Best Ways to Enjoy a North Central Wisconsin Winter

North Central Wisconsin is the land of lakes, forests, trails and friendly communities! Enjoy a unique blend of history, culture and recreational opportunities including hiking, biking, ATVing and more this fall.

Plan your fall trip today and come see for yourself the 9 best views in North Central Wisconsin.


Florence County

During the winter, cross-country skiers can glide along a number of excellent trails, including Lake Emily, Bush Lake Flats, Lauterman Lake and Hall’s Creek ski trails. Snowshoers can explore a nearly endless wilderness. Keyes Peak Ski Hill offers downhill skiing, snow tubing, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing – and it’s a great place to go in the fall to enjoy the autumn color.

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Forest County

In the heart of the majestic Nicolet National Forest, this 147 mile figure-8 route takes you through quiet vistas, along pristine waterways, and scenic roads. For more information  or


Langlade County

Come to Langlade County to enjoy downhill skiing at inexpensive prices.  Kettlebowl Ski Hill provides great skiing and snowboarding with natural snow for the entire family.  Rope tows take you to one of five runs for beginning to intermediate skiers.  The Ski Hill is open every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 pm weather permitting and adequate snow coverage.   Kettlebowl Ski Hill can keep their prices low because of all the great volunteers that run the facility.  Antigo Ski is at the hill for ski and snowboard rentals days the ski hill is open.  A modern chalet with reasonably priced concessions is also on site. Along with the ski hill is a 4.5 mile cross country ski trail which departs and returns to the Ski Hill grounds facility. Kettlebowl Ski Hill is located in the central part of Langlade County on Highway 52, approximately 17 miles northeast of Antigo. For more information or to find out if the Ski Hill is open, go to

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Lincoln County

For fall fun in Lincoln County - check out this trail that follows the abandoned Milwaukee Road railroad bed and goes north from Tomahawk to the Lincoln County line near Lake Nokomis. For more information Lincoln County


Marinette County

Marinette County is ideally located in Northeast Wisconsin on the shores of Green Bay bordering the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. State and county parks provide restful, scenic surroundings to spend leisure time. Endless trails provide recreation for adventurers who desire to ATV, snowmobile, hike, bike and cross country ski. Over 230,000 acres of county forest land are available for hunting and exploring wildlife.

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Oconto County

Oconto County is home to over 480 miles of well-maintained and groomed snowmobile trails! Sled through the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest as you pass over streams and take in natural features throughout your adventure.  Local establishments are sled friendly and appreciate your business. Stop at Animal’s Bear Trail Bar and Grill, Waubee Lake Lodge or TNT’s Russted Nail Food & Spirits for a home-cooked meal and a place to warm up. Oconto County provides some of the best snowmobiling opportunities in the state! Hope to see you soon.  For your convenience a trailhead is located on Hwy 32 in Lakewood. For more information, click here!

Oneida County Winter

Oneida County is Wisconsin’s leader in winter fun. Whether you’re a snowshoer, cross-country skier, snowmobiler or angler, you’re going to love Oneida County this winter. Here’s all the vital stats you need to know before hopping in the car and heading north.

Plan your Oneida County vacation today!


Find local flavor with the Central Wisconsin Craft Collective in the Stevens Point Area, including Central Waters as shown. Photo credit to @cobalt_brewing

Portage County

Three ways for the best winter fun in the Stevens Point Area

Local Flavor: Tour and sample your way through the popular stops with the Central Wisconsin Craft Collective, a collection of craft breweries, wineries and a distillery.

Outdoor Fun: Get active with the Top Five Best Outdoor Activities in the Stevens Point Area, from downhill skiing to snowshoeing and everything in between.

Indoor Activities: Or, cozy up inside and find the Top Five Best Indoor Activities in the Stevens Point Area this season, from creative outlets, can't miss events and family fun. Bringing the whole family? Check out Kids Guide to Winter Fun.

Want more? Explore more about the Stevens Point Area here.

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Shawano County

No matter the weather, we have some great options for your visit!

Try Our Great 8 - Chef's Top Picks for Unique Flavors in Shawano Country
Sommelier/Chef Wayne Czypinski describes his top choices for unique flavors and signature dishes from 8 restaurants and one nationally acclaimed bacon crafter in Shawano and Menominee Counties.

Feelin' Outdoorsy?? - Hit the Trails!!
With over 400 miles of groomed and marked snowmobile trails that wind through majestic forests and scenic meadows, Shawano County is a snowmobiler's paradise.

Whether you're looking for a date night, retail therapy with the girls or fun with the kiddos, check out Shawano Country!


Vilas County

Located in the Lake Superior snowbelt, Vilas County receives on average about 6 feet of snow each winter! That means this is the perfect place for snowmobiling, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or just enjoying winter beauty.

Winter travel inspiration:

5 winter adventures in Vilas County
What to know about snowmobiling in the Northwoods


Waushara County

You can't beat Waushara County for winter fun!
Nordic Mountain offers winter fun the whole family will enjoy. 18 exciting trails, including 2 glade trails and 3 terrain park runs.
We also have a fantastic Snowmobile Trail system and cross country ski trails throughout the county.

For more information on Nordic Mountain

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Cross Country Ski Trails

Father and son sledding in Wisconsin Rapids.

Winter fun in the center of Wisconsin!
Come explore - Over 270 miles of snowmobile trails connecting to neighboring counties.  16 miles of trails to cross country ski, fat tire bike, or snow shoe.  Speed down the hill on skis, a snowboard, or a tube at Powers Bluff.  Catch the big one while ice fishing, or just enjoy the solitude of a walk in the woods.


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