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Things to see and do in the Minocqua Area


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Want to see why Minocqua is known as "Nature’s Original Water Park"? Plan a visit in the summer and explore the lakes.

Brilliant sunset on little Arbor Vitae
Credit: Michael Ryan

The summer is the perfect time to find out why they call the Minocqua Area—consisting of Arbor Vitae, Minocqua and Woodruff—Nature’s Original Water Park.

What would a water park be without water? What you’ll find here: 2,400 lakes covering more than 150,000 acres, more than 100 boat launches, 18 family campgrounds and nine swimming beaches.

The Minocqua Area has been catering to visitors for decades, and those travelers will find no shortage of unique shops and restaurants. Ice cream stands, supper clubs, cafes, craft stores, outdoors outfitters—you’ll find a bit of everything in the Minocqua Area.

And let’s not forget the fact that the Minocqua is smack-dab in the middle of the Northwoods of Wisconsin, and that means nature. Whether you’re a hiker, a bicyclist, an angler or a kayaker, there’s plenty of ways to explore the area’s natural beauty.