Best Ways to Enjoy a North Central Wisconsin Winter

Discover North Central Wisconsin this winter.

Your Recreation Jewel of the Midwest!


Over 8 million acres of recreation and fun await your arrival in North Central Wisconsin this winter. Our area offers thousands of miles of scenic winter trail systems for snowmobilers, skiers and fat tire bikers. Plenty of areas lakes give you an opportunity enjoy ice fishing at its best and possibly catch that “big one”. Explore thousands of square miles of public lands in the Chequamegon Nicolet National, state and county forests that make you feel like you are in another world!

Come see for yourself the 7 best ways to enjoy a North Central Wisconsin winter!


Forest County

For a great ice fishing experience, Lake Metonga is a Wisconsin gem with a variety of species including jumbo perch, bluegill, walleye, pike, and more. For more information

Langlade County Kettlebowl Skiing 1200 x 900

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 expert skiers.  The Ski Hill is open every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 pm weather permitting and adequate snow coverage.  To find out if the Ski Hill is open, go to Langlade County’s trail report at Ticket prices are very inexpensive.  Kettlebowl Ski Hill can keep their prices low because of all the great volunteers that run the facility.  Antigo Ski Rental has ski and snowboard rentals at the Ski Hill for reasonable prices when the Ski Hill is open each weekend.  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 go to

Pine River Dog Sled Race Merrill

Lincoln County

More than 6000 acres of parks and trails, Sled Dog races, Merrill Ice Drag Races, Gleason Oval Track races, ice fishing, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, sleigh rides, entertainment and Sawmill Brewing Company. For more information Lincoln County


Oconto County

Oconto County is home to over 400 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 Pour Haus 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 go to

Portage County

Discover the tastes of craft brewing with the distinct local breweries, wineries and distillery that make up the Central Wisconsin Craft Collective. Explore local flavors at Kozy Yak Brewery  & Winery in Rosholt, visit Sunset Point Winery in downtown Stevens Point or grab a seat at Great Northern Distilling’s mixology bar. Get a close-up look behind the scenes – scheduled tours are available six days a week at the Stevens Point Brewery, on Saturday’s at O’so Brewing Company and on Friday and Saturday evenings at Central Waters Brewing Company. For more information on the things to do in the Stevens Point Area  visit


Shawano County

Shawano Lake offers over 6,000 acres of FUN for all seasons! Winter brings a spectacular mix of snowmobiling, ice fishing tournaments and Sunday afternoon Fire on Ice car races on Cecil Bay. For more information


Vilas County

Explore over 600 miles of premiere snowmobile trails winding through lush forest. All winter trails are on the Vilas County trails app. For more information