Winter Vacation Ideas: Snowmobiling in Wisconsin

By Denice Ryan Martin

If you’ve dreamed about trying the exhilarating sport of snowmobiling, this is your year to do it! Planning the perfect snowmobile getaway is easy. We’ve got some ideas to get you started, from trails and snowmobile rentals to lodging and dining. You’ll be set for a weekend of serious snowmobiling!

Minocqua Snowmobile Vacations

Minocqua, a favorite destination for snowmobile enthusiasts, this region features over 1600 miles of snowmobile trails on frozen glacial lakes and through public forestland. The Bearskin State Trail connects to countless other trails in all directions, providing days and nights of super snowmobiling.

If you don’t want to worry about a map or would like to get to know the trails better, try Adventure North Snowmobile Tours. They give three hour tours for riders of all levels. Rent their snowmobiles or bring your own.

Places to Stay in Minocqua

  • Island Cove Resort on Lake Minocqua rents comfy condos and cabins with a snowmobile trail right outside your door. It’s walking distance to downtown’s restaurant and shopping district.
  • Beacons of Minocqua is a lakeside four-season condo and cabin resort with secure off-shore sled parking. Families enjoy their sledding hill and skating rink as well as end of the day unwinding in the indoor pool, whirlpool and sauna.
  • For a splash of fun, stay at The Waters of Minocqua. The indoor water park resort offers rustic décor guest suites and continental breakfast.

Places to Eat in Minocqua

  • When you’re on the trail, make sure to stop by Slo’s Pub. Overlooking Big Arbor Vitae Lake, the pub offers hearty soups and sandwiches and a Friday fish fry.
  • Tourists flock to the historic and always entertaining Thirsty Whale. Chow down on deep fried cheese curds or a juicy mushroom burger.

Snowmobile Rentals in Minocqua

Eagle River Snowmobile Vacations

Eagle River, aka, “The Snowmobile Capital of the World,” is home to the International Snowmobile Hall of Fame. “The Eagle River 500” is a 500 mile meticulously groomed trail network that takes riders throughout the Wisconsin Northwoods and into Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Places to Stay in Eagle River

  • The Inn at Pinewood is a 21-room B&B log house resort, just two miles from snowmobile trails in Nicolet National Forest. Innkeepers promise scrumptious and filling home-cooked breakfasts before your ride. An inviting crackling stone fireplace will greet you upon your return.
  • Pitlik’s Sand Beach Resort is on the Sugar Camp Chain of Lakes. Choose a cozy cabin or stay in the rustic main lodge. Gather with friends at the resort’s friendly bar and restaurant for libations and dinner. Nestled in acres of heavy forest, you’ll enjoy spying on a variety of wildlife.
  • Established in 1857, the celebrated Eagle Waters Resort & Kee Mi Con Lodge is on the Eagle River Chain of Lakes with easy access to the trails. Spacious condos and cabins can accommodate all sized groups. Their renowned restaurant is open Thurs-Sat for dinners and offers a popular Sunday brunch.

Places to Eat in Eagle River

  • Eddie B’s White Spruce Restaurant & Tavern is a popular stop on the trail. Extensive menu includes smoked ribs, chicken, pork chops, walleye and pastas.
  • Chanticleer Inn on Voyageur Lake features steak, seafood and sandwiches prepared by their long time, award-winning chef. On the trail. Accommodations are available.

Snowmobile Rentals in Eagle River

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