Rhinelander three-day getaway guide

A three-day guide to exploring the trails and waterways of Rhinelander

Love the great outdoors? Rhinelander is the perfect place for a Northwoods getaway. Surrounded by lakes and trails, there’s plenty to see and do in Hogag County. Have just three days to explore? Here’s what you can do.



  • Select an idyllic campsite under a canopy of ancient hemlocks. We have four great campgrounds to choose from.
  • Hop on the mountain bikes and pedal into Rhinelander.
  • Hit up Trig’s Foods or Bessey’s Meat Market to stock up on groceries for a fresh homemade dinner in camp.


  • Enjoy a dinner cooked over the campfire.
  • Go mountain biking on the 15-mile Washburn Lake Trail, located just outside of Rhinelander.
  • Head back to camp and fall asleep under the stars.

Day 2


  • As the sun rises over the banks of the lake, prepare a sunrise breakfast in camp.
  • Paddle your way down the Pelican River or the Wisconsin River. If you need to rent a canoe or pick up some extra gear, stop at Mel’s Trading Post or Shoeder’s RV and Marine.
  • Stop at a wide bend in the river to cast for smallmouth bass.


  • Stop in town to have lunch at a great sandwich shop. Rhinelander offers several options.
  • After lunch learn about the forest and the natural beauty of the Northwoods at the Ced A. Vig Outdoor Classroom (CAVOC).
  • Finish off your afternoon with a scenic horseback ride along forest lined trails at Holiday Stables.


  • Enjoy the sunset on a 2.25-mile hike along Almon Park Trail as you take in the beauty of the Northwoods.
  • Head back to camp to enjoy a late dinner cooked over the open fire as you tell stories about your day around the campfire.

Day 3


  • Get up early to take a walk along the lake as the sun rises. A Rhinelander sunrise is the perfect ending to your trip.
  • Gather your tents, bikes, maps and binoculars and pack up the car.
  • As you make your way out of town for a quick picture with the Hodag at the Rhinelander Chamber and Visitor’s Center to prove to all of your friends back home you saw the mythical forest creature.


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Note: The Rhinelander Area is open, and all visitors are welcome. Please travel safely and responsibly. Some businesses and events may have modified hours or procedures; please contact businesses or event organizers directly for specific information.

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