Where to find late-fall fun in the Rhinelander Area
There’s still plenty of time to take advantage of fall weather in the Rhinelander Area. We’re home to outstanding hiking and walking trails, fantastic fishing lakes, and much more—plan your fall getaway today and enjoy the fresh air of the Northwoods.
On the trails
Lace up your walking shoes or hiking boots and take a walk in the crisp fall air in the Rhinelander Area this season. Hodag Country is home to some great walking and hiking trails that are a great way to get out and see nature in the Northwoods. The Enterprise County Trail, located 8 miles south of U.S. Highway 8 on County Road G, offers 4- and 7-mile unpaved loops through the wilderness. The Washburn Lake Trail west of Rhinelander runs through a hilly, heavily forested section of the Northwoods. Hodag Park is a popular walking spot and offers outstanding views of Boom Lake just north of downtown Rhinelander.
ATVers and UTVers will find great trails to ride around Rhinelander, too. The Enterprise Trail, located just south of Rhinelander along Highway 17, stretches through Oneida County’s forests and consists of 19 miles of woods trails, 4 miles of connecting road routes, and 27 miles of county forest roads. The trail is also home to a dedicated ATV/UTV campground and connects to trail systems in Lincoln County and Langlade County.
On the lakes
Fall is a great time to fish the Northwoods—lakes are less busy, fall colors provide a stunning backdrop for your day on the lake, and fish are hungry and bulking up for winter. Rhinelander is home to several popular, easy-to-access fishing lakes, including Boom Lake, Lake George, Lake Julia, and the Willow Flowage. Anglers can go after walleye, bass, northern pike, bluegill, and musky. And if you don’t want to fish that’s fine, too—Rhinelander’s lakes offer lots of great boating opportunities as well.
Rhinelander’s lakes and rivers also offer exceptional paddling opportunities for canoers and kayakers. Paddle down the Pelican River, explore the vast Willow Flowage, or launch your canoe from the shore at Hodag Park and spend the day on Boom Lake and the Wisconsin River.