In Rhinelander, the Hodag is king. If you look closely enough, you’ll find him in beautiful parks, sitting outside local businesses and even in a few surprising places.
Here’s where you might encounter this mythical Northwoods beast on your next trip to Rhinelander.
Discover Hodag History
The legend began in 1893, when newspapers reported the discovery of a creature in Rhinelander that had the head of a frog, the grinning face of a giant elephant, thick short legs set off by huge claws, the back of a dinosaur, and a long tail with spears at the end. The story spread, and soon newspapers around the country began reporting on the Hodag. Learn about what happened next—and other stories of early Rhinelander—at the Rhinelander Historical Museum.
Find Hodags around town
Intrepid explorers will come across Hodags throughout Rhinelander: statues and murals welcome visitors to Pioneer Park and keep watch over the city’s historic downtown. You’ll encounter more than two dozen sculptures, murals and more throughout town—check out our Hodag Finder to discover them all.
Take a Hodag selfie
Outside the Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce, you’ll find one of the most-photographed spots in town: an oversized Hodag statue that flashes its claws and teeth for visitors year-round.
Sample some Hodag brews
Thirsty after a long day of Hodag hunting? Stop by the Rhinelander Brewery Tap Room & Gift Shop for one of their refreshing, Hodag-themed beers.
Visit The Hodag Store
Is your driveway a Hodag crossing? Stop at The Hodag Store, where you can stock up on all the Hodag swag you can image: mugs, t-shirts and more.
Play at Hodag Park
End your tour of Hodag Country at this relaxing park—fittingly named after Rhinelander’s most famous resident–on the shores of Boom Lake.More hodag info