There's so much to do in the Minocqua area during these fabulous summer months!  

One of the favorites is bird watching and hiking the beautiful nature trails of the northwoods.  If you're really adventurous consider renting a canoe or kayak and viewing the array of endangered birds in their natural habitats.  Whichever you choose... you won't be disappointed!  This is a great way for the family to bond and learn more about the wonderful nature surrounding the Minocqua area.

Destinations known for prized bird watching include:

North Lakeland Discovery Center- This is a featured site on the Great Wisconsin Birding and Nature Trail boasting diverse populations of migratory and nesting birds along with raptors and waterfowl.  Designed as a 25 kilometer, self-guided tour, trail system.

Rainbow Flowage- A 5000 acre habitat home to numerous species of birds;  Merlins, black-backed woodpeckers, gray jays, grouse, boreal chickadees, yellow bellied flycatchers, Canadian & palm warblers and Northern waterthrush. You may also be privy to bald eagles or osprey; which nest around the flowage.

Powell Marsh State Wildlife Area- 4,300 acres of trails with a 1,800-acre refuge located in the middle of the property. Birds here include great blue herons, marsh hawks, eagles, cranes, Northern harriers, sparrows, short-eared owls and black terns. 


If hiking or biking through nature's paths is more your thing, check out the bevy of incredible local & state parks.  Some of our favorite include: 

Bearskin State Trail- This park features an 18 mile railbed trail with numerous trestles and boardwalks.  

Flambeau River State Forest- A 90,000 acre property along the Flambeau River.  Gorgeous trails and 75 miles of white water canoeing. 

Hiawatha State Trail- Many different species of wildlife can be seen from this crushed stone, 6 mile trail, on the south side of Lake Nakomis.

Check out all the hiking trail possibilities here in the northwoods at this link: Minocqua Trails Guide