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Your #1 Online Vacation

Destination Guide

Winter 2012-13 Inside Features

speCial eveNTs | 2 A select listing of public WISCONSIN weekender area activities, highlights and special events. Find out what’s happening. Whitetail Lunch Date With A Snowman!

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Welcome Wisconsin Weekenders! Sports enthusiasts can find plenty of excitement through the cold winter months. Just dress in layers to keep warm. Cross-Country Skiing: Get some vigorous exercise all while enjoying the winter trails on cross-country skis. Wisconsin offers many excellent groomed cross-country ski trails. Downhill Skiing & Snowboarding: Enjoy winter racing down one of the many exiting ski resort trails, always in peak condition...until the spring thaw. Ice Fishing: Anglers say there is nothing like walking on a frozen sheet of ice, drilling a hole, and pulling up a fish. I think they are right. Ice Skating: When the temperature drops, grab your scarf and lace up your ice skates for a day at the rink. They almost always have a warming room & hot cocoa. Snowmobiling: Wisconsin offers thousands of miles of designated snowmobile trails for your exploration. Many businesses are located on the trails and surely would love to have you pay them a visit. Snowshoeing: Explore the tranquil winter woods on snowshoes and you will discover which animals like to accompany you on your journey. Sleigh Rides: Something fun and yes, very romantic. Ride through the winter woods on a horse drawn sleigh. Tubing/Sledding: A popular activity every time the snow flies, especially at a tubing/sledding facility that takes you back to the top.

reCreaTioN & Trails | 4 Explore the vast trails, lakes and unique weekend recreation destinations enthusiasts have grown to love.

area sNapshoT | 6 Area communities at a glance. All are enriched in hometown traditions and unique businesses that always welcome visitors.

disCovered here | 18 Spotlighting destinations filled with interesting adventures for everyone who looks for variety and something new.

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speCial eveNTs New special events added regularly throughout the season. For a complete list of area activities, highlights and events, go to

NOVEMBER Tomahawk Annual Venison Feed 11/16 Fri. Downtown Tomahawk. Hunters head on downtown to the Annual Vension Feed on West Wisconsin Avenue in Tomahawk. Celebrate the opening of hunting season with this unique event! Free burgers, chips and soda are served starting at 11:30 a.m. until gone. Gather up your hunting party and kick off the season with a preview taste of the big one. For More Information Contact: Tomahawk Chamber of Commerce Phone: (715) 453-5334 • (800) 569-2160 E-mail: Website: The Andrews Shaker Collection 11/17-01/20/13. Downtown Wausau. Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. Enamored by the beauty of objects in a Shaker kitchen they happened to visit in 1923, Edward and Faith Andrews embarked on a nearly seventy-year quest to “gather up the fragments” of Shaker culture by passionately collecting objects both great and small. Through their relationships with United Society of Believers, known as Shakers, substantial collections of Shaker material are preserved in museums. For More Information Contact: Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum Phone: (715) 845-7010 E-mail: Website: Santa Comes To Town 11/23 Fri. Downtown Land O’ Lakes. Celebrate Santa coming to town at 1 pm at the airport. A horse drawn wagon ride brings Santa and the children to the Town Tree for a lighting ceremony with singing of Christmas carols, hot chocolate and cookies. After trhe tree lighting ceremony, children will visit with Santa and families will be treated to horse drawn wagon rides throughout downtown Land O' Lakes for the balance of the afternoon. Gifts for the children. 715-547-3432. For More Information Contact: Land O’Lakes Chamber of Commerce Phone: (715) 547-3432 E-mail: Website: Christmas Parade & Winter Wonderland 11/24 Sat. Downtown Tomahawk. The parade will start at 4:30 p.m. starring Santa at the West end of Wisconsin Avenue and end at the Tomahawk Community Bank. Visit Santa at Santa's Cabin located in the Tomahawk Community Bank garage. Listen to Bell Ringers and walk through the beautifully decorated Christmas trees in Winter Wonderland! Hot cocoa and a bonfire! For More Information Contact: Tomahawk Chamber of Commerce Phone: (715) 453-5334 • (800) 569-2160 E-mail: Website:


Breakfast with Santa 11/24 Sat. Gateway Lodge Restaurant. Land O’ Lakes. Located at the historic Gateway Lodge Restaurant. Come for breakfast or just come and bring your camera to make sure you have that special picture of a memorable time in your child’s life. For More Information Contact: Gateway Lodge Phone: (715) 547-3321 E-mail: Website: ..................................................................................


Kris Kringle Christmas 12/01 Sat. Santa's Village – Downtown Park Falls Area. On 3rd Avenue next to Patchouli Garden. Children can enjoy holiday sweets and get their picture taken with Santa. Photographer from 1 pm - 3 pm and 5:15 pm - 7 pm. FREE Christmas Movie at the Park Theatre. Treats will for children after both movies. Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting, downtown Park Falls. 4:30 pm Parade includes Tree Lighting at Triangle Park to conclude the evening. For More Information Contact: Park Falls Chamber of Commerce Phone: (715) 762-2703 • (877) 762-2703 E-mail: Website: Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides 12/16/12 -1/1/13 Daily. Rocking W Stable. Enjoy scenic, beautiful wooded trails with a half-way point bonfire, hot chocolate & holiday cheer. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Great for groups and family gatherings. For More Information Contact: Rocking W Stable Phone: (715) 617-6779 • (715) 758-6779 Website: Marvel in Manitowish Waters 12/26 - 31 Held Throughout Manitowish Waters. Count down to the New Year with low/no cost family fun, indoor/outdoor activities during the holiday week regardless of the weather conditions! Activity locations vary throughout the town based on participating organizations. Past activities include story hour, crafts, dog sledding, live music, sleigh rides, ice skating, nature based activities and New Year's Eve celebrations. For More Information Contact: Manitowish Waters Chamber of Commerce Phone: (715) 543-8488 • (888) 626-9877 E-mail: Website: Tuscobia Winter Ultra 12/28-30 Park Falls Area. Run, Bike or Ski this race with 150-mile, 75-mile and 35-mile distance options. The 150-mile race is an Iditarod Trail Invitational (ITI) Qualifier Event. ** 2014 ITI Race Entry will be up for grabs ($1,000 value)!! The 150-mile race will be an out and back starting Friday at the Chequamegon Canoe Club Bistro in Park Falls. The 75-mile point-to-

point ski, bike or run/walk race will start Saturday morning in Rice Lake and ends in Park Falls. The 35-mile point-to-point race will begin in Ojibwe on Saturday. Parking will be available near the finish line in Park Falls. Pre-registration is required; no race day registration. Racers are self-supported. A portion of proceeds will be donated to Friends of the Tuscobia Trail, Inc. non-profit. For More Information Contact: Park Falls Chamber of Commerce Phone: (715) 762-2703 • (877) 762-2703 E-mail: Website: ..................................................................................


Annual Polar Bear Plunge 01/5 Sat. St. Germain. St. Germain Lodge & Resort. Plunge begins at noon. Call for pledge sheets and registration form. To benefit Angel on My Shoulder, a non-profit cancer support foundation. Benefits go to Angel on My Shoulder, a non-profit cancer support foundation. For More Information Contact: Angel On My Shoulder Phone: (800) 860-3431 Website: Granite Peak Ski Area Family Festival 01/11-13. Fri.-Sun. Wausau. Granite Peak Ski Resort. Enjoy live music, horse drawn wagon rides, and fireworks on Saturday. Packages include 2 nights lodging, 2 days skiing, lift tickets and rentals for family of four. For More Information Contact: Granite Peak Ski Resort Phone: (715) 845-2846 E-mail: Website: World Championship Snowmobile Derby 01/11-20/13 Eagle River Derby Track. 50th Anniversary of the AMSOIL World Championship Snowmobile Derby. Gates open 9:30 a.m. daily for specatators. See derby story on pages 18 & 19. For More Information Contact: Eagle River Derby Track Phone: (715) 479-4424 E-mail: Website: Badger State Winter Games 01/19. Thurs.-Sun. Throughout Wausau area. Wisconsin's premier amateur sporting event! Competitors from around Wisconsin and Midwest states will compete in alpine skiing, nordic skiing, curling, figure skating, bowling, billiards, archery and more! Free public admission. For More Information Contact: Marathon County Phone: 715-355-8788 E-mail: Website: .

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Find out what’s happening. SPECIAL EVENTS FEBRUARY Plum Lake Ice Fishing Tournament 02/11 Sat. Sayner/Star Lake Area. South Plum Lake public boat landing. Hours: 6 am to 4 pm. Registration Fee $25.00. Register fish at South Plum Lake Public Boat Landing. Fish to be judged on length. Any ties broken by 1st registered. $700.00 in Cash prizes for fishing tournament. Registration Ticket Prizes include: 3 power augers, 2 shelters, 2 tv’s, 2 sleds, Vexilar fish locater. Need not be present to win these prizes. Many other door prizes given at the 5pm award ceremony at the Sayner Community Community Building. An additional raffle at the Community Building Award Ceremony will include: auger, shelter, tv-vcr-dvd combo, under water camera, sled and more. Additional raffle drawing at 6:30. Food, Beer and Soda for sale at the Sayner Community Building during the Awards Ceremony. For More Information Contact: Sayer/Star Lake Chamber of Commerce Phone: (715) 542-3501 E-mail: Website: Ride with the Champs 02/16 Sat. St. Germain. Whitetail Inn. Presented by the Modine HotDawg Garage Heaters. Over 100 riders enjoy the day long ride. There will be two vintage groups and two late model groups. One of the vintage groups will be the Vintage Challenge which runs to Lake Gogebic in the UP for lunch. One late model group will also go to the UP for lunch at Fish Tales. Those who make it receive completion certificates at the banquet. Register at Whitetail Inn, St. Germain at 7 a.m. Snowmobiles will hit the trail at 8:45 a.m. For More Information Contact: Snowmobile Hall of Fame Phone: (715) 542-4463

can cultural exposition, a huge winter art/craft show and soooo much more! For More Information Contact: Eagle River Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center Phone: (800) 359-6315 E-mail: Website: Annual Ice Golf Tournament 03/16 Sat. St. Germain. Black Bear Lodge. From 9a.m. - 2 p. m. Headquartered at Black Bear Lodge with 9 holes of golf on frozen Little St. Germain Lake. Appetizers, trophies, raffles and door prizes. Benefitting the Vilas County Food Pantry. For More Information Contact: Black Bear Lodge Phone: (800) 563-4340 Website: .................................................................................


WJJQ Radio Home Sport & Travel Show 04/13-14 Sat.-Sun. Tomahawk. Tomahawk School Complex. Health expo, crafts, products, services, door prizes and food. Outdoor display of new cars, boats and RVs. Free admission. Sat. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For More Information Contact: WJJQ Radio Phone: (715) 453-4482 Website:

Charley Harper, Piscine Queues, 1989, serigraph Beguiled by the Wild: The Art of Charley Harper 4/13/13 - 06/16/13. Downtown Wausau. Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. Illustrator and artist Charley Harper (1922-2007), who created highly stylized wildlife prints, serigraphs, posters and book illustrations, called his style “minimal realism,” capturing the essence of his subjects with the fewest possible visual elements. Using graphic shapes and bold colors, Harper distilled and simplified complex elements. Illustrator of the children’s book The Golden Book of Biology, Harper was a prolific graphic designer contributing his unique, geometric style to a wide range of publications. He also created interpretive displays and “bio” posters for many nature-based organizations, including the National Park Service and Cincinnati Zoo. Beguiled by the Wild is organized by the Virginia Living Museum in Newport News and supported by the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Newport News Arts Commission. For More Information Contact: Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum Phone: (715) 845-7010 E-mail: Website:


MARCH Klondike Days 03/2-3 Sat.-Sun. Eagle River. Northland Pines High School & Rocking W Stables. Fun filled, family-oriented annual event, featuring a variety of turn-of-the-century activities. Featuring River Country Red's Rendezvous and Living History, North Woods Championship Dog Weight Pull, the one and two-horse Log Pull Classic, Hayward style lumberjack competition, a chain-saw carving competition, the Native Ameri-


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reCreaTioN & Trails NORTHWEST Timm’s Hill Trail This a 10 mile non-motorized trail connecting the Ice Age Trail to Timm's Hill, elevation 1951.5 feet, Wisconsin's highest natural point. The trail is groomed for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing and marked with blazes on the trees and arrows.. Skis or snowshoes are required on the groomed trail. Except for the Timm's Hill County Park, the entire trail is on private property. The landowners have graciously allowed the trail to cross their property, so it's very important that all trail users respect the trail and the property it crosses. Stay on the marked trail. The trail is located in northeastern Taylor and southeastern Price Counties. Parking is available at numerous locations.

Tuscobia State Snowmobile Trail This 74-mile trail on a former rail corridor is one of the longest rail trails in the state, running from Park Falls to the Wild Rivers State Trail just north of Rice Lake. The trail passes through part of the Flambeau River State Forest and the rugged wilderness of Wisconsin's Blue Hills. The trail connects seven small communities in Barron, Washburn, Sawyer and Price counties, each providing year-round accommodations and services.

NORTHEAST BoBoen Snowmobile Trail Gateway to Wisconsin Northwoods Snowmobile Trails; from which you can ride to destinations throughout Vilas County such as Boulder Junction, Presque Isle, Winchester, Manitowish Waters, Land O' Lakes, Conover & Phelps; destinations through-

out Oneida County such as Hazelhurst, Sugar Camp, Three Lakes, Harshaw, Woodburo, Rhinelander, Monico and Pelican Lake; and destinations in Iron County such as Hurley and Mercer. BoBoen trails connect with Eagle River, Lake Tomahawk, Minocqua, Woodruff, Arbor Vitae, St. Germain, Sayner & Star Lake.

Hiawatha-Bearskin State Park Trail Shimmering lakes and Wisconsin's beautiful Northwoods wilderness await you on the Bearskin State Park Trail and Hiawatha Trail. The two trails are currently separated by a 5.5mile gap, but taken together or alone they provide a splendid journey along an old Milwaukee Roadrail corridor that hauled white pine to the Midwest and later carried a passenger train named the "Hiawatha." The trail goes from Tomahawk to Heafford Junction along a smooth crushed gravel rail bed. As you go from the trailhead in Tomahawk at Sara Park on Somo Ave., going North, you'll cross over the Wisconsin River on a 544' low trestle which gives you expansive views of this mighty river. The tall pines along this trail makes it very scenic, and a feeling of being close to nature. The trail also passes between Lake Mohawksin and Clear lake giving some great views of these two inland lakes, and the small cottages nestled along their banks. Sections of the trail run parallel to and crosses Hwy. 51 and a few county roads, a number of times, making it necessary to watch for cross traffic. Stop by these businesses located on the Hiawatha trail for your snowmobiling convenience.

Hodag Sno-Trails Rhinelander's original snowmobile club, has built and maintains over 140 miles of scenic, adventurous trails. The Hodags own and operate 3 pieces of grooming equipment: two tracked vehicles (Husky and Bombardier) and 1 Fendt 4-wheel drive tractor. Our Trail Boss Drags put the finishing touch on our beautiful trails. The trails link Rhinelander, the "hub" of snowmobiling, with the following areas: Tomahawk, Lake Tomahawk, Minocqua, St. Germain, Eagle River, Three Lakes, Sugar Camp, Monico, Crandon, Pelican Lake, and Antigo.

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When snow falls, nature listens–Antoinette van Kleeff Lincoln County & Tomahawk ATV Trails There is approximately 175 miles of routes and trails with designated signage for ATVing. Most are maintained by local ATV clubs who have worked hard to mark trails and routes for riders. Trails are open to ATV’s as long as the temperature is above 28 degrees outside. Tomahawk also now has routes leading to downtown businesses.

Northwoods Passage Snowmobile Club Trails The Northwoods Passage Snowmobile Club grooms trails from Rhinelander, West to Tomahawk, North to Minocqua, and South to the Gleason trails. The trails are well groomed and weather permitting, in peak condition throughout the winter riding season. Many businesses are located directly on the trail which offer easy access to restaurants, gas, convenience stations and ever popular recreational snowmobile rental, sales and service spots. Travel by snowmobile is great!

Underdown Recreation Area Trail System Located in the Underdown Wildlife Area, a 8260 acre managed forest land of Pine, Aspen and Northern Hardwoods, containing numerous small lakes. The area is designated as a multi-use recreation area and contains trails for CrossCountry Skiing, Snowshoeing, Snowmobile, and (winter only) ATV trails. The Cross-Country Ski area consists of approximately 33 KM of one way marked trails, which traverse some 4600 acres of Lincoln County Forest. The Ski trail consists of three loops. The "Blue Trail" is a 20 KM loop which circles the perimeter of the Ski area. The "Red Trail" is a 12 KM loop. The "Green Trail" is about 5KM loop. Most winters the Loop Road is groomed from point 6 to point 38 for "Skate Skiing". The Snowmobile trail skirts the south and eastern perimeter of the Underdown Wildlife Area. ATV’s are allowed on the snowmobile trail during the winter months only.

CENTRAL Nine Mile Forest The ski trails that wind through the Nine Mile Forest in Wausau are absolutely fantastic. Trails are identified by signs, letting you know which ones are more difficult. Nine Mile Forest is popular with local skiers, but also attracts many new visitors each year. The trails are used for the cross-country races of the Badger State Games each February. These races are among the most heavily attended events in the annual winter sporting events. All trails are groomed frequently with single tracked and skate lanes. Cover the entire 4.1 mile loop and you will be well on your way to becoming an expert.

Sylvan Hill Park This is a popular Wausau trail featuring 3 miles of groomed cross-country ski trails adjacent to the park chalet and tubing hill portion of the park. Sylvan Hill Park is the longest tubing hill in the state at 1,200 ft. It offers six runs for a great ride down and two tow lines to pull you back up. For safety reasons, only tubes provided by Sylvan Hill may be used, there is a minimum height requirement of 42”and tubes are for single riders only. The chalet offers a fireplace, open spacious area and restrooms downstairs with flush toilets. The chalet and tubing hill is open Fridays 5 pm to 9 pm; Saturdays noon to 4 pm and 5 pm to 9 pm; Sundays noon to 4pm; and during school breaks. Private hill rentals are also available.


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area snapshot

Favorite vacation destinations at a glance.

Eagle River Bring the children this winter to the Northwoods Children’s Museum. This museum allows children to learn by doing. They take a hands-on approach to a lifelong love of learning. As a result, they provide a variety of programs and exhibits that are educational and interactive in a safe environment. It also allows adults and children to explore together as all of the museum’s exhibits are designed to be family friendly. Parents and grandparents are encouraged to get envolved. There is always something to learn at any age. Exhibits are both permanent and rotating. Winter Hours (Labor Day to Memorial Day): 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday - Thursday • 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday • Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Land O’ Lakes Experience one of Northern Wisconsin's most heralded treasures -- the Gateway Lodge. Offering 72 customized and newly renovated suites and studios, an indoor pool, a steaming hot tub and a redwood sauna, the historic lodge is both a peaceful sanctuary and a convenient gateway to the vast number of area recreational opportunities. From trap shooting and golfing to waterfall chasing, skiing and shopping, it's all within reach. Or, simply enjoy the Gateway's warm comfortable atmosphere, reminiscent of a time gone by. The lobby features plenty of Northwoods nostalgia, with its massive hand-built fireplace, hand-hewn log construction and impressive animal mounts. This beautiful landmark resort


has been hosting generations of vacationers from all over the world. Breakfast with Santa Saturday, Nov 24, 2012 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. come have breakfast with Santa at our historic Gateway Lodge. Bring your camera to make sure you have that special picture of a memorable time in your child's life. Gifts for the children.

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12WIweekWinterpreads_Layout 1 10/30/12 10:55 AM Page 18 • 1-888-626-9877 Manitowish Waters is the Original “Up North” Experience! Nestled in the Northern HighlandAmerican Legion State Forest. The township features the famous Manitowish Waters chain of 10 connected lakes. Extensive, well groomed snowmobile trails, miles of wooded trails to cross country ski, hike or snowshoe and acres of great ice fishing. Visit Little Bohemia, where John Dillinger had his 1934 shootout with the FBI. Beautiful accommodations, quaint shops, friendly service and fabulous restaurants await you in Manitowish Waters.

Upcoming Events


Cross-country skier on winter trail.

Dec. 1 – Northwoods Festival of Trees – Community Center Dec. 1 – Holiday Home Tour & Luncheon - Lioness Dec. 1 - Santa Saturday - Northwoods Children's Museum Dec. 9 – Christmas for the Town – Community Center Dec 26-31 – Marvel in Manitowish Waters – City Wide Jan. 19 – January Chill Chaser – Discovery Center Feb. 16 – Winter Rendezvous – Rest Lake


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The Ruffed Grouse Capital of the World! Surrounded by over a million acres of public lands! Ice fish, hunt, snowshoe, crosscountry ski & enjoy the clean, beautiful northwoods. Our lakes and rivers offer the best ice fishing in the state. 500 miles of trail systems for snowmobiling or ATVing offer a thousand

miles of connected trails to ride and you NEVER have to load the trailer once! Opportunities for exhilarating views, relaxation and quiet nature study abound. Perfect for any outdoorsman who wants to escape for a weekend.


rants, Taverns, Stores or Business, Place of employment, or for Lawn care or Snowplowing duties." The City of Park Fall's commitment to snowmobilers is one reason why we are considered a snowmobile friendly city! Don't take our workd for it, fuel up your snowmobile and come enjoy the experience for yourself!

Download a map of the Official City of Park Falls Snowmobile Routes. Accessibility to and from these designated routes has been granted by State Law and is as follows: "Snowmobiles may access the designated routes in such a manner that would be the closest and most direct to that person's dwelling or lodging. In addition, a person may operate their Snowmobile on city streets, other than Hwy 13, to and from a designated route to the following: Service Stations, Restau-

Download a copy of the City of Park Falls Snowmobile Map at

Rhinelander Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting • Friday, November 23, 2012

......................................................................................................... Located in downtown Rhinelander, the festivities will begin at 5 pm with the Christmas Parade which will begin at the Rhinelander Police Station on Fredrick Street, travel south on Brown Street, East on King Street and then North on Stevens Street to Stevensport Square. The traditional lighting of the Holiday Tree will take place at Stevensport Square following the parade. For more information contact the Rhinelander Area Chamber at 715-365-7464.

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Favorite vacation destinations at a glance. AREA SNAPSHOT Pelican Lake


The lakes are sure to Rhinelander has been rightfully voted as the be full of musky, wallice fishing capital of the world. It is sureye, northern and rounded by 232 awesome lakes & 11 trout panfish to keep ice streams. When winter rolls around and the fishermen busy all day. lakes freeze over, it’s ice fishing time. Cross-country ski or Rhinelander Area lakes are famous for their snowshoe the large excellent ice fishing. The community has areas of the lake or been the location for a number of Interenjoy a slow scenic national Ice Fishing Association Champitour of the beautiful onship events. Each winter, anglers catch winter area on your trophy-size walleye and northern pike from snowmobile. With so area lakes. It’s no secret the Rhinelander ! rld Wo the of l ita Cap many trails surroundArea is a great winter ice fishing destinag hin Fis Ice ing Pelican Lake, you tion. Many families have been visiting are guaranteed a Hodag Country for annual summer and winter Excellent trail system great outdoor expefishing trips for several generations. You’ll find everything you rience. Located east need for a great fishing trip, including experienced guides of Rhinelander. Ski & Snowmobile rentals who can help you locate the fish and show you techniques nearby. Go to our website to find abundant lodging, dining & that really work. For more detailed Rhinelander area informaarea recreational attractions. Come feel the charm Pelican tion visit the Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce online at Lake has to offer. Visit them on Facebook, Pelican Lake/ Wisconsin

Surrounding you in this little slice of paradise are two communities, Sayner and Star Lake, which comprise the Township of Plum Lake. While ninety percent of the township consists of state-owned natural wilderness, the two towns are rich with fine restaurants and supper clubs, beautiful year round cottages, excellent ice fishing lakes filled with game and trophy fish, trails, a fully-dressed library, an art gallery, and several historical museums. Truly, finding yourself in Sayner/Star Lake will guarantee a winter vacation you’ll want to replicate over and over again. Plan your next vacation here and you will be sure to find the peaceful and tranquil paradise you dreamed about.


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NOV 10 Christmas Bazaar Craft Show with an emphasis on Christmas benefiting Big Brothers/Big Sisters held in the Community Center. Fresh wreaths & garland for sale, bake sales & cookies, children's activities, a 50/50 raffle, holiday gourmet gifts and including a visit from Santa & Mrs. Claus! (715) 542-2881

JAN 5 13th Annual Polar Bear Plunge Noon-3pm. Headquartered at St. Germain Lodge and Resort. Call for pledge sheets and registration form. To benefit Angel on My Shoulder, a non-profit cancer support foundation. 800-860-3431 or JAN 15 PrimeTimer's Snowflake Dance 7pm-11pm Held at the St. Germain Community Center. Live entertainment, food and beverages served. Public is welcome. 715-479-6310.


FEB 1-3 Snowmobile Radar Run 11am-4pm / 10 am – 4 pm / 10 am – 3 pm. Headquartered on Little St. Germain (West Bay) with Friday practice runs 11am-4pm; Saturday trophy and bikini runs 10am-4pm. Race your snowmobile against the gun - 1000' distance! 660' and 1000' practice tracks. Sunday drag races 10 am-3 pm. A portion of the proceeds to benefit the Susan G. Komen Fund. 715-479-2934 or FEB 2 Plum Lake EMT's Holes for Life 7am-3pm. Headquartered at Fibber's Restaurant with registration at 7am and fishing on Big St. Germain Lake 8am-3pm. Raffles, cash and door prizes. Entry fee $25. 715-891-0572. FEB 6-7 Annual Groomer Show 9am-4pm / 9am-2pm. Held at Walker Equipment, Inc. Equipment displays and demonstrations 9am4pm Wednesday & 9am-2pm ursday. Food served by Bo-Boen Snowmobile Club. 715-479-4200 or

FEB 16 30th Annual Ride with the Champs 7:30am-10pm Headquartered at the Whitetail Inn and sponsored by HotDawg Garage Heaters by Modine. Starting with 7:30am registration and breakfast two trail routes are scheduled: Vintage Ride to Minocqua and photo shoot; Traditional ride is longer. Both rides return to the Whitetail for an autograph session, Hall of Fame dinner (starting at 7pm) and Induction. For more information 715-542-4463 or MARCH 16 4th Annual Ice Golf Tournament 9am-2pm. Headquartered at Black Bear Lodge with 9 holes of golf on Little St. Germain Lake. Appetizers, trophies, raffles and door prizes. Benefitting the Vilas County Food Pantry. 800-563-4340 or

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Favorite vacation destinations at a glance. AREA SNAPSHOT St. Germain Since the late 1800s, the Northwoods has been a prized destination among all the finest top anglers & avid sportsmen. Today, St. Germain still serves as a premier destination for not only hunting and fishing, but also for every other kind of outdoor activity. You'll find mile after mile of trails for snowmobiling, cross-country skiing & snowshoeing. And yearround, you'll find top-notch accommodations and friendly restaurants.

Snowy River in St. Germain

In many ways, the winter months are the best time to explore St. Germain. Dozens of groomed cross-country trails and endless acres of wilderness make St. Germain a favorite with crosscountry skiers and snowshoe enthusiasts. The woodlands take on an entirely different character in the wintertime, and a large selection of trails are available. Most of the area’s numerous cross-country skiing trails serve as bicycle or hiking trails during warmer months—so don't forget to visit them again in the spring. St. Germain is ideally situated between the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest and the well known Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

Some say the golden age of the Northwoods is a thing of the past, but we know it's still here. For an authentic Northwoods experience you're sure to remember, look no further than St. Germain.

Snowmobile Hall of Fame Museum Stop in and see historic race sleds, trophies, clothing and the Ramstad Photo Collection. View racing videos in our theater. Visit our well stocked gift shop... great ideas for the race and recreational snowmobile enthusiast! Championship sleds on display include oval, enduro, hillclimb, cross country, water-cross, snow-cross & drag sleds raced by championship drivers such as Karpik, Wicht, Musselman, Coltom, Hayes, Elsner, Solem, Bernat, Frandsen, Nelson, Bender, Maki, Hibbert, Morgan and Vincent. .................................................................................................. CELEBRATING 50 YEARS WITH EAGLE RIVER DERBY SPECIAL EXHIBITION Another great piece of World Championship history arrived at the Snowmobile Hall of Fame for the special Derby Exhibit. BOBBY DONAHUE delivered and set up this beautiful display including his leathers, helmet, WC trophy and featuring his original PEPSI SKI-DOO Twin-track World Championship sled. Bobby also won the Formula I series championship in 1988 and was driver of the year. More sleds are arriving weekly. .................................................................................................. All Snowmobile Hall of Fame and Museum operations are at 8481 West highway 70 at Sled World Blvd, 1 mile west of the Chamber office & one mile East of the Whitetail Inn. OFF SEASON HOURS: Thursday-Friday 10-5 Sat 10-3. Call for appointments for possible other times. Days open will increase after the snowmobile trails open.


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Calendar of Events NOVEMBER 2012 16-Friday: Annual Venison Feed Located on West end of downtown Tomahawk, starting at 11:30 a.m. 24-Friday: Northern Lights Christmas Parade and Winter Wonderland. Located downtown Tomahawk. Contact the Tomhawk Chamber of Commerce for more info. 715-453-5334.

FEBRUARY 2013 DECEMBER 2012 8-Saturday: Warm Up to Winter Tomahawk Chamber of Commerce presents the 2nd Annual Chili Tasting Contest and Holiday Open House.

JANUARY 2013 1-Tuesday: Annual Polar Bear Plunge. Located at the Happy Snapper. For more info contact 715-453-8686. 25-Saturday: Tomahawk Fishing Unlimited Kids Ice Fishing Contest. Fun for the entire family.


2-Saturday: Alice in Wonderland Ice Fishing Festival on Lake Alice. For more info contact 715-453-4930.

16-Saturday: Taste of Tomahawk. Microbrew, Wine and Food Tasting Festival at Inshalla Country Club. For more information, contact the Tomahawk Chamber of Commerce at 715-453-5334.

23-Saturday: Polar Plunge. Located at SARA Park. Sponsored by Kinship of Tomahawk. 23-Saturday : Somo Fish and Game Club Annual Ice Fishing Jamboree. Located on Somo Lake. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with registration at 8 a.m. near boat landing between Tomahawk Lodge and Somo View Resort. For more info call 715-493-1656.

APRIL 2013 13 & 14-Saturday & Sunday: WJJQ Radio Home Sport & Travel Show. Located at the Tomahawk School Complex. Contact 715-453-4482.

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Come to Tomahawk and experience life the way it’s meant to be.” Tomahawk is truly the gateway to the Northwoods, and the local folks are proud to share their community surrounding lakes and woods with vacationers. Tomahawk offers many natural resources and welcomes the free spirited to take advantage of their abundant area rivers, lakes, and trails open and easily accessible by the public. It is here, where water meets the woods and wildlife. Many hunters migrate to Tomahawk in the fall for the big hunt. Tomahawk has numerous resorts and cabin rentals along with plenty of hotels and motels open through hunting and winter seasons. If your vacation plans include trying out the vast trail systems, then you have found the right place. ATVing, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are popular and you will certainly appreciate the well groomed trails. The Northwoods Passage Snowmobile Trail & Hiawatha State Trail runs through Tomahawk along with the Lincoln County Snowmobile & ATV Trails. Most lead right to accommodations front doors. Perhaps you had some ice fishing in mind. The Tomahawk region is home to more than 15 lakes and flowages offering great recreational and ice fishing opportunities for walleye, musky, northern pike, bass and panfish. Local bait shops & guides keep visitors posted on the best spots to drill a hole. You will discover ice shanty’s scattered across the lakes and rivers as a good indication where the hot spots truly are. Make it a point to spend a weekend here to unwind and meet up with all the area has to offer. For more area information feel free to visit the Tomahawk Area Chamber of Commerce at

Warm Up To Winter, Dec. 8th Great Food & Drinks Casual Dress 1920’s Atmosphere

Tomahawk area business will celebrate their Annual Chili Tasting Contest and Holiday Open House with in-store specials on Saturday, December 8, 2012. ................................................................................................... Visit Tomahawk on this day to take advantage of the area holiday specials. On your shopping excursion, you can also warm your buds by tasting and voting on your favorite chili at participating businesses. Area businesses in the chili contest will compete for the coveted Golden Spoon Award. The Tomahawk Chamber of Commerce will count up votes and a winner for the chili contest will be announced. Shoppers will find geat bargains and have fun tasting some of the finest chili made in the Northwoods. It is a fun shopping experience and is sure to warm you up to winter this holiday season!

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Thank You for visiting beautiful Tomahawk!


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AREA SNAPSHOT Favorite vacation destinations at a glance.

Win the Window

holiday shop local Campaign Tomahawk Main Street's holiday shop local campaign, "Win the Window" returns to Downtown Tomahawk with an opportunity for more participants to win. Also new this year is a "QR Code Walking Tour" that educates shoppers about several trail systems that surround Downtown Tomahawk. ............................................................................................ New this year, the campaign is called "Win A Window" as it offers contestants an opportunity to win more than just one window this year. This year, store front windows will also tell a story - "All Trails Lead to Downtown Tomahawk." Downtown Tomahawk is nestled among so many natural wonders. We invite all to come - whether by snowmobile, snowshoe, ski, ATV, hiking or by way of fishing, hunting or more. On the front of each storefront will also be a QR code for those with smart phones. Participants or visitors may scan the QR code to learn more about an "All Trails Lead to Downtown Tomahawk" such as snowshoeing in Tomahawk, as an example. Within that specific storefront would be gifts related

to that theme that "Win A Window" may compete for. The contest kicks off on Black Friday in Downtown Tomahawk and game cards may be found in participating stores. Participants must either make a qualifying purchase or food donation to the Salvation Army's "Happy Kids Backpack Program." Go online for more contest details and information at www. or call 715-996-5023.

Somo Lake Ice Fishing Jamboree saturday, February 23, 2013

Somo Fish and Game Club’s Annual Ice Fishing Jamboree is located on Somo Lake in Tomahawk. Hours are 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM with registration beginning at 8:00 AM. Registration is located near the boat landing between the Tomahawk Lodge and Somo View Resort off of County Road CC. 16 years and younger - .50 cents and 17 and older - $2.00. Hourly door prizes, various raffles with the a raffle drawing at 3:00 PM. Fun for the whole family. For more information please call (715) 493-1656.


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be prepared For Winter Let Lincoln County Cycles take care of all your winter repair, service & winter storage needs. This authorized service center operates a full staff of experienced, certified mechanics. Fast & Reliable Motorcycle, ATV, Snowmobile & Snowblower Repair & Service. Count on the experts at Lincoln County Cycles to provide the highest standards of prompt and prefessional service in the industry. Lincoln County Cycles also carries a full line of parts, tires, accessories, helmets, apparel and cycle care cleaning products for motorcycles, ATVs and snowmobiles. As an authorized dealer for Drag Specialties, V-Twin & Bikers Choice, Lincoln County Cycles carries a full line of their "Just Hard Parts" products and accessories. The service area has state of the art equipment to make the many repairs, custom builds or trike conversions as needed. The showroom displays many of the HARD PARTS and accessories for your custom needs including state of the art custom rolling chassis ready for your personal build, along with many other parts, including Kuryakin, V-factor & Powerhouse Performance Systems. Lincoln County Cycles sells a full line of used bikes, ATVs and snowmobiles. They can accommodate your winter storage needs as well, so when the sun shines and the weather permits your bike is ready for the ride without maintenance worries. Choose Lincoln County Cycles of Tomahawk, for all of your motorcycle, ATV or snowmobile needs and take advantage of their unbeatable prices and excellent customer service. Call 715-453-2300 for more information or check them out online at

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pelleT sToves heating the Northwoods with style The new trend of the Northwoods is to heat homes and cabins with pellet stoves and furnaces. Pellet stoves and furnaces, when professionally installled, are safer and eliminate the cost and work of harvesting and paying for wood to maintain a fireplace. Easy and Convenient: Wood pellet stoves are generally small, and the bags of pellets are about the size of a mulch bag, making them easy to store. They're also easy to operate; they on ly require loading pellets and igniting the flame. And depending on what size hopper your stove has, it may need to be loaded only once a day. Safe to Use: Because the fire is contained in a heat box inside the unit, there is a minimum of smoke, which lessens the smell in your home and prevents the outside of the unit from heating up making it safe for children and pets. Pellets create considerably less ash than firewood, giving off less creosote, a flammable byproduct of combustion that can build up and cause chimney fires. Wood pellets burn hotter and cleaner than their wood counterparts. Wood pellet stoves emit fewer pollutants than traditional fireplaces. The pellets also are inexpensive, and you can purchase them in small quantities as needed, versus the upfront costs of purchasing a cord of firewood. Inexpensive: There are a variety of stoves & furnaces to accommodate every budget. The pellets also are inexpensive, and you can purchase them in small quantities as needed, versus the upfront costs of purchasing a cord of firewood. A typical pellet stove will heat an approximate 2,500 sq. ft. home and heats a home for approx $500 per year. There are many makes and models of pellet stoves, so it may be overwhelming trying to choose the best one for your home. Before purchasing your stove, make sure pellets are readily available in your area to avoid having to pay shipping costs. Consider the square footage of the room that you want to install it in. To keep those tootsies warm, a room needs an average of 5,000 Btu output from the stove per 200 square feet of space. Purchase the stove only from an authorized dealer. If your dealer doesn't have the stamp of approval, your manufacturer's warranty may be void. Also check to make sure there's a label stating the overall efficiency range as well as the heat output in Btu. High-quality wood pellet stoves typically have an overall efficiency range of 75 to 90 percent. Wood pellet stoves are only safe to sit on certain materials. Be sure to check with your dealer to see if your floors are OK, or if you need to purchase a different flooring material to put under your stove. And seeing as we live in Wisconsin where power outages are likely to happen, consider getting a stove with a battery backup. If you like the look of fire, look for a stove with a good flame pattern and a large viewing glass. Some models even have ceramic logs to give you the look of a traditional fireplace. Finishes include enamel, tile and marble.

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Covered here 50th annual amsoil World Championship snowmobile derby

January 11th – 20th, 2013 • Eagle River, WI

Snowmobile racing and Eagle River have become so deeply intertwined for the past 50 years that the names are practically synonymous. Say: "snowmobile race" and most drivers will picture the wide-banked oval turns and ice track in Eagle River. Mention the name of this northern Wisconsin resort community and snowmobile race fans think of a long history of colorful, exciting races that have brought the best snowmobile racers in the country together year after year. On the ice oval at the AMSOil World Championship Snowmobile Racetrack in Eagle River, they have raced for more than just large cash prizes and glittering, gigantic trophies. They have raced for the prestige that goes with winning the big one at Eagle River. This will be the 50th Anniversary of the AMSOIL World Championship Snowmobile Derby held every year in Eagle River, Wisconsin. The gates open 9:30 a.m. daily for specatators. The largest Vintage Race in the world is at the AMSOIL World Championship Snowmobile Racetrack. Derby week starts January 11th with a special Friday Night Thunder Show and leads to Saturday, January 12th class finals and qualifying. January 13th brings more finals with the 3:00 p.m., Vintage World Championship. The 50th Anniversary of the AMSOIL World Championship Snowmobile Derby is welcoming back an exciting sponsor for the World Championship, and they are bringing a lot of “dough” to the party!


“We couldn’t be happier right now, and are extremely excited to welcome Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches as an official product sponsor of the AMSOIL World Championship,” stated Derby Track spokesman, Todd Achterberg. Jimmy John’s has really stepped up this year by putting a total of $60,000 into the AMSOIL World Championship 30 lap finale. The World Champion will take home $50,000 from Jimmy John’s, along with another $10,000 from the AMSOIL Derby Track. Jimmy John’s is also putting up another $10,000 for the “Jimmy John’s Freaky Fast Challenge”, which will be split up among the top four drivers in the Championship race at the

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mandatory pit stop caution. The leader at lap ten will pocket a cool $5,000, second $3,000, while third and fourth will each get $1,000. The big payday at the AMSOIL World Championship will continue to be spread out across the top twelve finishers when the final checkered flag falls and the ice dust settles on Sunday, January 20th, 2013. There is an additional $11,600 being paid out by the AMSOIL Derby Track.

The largest Vintage Race in the world is at the AMSOIL World Championship Snowmobile Racetrack. It opens Derby week January 11th with a special Friday Night Thunder Show. January 12th class finals and qualifying. January 13th more finals: 3 p.m., Vintage World Championship. Thursday, January 17th – The 50th Anniversary Derby begins with time trials for the World Championship, plus a full day of oval sprint and SnoCross qualifying. Friday, January 18th – SnoCross and oval sprint racing.


The total payout for the 30 lap Championship Race at this year’s AMSOIL Eagle River Championship Snowmobile Derby will total $81,600, making this the richest payout in the history of modern day snowmobile racing.

Parts Unlimited Friday Night Thunder. 6:00 p.m. pre race activities start including120 SnoCross, Ice Motorcycles and the phenomenal show will split the action. 7:00 p.m. racing starts.

As it states in the history section of Jimmy John’s website, “What makes Jimmy John's different from the rest is that it's honest, it's damn good, and it’s damn fast, at a decent price!” Those words could also hold true for the AMSOIL Eagle River Championship Snowmobile Derby, as we have the most exciting show and the biggest bang for your snowmobile racing buck to be found at any event this winter. “Our show is damn good, damn fast, and at a decent price!”

9:30 p.m. SHARP -- action climaxes with the Sweet Sixteen pole position final, sponsored by the TLR CUP 9:45 p.m. -- the Ultimax sno cross world championship.


The World Championship top ten qualifying, sno cross qualifying, select oval and sno cross racing finals.


Championship Day, class finals all day. 1:00 p.m. World Championship LCQ, and 3:00 p.m. World Championship Feature Race.

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Advanced Super Ticket Price Until December 25th $65.00

2012 Champion Nick van strydonk Meet Nick Van Strydonk from Tomahawk, Wisconsin. He is the current reigning World Snowmobile Derby Champion of 2012. Nick raced last winter with all the heart, soul and talent of a true champion. Pictured above is Alan Van Strydonk, owner of Erv’s Sales & Service–Nick’s father, and Nick on the right. Nick is looking forward to competing again at this year’s derby with hopes of hanging onto his title.

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Travel GadGeTs Getting the most out of your next vacation may be easier with some of the latest electronic gadgets. From navigating your way and keeping the kids entertained to capturing those favorite vacation moments, you may wonder how you ever traveled without these latest gadgets. Getting there: Take some of the stress out of driving with a GPS navigational system, ranging from $100 to $400. GPS units provide alternative routes around rush hour traffic and can find the closest hospitals and gas stations. Entertaining the kids: Whether traveling by plane, train or automobile, parents dread the question “Are we there yet?” and undoubtedly want to keep their kids entertained while en route. The Nintendo 3DS gaming device offers the latest in 3-D technology to keep them mesmerized. The 3DS comes ready to play with many games, and it doesn’t require 3-D glasses. Don’t leave home without your favorite movies and a portable DVD player to keep your family entertained. More affordable and convenient than laptops, portable DVD players come with a built-in TV screen and typically retail for less than $100.

Enjoying your time: For the readers in the family, there’s the Amazon Kindle. With a storage capacity of up to 3,500 books and a glare-free screen, it’s a travel essential for those who love books. Electronic trade-in savings: Find a retailer that offers an electronics trade-in service. Target has a program that accepts used iPods, video games, cell phones, iPads and even the original Nintendo DS, in exchange for store credit.

Failure to Yield: right-of-way course enforced by state of Wisconsin As of August 1, 2012, any person who receives a citation and is convicted for failure to yield under Wisconsin statute 346.18 will be required to attend a failure to yield right-of-way course. If the violation results in bodily harm, great bodily harm or death to another, the operating privilege will be suspended. The biggest factor in traffic crashes is human error and just poor decision making. Cruiser’s Driving School offers a 2 hour course designed to not only reacquaint drivers with the Right-of-Way Rules that include interaction with other road users, but it also emphasizes the factor that tailgating,

inattention and speed play in car crashes. Topics Covered: Intersections • Round-abouts • Pedestrians School Zones/School Buses • Construction Zones • Bicyclist Motorcyclists • Military Convoys • Funeral Processions Livestock • Snow Plows • Trains/Railroad Grades • Slow moving vehicles Driver Errors: Tailgating • Distracted Driving • Speeding If you are cited for failure to yield, call Cruisers Driving School, now offering failure to yield right-of-way course.

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