Where to cool down in Rhinelander

Summer is still in full swing in the heart of Hodag Country. Here are a few suggestions on how to beat the heat, from lakes and beaches to places to find the best ice cream or other cool treats.

Lakes & beaches

It’s not hard to get out on the water in and around Rhinelander, as the area is home to a huge concentration of public-access lakes popular among boaters, anglers, paddlers, and swimmers. Here’s a look at some of the region’s top lakes:

  • Boom Lake: A flowage of the Wisconsin River, this 365-acre lake sits just north of downtown Rhinelander.
  • Lake George: This 440-acre lake southeast of Rhinelander is home to several resorts, cottages, and lakeside restaurants with outstanding views.
  • Lake Tompson: This 400-acre lake is a popular spot for fishing and boating and is accessible via a boat launch on the north side of the river.

Learn more about the Rhinelander Area’s most popular lakes here.

Lots of lakes also means lots of beaches, and visitors looking to take a dip will find plenty of sandy spots.

  • Hodag Park: Located on the southern shore of Boom Lake, Hodag Park boasts lots of family friendly amenities, including a walking trail, picnic areas, and Hodag Beach, which sits on the northeastern edge of the park.
  • Buck Lake: Head to Almon County Park about 5 miles south of Rhinelander to find this popular swimming area that features a nice sandy beach, as well as restrooms, changing rooms and picnic areas.
  • Sand Lake: If you’re up for a drive, head about half an hour from downtown Rhinelander to find this clear, sandy-bottomed lake that’s home to a designated swimming area and a scenic sandy beach.

Discover more Rhinelander beaches here.

Ice cream & other treats

Summer weather calls for ice cream and other frozen treats. Luckily for you and your sweet tooth, A’la Mode Ice Cream & Coffee Shop offers up tons of treats like real fruit smoothies and specialty espresso drinks, not to mention Wisconsin’s own Chocolate Shoppe ice cream. Northern Grounds Coffeehouse also serves up smoothies and handcrafted coffee specialties, as well as Lotus Energy Drinks.

Outdoor dining & drinks

Sometimes the best way to beat the heat is to sit outside with a cold drink in your hand. If that’s your plan, Rhinelander has got you covered with lots of great restaurants and taverns—if you’re downtown, head to CT’s Deli for a seat outside with a refreshing salad or tasty sandwich. Dawn’s Lakeside Bar & Resort offers lovely views of Lake George, Backwaters Bar & Grill has seating that overlooks the Wisconsin River, and Pat’s Tavern has largest outdoor beer garden in town.

See more Rhinelander Area restaurants here.


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