A Rhinelander Area Birdwatching Gem

Birdwatchers coming to the Northwoods have a chance to get a little closer to nature through the amazing water channels the Rhinelander area has to offer.

Grab a canoe or kayak and head to the 6,400-acre Willow Flowage, located just minutes west of Rhinelander to catch glimpses of some of the area’s most beautiful wildlife.

RHI Heron in marsh( Kelly L Ramker) 2
Photo courtesy of Kelly L. Ramker

Many people compare the Willow Flowage to the Boundary Waters Canoe area, and for good reason: this remote complex of islands, sloughs and channels is one of the wildest places in Wisconsin.

Common bird species include blue herons, ospreys, mergansers and kingfishers. Loons are plentiful. The flowages 117 islands and numerous backwaters are home to rare species of birds and plants. Bring your binoculars and explore this natural gem.


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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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