Rhinelander, Wisconsin


A family vacation in Rhinelander Wisconsin is all about water. Float past forest and farmland on the Upper Wisconsin River. Kayak or canoe the Tomahawk, a more challenging river to run. Waterski or boat on 232 lakes. Enjoy birding at the wetland Thunder Lake Wildlife Area. And if you fancy fishing, cast a line in rivers, lakes and streams. Even history buffs will find themselves focused on water. Together with tourism, logging and papermaking have most shaped the history of this Wisconsin Northwoods hamlet.

History & Culture
The history of Rhinelander is tied to logging, tourism and, of course, the railroad. Discover how this Wisconsin Northwoods town got its name and read tales by early pioneers.
Maps are a great way to get the kids involved in family vacation planning. Use static and interactive online maps of Rhinelander to locate a street or attraction. Oneida County maps will help you plan your itinerary in advance. Wisconsin lake maps can be used to find the ideal spot to fish as well as the perfect place to boat. Geocaching - gps treasure hunts - is popular with kids and may provide the incentive needed to get them interested in exploring the great outdoors. The Great Northwoods Treasure Hunt, and related contests and games, is a great place to start.
Rhinelander Maps
Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce
Oneida County Map
Wisconsin Department of Transportation
Wisconsin Lake Maps by County
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
The Great Northwoods Treasure Hunt
Northwoods Geocaching
Books are a great way to introduce younger children to a new adventure and get teens and tweens ready for a family trip. Discover books by notable Wisconsin authors such as childhood favorite Laura Ingalls Wilder and explore Wisconsin through story and literature. Get recommended reading lists for family travel to the Midwest and find age appropriate books for kids whether your interest is nature or novels.
Music & Sound
Local radio provides families with a bird's-eye view of life in the Northwoods. Online radio stations broadcast everything from oldies, folk and polka music to critter rescue and Wisconsin fishing reports.
Local newspapers provide insight to a family travel destination. Read Eagle River, Minocqua and Rhinelander based newspapers online. Brush up on local current events from politics to economics and from sports to entertainment. Find out what the locals are reading.
Kids' stuff
Online resources can make learning about Rhinelander fun. Learn about the mythical Wisconsin hodag a fearsome creature with the head of a bull, back and tail of a dinosaur and huge claws. Read stories about the hodag. Get the latest hodag sightings.
The Rhinelander Hodag
Hodag Sightings
Associations and non-profit organizations can be a valuable resource as well as a means to get involved. Learn more about local organizations protecting Wisconsin's environment from its forests to its lakes and streams. Introduce the school aged children to the great outdoors via the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' online magazine EEK! (Environmental Education for Kids).

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