Many believe that Rhinelander, Wisconsin is the perfect balance of convenient city life, surrounded by unspoiled nature. It is an area rich in traditions and unique history. It originated in the days of logging camps long ago and its mysterious legend of the “Hodag” still exists today. Rhinelander’s history is both educational and entertaining for all to enjoy.
The area is made up of vast forestland, dotted with numerous crystal clear lakes, making it a perfect escape for outdoorsmen and nature lovers alike. The opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, swimming, fishing, hunting, canoeing, water-skiing, and golf are around every corner. No matter the season of your visit, you are sure to enjoy its spectacular scenery, especially when the trails are ready in winter.
With nearly 250 lakes, rivers, and streams within 12 miles of town, Rhinelander offers some great fishing and unmatched convenience for the angler. Adventurous trout anglers use waders and canoes to fish the streams where scrappy largemouth and smallmouth bass hide. Trophy-size Muskie, Northern Pike, and Walleye abound in the lakes, where they’re most likely to bite from spring to late fall. Every year, anglers pull muskies out of the waters near Rhinelander measuring more than 50 inches!
The city of Rhinelander is literally at the center of all this great fishing, with the Wisconsin River running through the middle of the community. Several fine resorts, lodges, and rental properties (condos, cabins, houses) are available for visitors to stay at. Rhinelander also has many great places to eat, from the pastry shop to the sports bar, to family restaurants, to supper clubs, and of course the usual assortment of fast food. Entertainments for the family include golf courses, a logging museum, and the famous Hodag Country Music Festival that takes place every summer.
Bodies of Water: Wisconsin River, Rhinelander-Boom lake flowages, Moen Chain, George, Crescent, Thompson, Squash, Pelican Lake