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Rhinelander, Wisconsin
Fast Facts
Boating & Sailing
X-Country Skiing
Tourist Attractions
Family Travel Tips



Photo by Pilch & Barnet, courtesy of Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce

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.
Getting There
Rhinelander is located on US 8 in the Wisconsin Northwoods. Rhinelander is 220 miles (354 km) from Minneapolis, 230 miles (370 km) from Milwaukee and 320 miles (515 km) from Chicago. Midwest Airlines provides daily service between Rhinelander and Milwaukee and Northwest Airlines offers daily service between Rhinelander and Minneapolis. Trans North Aviation Ltd provides commuter service between Minocqua 's Lakeland Airport and Chicago's Palwaukee Airport twice weekly and Eagle River and Chicago's Palwaukee Airport four times a week.
Getting Around
While families flying into Rhinelander or any of the Northwoods airports should consider renting a car, area trails and waterways provide an excellent alternative to the automobile. Several top Wisconsin trails - hiking, biking and cross-country skiing - wind their way through and around this small town. Northwoods rivers and lakes are a great place to canoe and kayak. And if a canoe trip is more adventure than your family desires float, boat or fish.
When to Travel
The weather in northern Wisconsin is if anything unpredictable. While fun family activities are to be had year-round, the weather from spring to fall is as likely to be cold and wet as it is sunny ad warm. And the weather in the Wisconsin Northwoods affects more than the layers of clothes required when heading outdoors. Weather can affect how the fish are biting.
Things to Keep in Mind
The weather varies considerably, even in summer. Pack rain gear as well jackets and sweaters. If you plan to rent a boat or any other equipment that requires towing make sure that your vehicle has the capacity to pull the desired load.
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Travel Trivia
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