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5 Non-Motorized, Lake Minocqua Watersports to Try this Summer

Lake Minocqua is a beautiful destination that offers a wide range of exciting watersports for people of all ages and skill levels. With its mostly-clear waters, lush green surroundings, and warm summer sun, it's no surprise that visitors flock to the area to enjoy its numerous recreational activities.


guest of northern resort kayaking on Lake Minocqua

While many of the guests at Nitschke’s Northern Resort LOVE taking their boats out on the Minocqua chain-of-lakes (especially because a boat slip is included with every cabin rental), we thought it’d be fun to share 5 non-motorized ways to enjoy the waters this summer.


So, book your cabin, grab a swimsuit, pack a towel, and get ready to dive into aquatic adventures that await you at Nitschke’s Northern Resort!



Stand-up Paddleboarding (SUP) - A Relaxing Way to Explore

Stand-up paddleboarding, or SUP, has become increasingly popular in recent years. This exciting watersport allows you to stand on a large, stable board and use a long paddle to propel yourself through the water. SUP is not only a great way to explore the beautiful lake and its surroundings but also an excellent workout for your core and upper body.


The calm waters of Lake Minocqua make it an ideal location for beginners to learn the basics of SUP. Once you have mastered your balance and paddle technique, you can venture out further into the lake to explore its many coves and inlets. If you're feeling adventurous, you can even try SUP yoga, which combines the serenity of yoga with the gentle movements of paddleboarding.


couple doing sup yoga


Kayaking - An Adventure for All Skill Levels

Kayaking is another popular watersport on Lake Minocqua that doesn't require a motor. This activity involves sitting in a small, lightweight boat called a kayak and using a double-bladed paddle to propel yourself through the water. Kayaking offers an excellent opportunity to explore the lake and its surrounding areas at your own pace, providing a unique perspective of the landscape.


Lake Minocqua has numerous kayaking routes to choose from, making it suitable for both beginners and experienced paddlers. Beginners can start by navigating through the calm, protected bays and inlets, while experienced kayakers can venture out into the open waters or travel through the chain-of-lakes, for a more challenging adventure.


Regardless of your skill level, kayaking is a fantastic way to enjoy the beauty of Lake Minocqua and take in the breathtaking views of the surrounding forests and wildlife.


kids kayaking on Lake Minocqua


Canoeing - Timeless Enjoyment for All Ages

Canoeing is a timeless water sport that has been enjoyed by generations and cultures of people around the world. Similar to kayaking, canoeing involves paddling a small, lightweight boat through the water. However, canoes are typically larger than kayaks and can accommodate more passengers, making them an excellent choice for families or groups of friends.


Lake Minocqua offers a variety of canoeing routes that cater to all skill levels. Beginners can start by exploring the calm, shallow waters near the shoreline, while more experienced paddlers can venture out into the open waters where the occasional boater making waves could make it an exciting adventure.


Canoeing is not only a fun and relaxing way to experience the beauty of Lake Minocqua but also offers an opportunity to bond with your loved ones as you paddle together in harmony. If you don’t, you’ll be going in circles!


kids canoeing on Lake Minocqua


Paddle Boating - Using Your Feet to Propel You Forward

Paddle boating is a unique water sport that offers a fun (and typically more dry) way to explore Lake Minocqua without the need for a motor. Paddle boats are small, lightweight vessels that are powered by pedaling with your feet, similar to riding a bicycle. This low-impact activity is suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels, making it an excellent choice for families or groups of friends.


Paddle boating is a fantastic way to spend a leisurely afternoon on the lake, as it allows you to take in the stunning scenery while gently gliding through the water. You can choose to paddle along the shoreline, explore the many coves and inlets, or simply relax on the calm waters while enjoying a picnic or sunbathing on your boat depending on its size.




Snorkeling - Discovering Underwater Wonders

Snorkeling is an exciting water sport that allows you to explore the underwater world of Lake Minocqua without the need for any complicated equipment or training. All you need is a mask, snorkel, and fins, and you're ready to dive into the mostly-clear waters to discover a fascinating world teeming with life.


The lake is home to a diverse array of fish species, as well as other aquatic creatures such as turtles and crayfish. Snorkeling offers an excellent opportunity to get up close and personal with these amazing creatures, as well as explore the unique underwater landscape of the lake. Whether you're an experienced snorkeler or a complete beginner, the calm waters of Lake Minocqua provide the perfect environment for a memorable underwater adventure.


kids snorkeling on Lake Minocqua


Tips for Staying Safe While Enjoying Watersports

While watersports are a fun and exciting way to enjoy the beauty of Lake Minocqua, it's essential to prioritize safety while participating in these activities. Here are some tips to help you stay safe while enjoying your favorite watersports:

  1. Always wear a life jacket or personal flotation device (PFD) while participating in watersports, regardless of your swimming ability.

  2. Be aware of the weather conditions and avoid venturing out on the water if storms or high winds are forecasted.

  3. Familiarize yourself with the lake's rules and regulations, and always follow them.

  4. Paddle or swim with a buddy, especially if you're new to the sport or exploring unfamiliar areas.

  5. Carry a whistle or other signaling device to alert others if you need assistance.

  6. Stay hydrated and protect yourself from the sun by wearing a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen.


Dive into Summer Fun at Nitschke's Northern Resort on Lake Minocqua

Lake Minocqua offers a wide range of thrilling watersports that don't require a motor, making it the perfect destination for a fun and exciting summer vacation.


From stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking to canoeing, paddle boating, and snorkeling, there's something for everyone at this beautiful lake.


By following the safety tips outlined in this article, you can ensure that your watersports adventures are not only enjoyable but also safe for you and your loved ones.


Ready to try these amazing watersports? Book a cabin with Nitschke's Northern Resort and get ready for fun in the sun!


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