center, your project partner since 1887. Providing free estimates, product expertise, and advice for all your building needs. Distributor of Marvin and Integrity windows and doors. “From foundation to roof, we’ve got you covered.” 613 Railroad St. (Hwy 45 N) • Eagle River, WI 54521 www.LampertLumber.com 715-891-2474

Northern Glass, Tile & Stone LLC

Residential and commercial glass service, auto glass, custom shower enclosures, mirrors and replacement windows. Sales and installation of porcelain and ceramic tile, stone, slate, and more. Specializing in custom showers, floors, baths, and kitchens. 721 E. Wall St. • Eagle River, WI 54521 www.NorGlasssTileandStone.com 715-479-9900

Beaman Enterprises

Fully licensed & insured in Wisconsin and Michigan with FREE Estimates! We specialize in: New Construction, Additions, Garages & Remodels. Also offering: Custom Finish Work, Steel Roof Systems, Exterior Wood/Vinyl Siding systems, Windows/Doors Installation, Custom Decks, and MORE! Tree & Brush Removal Services. Property Management, Vacation Rental, Interior & Exterior Cleaning Services Available. 2162 Sugar Maple Village Rd • Phelps, WI 54554 www.BeamanEnt.com 715-617-3927

Muskyland Plumbing

Family-owned business serving the Northwoods for 45 years. Licensed in Wisconsin and Michigan, we offer new construction and remodel plumbing, septic system, water heater and water treatment installs and service plus repair services. We can help you obtain your new dream home or service your existing home! 3883 Hwy 70 East • Eagle River, WI 54521 www.MuskylandPlumbing.com 715-479-7012

Northwoods Surveying

Licensed Wisconsin land surveyor providing surveying services, subdivisions, land planning, condominiums, and more. 2560 South Shore Road • Phelps, WI 54554 715-547-6224

Pitlik & Wick, Inc.

Pitlik & Wick specializes in asphalt paving and has been offering quality driveway and paving services for parking lots, pathways and more since 1952! We also offer construction materials, including crushed gravel, topsoil, landscape materials, sand and stone. 8075 Highway D • Eagle River, WI 54521 www.PitlikandWick.com 715-479-7488

Local Businesses

Lampert Lumber

Phelps Sawmill

Eagle Floor Covering

A full-service flooring dealer. Large showroom featuring carpet, vinyl, tile, laminate, ceramic, porcelain, and natural stone and hardwood flooring. Full-service installation and competitive Cash & Carry prices. 1160 Twilite Lane • Eagle River, WI 54521 www.EagleFloorCovering.com 715-479-4480

Dining Northern Waters Casino Resort

Northern Waters Casino Resort offers a casino, hotel, 18-hole golf course, supper club, buffet, food court, and the largest sports bar in the Northwoods. Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, our casino resort offers hundreds of slot machines, including many of the newest and hottest. Other games include blackjack, craps, pai gow and more. N5384 US 45 • Watersmeet, MI 49969 www.LVDCasino.com 906-358-4226

Boathouse Grill & Creamery

A destination restaurant for families and friends; offering delicious food, drinks, and desserts, with weekly smoked lunch and dinner specials. Open seasonally from May through mid-October. Dine boat side, dockside, or outside on the pontoon. 554 US Highway 45 N • Conover, WI 54519 715-477-2628

Gateway Lodge

Open year-round, this 1938 hand-hewn log constructed lodge features a massive fireplace, indoor swimming pool, hot tub, sauna, wireless internet, restaurant and lounge. 4103 Hwy B • Land O’ Lakes, WI 54540 www.Gateway-Lodge.com 715-547-3321

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Great Escape

Open year-round with two spectacular cabins to rent. Located on North Twin Lake with private piers. Serving lunch and dinner daily, with delicious nightly specials and deck seating overlooking North Twin Lake. Offering a juke box, pool table, ATM & fantastic views! 2510 Hwy 17 • Phelps, WI 54554 www.GreatEscapeofPhelps.com 715-545-2585

Eagle Waters Resort is a four-season historic resort located on Eagle Lake in Eagle River. Restaurant, bar, (public welcomed) banquet/wedding/meeting facilities, lake-front, lake-view, and wood-view cabins and condominiums available year-round. 3958 Eagle Waters Rd • Eagle River, WI 54521 www.EagleWaters.com 715-479-4411

Lake of the Torches Resort Casino

Hillside Resort

Restaurant open May through October with full bar. 11 modern 1, 2, & 3 bedroom fully furnished units with housekeeping. South shore of Lac Vieux Desert. Boat launch & swimming beach. Pontoon & boat rentals. 2474 South Shore Road • Phelps, WI 54554 www.Hillside-Resort.com 715-547-3646

Lake of the Torches is the Northwoods premier entertainment destination with over 800 slots, table games, bingo, delicious dining venues, nationally-known entertainment acts and a beautiful lakeside resort. 510 Old Abe Road • Lac Du Flambeau, WI 54538 www.LakeoftheTorches.com 715-588-7070

Pirates Hideaway

Lanny’s Fireside

Rated on Trip Advisor as the #1 attraction in Eagle River, Pirates Hideaway is well worth a visit! Pirate ship rides, ice cream and gift shop, lakeside tiki bar, and entertainment. Family fun! 1998 Hwy 45 North • Eagle River, WI 54521 www.EagleRiverPirates.com 715-479-6756

Sunrise Lodge

24 year-round units, 1-6 bedrooms. Family-oriented, allinclusive, housekeeping resort on Lac Vieux Desert. Free WiFi, watercraft rental. On snowmobile trail #6. Pets welcome. 3 home-cooked meals daily, May-October. Full dinner menu. Large salad bar. Breakfast on weekends all winter. 5894 West Shore Road • Land O’ Lakes, WI 54540 www.SunriseLodge.com 715-547-3684

Sweets, Treats & More

20+ flavors of ice cream, nostalgic candies and oldfashioned toys in a malt shop setting. One-of-a-kind ice cream cookie sandwiches, fresh donuts on the weekends, and freshly-made lemonade are just a few of the treats available. Open Monday - Wednesday, 12:00 to 9:03 pm and Thursdays through Sundays from 8:00 am - 9:03 pm. 2268 Hwy 17 • Phelps, WI 54554 715-545-3131

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Eagle Waters Resort

Serving from 5:00 pm, 6 days a week. Closed Wednesdays. A Northwoods dining experience! 5315 Highway 45 North • Conover, WI 54519 715-547-8120

Northern Exposure Bar & Restaurant

Delicious food and home made pizza. Featuring breakfast and dinner buffets with daily specials. 4384 Deerskin Road • Phelps, WI 54554 715-545-3555

Thunder Bay Resort

Year round lodging on the shores of Lac Vieux Desert. Also offering boat and sled rentals on the premises, as well as gas and Amsoil. Onsite tavern offers pool table, a juke box, pizza and snacks and a full bar. 2198 S. Shore Rd. • Phelps, WI 54554 www.Thunder-Bay-Resort.com 715-547-3801

Dublin Sports Bar & Grill

#1 sports bar in the Northwoods! Over 50 beers to select from, 16 rotating beers on tap, 15 flat screens, open daily with daily food and drink specials. Serving food everyday from 11 am until 1 am. Beer garden overlooking North Twin with outdoor TV to enjoy the game of the day! 4394 Twin Overlook • Conover, WI 54519 www.DublinSportsBarandGrill.com 715-350-2121

Education Daniel Johnson Photography

Contact Daniel Johnson Photography for high-quality, professional photos of your family, pets, event, or business. With over 25 years of experience, we understand the unique requirements needed to ensure that you have an enjoyable and productive photographic experience. We have provided images for thousands of books, magazines, and calendars, and know how to make your portraits shine or your business look its best. By Appointment Only • Phelps, WI 54554 www.FoxHillPhoto.com 715-891-2473

Phelps School District

Small, rural K-12 school district located in the western portion of the Nicolet National Forest. The school overlooks the shores of North Twin Lake. 4451 Old School Road • Phelps, WI 54554 www.Phelps.K12.Wi.Us 715-545-2724

Conserve School

Conserve School offers a semester-long immersion for high school students in environmental studies and outdoor activities that deepens their love of nature, reinforces their commitment to conservation, and equips them to take meaningful action as environmental stewards. 5400 N. Black Oak Lake Rd • Land O’ Lakes, WI 54540 www.ConserveSchool.org 715-547-1300

Land O’ Lakes Area Arts (LOLA)

Land O’ Lakes Arts, a non-profit organization, offers artistic and cultural events and art classes for children and adults year-round. Discover painting, wood-working, cooking, fiber arts, writing and craft classes, along with summer theater and dance programs, free artisan lectures and demonstrations, summer art classes for kids, home-school art classes and music! 4262 County Road B • Land O’ Lakes, WI 54540 www.LolaArtsWI.com 715-547-3950

Nicolet Area Technical College

Nicolet College provides a wide variety of educational and cultural offerings, including more than 65 associate degrees, diplomas, certificates, apprenticeship programs, and University Transfer Liberal Arts program. Nicolet also offers workforce development programs, community education classes, GED & HSED classes, the Nicolet Live! creative arts series, and an Outdoor Adventure Series. 5364 College Drive • Rhinelander, WI 54501 www.NicoletCollege.edu 715-365-4493

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Smoky Lake Maple Products, LLC

Smoky Lake Maple Products is a maple syrup equipment fabricator located in Northeastern Wisconsin. It has made a name for itself across the US and Canada through its unrivaled craftsmanship and keen understanding of the maple industry. Smoky Lake is proud to offer the highest efficiency flue pan sets in the industry. Smokey Lake Road • Iron River, MI 49935 www.SmokyLakeMaple.com 920-202-4500

Whataview Farm & Weaver

Maple syrup & honey, wool & lambskins; handwoven rugs & runners; handspun yarns; felt hats, clogs, bags; potted perennials; rhubarb, raspberries, apples in season. 4041 Sand Lake Road • Phelps, WI 54554 www.WhataviewFarmandfiber.com 715-545-2897

Finance Headwaters State Bank

Serving the beautiful Northwoods since 1957. We are an independently owned and operated community bank. Member FDIC. Headwaters State Bank, where it all begins! 4175 County Road B • Land O’ Lakes, WI 54540 www.HeadwatersStateBank.com 715-547-3383

Number Solutions LLC

Great North Bank

The Great North Bank offers a full range of financial products and services for individuals, families and businesses. 111 Mill St. • Eagle River, WI 54521 www.GreatNorthBank.com 844-688-4844

mBank

Community Focused. Client Driven. Your Northwoods Home Mortgage Experts. Headquartered in Eagle River, St. Germain, and Three Lakes. 400 E Wall St. • Eagle River, WI 54521 www.BankmBank.com 715-479-4406

Peoples State Bank

Peoples State Bank (Peoples) is one of the largest community banks serving central and northern Wisconsin. For over 40 years, Peoples has grown with its customers to help them with everything from buying a home or business to saving for the future. 1011 East Wall St. - Suite B • Eagle River, WI 54521 www.BankPeoples.com 715-479-1794

Ripco Credit Union

Ripco Credit Union serves our local communities and members with branches in Eagle River and Rhinelander. Stop in to see what our Attitude of Excellence is all about! 633 N. Railroad • Eagle River, WI 54521 www.Ripco.org 715-479-4491

Quickbook Online Certified ProAdvisor. Bookkeeping/ accounting for small to medium sized businesses. Payroll, taxes, monthly recons, budgeting/cash forecasting, maintain financial books and records. 5904 County Road E • Phelps, WI 54554 www.NmbrSolutions.com 612-237-5074

River Valley Bank

Summit Wealth Strategies

General Services

Summit Wealth Strategies is an independent firm. Securities offered through Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. Member FINRA/SIPC. 884 Fort Eagle Estates Lane • Phelps, WI 54554 www.Summit-Wealth-Strategies.com 715-545-2668

Full-service office for all banking needs. Fixed & adjustable rate mortgage loans, business & personal loans, insurance, investments, and more. 141 South Willow • Eagle River, WI 54521 www.RiverValleyBank.com 715-477-6206

Hicks Fuel & Oil

Hicks Fuel & Oil is a bulk fuel and gasoline distributor, and offers motor oils, hydraulics, gear oils and greases. We are a regional VP Race gas distributor. Family owned and operated! 4430 Highway 17 N • Eagle River, WI 54521 www.HicksFuel.com 715-479-8191

Lando Center Inc.

Lando Center, YOUR PLACE TO GET FIT! A breadth of healthy and active services: cardio and weights fitness equipment, free weights, row machine and Peleton spin bike! Fitness classes, free WiFi, gorgeous modern locker rooms with HOT saunas. Wellness workshops, art displays at Exhibit Hall, Healthy Drink Bar. No membership required. 4258 County B • Land O’ Lakes, WI 54540 www.LandoCenter.com 715-547-6333

Local Businesses

Farms & Produce

Number Solutions LLC

Quickbook Online Certified ProAdvisor. Bookkeeping/ accounting for small to medium sized businesses. Payroll, taxes, monthly recons, budgeting/cash forecasting, maintain financial books and records. 5904 County Road E • Phelps, WI 54554 www.NmbrSolutions.com 612-237-5074

WRJO/WERL Radio

WRJO Oldies, serving the Northwoods of Wisconsin. 909 N. Railroad St. • Eagle River, WI 54521 www.wrjo.com 715-479-4451

Iron County Community Broadcasting - WIKB

WIKB 99.1 FM - Iron County Community Broadcasting Station, playing your favorite country music and Telephone Time. “TT” allows individuals to buy, sell, or trade and look for services. 809 W. Genesse St. • Iron River, MI 49920 www.wikb.com 906-265-9622

Meyer & Associates Insurance Agency LLC

Northern Wisconsin’s premier independent insurance agency, with 3 convenient locations. Our primary objectives are to be honest and fair in all of our dealings, to be interested in people and their problems, to treat the clients’ needs as if they were our own, to establish a firm relationship of mutual trust and service to our clients, and to represent only the highest quality of insurance companies. 701 N. Railroad • Eagle River, WI 54521 www.Meyer-Ins.com 715-479-8808

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Local Businesses

Vilas County News Review

Synergy Salon & Spa

Wintersland Storage

Aspirus Iron River Hospital & Clinics

The official newspaper for all of Vilas County! The News-Review publishes the Northwoods Trader with free distribution to over 20,000 people, as well as the Headwaters Area Guide, Vacation Week, Action Tracks and many more special theme editions. Become a print and/or digital subscriber today! 425 W. Mill St. • P.O. Box 1929 • Eagle River, WI 54521 www.VilasCountyNewsReview.com 715-479-4421 24-hour accessible self-storage, individual units. Boats, campers, ATV’s, and snowmobiles. Various sizes to fit storage needs. Monthly & 6-month rates. 871 Highway 17 • Phelps, WI 54554 715-545-2188

Wisconsin Valley Improvement Company

A pioneer in natural resource management and steward of one of the state’s greatest resources, the Wisconsin River. Our mission is to operate the Wisconsin River Reservoir System to maintain a uniform flow and a reasonable balance among the benefits the water resource provides. Controls 21 headwaters reservoirs for Wisconsin River flow control. 2301 N. 3rd Street • Wausau, WI 54403 www.WVIC.com 715-848-2976

Health, Beauty & Wellness Lando Center Inc.

Lando Center, YOUR PLACE TO GET FIT! A breadth of healthy and active services: cardio and weights fitness equipment, free weights, row machine and Peleton spin bike! Fitness classes, free WiFi, gorgeous modern locker rooms with HOT saunas. Wellness workshops, art displays at Exhibit Hall, Healthy Drink Bar. No membership required. 4258 County B • Land O’ Lakes, WI 54540 www.LandoCenter.com 715-547-6333

Peter J. Schindelholz, DDS, SC

A personalized, comfortable approach to dentistry. Not your average dental office! 4453 County Hwy B • Land O’ Lakes, WI 54540 www.PainlessPeteDentist.com 715-547-3541

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Synergy Salon and Spa is a full service facility providing hair cuts, colors and styles, manicures, pedicures, tanning, ear piercing, and massage therapy. We truly are a one-stop shop for all of your beauty needs! Our stylists are dedicated to exceptional service and ensuring that you leave looking and feeling your very best! 5149 Highway 70 • Eagle River, WI 54521 www.SynergySalonandSpaEagleRiver.com 715-480-4222

Iron County’s leading Healthcare Provider. 24/7 ER, Family Medicine, Cardiology, General Surgery, Internal Medicine, Oncology, Orthopedics, Women’s Health Services. 1400 W. Ice Lake Rd. • Iron River, MI 49935 www.Aspirus.org 906-308-0232

Land O’ Lakes Health Care Pharmacy

Land O’ Lakes Health Care Pharmacy. Shirley Thompson, RPh. Your local Health Mart Pharmacy. Serving the area for over 30 years. Prescriptions and so much more. 4348 Hwy B • P.O. Box 1079 • Land O’ Lakes, WI 54540 715-547-3788

Village Barber

Family hair care, cuts, perms, and color. We stock Matrix products! Open Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturdays by appointment. 2429 Highway 17, Suite A1 • Phelps, WI 54554 715-545-3000

Home Services & Supplies Hicks Fuel & Oil

Hicks Fuel & Oil is a bulk fuel and gasoline distributor, and offers motor oils, hydraulics, gear oils and greases. We are a regional VP Race gas distributor. Family owned and operated! 4430 Highway 17 N • Eagle River, WI 54521 www.HicksFuel.com 715-479-8191

North Twin Builders, LLC

North Twin Builders is a general contractor and new home builder providing quality construction services in Northern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. We offer over 40 years of experience building in the local area, with extensive knowledge in construction and the latest innovations in building science. 2345 Strong Road • Phelps, WI 54554 www.NorthTwinBuilders.com 715-545-2510

Stop’s Heating & Cooling LLC

Stop’s Heating & Cooling is a customer focused heating and air-conditioning company that was originally started in 1968. Located in Land O’ Lakes, WI, we employ highly trained people whose goal is to make our company the best service company in Northern WI and Upper MI. 6356 Highway 45 • Land O’ Lakes, WI 54540 www.StopsPHC.com 715-547-3665

Kwaterski Bros Wood Products Inc.

Kwaterski Bros. Wood Products, Inc. manufactures only the highest quality wood products. From our Cedar and Alaskan Pine Sidings to our Ipe decking, and with our new Artisan Flooring Collection; we can help you turn your dream home into a reality! 435 Hwy 45 South • Eagle River, WI 54521 www.KwaterskiBros.com 715-479-5559

ABC Pest Control

ABC Pest Control is committed to help you have a pest-free home or business. Our quality services guarantees to remove a wide variety of pests ranging from ants, bees, cockroaches, fleas, flies, and rodents to spiders, wasps and others. 4966 Heart Lake Road • Conover, WI 54519 www.ABCPestControlWI.com 715-547-3098

Backwoods Laser Specialties

Custom engraving, from home decor to business marketing pieces. Photos on wood, and other gift items available. Visit us online to browse our many engraved options. 2423 Strong Road • Phelps, WI 54554 www.BWLasers.com 715-545-1025

Benson Builders, LLC

Benson Builders is the Northwoods Premier Builder of distinct homes and cottages. For over 40 years, we have earned the reputation for unique designs and exceptional craftsmanship. Our expertise encompasses conventional Northwoods designs, timber frame, log, contemporary, rustic elegance, and mountain styles. 5771 US Highway 45 • Land O’ Lakes, WI 54540 www.BensonHomeBuilders.com 715-547-3941

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A full-service flooring dealer. Large showroom featuring carpet, vinyl, tile, laminate, ceramic, porcelain, and natural stone and hardwood flooring. Full-service installation and competitive Cash & Carry prices. 1160 Twilite Lane • Eagle River, WI 54521 www.EagleFloorCovering.com 715-479-4480

Eggleston Custom Cabinets & Home Furnishings Authorized dealer for Graber window blinds and shades. We’ll help you from start to finish, with or without installation. Authorized dealer for Yorktowne Cabinetry. We’ve been providing excellent customer service for 20+ years. Our furniture gallery includes mattresses starting at just $99, as well as sofas, recliners, bedroom sets and so much more! 5791 Highway 45 • Land O’ Lakes, WI 54540 www.EgglestonBlinds.com 715-851-2259

Kitchens By Julie, Inc.

Beaman Enterprises

Fully licensed & insured in Wisconsin and Michigan with FREE Estimates! We specialize in: New Construction, Additions, Garages & Remodels. Also offering: Custom Finish Work, Steel Roof Systems, Exterior Wood/Vinyl Siding systems, Windows/Doors Installation, Custom Decks, and MORE! Tree & Brush Removal Services. Property Management, Vacation Rental, Interior & Exterior Cleaning Services Available. 2162 Sugar Maple Village Rd • Phelps, WI 54554 www.BeamanEnt.com 715-617-3927

Boone’s Building Supply, Inc.

Boone’s Building Supply, Inc. is a family owned business serving the northwoods since 1968. Boone’s prides themselves on quality building materials, exceptional service and knowledgeable staff. 3800 Shangri La Road • Eagle River, WI 54521 www.BoonesBuildingSupply.com 715-479-4679

Certified kitchen designer, Julie Loehner along with husband and project manager Mark, offer extensive experience in remodeling and construction. Kitchens are our specialty, but we also design/build bathrooms, basements, laundry rooms, wet/dry bars and much more. Together we pay meticulous attention to detail and take our client’s projects from conception to completion. 2298 Gunderson Ln. • Phelps, WI 54554 www.KitchensByJulie.com 715-547-3972

Muskyland Plumbing

Lampert Lumber

Hunting & Fishing Services

Lampert Lumber and Home Center, your project partner since 1887. Providing free estimates, product expertise, and advice for all your building needs. Distributor of Marvin and Integrity windows and doors. “From foundation to roof, we’ve got you covered.” 613 Railroad St. (Hwy 45 N) • Eagle River, WI 54521 www.LampertLumber.com 715-891-2474

Northern Glass, Tile & Stone LLC

Residential and commercial glass service, auto glass, custom shower enclosures, mirrors and replacement windows. Sales and installation of porcelain and ceramic tile, stone, slate, and more. Specializing in custom showers, floors, baths, and kitchens. 721 E. Wall St. • Eagle River, WI 54521 www.NorGlasssTileandStone.com 715-479-9900

Family-owned business serving the Northwoods for 45 years. Licensed in Wisconsin and Michigan, we offer new construction and remodel plumbing, septic system, water heater and water treatment installs and service plus repair services. We can help you obtain your new dream home or service your existing home! 3883 Hwy 70 East • Eagle River, WI 54521 www.MuskylandPlumbing.com 715-479-7012

North Twin Lake View Resort

Enjoy beautiful vacation accommodations in Phelps in one of 5 cabin rentals, with all of the amenities you need for a home-away-from-home vacation. Pontoon and fishing boats available for rent within a 30 mile radius. 2542 Millerville Lane • Phelps, WI 54554 www.NorthTwinLakeviewResort.com 815-979-0793

Phelps Outdoors / Colin Crawford’s Guide Service Offering year-round furnished kitchenette suite lodging with Wi-Fi and an indoor pool, hot tub, sauna and restaurant and lounge on-site. Continental breakfast included. Book a full or half day fishing trip with licensed guide and Wisconsin DNR Safety/Angler Education Instructor Colin Crawford. Open water fishing is provided by boat; ice fishing comes with heated portable shack. Credit cards accepted. P.O. Box 61 • Land O’ Lakes, WI 54554 www.PhelpsOutdoors.com 715-891-2715

Wildwood Outdoor Adventures

Your paddling headquarters in Vilas County! Stop in today to rent or buy standup paddleboards, canoes, kayaks, tubes or wakeboards. Book a guided adventure or fishing tour, paddling lessons, or join us for a yoga on the water class. Be sure to watch our website for upcoming paddle events! 5179 Highway 70 West • Eagle River, WI 54521 www.WildwoodOutdoorAdventures.com 715-477-3333

Local Businesses

Eagle Floor Covering

Phelps Convenience Center

Offering fuel, live bait, tackle, snacks, groceries, soda, liquor, beer, tobacco products, movie rentals, and lottery tickets. Located next to the boat landing on North Twin. ATM available. Year-round hours are Sunday - Thursday, 6 am to 9 pm and Fridays & Saturdays, 6 am to 10 pm. 2518 Hwy 17 • Phelps, WI 54554 www.Phelpswi.us/Phelps-Convenience-Center 715-545-2625

The Wilderness Reserve

5500 private acres to enjoy Whitetail, Elk, and Upland Bird Hunting. Skeet, trap, and sporting clays, hiking, fishing, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Cabin rentals available year-round and fully-furnished, each on it’s own private lake. 680 Reserve Lane • Phelps, WI 54554 www.TheWildernessReserve.com 715-545-2700

North Twin Lodge

North Twin Lodge defines getting away from it all. We are one of few family fishing resorts Up North. We embrace the memories of childhood, traveling north, and staying on a great lake! 3932 N Primich Way • Phelps, WI 54554 www.NorthTwinLodge.com 715-545-3474

Internet & Telephone Services SonicNet Inc.

High-speed internet service in Phelps, Eagle River, Land O’ Lakes, Conover, and other Vilas County areas. 229 W. Pine Street • Eagle River, WI 54521 www.SonicNet.us 888-631-9666

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Local Businesses

Land Sports & Services

Local Clubs & Organizations

Landover ATV Club

North South Twin Lakes Riparian Association

Our goal is to expand recreational activities for ATV’s and UTV’s in Vilas County, Wisconsin. Be sure to pick up the ATV map, available at several local businesses throughout the county. PO Box 116 • Conover, WI 54519 www.LandoverATV.com 715-891-1205

Phelps Snowmobile Club

So many trails - so little time! Our goal is to provide the best snowmobile trails the Northwoods has to offer. PO Box 214 • Phelps, WI 54554 www.PhelpsSnowmobileClub.com/

Landscaping & Yard Maintenance Custom Landscaping of Eagle River, Inc.

Designing and creating breathtaking landscapes to suit any style. Landscaping services, garden care, property management, snow removal, and more from professional landscape contractors with decades of experience. Visit our Garden Center in Eagle River for all of your garden and landscape supply needs! 1144 Hwy 45 South • Eagle River, WI 54521 www.Custom-Landscaping.com 715-479-6762

Beaman Enterprises

Fully licensed & insured in Wisconsin and Michigan with FREE Estimates! We specialize in: New Construction, Additions, Garages & Remodels. Also offering: Custom Finish Work, Steel Roof Systems, Exterior Wood/Vinyl Siding systems, Windows/Doors Installation, Custom Decks, and MORE! Tree & Brush Removal Services. Property Management, Vacation Rental, Interior & Exterior Cleaning Services Available. 2162 Sugar Maple Village Rd • Phelps, WI 54554 www.BeamanEnt.com 715-617-3927

Pitlik & Wick, Inc.

Pitlik & Wick specializes in asphalt paving and has been offering quality driveway and paving services for parking lots, pathways and more since 1952! We also offer construction materials, including crushed gravel, topsoil, landscape materials, sand and stone. 8075 Highway D • Eagle River, WI 54521 www.PitlikandWick.com 715-479-7488

Providing for the care of our lakes; ensuring that all can enjoy boating, fishing and water sports; presenting a collective voice of property owners that represents their best interests in matters affecting the Twin Lakes and surrounding communities. P.O. Box 163 • Phelps, WI 54554 www.nstlra.com

Vilas County Economic Development Corporation The Vilas County Economic Development Corporation (VCEDC) is an organization helping public, business and nongovernmental sector partners work collectively to create better conditions for economic growth and employment generation in Vilas County, WI. 413 W. Pine Street • Eagle River, WI 54521 www.VilasCountyEDC.org 715-337-0061

Great Headwaters Trails

GHT is a 501(c)3 local organization, partnering with towns like Phelps and Conover to develop a non-motorized bikeped trail system connecting all towns in eastern Vilas County. There are over 2 million recreational bike riders in Wisconsin alone - people of all ages and bike riding abilities, with families who will find these trails and Phelps very attractive! PO Box 609 • Eagle River, WI 54521 www.GHTrails.org 715-617-0080

Land O’ Lakes Fish & Game Club

The LOL Fish & Game Club has a 70 year tradition of conservation, education, and service to the community via educational meetings, outings, teacher grants and student scholarships. P.O. Box 513 • Land O’ Lakes, WI 54540 www.FishAndGameClub.org

Landover ATV Club

Our goal is to expand recreational activities for ATV’s and UTV’s in Vilas County, Wisconsin. Be sure to pick up the ATV map, available at several local businesses throughout the county. PO Box 116 • Conover, WI 54519 www.LandoverATV.com 715-891-1205

Phelps - Land O’ Lakes Lions Club

Service and support for our local community, including scholarships, food pantry, library and community events, as well as nation wide Lions Club causes. The local Lions Club hosts several fun events to help with fundraising efforts, including the annual Steak in the Park and Great Northern Ice Fishing Tournament. Visit online for details. PO Box 305 • Phelps, WI 54554 www.PhelpslolLionsClub.org 715-545-2142

Phelps Historical Museum

Displaying the valuable history of Phelps, WI. Pictures and artifacts preserve our past in honor of the history that has built our thriving community. 4524 County Hwy E • Phelps, WI 54554 www.PhelpsMuseum.com 715-545-3303

Phelps Snowmobile Club

So many trails - so little time! Our goal is to provide the best snowmobile trails the Northwoods has to offer. PO Box 214 • Phelps, WI 54554 www.PhelpsSnowmobileClub.com

Phelps Women’s Club

The Phelps Women’s Club provides a variety of community service and support, including raising funds for local scholarships, the Phelps Library, and the food pantry and hosting community events. PO Box 44 • Phelps WI 54554

Poh-Wah-Gom Passage Land Owners’ Association

Association established to govern relationships among land owners at Poh-Wah-Gom Passage, on and near Long, Sand and Catherine Lakes in Phelps, Wisconsin.

Vilas County Amateur Radio Club, Inc

VICARC provides backup emergency radio communications with repeaters at the Eagle River Hospital and in Land O’ Lakes. The club supports the Northland Pines Amateur Radio Club and provides licensing and youth technology classes. P.O. Box 1141 • Eagle River, WI 54554 715-891-1292

Northwoods Association of Realtors

The Northwoods Association of REALTORS is the trusted voice and advocate for real estate in the Northwoods. NWAR serves Forest, Iron, Langlade, Lincoln, Oneida, Price and Vilas Counties. 320 Oak Street, Suite B • Woodruff, WI 54568 www.NorthwoodsRealtors.org 715-356-3400

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The Wilderness Reserve

Phelps Outdoors / Colin Crawford’s Guide Service

Blue Loon Hideaway

Enjoy beautiful vacation accommodations in Phelps in one of 5 cabin rentals, with all of the amenities you need for a home-away-from-home vacation. Pontoon and fishing boats available for rent within a 30-mile radius. 2542 Millerville Lane • Phelps, WI 54554 www.NorthTwinLakeviewResort.com 815-979-0793 Offering year-round furnished kitchenette suite lodging with Wi-Fi and an indoor pool, hot tub, sauna and restaurant and lounge on-site. Continental breakfast included. Book a full or half day fishing trip with licensed guide and Wisconsin DNR Safety/Angler Education Instructor Colin Crawford. Open water fishing is provided by boat; ice fishing comes with heated portable shack. Credit cards accepted. P.O. Box 61 • Land O’ Lakes, WI 54554 www.PhelpsOutdoors.com 715-891-2502

Best Western Derby Inn

Come stay at the best hotel in Eagle River, the Best Western Derby Inn. Clean and friendly with the best continental breakfast in the area. 1800 U.S. Hwy 45 North • Eagle River, WI 54521 715-479-1600

Edgewater Inn & Cottages

On the waterfront of the Eagle River Chain of 28 lakes between Watersmeet and Yellow Birch Lakes. The Inn has cozy, knotty pine paneled rooms. The waterfront cottages have kitchens with enclosed porches. Only one mile west of downtown Eagle River as other activities and dining are a quick walk or drive away. 5054 Hwy 70 • Eagle River, WI 54521 www.Edgewater-Inn-Cottages.com 715-479-4011

Northern Waters Casino Resort

Northern Waters Casino Resort offers a casino, hotel, 18-hole golf course, supper club, buffet, food court, and the largest sports bar in the Northwoods. Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, our casino resort offers hundreds of slot machines, including many of the newest and hottest. Other games include blackjack, craps, pai gow and more. N5384 US 45 • Watersmeet, MI 49969 www.LVDCasino.com 906-358-4226

5500 private acres to enjoy Whitetail, Elk, and Upland Bird Hunting. Skeet, trap, and sporting clays, hiking, fishing, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Cabin rentals available year-round and fully-furnished, each on it’s own private lake. 680 Reserve Lane • Phelps, WI 54554 www.TheWildernessReserve.com 715-545-2700

Fabulous deluxe private cottage: sleeps 7, ranch style, full kitchen with luxuries. Location: North Twin Lake, Phelps, WI. Private 40 foot pier with boat lift and lighting, indoor fish cleaning unit, high-speed internet, game center, satellite, DVD, and surround sound. Phelps WI 54554 www.BlueLoonHideaway.com 630-464-9472

Gateway Lodge

Lakeview Motel

Lakeview Motel hosts a spectacular view of North Twin Lake! Accommodations include: Queen-sized beds, kitchenettes, air conditioning, cable TV, campfire pit, and a fish cleaning station. Pets welcome! Snowmobile and ATV access. Affordable daily and weekly rates. 2315 Highway 17 • Phelps, WI 54554 www.PhelpsLakeview.com 715-545-2101

Nicolet Shores

A resort for all seasons! Located on Spectacle Lake, adjacent to the Nicolet National Forest; Nicolet Shores is a Gold Crown RCI resort specializing in recreation and relaxation. 3136 Nicolet Shores Lane • Phelps, WI 54554 www.NicoletShores.com 715-545-2248

North Twin Lodge

Open year-round, this 1938 hand-hewn log constructed lodge features a massive fireplace, indoor swimming pool, hot tub, sauna, wireless internet, restaurant and lounge. 4103 Hwy B • Land O’ Lakes, WI 54540 www.Gateway-Lodge.com 715-547-3321

North Twin Lodge defines getting away from it all. We are one of few family fishing resorts Up North. We embrace the memories of childhood, traveling north, and staying on a great lake! 3932 N Primich Way • Phelps, WI 54554 www.NorthTwinLodge.com 715-545-3474

Great Escape

Sunrise Lodge

Open year-round with two spectacular cabins to rent. Located on North Twin Lake with private piers. Serving lunch and dinner daily, with delicious nightly specials and deck seating overlooking North Twin Lake. Offering a juke box, pool table, ATM & fantastic views! 2510 Hwy 17 • Phelps, WI 54554 www.GreatEscapeofPhelps.com 715-545-2585

Hazen Cabins

Beautifully restored historic 3 cottages (cabins), 2 & 3 bedrooms with full kitchens & fireplaces. 4487 Hazen Inn Lane • Phelps, WI 54554 www.HazenInn.com 314-403-9253

Hillside Resort

Restaurant open May through October with full bar. 11 modern 1, 2, & 3 bedroom fully furnished units with housekeeping. South shore of Lac Vieux Desert. Boat launch & swimming beach. Pontoon & boat rentals. 2474 South Shore Road • Phelps, WI 54554 www.Hillside-Resort.com 715-547-3646

Local Businesses

North Twin Lake View Resort

24 year-round units, 1-6 bedrooms. Family-oriented, allinclusive, housekeeping resort on Lac Vieux Desert. Free Wi-Fi, watercraft rental. On snowmobile trail #6. Pets welcome. 3 home-cooked meals daily, May-October. Full dinner menu. Large salad bar. Breakfast on weekends all winter. 5894 West Shore Road • Land O’ Lakes, WI 54540 www.SunriseLodge.com 715-547-3684

Big Sand Lake Cottages

Remodeled lakeside 2 & 3 bedroom housekeeping cottages open 365/366 days. Full kitchens and baths, microwaves, coffeemakers, nice dishware, pots and pans. Internet access, Direct TV with flat screen tv’s and DVD players. Large sundeck, weber grills, boats, canoes, paddle boat, firepit and fish cleaning house. Motor rentals available. On Snowmobile Trail #6. 4685 Maple Crest Lane • Phelps, WI 54554 www.BSLCottages.com 715-545-1164

Darton’s Twin Pine Resort

Enjoy meticulously clean lodging on crystal clear North Twin Lake. Vacation home and (3) 2-bedroom cabins available for rent May through September. Pontoon rentals available. Amenities include DirectTV, WiFi, furnished kitchens, volleyball, badminton, horseshoes, and fish cleaning station. No pets. 3478 Twin Pine Resort Lane • Conover, WI 54519 www.TwinPineResort.net 262-490-2096

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Eagle View Rentals, P D Adventures, LLC

Five modern units N shore Big Sand. Includes VCR, TV, microwave, full kitchen, utensils, grills, picnic tables, firewood, private 40 to 90 foot piers, freezers, fish houses, 14 foot boat. Also for rent 6 and 9.5 horsepower motors, 14 foot row, 16 foot 15 horsepower, pontoon 35 horsepower, and fully equipped 16 foot Alumacraft 60 horsepower. 4681 Eagle View Ln • Phelps, WI 54554 www.EagleViewRentals.com 715-545-2516

Eagle Waters Resort

Eagle Waters Resort is a four-season historic resort located on Eagle Lake in Eagle River. Restaurant, bar, (public welcomed) banquet/wedding/meeting facilities, lake-front, lake-view, and wood-view cabins and condominiums available year-round. 3958 Eagle Waters Rd • Eagle River WI 54521 www.EagleWaters.com 715-479-4411

Lake of the Torches Resort Casino

Lake of the Torches is the Northwoods premier entertainment destination with over 800 slots, table games, bingo, delicious dining venues, nationally-known entertainment acts and a beautiful lakeside resort. 510 Old Abe Road • Lac Du Flambeau, WI 54538 www.LakeoftheTorches.com 715-588-7070

Oak Ridge Resort

Four super clean, knotty-pine interior, 2-bedroom cottages located right at the water’s edge on the south shore of Lac Vieux Desert Lake. Each can accommodate up to 6 guests. Year-round resort located on the snowmobile trail. Big, modern, fully-equipped kitchens and comfortable bathrooms. Motor and boat-lift rentals available. PETS allowed. Attractive off-season discounts. 2984 South Shore Road • Phelps, WI 54554 www.OakRidgeResortCabins.com 715-547-3860

Thunder Bay Resort

North Twin Builders, LLC

North Twin Builders is a general contractor and new home builder providing quality construction services in Northern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. We offer over 40 years of experience building in the local area, with extensive knowledge in construction and the latest innovations in building science. 2345 Strong Road • Phelps, WI 54554 www.NorthTwinBuilders.com 715-545-2510

Stop’s Heating & Cooling LLC

Stop’s Heating & Cooling is a customer focused heating and air-conditioning company that was originally started in 1968. Located in Land O’ Lakes, WI, we employ highly trained people whose goal is to make our company the best service company in Northern WI and Upper MI. 6356 Highway 45 • Land O’ Lakes, WI 54540 www.StopsPHC.com 715-547-3665

Barefoot Marine

Barefoot Marine provides service, sales and support on all makes and models of outdoor motors, ATV’s and snowmobiles. 2275 Hwy 17 • Phelps, WI 54554 715-545-2800

Custom Landscaping of Eagle River, Inc.

Designing and creating breathtaking landscapes to suit any style. Landscaping services, garden care, property management, snow removal, and more from professional landscape contractors with decades of experience. Visit our Garden Center in Eagle River for all of your garden and landscape supply needs! 1144 Hwy 45 South • Eagle River, WI 54521 www.Custom-Landscaping.com 715-479-6762

ABC Pest Control

Year round lodging on the shores of Lac Vieux Desert. Also offering boat and sled rentals on the premises, as well as gas and Amsoil. Onsite tavern offers pool table, a juke box, pizza and snacks and a full bar. 2198 S. Shore Rd. • Phelps, WI 54554 www.Thunder-Bay-Resort.com 715-547-3801

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Maintenance Services

ABC Pest Control is committed to help you have a pest-free home or business. Our quality services guarantees to remove a wide variety of pests ranging from ants, bees, cockroaches, fleas, flies, and rodents to spiders, wasps and others. 4966 Heart Lake Road • Conover, WI 54519 www.ABCPestControlWI.com 715-547-3098

Lampert Lumber

Lampert Lumber and Home Center, your project partner since 1887. Providing free estimates, product expertise, and advice for all your building needs. Distributor of Marvin and Integrity windows and doors. “From foundation to roof, we’ve got you covered.” 613 Railroad St. (Hwy 45 N) • Eagle River, WI 54521 www.LampertLumber.com 715-891-2474

Dru Claar’s Service

Providing quality automotive service in Phelps for over 30 years. 2269 Hwy 17 • Phelps, WI 54554 715-545-2444

Land O’ Lakes Service Center & NAPA Auto Parts

Automotive service and repair, NAPA auto parts store, and boat and car storage in Land O’ Lakes. 4246 Highway B • Land O’ Lakes, WI 54540 715-547-3378

Manufacturing Backwoods Laser Specialties

Custom engraving, from home decor to business marketing pieces. Photos on wood, and other gift items available. Visit us online to browse our many engraved options. 2423 Strong Road • Phelps WI 54554 www.BWLasers.com 715-545-1025

Marketing Daniel Johnson Photography

Contact Daniel Johnson Photography for high-quality, professional photos of your family, pets, event, or business. With over 25 years of experience, we understand the unique requirements needed to ensure that you have an enjoyable and productive photographic experience. We have provided images for thousands of books, magazines, and calendars, and know how to make your portraits shine or your business look its best. By Appointment Only • Phelps, WI 54554 www.FoxHillPhoto.com 715-891-2473

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Join our many satisfied small business website design clients that have found an affordable marketing solution with us. Being found online has never been more important for your business. We work with you to craft digital marketing strategies that help grow your bottom line with SEO, online advertising, social media, and e-mail marketing. 4427 Twin Haven Lane • Conover, WI 54519 www.BearCreekWebWorks.com 715-575-9072

The official newspaper for all of Vilas County! The News-Review publishes the Northwoods Trader with free distribution to over 20,000 people, as well as the Headwaters Area Guide, Vacation Week, Action Tracks and many more special theme editions. Become a print and/or digital subscriber today! 425 W. Mill St. • P.O. Box 1929 • Eagle River, WI 54521 www.VilasCountyNewsReview.com 715-479-4421

Backwoods Laser Specialties

Wolf Track Design

Custom engraving, from home decor to business marketing pieces. Photos on wood, and other gift items available. Visit us online to browse our many engraved options. 2423 Strong Road • Phelps, WI 54554 www.BWLasers.com 715-545-1025

WRJO/WERL Radio

WRJO Oldies, serving the Northwoods of Wisconsin. 909 N. Railroad St. • Eagle River, WI 54521 www.wrjo.com 715-479-4451

5 Star Marketing & Distribution

Northwood’s largest magazine and brochure publisher and distributor. Print, publications, brochures, and web site construction. 409 South Park Drive • Tomahawk, WI 54487 www.5StarUpNorth.com 715-453-4511

Iron County Community Broadcasting - WIKB

WIKB 99.1 FM - Iron County Community Broadcasting Station, playing your favorite country music and Telephone Time. “TT” allows individuals to buy, sell, or trade and look for services. 809 W. Genesse St. • Iron River, MI 49920 www.wikb.com 906-265-9622

Kim Swisher Communications Specialist

Providing effective public relations, social media and email marketing services for small businesses and non-profit organizations. 150 S. Anderson St., Suite 2B • Rhinelander, WI 54501 www.KimSwisher.com 715-437-0090

A full service sign and design company. Dedicated to doing quality work at affordable prices. 1920 St. Louis Rd. • Phelps, WI 54554 715-617-1177

Outdoor Recreation The Hiker Box

The Hiker Box is your Northwoods outfitter for backpacking, camping, hiking and outdoor activity gear. We also carry Art Dorwin maps and offer custom maps! 117A E Wall Street • Eagle River, WI 54521 www.TheHikerBox.com 715-337-2161

Thunder Bay Resort

Year round lodging on the shores of Lac Vieux Desert. Also offering boat and sled rentals on the premises, as well as gas and Amsoil. Onsite tavern offers pool table, a juke box, pizza and snacks and a full bar. 2198 S. Shore Rd. • Phelps WI 54554 www.Thunder-Bay-Resort.com 715-547-3801

Landover ATV Club

Our goal is to expand recreational activities for ATV’s and UTV’s in Vilas County, Wisconsin. Be sure to pick up the ATV map, available at several local businesses throughout the county. PO Box 116 • Conover, WI 54519 www.LandoverATV.com 715-891-1205

Phelps Snowmobile Club

So many trails - so little time! Our goal is to provide the best snowmobile trails the Northwoods has to offer. PO Box 214 • Phelps, WI 54554 www.PhelpsSnowmobileClub.com

Places of Worship Phelps UCC Congregational Church

“Where ever you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here in the little Church with the big heart!” Sunday service at 8:30 am. 2303 Highway 17 • Phelps, WI 54554 715-545-3003

Realtors

Local Businesses

Vilas County News Review

BearCreek Web Works

Eliason Realty of the North, LLC.

Since 1962, Eliason Realty of the North has remained uncompromised in its commitment to achieving the highest level of excellence in all aspects of real estate. You can depend on proven results with the good old-fashioned service you trust and deserve. Let us make your real estate dream come true. 302 West Pine Street • Eagle River, WI 54521 www.EliasonRealty.com 715-479-4431

Coldwell Banker Mulleady, Inc., REALTORS

Whether you are looking to purchase or sell property in the Northwoods, you can be assured that Coldwell Banker Mulleady REALTORS will help you achieve your goal. We are Northern Wisconsin’s largest full-service real estate company. 226 Pine St, Hwy 70 West • Eagle River, WI 54521 www.CBNorthwoods.com 715-479-1774

Northwoods Association of Realtors

The Northwoods Association of REALTORS is the trusted voice and advocate for real estate in the Northwoods. NWAR serves Forest, Iron, Langlade, Lincoln, Oneida, Price and Vilas Counties. 320 Oak Street, Suite B • Woodruff, WI 54568 www.NorthwoodsRealtors.org 715-356-3400

Restaurants & Taverns Sand Lake Pub

Surrounded by 3 beautiful lakes, open all year round for your summer and winter fun. Located on the main snowmobile trail, Corridor 6. Open daily at 11 am, serving hot sandwiches, pizzas and Dan’s homemade chili! Don’t miss the annual Flag Day celebration, Dan & Connie’s Fishing Classic in August, or the Sand Lake Pub Ice Fishing Derby in February. 851 Highway 17 N • Phelps, WI 54554 715-545-3200

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Shopping

Boathouse Grill & Creamery

Wildwood Outdoor Adventures

Your paddling headquarters in Vilas County! Stop in today to rent or buy standup paddleboards, canoes, kayaks, tubes or wakeboards. Book a guided adventure or fishing tour, paddling lessons, or join us for a yoga on the water class. Be sure to watch our website for upcoming paddle events! 5179 Highway 70 West • Eagle River, WI 54521 www.WildwoodOutdoorAdventures.com 715-477-3333

Barefoot Marine

Barefoot Marine provides service, sales and support on all makes and models of outdoor motors, ATV’s and snowmobiles. 2275 Hwy 17 • Phelps, WI 54554 715-545-2800

Custom Landscaping of Eagle River, Inc.

Designing and creating breathtaking landscapes to suit any style. Landscaping services, garden care, property management, snow removal, and more from professional landscape contractors with decades of experience. Visit our Garden Center in Eagle River for all of your garden and landscape supply needs! 1144 Hwy 45 South • Eagle River, WI 54521 www.Custom-Landscaping.com 715-479-6762

Phelps Convenience Center

Offering fuel, live bait, tackle, snacks, groceries, soda, liquor, beer, tobacco products, movie rentals, and lottery tickets. Located next to the boat landing on North Twin. ATM available. Year-round hours are Sunday - Thursday, 6 am to 9 pm and Fridays & Saturdays, 6 am to 10 pm. 2518 Hwy 17 • Phelps, WI 54554 www.Phelpswi.us/Phelps-Convenience-Center 715-545-2625

Synergy Salon & Spa

Synergy Salon and Spa is a full service facility providing hair cuts, colors and styles, manicures, pedicures, tanning, ear piercing, and massage therapy. We truly are a one-stop shop for all of your beauty needs! Our stylists are dedicated to exceptional service and ensuring that you leave looking and feeling your very best! 5149 Highway 70 • Eagle River, WI 54521 www.SynergySalonandSpaEagleRiver.com 715-480-4222

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A destination restaurant for families and friends; offering delicious food, drinks, and desserts, with weekly smoked lunch and dinner specials. Open seasonally from May through mid-October. Dine boat side, dockside, or outside on the pontoon. 554 US Highway 45 N • Conover, WI 54519 715-477-2628

Eagle Floor Covering

Sweets, Treats & More

20+ flavors of ice cream, nostalgic candies and oldfashioned toys in a malt shop setting. One-of-a-kind ice cream cookie sandwiches, fresh donuts on the weekends, and freshly-made lemonade are just a few of the treats available. Open Monday - Wednesday, 12:00 to 9:03 pm and Thursdays through Sundays from 8:00 am - 9:03 pm. 2268 Hwy 17 • Phelps, WI 54554 715-545-3131

A full-service flooring dealer. Large showroom featuring carpet, vinyl, tile, laminate, ceramic, porcelain, and natural stone and hardwood flooring. Full-service installation and competitive Cash & Carry prices. 1160 Twilite Lane • Eagle River, WI 54521 www.EagleFloorCovering.com 715-479-4480

The Hiker Box

Eggleston Custom Cabinets & Home Furnishings

Boone’s Building Supply, Inc.

Authorized dealer for Graber window blinds and shades. We’ll help you from start to finish, with or without installation. Authorized dealer for Yorktowne Cabinetry. We’ve been providing excellent customer service for 20+ years. Our furniture gallery includes mattresses starting at just $99, as well as sofas, recliners, bedroom sets and so much more! 5791 Highway 45 • Land O’ Lakes, WI 54540 www.EgglestonBlinds.com 715-851-2259

Kitchens By Julie, Inc.

Certified kitchen designer, Julie Loehner along with husband and project manager Mark, offer extensive experience in remodeling and construction. Kitchens are our specialty, but we also design/build bathrooms, basements, laundry rooms, wet/dry bars and much more. Together we pay meticulous attention to detail and take our client’s projects from conception to completion. 2298 Gunderson Ln. • Phelps, WI 54554 www.KitchensByJulie.com 715-547-3972

Northern Glass, Tile & Stone LLC

Residential and commercial glass service, auto glass, custom shower enclosures, mirrors and replacement windows. Sales and installation of porcelain and ceramic tile, stone, slate, and more. Specializing in custom showers, floors, baths, and kitchens. 721 E. Wall St. • Eagle River, WI 54521 www.NorGlasssTileandStone.com 715-479-9900

The Hiker Box is your Northwoods outfitter for backpacking, camping, hiking and outdoor activity gear. We also carry Art Dorwin maps and offer custom maps! 117A E Wall Street • Eagle River, WI 54521 www.TheHikerBox.com 715-337-2161 Boone’s Building Supply, Inc. is a family owned business serving the northwoods since 1968. Boone’s prides themselves on quality building materials, exceptional service and knowledgeable staff. 3800 Shangri La Road • Eagle River WI 54521 www.BoonesBuildingSupply.com 715-479-4679

Gateway BP

Convenience store, snacks, beer cave, wine, liquor, DVD rentals, WI/MI licenses, fishing supplies. Gas pumps open 24 hours for credit cards. 4072 Cty Rd B • Land O’ Lakes, WI 54540 715-547-3796

Land O’ Lakes Health Care Pharmacy

Land O’ Lakes Health Care Pharmacy. Shirley Thompson, RPh. Your local Health Mart Pharmacy. Serving the area for over 30 years. Prescriptions and so much more. 4348 Hwy B • P.O. Box 1079 • Land O’ Lakes, WI 54540 715-547-3788

Land O’ Lakes Service Center & NAPA Auto Parts

Automotive service and repair, NAPA auto parts store, and boat and car storage in Land O’ Lakes. 4246 Highway B • Land O’ Lakes, WI 54540 715-547-3378

Village Barber

Family hair care, cuts, perms, and color. We stock Matrix products! Open Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturdays by appointment. 2429 Highway 17, Suite A1 • Phelps, WI 54554 715-545-3000

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Maple syrup & honey, wool & lambskins; handwoven rugs & runners; handspun yarns; felt hats, clogs, bags; potted perennials; rhubarb, raspberries, apples in season. 4041 Sand Lake Road • Phelps, WI 54554 www.WhataviewFarmandfiber.com 715-545-2897

Transportation North Winds Bus Service

North Winds Bus Service provides transportation for the School District of Phelps, the Phelps Historical Society, Phelps Chamber Maple Fest, as well as for camps and churches in the area. We also provide transportation for small, private groups such as weddings and family reunions. 2356 Strong Road • Phelps, WI 54554 715-545-2356

Water Sports & Services North Twin Lake View Resort

Enjoy beautiful vacation accommodations in Phelps in one of 5 cabin rentals, with all of the amenities you need for a home-away-from-home vacation. Pontoon and fishing boats available for rent within a 30 mile radius. 2542 Millerville Lane • Phelps, WI 54554 815-979-0793

Wildwood Outdoor Adventures

Your paddling headquarters in Vilas County! Stop in today to rent or buy standup paddleboards, canoes, kayaks, tubes or wakeboards. Book a guided adventure or fishing tour, paddling lessons, or join us for a yoga on the water class. Be sure to watch our website for upcoming paddle events! 5179 Highway 70 West • Eagle River, WI 54521 www.WildwoodOutdoorAdventures.com 715-477-3333

Barefoot Marine

Barefoot Marine provides service, sales and support on all makes and models of outdoor motors, ATV’s and snowmobiles. 2275 Hwy 17 • Phelps, WI 54554 715-545-2800

Hillside Resort

Restaurant open May through October with full bar. 11 modern 1, 2, & 3 bedroom fully furnished units with housekeeping. South shore of Lac Vieux Desert. Boat launch & swimming beach. Pontoon & boat rentals. 2474 South Shore Road • Phelps, WI 54554 www.Hillside-Resort.com 715-547-3646

Local Businesses

Whataview Farm & Weaver

North Twin Lodge

North Twin Lodge defines getting away from it all. We are one of few family fishing resorts Up North. We embrace the memories of childhood, traveling north, and staying on a great lake! 3932 N Primich Way • Phelps, WI 54554 www.NorthTwinLodge.com 715-545-3474

Pirates Hideaway

Rated on Trip Advisor as the #1 attraction in Eagle River, Pirates Hideaway is well worth a visit! Pirate ship rides, ice cream and gift shop, lakeside tiki bar, and entertainment. Family fun! 1998 Hwy 45 North • Eagle River, WI 54521 www.EagleRiverPirates.com 715-479-6756

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Welcome

aunting wails of loons echo across still waters. Tall pines whisper and bow gracefully with the breeze. Nearby, children are laughing and the whine of a fishing reel’s drag protesting the pull of a mighty muskie is just within earshot. And some say they can still hear the sound of a far-off train whistle blowing in the distance - - a ghostly remembrance of logging days gone by. It seems a bit like heaven, until suddenly, you realize that you have found yourself in Sayner/Star Lake. The two villages, linked by a lovely seven-mile drive along rustic Hwy N and Hwy K, comprise the Town of Plum Lake. Aside from the richness of the area’s natural wilderness, Sayner and Star Lake offer an abundance of fine restaurants, a challenging nine-hole golf course, housekeeping resorts, tennis courts, pristine lakes teeming with muskie, bass and walleye, groomed snowmobile and cross-country ski trails, paved bike trails, marked hiking trails, a fully-dressed library, historical museums, a quilting emporium, and unique retail shops complete with haute couture from Paris. Truly, finding yourself in Sayner/Star Lake will guarantee a vacation you’ll want to replicate over and over again.

Table of Contents

Calendar of Events .................................................................................... 4-5 Girls’ Day Out ................................................................................................ 6 Summer Fun............................................................................................... 8-9 More than Just a Fish Story ........................................................................10 Winter, Whimsy and Wonder ....................................................................12 Sayner Snowmobile Map ............................................................................13 History Haven ..............................................................................................14 Plum Lake Library .......................................................................................14 Feasts and Famously Great Times ....................................................... 16-17 Lodging Chart ..............................................................................................18 Chamber Business Directory Map ...................................................... 20-21 Business Directory ......................................................................................22 2018 Visitor Guide | www.sayner-starlake.org | 715-542-3789

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Calendar of Events January 21 - Barnstormers Snowmobile Club Breakfast Fundraiser at Stillwaters Bar & Grill, Star Lake. 8am to 11am. Contact Anita Horan at 715-542-2952. 27 - Jesse Roman Memorial Vintage Snowmobile Show. Sayner Pub. 9am to 3pm. Raffles, silent auction, and more. Proceeds benefit the Vilas County Historical Museum. For details, contact Kelly at 715-536-9845.

February 3 - Barnstormers Snowmobile Club Chili Dump at Patti’s Murmuring Waters. 2pm to 5pm. Contact Anita Horan at 715-542-2952. 10 - Plum Lake Ice Fishing Tournament. 6am to 3pm. Cash prizes, door prizes, raffles, food and refreshments. Proceeds benefit area lake improvement projects. Contact Will Maines at 715-542-2046. 18 - Barnstormers Snowmobile Club fundraiser at Vinchi’s Hillside, 4pm to 8pm. Contact Anita Horan at 715-542-2952.

March 1 - Plum Lake Library Trivia Contest. Sayner Community Building, 5pm to 8pm. Trivia fun. Proceeds benefit Plum Lake Library. For more information, call 715-542-2020.

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4-5 - Annual Spring Stampede. Sayner Star Lake hosts one of the Midwest’s largest rubber stamping festivals. New and used stamps and supplies for sale. Seminars, Make and Takes, food and drink. Held at the Plum Lake Community Center and Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church. For tickets and details contact Jill Lemke at jaknjill2@ frontier.com

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June 18 - Star Lakers Club Annual Meeting. North Star Lodge at 7:00pm. Contact Bob Munsen at 715-891-1775. 20 - Plum Ski-ters Water Ski shows June 20 Sept 1. Amazing shows on Wed and Sat, 7pm to 8:30pm.

July 4 - Fourth of July Celebration and Fireworks. 12pm - Fireman’s chicken BBQ with all the fixin’s, and refreshments in the Sayner Community Park. 3pm - Community Area Parade and Fireworks at dusk. For details, contact Gary Kaphingst at 715-542-2751 or garykaphingst@gmail.com 15 – Star Lakers Club Annual Picnic. All are welcome – membership not required. Bring a dish to pass. Noon to 5pm at the Star Lake Centennial Old Mill Site Park, Star Lake. Contact Bob Munsen at 715-891-1775. 29 - Vilas Historical Museum Chicken Dinner. 5pm to 8pm. Plum Lake Community Center. Contact 715-542-2020.

August 5 - Sayner Street Fair – 10am to 9pm on Sayner’ s Main Street and in the Community Park and Pavilion. Food and Craft vendors, live music, and children’s activities. Craft Fair, 10am to 4pm. Contact Jessica Drallmeier at 715-542-2101. 13 - Plum Lake Fire Department 31st Annual Spaghetti Dinner. 5pm to 8pm. Plum Lake Community Building in Sayner. Raffle prizes and homemade spaghetti with all the trimmings. For details and tickets contact Kevin at 715-892-1877.

September 2 - Stillwaters Star Lake Mayors Race, Star Lake. 4pm to 7pm. 3 - Barnstormers Snowmobile Club Annual Meat Raffle at Weber’s, 2pm to 5pm. Contact Anita Horan at 715-542-2952. 17 - Plum Lake EMS Annual Benefit Dinner. Whitetail Inn, St. Germain. 4pm to 8pm. Contact Kevin at 715-892-1877. 28-30 - Colorama Weekend in Downtown Sayner. Fall festivities and special retail sales. Contact 715-542-2884. 30 - Annual Colorama Brunch and Craft Show, Plum Lake Community Center, 9am to noon. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library and Plum Lake Women’s Club. Contact 715-5422020 for details.

October 30 - Sayner Star Lake Lionesses Halloween Bash. Trick-or-Treat in Sayner, pizza and soda at the Sayner Pub, 5pm to 7pm. Contact 715-542-3789.

November 10 - Christmas Fest, 10am to 2pm. Crafts and community activities at the Plum Lake Community Center. Sponsored by the Plum Lake Women’s Club. For details contact 715-542-3789. 23-25 - Christmas in Downtown Sayner. Enjoy the shops, refreshments and holiday spirit as the holidays officially commence at the shops and restaurants of Sayner. Contact 715-5422884 for details.

December 7 - Santa visits Sayner. Sponsored by the Sayner/Star Lake Lions and Lionesses. 5pm to 8pm. Presents for kids aged one to 10, cookies, soup, cocoa, bonfire and hay rides. Contact 715-542-3789.

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Annual Events Draw Visitors to Sayner -Star Lake

the parade’s annual theme.

very first weekend in May, hundreds of rubber stamp enthusiasts throng the streets of Sayner. And this year, the 21st Annual Sayner Spring Stampede is expected to be the best Stampede in the event’s history.

The day’s festivities begin at noon in Sayner’s Community Park where the Sayner/Star Lake Firemen offer a delicious Chicken & Sweet Corn Barbeque.

Scheduled for May 4th & 5th, this year’s Stampede will provide a fun and energizing atmosphere that will include an expansive Rubber Stamp Convention and Used Stamp Sale where artists can exchange trading cards, register for a chance to win cash prizes, and participate in many Make & Take projects at exhibitors’ booths. Classes offered will provide instruction allowing participants to create art reflecting inspiring sentiments with beautiful imagery. “It’s wonderful to see the results when this group of creative people share their ideas and experience with one another,” says Jill Lemke, Stampede Coordinator. For more information about this popular event, please contact Jill Lemke at jaknjill2@frontier.com

4th of July Parade

Like a scene out of a Norman Rockwell painting, Sayner/Star Lake’s annual 4th of July Parade brings out the kid in all of us. Beginning at 3:00pm on the 4th on downtown Sayner’s Main Street, the parade features an array of floats, as well as candy and stuffed animals for children. All are invited to attend and participate by entering a float in each year’s parade, sponsored by the Sayner/Star Lake Lions and Lionesses. First, second, and third-place trophies are awarded to the floats best adhering to

At 7:00pm, the Plum Ski-ters perform a patriotic ski show on Plum Lake, and at dusk, a grand fireworks display begins behind the Plum Lake Library. For more information, contact Gary Kaphignst at 715-542-2751 or garykaphingst@gmail.com

Sayner Street Fair

Later in the summer, on August 5th, the Sayner Street Fair draw crowds from far and wide. Hosted on Sayner’s Main Street, the town of Sayner this year is prepared to dazzle Fair attendees with an abundance of entertainment, food, exhibits, art, and more. Activities begin at 10:00am, and will include live music, games for kids, a craft fair, and beer and food vendors. At 4:00 in the afternoon, festivities relocate down the street to the town’s Community Park, where live bands rock until 9:00pm. The Fair will also feature special promotions in Sayner’s retail shops. Be sure to mark your calendar and plan to visit Sayner, where the whole family can enjoy this grand event! For more information about exhibiting or becoming a vendor, contact Jessica Drallmeier at 715-542-2101.

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Girls’ Day Out N othing draws women together better than a day out shopping or crafting together.

In Sayner, first head to Traditions, and find a wide selection of items that depart from the average “Northwoods flavor.” Traditions is a full-service gift and home furnishings boutique offering a wide selection frequently updated with new, fashionable lines from suppliers on the cutting edge. Women’s accessories are also available in abundance. Next, walk next door to GreenWeavers to find an array of women’s apparel, ranging from casual wear to dressy, knockout ensembles for special occasions. Staff is available every day to help you mix and match your wardrobe, find packable pieces for travel, or turn heads at your son’s or daughter’s wedding.

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If hands-on crafting is more your style, visit Plum Lake Quilts, a full-service quilting emporium offering classes, longarm quilting services, fabrics galore, and an array of patterns and kits. Own-

er Pat Anderson has 30 years of quilting experience and a passion for her “Open Sew” every Wednesday, where women can socialize, compare ideas, and sew together. After hitting the shops in Sayner, travel east out of town on County Road N to Star Lake. There, you’ll find The Old Milltown Depot & The Old Schoolhouse Gallery. Located in a restored 90-yearold one-room schoolhouse, The Gallery offers gifts and art items. The Depot is a museum where the staff can provide a plethora of interesting tales of the history of Star Lake.

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GreenWeavers

Dedicated to the Art of Fashion

GreenWeavers Gift & Apparel offers women’s apparel from across the globe while providing personal fashion consulting Shopping for women’s apparel can be daunting, but at GreenWeavers, women find their quest for style can be fun, focused, and inspiring. “Most women have a vision of how they want to look, but finding the right clothing to define one’s own, unique style takes time, energy and patience,” says Wendy Kimbrell, GreenWeavers owner. “Because we’re all so uberbusy, many women simply don’t have time to explore the possibilities of their wardrobes. “At GreenWeavers, we do the work for them.” ‘The work’ begins with GreenWeavers personnel procuring unique fashion not offered in mainstream retail outlets or online. Often, GreenWeavers offers international apparel that has never been seen in the U.S. In addition, GreenWeavers is different than the average urban boutique in that it offers significantly more space and inventory. “Most urban boutiques are forced to pay astronomical rents for teeny spaces,” says Kimbrell. “Because of our location, GreenWeavers can offer a huge volume of designer clothing at lower prices.”

GreenWeavers offers a huge volume of designer clothing at lower prices. GreenWeavers Owner Wendy Kimbrell

Located in the center of town on Sayner’s Main Street, GreenWeavers has been providing fashion advice and apparel for 17 years. Boasting more than 3,000 sq. ft. of retail space, there is plenty of room for patrons to relax and take their time to find just the right ensembles. “Some women literally spend the entire day here,” Kimbrell laughs. “Even the men are happy about that, because we’re right across the street from The Sayner Pub, where husbands often pass the time watching a game, or shooting the breeze with the locals.” Everyday wear abounds at GreenWeavers, which provides pants, shirts, tunics, dresses, skirts and coats for women wishing to spruce up their work and play wardrobes. Special occasion apparel for reunions, parties, conventions and cruises is vast and varied. Artsy accessories like shoes, jewelry, scarves, shawls, handbags and hats are always available in abundance. And when it comes to wedding apparel, particularly for mothers of the bride or groom, GreenWeavers is ready to oblige. But looking good doesn’t have to be dictated by a special occasion, Kimbrell says. “Women should look fantastic wherever they go,” she says. “Because when you look good, you feel good.” Jeanne Schmidt, GreenWeavers assistant manager, agrees. “It’s especially rewarding when we achieve a particular style, or look, that a customer has been searching for but never has been quite able to find,” she says. “When that happens, women literally light up, and walk out of the store feeling fabulous, satisfied and empowered. Women should feel like that every day, wherever they go.” Schmidt adds that GreenWeavers sales associates always offer honest advice and never try to sell patrons clothing that does not look terrific on them. “It’s so important to find garments that accent the finer attributes of your body type,” she says. Sizes at GreenWeavers range from Extra Small to Double Extra Large, so women of all shapes and sizes can make the most out of what the boutique has to offer. And they do make the most of it. Chicago resident Loretta Pierson, for instance, travels from Chicago to GreenWeavers twice annually. “I’ve been shopping for my clothes at GreenWeavers for 14 years now, and I simply won’t buy clothes anyplace else,” Pierson says. “Why would I?”

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Summertime Fun For The Whole Family

ayner/Star Lake is a year-round sporting paradise. In the fragrant woodland summer, warm-weather sports abound, whether you’re a hiker, cyclist, equestrian, or golfer.

The Hiker

Your summer day can begin in Star Lake by enjoying Tramper’s Trails. Then head to the Star Lake Interpretive Trail, featuring interpretive signs along its lovely landscape, part of which is on a Star Lake peninsula. In Sayner, just on the outskirts of town, Razorback Ridges trails offer 12 miles of exhilarating terrain and breathless views. Trail maps are available at The Corner Store on Highway N, GreenWeavers on Main Street, and other local businesses. Further down the road is the Fallison Lake Trail, a breath-taking trail with spectacular views of Fallison Lake. Booklets on wildlife, flora and trail history are available from the DNR Trout Lake Office and at

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the trailhead. Loops of .5, 1.0, 2.0 and 2.5 miles are available.

The Cyclist

Also in Sayner, the paved Heart of Vilas County Bike Trail system links smoothly northward to the Boulder Junction bike paths and westward to the St. Germain Trails. Bike Trail maps are available at Sayner Mobil Express on Main Street, as well as several other Sayner businesses. The Vilas County Bike Trail offers 45 miles of paved forest trails exhuming scents of evergreen, wildflower, and loam. Six-feet wide with hills just challenging enough – you won’t have to walk your bike uphill! For a more rugged experience, head to Razorback Ridges. Here you will experience a different type of ride on 30 miles worth of mountain bike trails. Don’t have a bike? Not a problem. The Corner Store, located on Highway N in Sayner, has bikes to rent, and a full supply of Vilas

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County Bike Trail maps on hand. Says Corner Store owner Mary Debilzen, “We are your one-stop-shop for creating the perfect Northwoods Wisconsin experience.” The Corner Store has served residents, campers, and visitors in the surrounding area for over 70 years. Centrally located within the Northern Highland - American Legion State Forest and the Sayner-Star Lake area, The Corner Store is directly adjacent to over 40 miles of paved bike trails, 12 miles of mountain bike and cross-country ski trails, and is near many lakes and campgrounds. The Corner Store is also right on the way to the Plum Ski-ters waterski show.

The Equestrian

Plum Lake Equestrian Center is the perfect place to meet with other horse lovers while perfecting your own riding techniques, as well as the relationship you have with your horse. Equipped with indoor and outdoor riding arenas, this lovely facility also provides a heated barn with several box stalls. Horse clinics and workshops are offered year-round. The facility is also available to rent.

The Golfer

Plum Lake Golf Course, located on the south shore of Plum Lake, offers a challenging nine-hole course rich with history and the sounds and fragrance of the best of the Northwoods. Founded in 1912, it is the oldest nine-hole golf course in Wisconsin, featuring a turn-of-the-century clubhouse, wrap-around porch, and a beautiful view of the lake.

On the Water

Swimming, boating and water sports opportunities abound in Sayner/Star Lake. For instance, Sayner’s Crystal Lake is located next to one of the cleanest, clearest, safest swimming beaches in the Midwest. At just under 90 acres in size and a maximum depth of 67 feet, the water is clear and deep. It’s a favorite for scuba divers as well as recreational swimmers. Crystal Lake beach is perfect for families of all ages. Come and picnic at the lovely picnic area next to the beach, or camp at several well-equipped campsites on the state-owned property. Before you head onto the water, check out the canoes and kayaks available for rent at Up North Traders, located on Main Street in Sayner. Kayaks and paddleboards are also available to rent at The Corner Store on Highway N. Next, you’ll need to choose from the wonderful lakes in the area to paddle on. Just refer to the map on pages 20 & 21 in this booklet. If a canoe or kayak is not your cup of tea, head over to The Star Lake Store where you can rent a boat and motor on a trailer. Errington’s Resort also has boats available for rent. And at Sayner’s Nortech Marine, patrons can choose from an array of boats to rent or buy. Nortech also offers full-service boat, pier and lift repair. At the end of your day, enjoy the Plum Ski-ters water ski show in Sayner on select days at 7:00pm located at Statehouse Point–a short 2.5 miles down Razorback Road. Finally, fishing opportunities in the Sayner/Star Lake area abound. See page 10 for fishing information.

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More than just a Fish Story

nglers who cast their lines across the rich waters of Sayner/ Star Lake’s fishing lakes are likely to return to shore either with fish-filled live wells, or a trophy muskie large enough to mount. And when those anglers tell Sayner/Star Lake fish stories, they’re probably true.

“The combination of Plum Lake, Star Lake and Razorback Lake gives this community the best smallmouth fishing in America,” says Mike Errington, a licensed guide based in Star Lake. “And if you’re looking to catch a muskie, the population in the Irving, Ballard, and White Birch lake chain is just incredible. Encompassing 7,554 acres of water, Sayner and Star Lake are located in the headwaters of two drainage basins – the Manitowish River basin flowing to the west and the Wisconsin River basin flowing to the south. The two communities, which comprise the Town of Plum Lake, offer 31 boat landings, as well as 50 named and 95 unnamed lakes. Beneath the surface lies an abundance of smallmouth bass, walleye, crappie, bluegill, perch, northern pike, and of course, muskie. Several smaller streams are managed for trout, while Sayner’s Plum Creek receives the most attention from trout anglers.

Teeming with Fish

Partly due to the 18-inch minimum required to keep a smallmouth bass or walleye (a regulation imposed by the Department of Natural Resources to control crayfish populations in the Town of Plum Lake)

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and partly due to the simple fact that smallmouth bass and walleye thrive in the cold water temperatures of Wisconsin’s Northwoods, the fisheries in the Town of Plum Lake are teeming with fish, and the smallmouths are getting “huge,” Errington says. “This summer, I caught 16 smallmouths over six pounds and two of those were over seven pounds,” he says. Aside from trophy muskies and smallmouths, which often appeal to more experienced anglers, Plum Lake’s fisheries also offer an abundance of panfish that most children and beginners can catch easily.

Bait and gear aplenty

In Sayner, anglers can stock up on bait and gear at Up North Traders, which rents boat motors, canoes, and kayaks. It also sells live bait, fishing tackle, and fishing licenses. Sayner’s The Corner Store also offers bait and fishing supplies, as well as kayak and paddleboard rentals. If you’re in Star Lake, the Star Lake Store is your destination for live bait and fishing licenses. And at Nortech Marine, take your pick of an array of boats to rent or buy, as well as a fully stocked supply of inboard and outboard motor parts. Nortech also offers repair services for boats and lifts, as well as storage facilities. “Sayner/Star Lake is a great place for a family fishing getaway,” says Errington. Now that’s one fish story you can count on.

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Winter, Whimsy and Wonder T here’s nothing like a snowfall in the Northwoods ... the snow gently dropping to the ground and resting on the pine trees, and silent, lazy flakes dropping on your tongue.

Set your wintery journey in motion by taking advantage of the area’s boundless cross-country skiing and snowshoeing opportunities. Head over to Razorback Ridges, which offers scenic trails featuring varied terrains for beginner-to-expert skiers. The trail system is maintained by the Sayner/Star Lake Lions Club. After that, enjoy The Star Lake Nature Trail where you can find interpretive signs along the way with part of the trail on a peninsula that juts out into Star Lake. Visit www.vilaswi.com/outdoor-fun/cross-country-skiing-snowshoeing/ for printable maps of all area trails.

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If speed is more your style, then you will be glad to hear that Sayner is the birthplace of the snowmobile. Don’t forget to check out the miles of wonderfully groomed trails in the area. The Sayner-Star Lake Barnstormers, the local snowmobile club, offers its website www.saynerbarnstormers.com for more snowmobile information. And if you get hungry along the way, no worries! The trail system has great signage that will lead you to many excellent eating establishments. No snowmobile? No problem. Nortech Marine offers snowmobile rentals all winter long. Don’t forget about the spectacular ice fishing in Sayner and Star Lake. Check with White Birch Village for ice fishing packages and beautiful accommodations. And, live bait, tackle and ice fishing supplies are available from Up North Traders in Sayner. Finally, if simply keeping warm is your priority, check out Sayner’s Earth Sense Energy Systems, which specializes in the sales, service and installation of pellet stoves. And, at Earth Sense, pellets are always in stock.

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History Haven

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pend a day experiencing the rich history of the Sayner/Star Lake area. Begin your day at the Vilas Historical Museum, which was founded in August of 1959 by Mabel Sayner Dewitt (daughter of Orrin Sayner for whom the town was named). The museum contains more The Vilas Historical Museum contains more than 40,000 items portraying the rich and ancient than 40,000 items portraying history of Vilas County. the history of Vilas County and the surrounding area, as well as an extraordinary collection of snowmobiles, including the original machine built by Carl Eliason in 1924. A small gift shop features books by local authors and old fashioned toys. Down the road, you’ll find Eliason Lumber and Hardware, the birthplace of the modern snowmobile, and the location of one of the oldest and most unique stores in northern Wisconsin. Check out Eliason’s storefront window display, where you’ll find many antique collectables, including a player piano and snowmobile. Be sure to stop inside to learn more about Sayner’s history.

Art & History Lovers Flock to Star Lake

Anchoring Star Lake as a base for Northwoods artisans is The Old Schoolhouse Art Gallery, which is part of the Northwoods Art Tour -- a collection of several Northwoods artists with varying artistic works and talents. The Schoolhouse Gallery is open June through October, Thursday – Saturday, 11:00 to 4:00.

The Friends of Star Lake -- a group dedicated to preserving and restoring historic Star Lake sites – offers its members’ fine art, photography, and other artifacts for sale at the Gallery, which also serves as a gift store and historical museum. The Fredrickson Bait Shop has been The Gallery itself is steeped in history. painted and photographed by many In 2005, Bill Hintz, a long-time Star artists over the years. Lake resident and owner of Hintz’s North Star Lodge, purchased and restored Star Lake’s original 90-year-old, one room schoolhouse and converted it into to a gallery/gift shop and museum.

Meanwhile, Friends of Star Lake, along with Hintz, replicated the town’s Old Milltown Depot which is directly adjacent to the Old Schoolhouse Gallery. The group recently relocated the Frederickson House -- the Star Lake home of two beloved sisters for nearly 100 years and an original logger’s home -- to become part of the historic community park. The Fredrickson house will serve as a museum illustrating Star Lake’s history and will be full of artifacts dating from 1895. The Depot serves as a museum dedicated to Star Lake’s railroad days. Just down the road is the picturesque Fredrickson Bait Shop, made from an old boxcar, which rests on the shores of Star Lake – just as it has since the area’s logging days. The bait shop has been an integral part of the Star Lake community and has been painted and photographed by many artists over the years. End your journey through history by having a memorable dinner at Hintz’s North Star Lodge. The Lodge on Star Lake was built in 189495 as a home and retreat for railroad and lumber company officials and guests. The Waldheim Room, where dinner is served, is one of the two remaining original buildings on the property.

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he Plum Lake Public Library in Sayner offers everyone – young and old – something to pique their interest and stimulate their creativity.

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Enjoy the pleasant reading areas and browse the library shelves for items to satisfy your reading, studying, or research work. The library offers access to computers, printer, copier, scanner, fax machine, and 24/7 free WiFi. The recently remodeled youth area provides a wonderful array of stimulating toys and activities for children and teens to enjoy in the library as well as a wonderful selection of books, videos, audiobooks, graphic novels, puzzles, and games to check out. The library’s summer reading program offers an assortment of activities for children, from science and craft projects to live animals and guest performers. Times vary, so please be sure to check the library’s website at sayner.wislib.org or like us on Facebook. Be sure to stop by on Wednesdays at 10am for our weekly pre-school story hour, complete with animated stories and crafts.

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Feasts and Famously Great Times “People who love to eat are always the best people” – Julia Child

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rom jumbo shrimp to heaping ice cream cones to huge, garnish-filled Bloody Marys, Sayner/ Star Lake restaurants quench every hunger and thirst.

“We have a great time in here,” he adds. “We provide a place where friends can get together, have a good dinner, and then stay around to play a few games of pool or enjoy the entertainment.” .

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Just around the corner, Vinchi’s HillThe good times roll year-round in side is another place where patrons can downtown Sayner at The Sayner Pub, a watch a good game in the bar before full-service sports bar offering a comdrifting into the dining room. plete menu of sandwiches, salads, pizzas and burgers. Established in 1945, The Famous for its thin-crust pizza and ribs, Sayner Pub also offers a full-service bar Vinchi’s also offers a complete dinner known for its specialty drinks, including menu, featuring specials every night. A fantastic 22-ounce Bloody Marys that soup and salad bar comes with all dinner Huge ice cream cones at The Corner Store delight the whole family. don’t skimp on the garnish. And acorders. Menu items also include specialcording to Eric Liebenstein, Sayner Pub ty sandwiches, such as the 8-ounce Italowner, the Pub’s pizza put Sayner on the map. ian Sausage Patty Sandwich, the Vinchi’s Philly Steak Sandwich and a huge Pepperoni Sandwich. Try the Big Bear Burger if you “People who come back to the Northwoods every year for vaca- dare! And, Vinchi’s Friday Night Fish Fry special also offers baked tion say The Pub is the first place they go when they arrive, be- cod. Located at Snowmobile Pit Stop #38, Vinchi’s is opened yearcause they want to order the same pizza they ate here when they round, closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. were kids,” Liebenstein says. “We haven’t changed the recipe.” Down the road is Mar-Li’s Bar, which was recommended by TravLiebenstein brings in bands every Wednesday night in the sum- el Wisconsin in 2017 as one of 10 Northwoods hot spots for fish mer, and provides several flat-screen televisions to keep sports fry dinner. Also recognized by local Channel 12, Mar-Li’s Fish fans up to date on their favorite teams. And patrons regularly Fry offers German and American potato salad with haddock on throng the bar and dining rooms during football season. Friday, as well as a Fisherman’s Platter -- a mix of deep-fried and baked, lemon-pepper fish. “Sports is No. 1 here, and we never miss a game,” says Liebenstein, who from 1983 to 1987 was a Badgers baseball star. Meanwhile, daily dinner specials at Mar-Li’s also draw the crowds,

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Gourmet Brews

You don’t have to visit a worldwide chain to get delicious coffee in Sayner/Star Lake.

The Star Lake Store is proud to host Catch-A-Cup, a gourmet coffee service offering espresso, mocha and iced coffee, and other creative drinks. Open all summer from 6am-2pm daily, Catch-A-Cup also offers freshfrom-the-oven donuts, panini sandwiches, box lunches for fishermen and much more. Enjoy free internet and browsing through the Star Lake Store. Meanwhile, The Milky Way Coffee Company can be found in Sayner and Star Lake during special events, such as The Sayner Street Fair, Sayner’s Colorama festivities, and Plum Lake Equestrian’s annual Barn Dance. Milky Way is a coffeehouse on wheels. In addition to gourmet espresso drinks and coffees, Milky Way offers fresh-baked cookies and muffins, homemade soups and deli sandwiches (turkey/ provolone or ham/colbyjack on toasted ciabatta). Freshly made juices include beet/carrot/orange or apple/carrot/ginger.

who adds that restaurant specialties focus around seafood and jumbo shrimp. “Quality is all about how much you care about what you serve,” Hintz says. Homemade is also the name of the game at Stillwaters Food & Spirits, also in Star Lake. At Stillwaters, Chuck and Karen Altamore pride themselves on offering traditional Italian family recipes to patrons who travel from miles around to dine at this unique establishment. “One of our regular couples travels all the way from Antigo every other week just to have our Sicilian Walleye,” says Chuck. ”That old family Sicilian recipe is so well-loved, I guarantee that when you google Sicilian Walleye, our name will pop up. Even people who don’t like fish love it.” Other Stillwaters dinner specialties include a 14-oz. Aged Black Angus Ribeye Steak, Friday All-You-Can-Eat Fish Fry, Baked Cold-Water Alaska Cod, Homemade Meatloaf, and Chuck’s Homemade Pasta and Meatballs. Stillwaters, located on Star Lake’s Highway K at Snowmobile Pit Stop #35, is open year-round, offers carry-out orders, and features outdoor dining in the summer.

and the biggest crowd-pleasers are the restaurant’s Broasted Chicken, Bourbon Burger, and Loaded Bomber, a slow-roasted beef sandwich. Drink specials from Mar-Li’s full-service bar, such as a fully-dressed, 24-oz Bloody Mary, are also popular favorites at this newly remodeled historic restaurant. Mark and Lisa Busha, Mar-Li’s owners, hope to eventually add a beer garden to the restaurant’s attractions. Another favorite establishment for foodies is The Corner Store in Sayner, where huge scoops of ice cream, shakes and sundaes delight parents and children alike. The Corner Store also offers other hot snacks, such as pizza. While the kids are testing their skills in The Corner Store’s Arcade Room, parents can relax around picnic tables outside. And, instead of having to run out of town for milk, bread, and other necessities such as firewood or other camping supplies, customers can stay close to home and purchase groceries and camping and fishing supplies at The Corner Store.

Savory Specialties and Gorgeous Views

Further down the road in Star Lake, Hintz’s North Star Lodge’s dining room offers breathtaking views of Star Lake itself, a beautiful surrounding garden, and a complete dinner menu prepared by expert chef and owner Bill Hintz. “Everything we serve is made-to-order from the freshest possible local ingredients,” says Hintz, who has been preparing the Lodge’s culinary delights for 37 years. “Nothing is pre-prepared … everything is homemade.” That includes everything on North Star Lodge’s generous soup and salad bar, as well as the Lodge’s signature desserts, says Hintz,

Stocking Up

If dining and imbibing at home is your pleasure, stock up on supplies from the Mobil Station and The Corner Store in Sayner, and The Star Lake Store in Star Lake. At The Mobil, patrons can fill their tanks and shop for an array of snacks, drinks, grocery essentials and frozen meal items. Open daily all year-round, The Mobil carries a wide selection of wine, beer and alcohol to choose from, including a huge selection of craft beers from several Wisconsin micro breweries. At The Corner Store, summer patrons also will find have an ample selection of grocery staples. Open daily from May through September, the Corner Store also has a wide selection of beer and alcohol, as well as prepared pizza and delectably tempting hand-dipped ice cream. Bike, kayak, and paddleboard rentals are also available, as well as camping and fishing supplies. In Star Lake, the Star Lake Store is reminiscent of a general store in America’s yesteryear. The store sells a wide and eclectic range of vacation necessities – its vast inventory includes gifts, groceries, bait, fishing and camping supplies, clothing, boat rentals and deer registration services. The store also sells handscooped ice cream, beer, wine and liquor. Also serving as an official post office, the store is open May through October.

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Northern Highland State Forest Crystal Muskie - 9 miles to Sayner. 183 Units. Excellent Beach Plum lake - 1 mile to Sayner. 18 units. Beach available. Firefly - 5 miles to Sayner. 69 units. Excellent Beach. Trout Lake S. - 9 miles to Sayner. 24 units. Beach available. Clear Lake Campground Indian Mounds Campground North Muskie Lake Group Camp Allequash Lake Wilderness Camp Day Lake Wilderness Sites Nebish Lake Wilderness Sites Jag Lake Group Camp

Reserved sites available at Crystal, Muskie and Firefly Lakes. Reservation forms and rates are available by calling Reserve America at 888-947-2757. Forms are also available on www.reserveamerica.com. Reservation should be made 60 days in advance.

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Business Directory ATTRACTIONS

Old Milltown Depot & Old Schoolhouse Art Gallery 7820 County Rd K • Star Lake, WI 54561 (715) 542-3998 www.friendsofstarlake.org Plum Lake Public Library 8789 Peterson St. • Sayner, WI 54560 (715) 542-2020 ebraunel@sayner.wislib.org www.sayner.wislib.org

LODGING

Bowman’s Pine Hollow Cottage On Plum Lake • (847) 275-4744 tom.bowman6@sbcglobal.net www.bowmanspinehollow.com

Vilas County Historical Museum 2889 State Highway 155 Sayner, WI 54560 (715)-542-3388 www.vilasmuseum.com

Cropsey Vacation Rentals P.O. Box 356 • St. Germain, WI 54558 (715) 542-2172 info@cropseyvacationrentals.com www.cropseyvacationrentals.com

DINING

Errington’s Resort 8028 Hwy. K • P.O. Box 1152 Star Lake, WI 54561 (715) 542-3646 debbie@erringtonsresort.com www.erringtonsresort.com

Catch-A-Cup 7697 County Road K Star Lake, WI 54561 (715)-542-3464 debbie@erringtonsresort.com www.erringtonsresort.com The Corner Store 3109 Razorback Rd. • Sayner, WI 54560 (715) 542-4250 thecornerstoresayner@gmail.com www.thecornerstoresayner.com

Hintz’s North Star Lodge 7933 Waldheim Road - P.O. Box 1169 Star Lake, WI 54561 (715) 542-3600 www.hintznorthstar.com

Hintz’s North Star Lodge 7919 County Road K - P.O. Box 1169 Star Lake, WI 54560 (715)-542-3600 www.hintznorthstar.com

Plum Gate Resort 3085 Plum Lake Dr. Sayner, WI 54560 (715) 542-2224 stay@plumgateresort.com www.plumgateresort.com

Mar-Li’s Bar 2530 State Hwy 155 Sayner, WI 54560 (715) 542-4255 marlisbar@yahoo.com www.marlisbar.com

Plum Lake Station Rental Home 8188 Plum Lake Station Road Sayner, WI 54560 (715)-542-3742 plumlakedressage@gmail.com www.plumlakedressage.com

Milky Way Coffee Co. 8177 Plum Lake Station Road Sayner, WI 54560 (715)-542-3742 plumlakedressage@gmail.com www.plumlakedressage.com

Cabins of Plum Lake Paradise 3135 Historic Lodge Road Sayner, WI 54560 (814) 450-0061 lakerielady@aol.com www.plumlakeparadise.com

Sayner Pub 2962 State Hwy 155 • Sayner, WI 54560 (715) 542-3647 pub@liebofamily.com www.sayner.pub.com

Star Lake Home 3974 Murphy Road Star Lake, WI 54561 (262) 245-9400 markfbrower@gmail.com www.starlakehome.net

Stillwaters Restaurant 7914 County K Star Lake, WI 54561 (715) 542-3652 chuck@stillwatersstarlake.com www.stillwatersstarlake.com Vinchi’s Hillside 8065 Cty Hwy N East - Sayner, WI 54560 (715) 542-2240 www.vinchishillside.com

FRIENDS OF THE CHAMBER Friends of the Plum Lake Library P.O. Box 114 Sayner, WI 54560 www.sayner.wislib.org/index.php/librarysupport/friends-of-the-library pllfriends@yahoo.com Friends of Star Lake P.O. Box 1169 Star Lake, WI 54561 www.friendsofstarlake.org

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Sayner Star Lake Lioness Club Mitzi Pockat - 715-542-3996 pockat@frontier.com Sayner Star Lake Lions Club garykaphingst@gmail.com www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/saynerstarlake/

RECREATIONAL SALES, SERVICE & RENTALS Barnstormers Snowmobile Club P.O. Box 5 Sayner, WI 54560 www.saynerbarnstormers.com

Plum Lake Quilts LLC 3019 State Hwy 155 Sayner, WI 54560 (715) 542-4888 plumlakequilts@gmail.com www.plumlakequilts.com

The Corner Store 3109 Razorback Rd. • Sayner, WI 54560 (715) 542-4250 thecornerstoresayner@gmail.com www.thecornerstoresayner.com

Traditions 2959 State Hwy 155 • Sayner, WI 54560 (715) 542-2101 jessica12774@gmail.com www.facebook.com/Traditions

Nortech Marine 2913 Froelich Drive Sayner, WI 54560 (715) 542-3389 nortechmarine14@gmail.com www.nortechmarine-wi.com

Up North Traders 2977 Main St. • Sayner, WI 54560 (715) 542-2046 pnm@nnex.net www.upnorthtraders.com

Plum Lake Quilts 3019 State Hwy 155 Sayner, WI 54560 (715)542-4888 plumlakequilts@gmail.com www.plumlakequilts.com

5 Star Marketing & Distribution 409 South Park Drive • Tomahawk WI (715) 453-4511 Info@5starupnorth.com www.5starupnorth.com

Plum Lake Equestrian Center 8191 Plum Lake Station Rd. Sayner, WI 54560 (800) 445-5370 plumlakedressage@gmail.com www.plumlakedressage.com Plum Lake Golf Club 3160 Clubhouse Rd. • Sayner, WI 54560 (715) 542-2598 www.plumlakegolf.com Star Lake Store 7697 Cty Hwy. K Star Lake, WI 54561 (715) 542-2548 • (715) 542-3464 debbie@erringtonsresort.com www.erringtonsresort.com Up North Traders 2977 State Hwy 155. • Sayner, WI 54560 (715) 542-2046 pnm@nnex.net www.upnorthtraders.com

RETAIL

The Corner Store 3109 Razorback Rd. • Sayner, WI 54560 (715) 542-4250 thecornerstoresayner@gmail.com www.thecornerstoresayner.com Earth Sense Energy Systems 2977 State Hwy 155 • Sayner, WI 54560 (715) 542-2788 www.upnorthtraders.com

White Birch Village Resort Boulder Junction, WI (715) 385-2182 office@whitebirchvillage.com www.whitebirchvillage.com

Eliason Lumber & Hardware 2954 State Hwy 155. • Sayner, WI 54560 (715) 542-3233 • Fax: (715) 542-3534 www.eliason-snowmobile.com

REAL ESTATE

GreenWeavers Gift & Apparel 2965 State Hwy 155 • Sayner, WI 54560 (715) 542-2884 writer923@gmail.com www.green-weavers.com

Eliason Realty of the North Eagle River, WI (715) 479-4431 • (800) 472-5222 eagleriver@eliasonrealty.com St. Germain, WI (715) 542-3223 - (800) 472-3140 stgermain@eliasonrealty.com www.eliasonrealty.com Jim Tait Real Estate Minocqua: (800) 677-8248 Boulder Junction: (877) 385-2077 more2you@jimtaitrealestate.com www.jimtaitrealestate.com Northwoods Association of Realtors P.O. Box 377 Woodruff, WI 54568 (715)-356-3400 www.northwoodsrealtors.org

Knitt’s Hardware Hank 246 State Highway 70 St. Germain, WI 54558 (715) 479-5930 10359 Main Sreet Boulder Junction, WI 54512 (715) 385-2300 kwknitt@frontier.com www.knittshardware.com

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GENERAL SERVICES

Business Connection 1418 Hwy. 155 • Sayner, WI 54558 (715) 542-2881 businessconnection155@gmail.com Chances R Satellite Sales & Service 2616 St. • Hwy 55 • Sayner, WI 54560 (715) 542-3367 chancesrlw@hughes.net www.chancesrsatellite.com Errington’s Guide Service P.O. Box 1054 • Star Lake, WI 54561 Resort: (715) 542-3646 Cell: (815) 298-1358 mike@erringtonsresort.com mBank 240 WI-70 St Germain, WI 54558 (715) 479-5201 www.bankmbank.com Meyer & Associates Insurance PO Box 267 St. Germain, WI 54558 (715) 479-3949 meyer@meyer-ins.com www.meyer-ins.com Milton Propane 2835 Plum Lake Drive Sayner, WI 54560 (715)-542-3292 say@miltonpropane.com www.miltonpropane.com Sayner Mobil Express 277 State Hwy 155 Sayner, WI (715) 542-2024 ricklovdal@yahoo.com www.exxonmobilstations.com Squirrel Away Storage 8855 Glenbrook Ln. Sayner, WI 54560 (715) 617-3885 St. Germain Pharmacy 252 Highway 70, PO Box 280 St Germain, WI 54558 (715) 479-7608

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Shepherd of The Lakes Lutheran Church (ELCA) 2903 Main Street • Sayner, WI 54560 (715) 614-3701 St. Mary Catholic Church 2820 County Road N Sayner, WI 54560 (715) 385-2390


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Served from 4:30 to 9:00pm Honey Crusted Chicken ............. $14.99 Coconut Seasoned Shrimp........ $15.99 Sicilian Walleye ........................ $23.99 Sicilian Prawn Shrimp .............. $24.99 Homemade Meatloaf (Monday Only) ......................... $12.99 14oz Dry Aged Ribeye Steak ..... $27.99 Chuck’s Homemade Pasta & Meatballs .................... $13.99

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Bayfield COUNTY

Discover the winter fun at Mt Ashwabay

BAYFIELD – This year discover the fun events and recreational offerings at Mt Ashwabay, located three miles south of Bayfield. Mt Ashwabay overlooks the Chequamegon Bay of Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands. Its roots as a community downhill ski facility dates back to at least the 1940s. Today, families and others will find there’s plenty to do at Ashwabay Outdoor Recreation Area (AORA) throughout the year. AORA hosts Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua in the summer, and the trails are opened for hiking and biking. Winter focuses on the Alpine and Nordic skiing, snowboarding, tubing and fat bike events. The chalet offers warmth, food and refreshments as well as a place to mingle. They offer various ski and snowboarding programs for youth and advanced skiers. Competition events in 2018 include the Mt Ashwabay Summit Nordic Ski Race on Saturday, Feb. 3, the National Standard Racing (NASTAR) event for alpine skiers and snowboarders on Sunday, Feb. 18, and the Rychel Cup Race Series on Sunday, Feb. 25. The winter carnival at Mt Ashwabay is set for Saturday, March 10 and includes WinterDASH, which will test one’s stamina to survive this obstacle course (a baker’s dozen) over a 5-6 km course Check out the ski-and-stay lodging packages offered by facilities partnered with Mt Ashwabay. To learn more about AORA, put your clicker on mtashwabay.org or call 715-779-3227.

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Feb. 3-5 Bayfield – Apostle Islands Sled Dog Race: Feb. 10 Brule – Afterhours Candlelight Ski: 5-9pm, Afterhours Ski Trail. Feb. 11 Cable – North End Class XC Ski Race: norwiski.com Feb. 17 Drummond –SnoJacks Bar Stool Races: Black Bear Inn. Feb. 22-24 Cable & Hayward: American Birkebeiner: Various races, events with major race on Saturday. March 2-4 Bayfield – Bayfield WinterFEST: March 3 Cable – Weenie Roast and Radar Run: Lakewoods Resort. March 9-11 Cable – Heart Air for Hearts Balloon Rally: Snowshoe race on March 10. March 9-11 Cable -- Fat Bike Birkie: 47K and 20K options. March 10 Cable – Fat Bike Birkie: May 12 Cable – Spring Crappie Fisherie: Noon to 3pm, Staudemeyer’s Four Seasons resort.

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Feb. 2-4 Rice Lake – Open Spiel: Curling Club. Feb. 3 Wanderoos – Lions Ice Fishing Contest: Prizes for top catches, door prizes. Feb. 3-4 Balsam Lake – Winterfest/UTV Race: Feb. 9-11 Luck -- Winter Carnival: Parade, Vintage snowmobiles, breakfast, fireworks. Feb. 10 Centuria -- Long Lake Ice Fishing Contest: Feb. 10 Balsam Lake – Winterfest: Feb. 10 St. Croix Falls -- Candlelight Ski: 6-9pm, Wisconsin Interstate Park. Feb. 10 Chetek – Ice Fishing Contest: 8am to 2pm, Chetek Chain. Feb. 10 Rice Lake – KC Pro East Northern Nat’l Race: kcproeast. com. Feb. 10-11 Rice Lake – Model Railroad Show: Cedar Mall. Feb. 15-18 Rice Lake – Zacho Boat Show: Cedar Mall. Feb. 17 Clam Falls – Winter Carnival/Ice Fishing Contest: Feb. 18 Osceola -- Ice Fishing Contest: Big Lake. Feb. 18 Clayton -- Ice Fishing Contest: Lake Magnor. Feb. 24 Chetek – Snowmobile Race: Lake Chetek. Nat’l Straightline Snowmobile Racing. Feb. 25 Amery –Lion’s Ice Fishing Contest: Bear Trap Lake, 8am2pm. March 17 Dresser -- Troll Cup Ski Race: Trollhaugen Outdoor Recreation Area. April 6-7 Amery-- Spring Show: Amery Ice Arena. April 14 Luck -- EMT Smelt Fry: April 14 St. Croix Falls – Mammoth Gravel Classic Bike Event: April 21 Cushing -- Spring Bash: Cushing Community Center. April 28 Osceola -- Healthy Heart 5k Walk/Run: May 6 St. Croix Falls – Woolly Mountain Bike Race:

offers four days of fun

LUCK – The annual Luck Winter Carnival will be Feb. 9-11 in 2018. The four-day celebration kicks off with the lighting of the ice castle at the corner of Main Street and State Hwy. 48 on Thursday night. On Friday at 6pm watch the fireworks over the lake, followed by the queen pageant and coronation at the Luck School. Saturday activities starts with the Lions Club breakfast, followed by lots of other family activities, including bingo, book sale at the library, kiddie snowman contest, sawdust pile at Fort Luck Park, radar runs on Big Butternut Lake, medallion hunt, retail sales along Main street and the 6pm torchlight parade. Sunday concludes the winter festival with an ice-fishing contest from 9am to 3pm on Big Butternut Lake with the raffle drawing at 3:30pm.

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CHETEK – Ice fishing anglers of all ages will head to the Chetek Chain of Lakes for the 19th annual Chetek Hydroflites Water Ski Show Team’s Ice Fishing Contest on Saturday, Feb. 10, from 8am to 2pm with fishing allowed on the entire chain. More than $15,000 in cash and prizes will be given away. First place prizewinners in the adult division for northern pike, bass, and panfish will receive $200 of chamber bucks. Second place prizewinners will receive a Mr. Heater Big Buddy Portable Heater and third place will be given a $50 gift certificate to Red’s. In the 14 and under age contest for kids, first place winners will be awarded a Beaver Dam tip-up and a fishing chair. There will also be prizes for the second place prizewinners. Raffle tickets are available and will be sold at the contest for $5 each or five for $20. There will also be other various raffles and drawings throughout the day, including for underwater cameras, guns, auger and crossbow. Registration will start at 7am and fish weigh-in will take place at 2:15pm on the ice in front of Gilligan’s. There will be brats, hot dogs, chili and refreshments available throughout the day in front of Gilligan’s. For more information, contact Keith Hanson at 715-205-7805 or visit the Chetek Hydroflites Facebook page.

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Feb. 17 Grantsburg – Candlelight Ski: 5:30-7:30pm, Gov. Knowles State Forest. Feb. 17-18 Danbury – Indoor Rendezvous Trade Fair: 10am to 5pm, Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park. Feb. 18 Siren – Midtown’s Fishing Contest: noon to 4pm, Midtown Tavern. March 10 Siren – St. Patrick’s Day Celebration: March 17 Danbury – Irish Dinner Fundraiser: 6-8pm, music, refreshments. Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park. May 5 Siren – Taste of Siren:

Volunteers needed for crane count at Crex Meadows, elsewhere

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GRANTSBURG – Volunteers across the state will be listening for the prehistoric calls of sandhill cranes in the early morning hours come Saturday, April 14 as the Midwest Crane Count (sandhills mostly, but some whopping cranes) gets underway. The International Crane Foundation in Baraboo sponsors the event. Help volunteer to count cranes throughout wildlife areas in Burnett County on Saturday, April 14 from 5:30-7:30am. A mandatory training session for new and returning crane counters will be hosted at Crex Meadows State Wildlife Area on Friday, April 13 from 6-7 p.m. Pre-registration required, contact: Deb Larsen, dlarsen@hazelden. org or 715-483-9603. Tally sheets will be collected. A free breakfast will be served afterwards. The count helps researchers monitor the general population trend of sandhill cranes in the upper Midwest. Wisconsin has by far the largest number of sandhill cranes in the upper Midwest. The 2017 Midwest count tallied 11,072 birds in Wisconsin, making up the vast majority of the 12,377 counted in the six-state survey. Crex Meadows State Wildlife Area is a 30,000-acre property of wetlands, brush prairies, and forests scattered across a gently rolling landscape located in western Burnett County.

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Feb. 10-11 Florence – Snowmobile Hillcross and Hillclimb Championship Races: Keyes Peak Ski Hill. 10 am start both days. Feb. 17 Florence – Leff’s Fishing Derby: 5am to 4:30pm, any lake in county. 715-528-5151. Feb 24 Florence – Fireman’s Ball: 5pm, Encore on Central Ballroom: Feb. 24 Florence – Ice Fishing Derby: 6am to 3:30pm, Pine River Flowage. March 3 Florence -Keyes Peak Winterfest: 11am to 4pm.

Rusk County Museum Complex appeals to all ages LADYSMITH – Looking for ideas for a family outing that is both fun and educational? You might want to visit the Rusk County Historical Society Museum at the county fairgrounds in Ladysmith.

Exhibits include an original wooden schoolhouse, replica pioneer log cabin, antique farming and logging equipment and even a NATO tank. The artifacts housed in the 10 buildings located on the museum complex number over 9,000 and are of interest to all ages. Before you get there, we have to take you back to the turn of the century. Rusk County was originally named Gates County when it was formed in 1901 from the northern portion of Chippewa County. The new county was named after Milwaukee land speculator, James L. Gates. The county was later renamed Rusk in 1905 to honor Jeremiah M. Rusk, a three-term governor of Wisconsin.

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ging era and railroad helped shaped Rusk County and its communities when you visit the museum. The exhibits are sponsored and maintained by the volunteers of the Rusk County Historical Society. The Little Red School House continues to be the premier exhibit at the Museum. The Gates County Courthouse houses many artifacts from the years 1901-05. In addition to those two, the complex includes the museum offices and display building, logging and farm displays, horse drawn farm implements, teacher’s cabin, Weyerhaeuser Section car house, Glen Flora jailhouse, Jones LeCount building, log cabin, railroad artifacts, a 56-ton M 60A2 NATO tank, CCC camp marker, mining visitor center and a gazebo. The museum is open weekends only, Memorial Day through Labor Day, from 12:30-4:30pm, or by appointment: 715-415-3114. Admission is free although donations are certainly welcomed and help the society’s mission. The Rusk County Fairgrounds is just off Highway 8 in Ladysmith.


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Feb. 3 Winter – Candlelight Ski: 6-9pm, Flambeau River State Forest. Feb. 10 Hayward – Lions Pre-Birkie: 26 & 42 km classic and skate races. Feb. 11 Winter -- Beissel’s Big Boyz Toyz Vintage Snowmobile Ride: 10am at Winter Huskies groomer shed. Feb. 18 Winter -- Lanes & Links Turkey Bowling and Snow Golf: Sponsored by Pat’s Landing. Feb. 24 Cable to Hayward – American Birkebeiner: XC races. Feb. 24 Winter -- Fishery and Radar Runs: Lake Winter, MK’s Rustic Inn. Fishing contest 7am. Radar runs 11am. Sponsored by Winter Huskies Snowmobile Club. March 4 Winter -- Ice Fishing Contest: MK’s Rustic Inn on Lake Winter. Sponsored by Southern Sawyer County Sports Club. March 4 Winter -- Shandley Memorial Ride: Sponsored by Winter Huskies Snowmobile Club. March 10 Cable/Hayward – Fat Bike Birkie: Birkie.com. April 22 W i n t e r -- Garden Club Luncheon and Fashion Show: The Wannigan.

Fishing contest to see many prizes awarded HAYWARD – Thousands of dollars in fishing prizes for adult and youth divisions will be given away in drawings at the Walleyes for Northwest Wisconsin’s 22nd annual Family Ice Fishing Event on Saturday, Feb. 17.

The headquarters and registration is the main boat landing off Hwy. K. Hours are 8am to 2pm. Call 715-634-2921 or visit

Event wristbands are necessary to qualify for Ice Fishing Event prizes. Wristbands and tickets are available at Hayward Bait & Bottle, Hayward Home Center, AAA Sports Shop, and Stone Lake Bait and Tackle. Wristbands are $5 for adults and free for youth (1-17) years old. Food and refreshments will be available at The Landing. There will be a grand prize raffle for a portable ice shack, power auger, cash prizes and other prizes, as well as a gun raffle, 50/50 cash raffle and other raffles.

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Proceeds support improvements to the walleye fishery in the Hayward Lakes area. “This family fun event is intended to bring our community together outside in mid-winter to celebrate and sustain our bountiful natural resources and wonderful Northwoods environment,” according to WFNW.

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SAWYER COUNTY Don’t miss the Winter Huskies Snowmobile Club’s events WINTER – The Winter Huskies Snowmobile Club members are diligent in keeping their snowmobile trails well groomed and marked for riders in southeastern Sawyer County. The club has about 60 members with 15 business members. Meetings are held September - April on the first Tuesday at members’ businesses.

from Rusk County to Trap n Fish Lodge, as well as Trail 40 as far north as Ashland County. They’re busy to say the least, but they still find time to host fun events each season for members and visitors. The Dantzman Memorial Ride held each January has passed. But you can catch the fun when they hold the Beissel’s Big Boyz Toyz Vintage Snowmobile Ride set for Sunday, Feb. 11.

They groom and maintain the Tuscobia State Trail from Couderay to Price County. They also work on Trails 6, 12, 18, and 21 north of Winter and the eastern Chippewa Flowage area, and Trail 5

Their Fisheree and Radar Run will be Saturday, Feb. 24 on Lake Winter with registration for both at MK’s Rustic Inn, N5354 Lake Winter Rd., Winter. The schedule says 7am for fishing con-

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They operate three tracked units and one tractor for the grooming season, doing over 150 miles of the 600 pus miles of groomed trails in Sawyer County. The club is also a member of the Sawyer County Snowmobile & ATV Alliance.

They start the ride at about 11am from their snowmobile groomer shed, one block off Hwy. 70 in Winter. Last year’s event drew more than 100 sleds, riding on the Tuscobia State Trail. At the end of the ride, they come back for the 5pm chicken dinner, prizes and awards. For more information call 715-266-3414.

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test registration and 11am for the start of the radar runs. Classes include stock and modified – studded and non studded. Trophies will be given to the fastest in each class. For information call 715-661-1294 or 715-492-5213.

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They will hold the Brian Shandley Memorial Ride on Saturday, March 4. This evening event will feature 50/50 drawings, silent auction, poker hands, dinner and more with 50 percent of the proceeds going to the snowmobile club. Get cards at local restaurants. Ride or drive at this event. Funds from these events are used to help maintain trails and provide scholarships to local high school students. The Southern Sawyer County Sports Club’s ice fishing contest will be Saturday, March 4, also on Lake Winter.

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Flambeau State Forest Candlelight Ski Flambeau Hills Trailhead • 6 pm - 9 pm Freeze Your Buns Off Ice Fishing Tournament 11 am - 4 pm • Deerfoot Lodge & Resort Beissel’s Big Boyz Vintage Snowmobile Ride at Winter Huskies Snowmobile Groomer Shed Winter Huskies Snowmobile Club Fishery/Radar Run • MK’s Rustic Inn • Fishing Contest Begins at 7 am, Radar Run Begins at 10 am.

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Winter Garden Club Annual Luncheon and Fashion Show at The Wannigan. 26 - 28 Winter Greenhouse Bareroot Sale - Season Opener - 25% Off All Bareroot Nursery Stock Door Prizes & Refreshments 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

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SAWYER COUNTY Check out the ‘other’ Birkie events HAYWARD – The annual Hayward Lions Pre-Birkie will be Saturday, Feb. 10 – celebrating 36 years of cross-country skiing fun. The classic start will be at 9:30am with the skate start at 10am. This Lions Club fundraiser race has no equal when it comes to preparing one mentally and physically for the American Birkebeiner. In other words, once you have completed the Pre-Birkie you will have the confidence to take on the mother of all XC marathon races, the American Birkebeiner. And, if 26 kms of those beautiful hills were not enough ... back by popular demand are the 42Km skate/classic races. There are four food stations on the 26km course and six on the 42km course, which are manned by local youth groups who are eager to serve you along your way to the finish at “OO.” There you’ll find refreshments and their famous doughnuts.

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Online registration and details can be found at haywardlions.com

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Fat Bike Birkie CABLE -- The 45NRTH Fat Bike Birkie is the premier on-snow bike event in North America. Riders test their skills and endurance on the professionally groomed American Birkebeiner Ski Trail. This year’s event will run three days again with event/distance options: 49K “Big Fat” Fat Bike Race, 21K “Chico” Fat Bike Race. The schedule includes: • Friday, March 9 – Check out the Fat Bike Birkie EXPO and fat bike demos, and ride the Criterium course. • March 10 – Race day, post-race party in the Great Hall, and CAMBA after party at the Sawmill Saloon in Seeley, with big prize giveaways and a silent auction from Fat Bike Birkie sponsors. • March 11 – Guided singletrack ride by CAMBA and fat bike demos at the “OO” Trailhead. For registration and more information see: birkie.com/bike/ events/fat-bike-birkie/


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Washburn COUNTY

EVENTS

Feb. 3 Stone Lake – Sledding Party: 11am to 4pm. Food and games.

Washburn County boasts excellent XC trails COUNTYWIDE – You don’t have to go far to find nice cross-country ski trails once you arrive in Washburn County, referred to by many as a “Mecca of cross-country skiing.”

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NORDIC WOODS TRAIL-- Considered by many to be the best in the county. This Washburn County Forest trail meanders through a kettle moraine area that is both scenic and diverse. The trail is groomed and tracked periodically and can accommodate both the diagonal and skating skier. It is also the location for the Wilderness Loppet Race held the first weekend of January. There are two Adirondack shelters along the trail. There is a onemile novice trail at the south entry. Difficulty: beginner to advanced. Glide & Stride Ski Club maintains the trail. COLLEGE STREET PARK TRAIL -- Lighted trail located at the north end of College Street in Spooner. A delightful trail close in to town, featuring rolling hills, hardwoods and scenic variety. BEAVER BROOK TRAIL -- This scenic hiking trail is located south of Spooner off Cranberry Marsh Road. The trail runs along a stream, through thick hardwoods and is generally gently rolling except where it enters the ridge land off loop C. Three loops.

TREGO LAKE TRAIL -- This trail is small, but quiet as it runs along the Trego lake shoreline. The outside loop is a perfect spot for a short afternoon outing or for beginners. The inside loop is for the advanced skier. It is well marked, as the Park Service maintains it as part of the National Scenic Riverway. TOTOGATIC SKI TRAIL -- Located 1.5 miles north of Minong. It is a county forest trail that was developed by the WWC crews in 1987. It is gently rolling and wooded with black spruce in lower bog areas. Beginner to advanced. SAWYER BROOK SPRINGS TRAIL -- Located behind the Indianhead Arts Center in Shell Lake, it is the newest trail in the area. This trail system has some very challenging hills, some flat areas and a variety of scenic beauty. Glide & Stride Ski Club maintains the trail. RED BARN TRAIL -- This trail is located behind the Red Barn Campground in Shell Lake, and although it is private property it is open to the public. The trail may or may not be groomed. LEISURE LAKE TRAIL -- Located west of Trego by Leisure Lake.

Washburn County snowmobile trails

COUNTYWIDE -- Washburn County operates 240 miles of state funded snowmobile trails, which link up to the largest network of snowmobiles trails in the Midwest. Local snowmobile clubs groom numerous funded trails as well as some unfunded club trails.

trails, both for your own safety and to ensure property owners will allow access in the future. Riders will also find an abundance of services, including more than 100 lodging establishments in the greater Spooner area alone. Accommodations range from small motels to lavish resorts.

Trail riders will find true Northwoods beauty including, thriving forests, farm fields, lakes, streams and wetlands. Trails cross county forest and private lands so be sure to stay on the marked

Information about snowmobile trail conditions can be obtained by contacting the Washburn County Forestry Department at 715635-4490.

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EVENTS

Catch all the winter fun at the Porkies

SILVER CITY – The Porcupine Mountains Winter Ski Complex in Silver City is where you will want to be on Saturday, Feb. 24 to take in all the fun that Snowburst 2018 – Winter Carnival will offer.

The event starts at noon and goes until 8pm. It’s a day of fun for the entire family. There will be kids games, snowshoe fun run, wheelbarrow race, giant slalom race, food, live music, dancing, torchlight parade and fireworks.

rior Trail immediately across the street from the ski hill entrance.

Feb. 10 Marenisco – Moonshine Riders Radar Run: On Lake Gogebic, Gogebic Lodge. Feb. 11 Crystal Falls – Second Sunday Folk Dance: 4-7pm CT, Fortune Lake Camp. Feb. 24 Silver City – Snowburst 2018 – Winter Carnival: Noon to 8pm, Porcupine Mtns. Winter ski Complex. March 11 Crystal Falls – Second Sunday Folk Dance: 4-7pm CT, Fortune Lake Camp. March 31 Crystal falls – Easter Egg Hunt: 11am. April 7-8 Bessemer – Cor PowerSports XC Series: Blackjack Ski Resort. April 8 Crystal Falls – Second Sunday Folk Dance: 4-7pm CT, Fortune Lake Camp. April 14 Iron River – Spring Craft Fair: 9am to 3pm, Windsor Center. May 10-13 Iron River – Fiddler on the Roof: Windsor Center. Performed by The West End Players.

If there is severe weather or if the temperature is 5 degrees or below, these programs will be canceled. Cancellations will be posted at the program meeting location or call 906-885-5206 to check in advance. Visit michigan.gov/gogetoutdoors for additional events.

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Cross-Country Ski Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park will host lantern-lit ski/snowshoe events every Saturday in February from 6:30-9pm. Nearly 80 old-fashioned kerosene lanterns will illuminate a 1-mile trail for a unique and memorable experience. The ski trail is track-set for classic skiers, while snowshoers can make their own trail adjacent to the lighted loop. Stop about halfway around the loop at the warming shelter, where the park naturalist will have a campfire going and will provide refreshments. The ski trail has an “easy” rating; however, skiing or snowshoeing at night is always a challenge. The lanterns are on the Supe-

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WESTERN U.P. MICHIGAN ‘Big Hit’ Beer & Wine Fest returns

IRONWOOD – The third annual Big Hit Wine & Beer Fest will be the place you’ll want to be on Saturday, Feb. 24. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Historical Ironwood Theatre in downtown Ironwood. Bring your best friend along to the Ironwood Memorial Building for an evening of craft beers, fine wines, and gourmet hors d’oeuvres. The event starts at 7pm. Bid on a wide array of silent auction items, including artwork, furs, sporting goods and fine wines. Don’t miss the great prizes in the themed basket raffles. The popular purse raffle returns -- bid on one of seven purses from Michael Kors, Coach and Tote. There will raffles and door prizes, too.

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Admission will be limited to just 300 people. Don’t miss out on the fun - get your tickets early!

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LAKE GOGEBIC – More than $3,500 in prizes await fishermen at the 35th annual Gogebic Lodge Ice Fishing Derby on Saturday, March 3. Based on a minimum of 120 registered anglers, the top walleye, northern and perch will each reward the successful angler with $1,000. They pay down to fifth place for those three categories, as well as $50 each for the first whitefish, rock bass and crappie registered. The entire lake – 13,380 acres -- is open for the fishing contest, which will give anglers plenty of opportunities to find the “hot spots.” Lake Gogebic is the largest inland lake in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It’s roughly 14 miles long and 2.5 miles wide. You can pre-register at Gogebic Lodge anytime, as well as at the lodge the day of the contest starting at 6am. Fishing hours are 7am to 4pm CST. In addition to the cash prizes, there will be door prizes, refreshments, food, live bait available, free soup and chili for all contestants during the tournament. The Lodge is located on M-64, eight miles north of U.S. Hwy. 2. For more information, call 906-842-3321 or visit gogebiclodge.com.

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Play in the snow a bit longer here Iron County boasts more than 260 miles of extensively groomed and well-marked snowmobile trails, drawing riders from throughout the region and beyond to enjoy scenic journeys that are a trademark of trails here. The wide-open trails traverse abandoned railroad beds; weave through varied wooded terrain and cross lakes for excellent sledding. Snowfall totals are between 90 and 120 inches each season. The season opens Dec. 1 and closes March 31. The county trail system includes Amasa, Crystal Falls, Iron River, Sidnaw and Kenton areas. The Iron Range Trail Club (906-2657152) maintains and grooms about 150 miles of trail while the Chippewa Sno-kats Snowmobile Club (906-875-3117) grooms and maintains about 100 miles of trail.

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Snowmobile derbies, festivals and races are sponsored each season by clubs and communities. Iron County serves as a hub for not only local trails, but far beyond. Snowmobilers can tap into the vast network of trails in the Upper Peninsula and northern Wisconsin for an extended riding adventure. Gas stations, restaurants, lodging and sled rentals available. For trail reports call 906-265-7152 or 888-879-4766. For trail maps contact the South Central UP Snowmobile Council at osieger@fast-air.net. Iron County snowmobile trail maps are available at the Iron County Chamber of Commerce office, at most area gas stations, and many local businesses. Trail permits can be purchased at the Chicaugon Lake Inn.


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Lakeshore Motel on Beautiful Ice Lake

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula 906-265-3611 • www.lakeshoremotelicelake.com

Open all year round

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AMERICINN LODGE & SUITES Iron River, MI 49935 906-265-9100 or 1-800-634-3444 ironriver.mi@americinn.com

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CHICAUGON LAKE INN Iron River, MI 49935 906-265-9244 osieger@fast-air.net

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LAC O’ SEASONS RESORT

Iron River, MI 49935 • 906-265-4881 or 800-797-5226 • randy@lacoseasons.com

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LAKESHORE MOTEL

Iron River, MI 49935 • 906-265-3611 lakeshoreland@yahoo.com

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PIONEER LODGE

Iron River, MI 49935 • 800-362-7853 info@skibrule.com

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SKI BRULE VILLAGE

Iron River, MI 49935 • 906-265-4957 800-DO-BRULE • info@skibrule.com

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TALL PINES

Amasa, MI 49903 • 906-822-7713

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