Winter in North Central Wisconsin

One of the best ways to experience North Central Wisconsin is in the Winter months!

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, snowmobiling, skiing & snowshoeing, and more this winter.

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

Places to go in Wisconsin in the Winter

A group of snowmobilers coming downhill in a clearing

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.

Forest - Fall

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

Kettlebowl Ski Hill

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

Lincoln Fall

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

Two snowmobilers in red and black

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

As the temperatures cool down, the fun heats up in Oconto County with a wide variety of winter outdoor activities for the entire family.

Paul Bunyan Ski Hill, the “Biggest Little Hill” in the Midwest offers excellent downhill skiing including a newly added terrain park for skiers seeking a thrilling new challenge. You can also go tubbing allowing the whole family to enjoy the outdoor activities, no matter the age. Equipment rentals are available, along with a full-service restaurant.

Find time to hit the slopes at the Paul Bunyan Ski and Tubing Hill in Lakewood.

For more information, click here!

Looking up at two snowmobilers on a snowy path in the woods

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.


Shawano County

In Shawano, Wisconsin, winter transforms the landscape into a snowy wonderland, offering a variety of outdoor activities and cozy pastimes. Embracing the winter chill, residents and visitors alike can enjoy thrilling snowmobiling adventures on countless miles of groomed trails that wind through the picturesque countryside.

For those seeking a slower pace, ice fishing on the frozen lakes is a popular pastime, providing an opportunity to reel in a variety of fish species beneath the icy surface. Bring out the family to watch the classic ice races on the weekends on the frozen lakes on Cecil Bay on Shawano Lake and Tilleda Thunder on Ice. Shawano also has scenic cross-country skiing trails at Maple Hills Recreation Area or the Sugar Shack Trails, allowing enthusiasts to explore the serene winter beauty of the region. Families can partake in classic winter fun by building snowmen, engaging in friendly snowball fights, and even trying their hand at sledding down the gentle slopes.

To warm up, grab a bite to eat at one of our restaurants where one can savor hearty comfort food or delicious baked goods, creating a perfect balance between outdoor adventure and indoor coziness during the winter months in Shawano County.

Check out the exciting winter activities and the snow report in Shawano Country!


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.


Cross Country Skiing