COVID-19: Information for visitors

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Updated July 30, 2020

Let’s Go Wisconsin – support the state’s Travel Pledge

Business and health care organizations from across Wisconsin have put together a message encouraging residents and visitors to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by social distancing, wearing a mask and washing their hands.

Travel Wisconsin is also asking those who are considering travel to follow local guidelines and regulations in communities they visit. Learn more about Wisconsin’s Travel Pledge and Travel Wisconsin’s #WeAreAllIn initiative.


What’s the situation in Wisconsin right now?

The Oneida County Health Department on May 15 released public health guidelines as part of its Onward Oneida County plan. See the release here.

What does that mean for travel? Can I come to Rhinelander?

Many of Rhinelander’s lodging properties, restaurants and stores are open to customers but may have restrictions in place. Please check with individual businesses you’re planning to visit to see if they’re open and what measures they have in place.

Please note that as part of the Oneida County Health Department’s Onward Oneida County plan, the health department “continues to encourage everyone to stay home as much as possible, only going out for essential needs, practice physical/social distancing, good hand hygiene, enhanced cleaning practices, and utilize cloth face coverings in public when physical/social distancing is difficult to do.”

How many COVID-19 cases have there been in Rhinelander and Oneida County?

See the latest information from the Oneida County Health Department here.



Are Rhinelander’s parks, trails and other recreational areas open?

Rhinelander’s recreational trails and parks remain open for use (note that some facilities like playgrounds or bathrooms may be closed). Find more information about recreational options like hiking, biking, ATVing, paddling and fishing here.

All state linear trails (that is, hiking, biking and ATV trails) are open, and the Willow Flowage near Rhinelander is also open. See more information from the WIDNR here.

Are campsites open?

Even though many state parks and forest sites reopened in May, camping remains closed at WIDNR sites through May 26, 2020.

Some private campsites have chosen to open with increased safety measures in place; please contact specific businesses with questions. See a press release from the Oneida County Health Department regarding the opening of campsites here.

How about fishing?

DNR boat launches are open at open state properties.

All anglers and recreational boaters should practice social distancing and keep travel to a minimum. According to the Wisconsin DNR: “If individuals can lawfully access Wisconsin’s rivers and lakes, they are free to navigate upon them while engaging in outdoor recreation.”

Click here to learn about fishing in the Rhinelander area.


Lodging, restaurants & shopping, events

Are Rhinelander’s lodging properties, restaurants, stores and other businesses open?

Lodging properties were allowed to continue operations even during the Safer at Home order. Please contact individual properties if you have questions.

Many of Rhinelander’s other businesses have reopened with some restrictions, and many restaurants have increased their offerings as well. Again, please contact specific restaurants, stores and attractions with questions.

What about events?

Many of Rhinelander’s upcoming events have been canceled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please contact event organizers for the latest information.



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