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Top 10 Summer Activities on Lake Minocqua: A Week of Adventure Awaits

Nitschke's Northern Resort on Lake Minocqua, nestled in the heart of Wisconsin's Northwoods, is a summer paradise waiting to be explored.


With its crystal-clear waters, lush surroundings, and an array of activities, it’s the perfect destination for a fun-filled vacation.


cabin resort from beach on Lake Minocqua

Whether you're an adventure seeker or someone looking to relax, Nitschke's Northern Resort on Lake Minocqua has something for everyone.


Here are the top 10 activities to make your stay at our resort unforgettable.


1. Kayaking and Canoeing


One of the best ways to experience Lake Minocqua is by getting up close and personal with its waters. Kayaking and canoeing offer a peaceful and immersive way to explore the lake's scenic beauty. Paddle along the shoreline, venture into secluded coves, or simply drift and enjoy the tranquility.


Tip: Rent kayaks or canoes from local outfitters like Minocqua Sports Rental, located conveniently near the resort. Early mornings are the best time to paddle, as the lake is calm, and you might spot some wildlife.


2. Paddleboarding


For those looking to try something new, stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) is a fantastic option. It combines balance and strength, providing a great workout while allowing you to enjoy the water.


Tip: Beginners can start kneeling on the board before standing up. Paddle along the quieter parts of the lake for a more relaxed experience.


3. Jet Skiing


woman on Jetski on Lake Minocqua at Nitschke's Northern Resort

If you crave a bit of adrenaline, jet skiing on Lake Minocqua is a must. Feel the rush as you speed across the water, taking in the breathtaking views around you.


Tip: Jet skis can be rented from Minocqua Jet Ski Rental. Make sure to follow all safety guidelines and stay within designated areas to ensure a safe and enjoyable ride.


4. Fishing


Lake Minocqua is a fisherman's dream, teeming with a variety of fish, including musky, walleye, and bass. Whether you’re an experienced angler or a novice, fishing on the lake is a rewarding experience.


Tip: The best fishing spots are often near underwater structures or in deeper waters. Local bait shops can provide advice on the best lures and times to fish. Our resort's lagoon provides the perfect spot for the little ones to fish, providing hours of enjoyment!


5. Swimming


group of girls on resort beach

Nothing says summer like a refreshing swim. With our resort's private sandy beach, you can enjoy a swim in the clear, cool waters of Lake Minocqua. It's perfect for families and children who want to splash around and have fun while in a roped off, safe swimming area.


Tip: Bring along floaties and beach toys for added fun. The beach is also a great spot to relax with a book or have a picnic.


6. Sunset Cruises


Experience the magic of a Northwoods sunset from the water. Sunset cruises offer a serene and picturesque way to end your day, with the sky ablaze in colors and the gentle lapping of the water creating a perfect ambiance.


Tip: Book a sunset cruise with companies like Minocqua Pontoon Cruises or rent a pontoon locally. Ask the office for recommendations. Bring a camera to capture the stunning views and a light jacket as it can get cooler in the evening.


7. Waterskiing and Wakeboarding


For those who love water sports, waterskiing and wakeboarding on Lake Minocqua provide the perfect thrill. The lake's calm waters are ideal for both beginners and experienced riders.


Tip: If you're new to these sports, consider taking a lesson from a local instructor. Early mornings or late afternoons are the best times to avoid boat traffic. Want to skip the sport entirely but still love seeing it? Check out the Min-Aqua-Bats perform weekly from the edge of the resort.


8. Hiking and Biking


walk on bearskin trail near resort

Beyond the lake, the Minocqua area boasts numerous trails for hiking and biking. Explore the beautiful Northwoods terrain, enjoy the fresh air, and take in the natural beauty of the region.


Tip: The Bearskin State Trail is a popular choice, offering miles of scenic trails and the best part if that it runs through the resort! Remember to pack water, snacks, and wear comfortable shoes.


9. Wildlife Watching


Lake Minocqua and its surroundings are home to a diverse array of wildlife. From bald eagles and loons to deer and otters, there's always something to see.


Tip: Early mornings and evenings are the best times for wildlife watching. Bring binoculars and a wildlife guidebook to enhance your experience.


10. Lunch Alfresco


Take advantage of the beautiful scenery with a lakeside meal. Our resort offers plenty of spots where you can set up a picnic and enjoy a meal with a view.


Tip: Pack a cooler with your favorite snacks and drinks. Don’t forget a blanket, sunscreen, and perhaps a frisbee or ball for some post-lunch fun.


Making the Most of Your Week


guy on kayak on Lake Minocqua

To make your stay even more enjoyable, here are a few additional tips:


  • Plan Ahead: Some activities, like sunset cruises and equipment rentals, may require reservations. Booking in advance ensures you won't miss out. Ask the office for recommendations for local boat rentals.

  • Stay Safe: Always wear life jackets for water activities and follow all safety guidelines provided by rental companies and tour operators.

  • Take Breaks: With so much to do, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement. Remember to take breaks, stay hydrated, and relax to fully enjoy your vacation.


Enjoy Your Stay


Nitschke's Northern Resort on Lake Minocqua offers a diverse range of activities that cater to all interests and ages. Whether you're looking for adventure or relaxation, you'll find it here.


By exploring these top 10 activities, you'll create lasting memories and have an incredible summer experience at our resort.


So pack your bags, bring your sense of adventure, and get ready for a week of fun on Lake Minocqua!


beach side at Nitschke's Northern Resort

If you've never been to Nitschke's Northern Resort and are ready to get in on the fun, take a look at our cabin availability and book your trip up north! We typically sell out for summer fun years in advance, but almost always have a few cabins available in early June and late August.


Start a new family tradition, get away from the hustle and bustle of regular life, and find your new favorite happy place at Nitschke's Northern Resort!

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