Living Life on the Chain

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You might’ve heard that the Eagle River area is home to the Largest Chain of 28 Connected Freshwater Lakes®. You heard right. And we don’t mean to brag, but locals…

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Up North, On the Move

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The Northwoods is known for its lakes and the activities you can do on—or in—them. And it turns out that tourists looking for active, non-water activities have a lot of…

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March In(doors) to Eagle River

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Spring weather can be a bit unpredictable in our neck of the woods. While outdoor winter activities are melting away with any remaining snow and summer fun is still a…

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What’s the Catch?

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Ice can be a great addition to any drink. Turns out it can be a great addition to our lakes too. When conditions are right and lakes freeze over in…

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Down to Discover: Area Forests


Down to Discover: Area Forests If you didn’t already know, part of the Chequamegon-National Forest is located in Eagle River. Spanning over a million and a half acres, the forest…

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Men(t) to be in Eagle River

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Men(t) to be in Eagle River There’s something about being Up North that brings out the beard, flannel, and angler side of everyone. Especially men. And it kind of makes…

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All Day on the Chain


All Eagle River trails offer the peace and tranquility that comes with being Up North. Read about some of our recommended hiking and biking trails here.

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Making Memories Up North

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Making Memories Up North If memories really do make us rich, then we’re grateful to host many truly wealthy visitors. Perhaps it’s because you don’t need a lot of money…

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Revving up on the routes

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We’ve got the ATV routes to really get your motor going. More than 70 miles of ‘em. They’re nestled along highways, pass in and out of natural landscapes, circle around…

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A Downtown Revival

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Morning to night, downtown Eagle River is packed with fun, flavor, and favorite souvenirs. Get a look at the latest additions to the area.

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Only in Eagle River – The Dome

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There are stadiums, arenas, rinks, and domes throughout the world. But there is only one sports facility simply called The Dome. It might be the reason Eagle River is Hockey…

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Embark on a Downtown Adventure


With all the fun outdoor activities to enjoy in the Eagle River area, the downtown can sometimes get lost in the shuffle. But the secret might be out. Did you…

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An Old Fashioned Ode

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Crisp fall air leads to leaves changing colors, light jackets, and Old Fashioneds. Maybe it’s just a Wisconsin thing? It’s definitely an Up North thing. There’s just something about the…

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Fall Fun for All

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That Up North autumn feeling just seems to bring alive all the senses. The crisp air tantalizes the skin. Colorful leaves dazzle the eyes. The smells and tastes of fall…

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An Unbreakable Line


Families love fishing in Eagle River. See how to make the most of it with these tips and pass the tradition on for generations.

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Staying Connected


We’re known for the biggest chain of freshwater lakes. Get to know your way around and discover all there is to do while you’re on the water.

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Pedal Power

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Riding a bicycle in spring is the perfect way to shake off the rust of living a sedentary winter lifestyle. Riding a bicycle in Eagle River is the perfect way…

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Up North Beerfest

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Don’t miss this sell-out event that’s guaranteed to fill your weekend with fun. Get your tickets to sample some of the state’s best brews alongside music, food and more.

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Unexpected Culinary Delights


The Wisconsin Northwoods is well known for its supper clubs and a classic Friday fish fry. And for good reason! But did you know that the Eagle River area is…

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Happy Winter Trails for Silent Sports

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For cross-country skiers and snowshoers, there’s nothing quite like connecting with nature on a serene Northwoods trail. Observing undisturbed wildlife in the winter is truly a memorable event for anyone.…

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Snow-where to Go But Up!

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Winter is here and the freeze is creeping into everyone’s homes. But it’s not all bad. Once there’s enough snow, one of the Eagle River area’s best holiday present arrives…

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The Winter Bucket List


Contrary to popular belief, winter does not last forever in northern Wisconsin. So even though winter is just starting and the snow hasn’t decorated our natural landscape, now is the…

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Fall Into Colors


The Eagle River area has its fair share of pine and needle-bearing trees, but our deciduous trees are already popping bright and deep colors this fall. While you can take…

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Drives, chips, and hole-in-ones

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The noise a golf ball makes when hitting the bottom of a cup is a great sound. Whether you’re on a 4-star, 18-hole course or a miniature golf course, finishing…

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Cycling and Suds

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Some things just go together in Eagle River. Lakes and water activities. Snow and snowmobiling. Woods and relaxation. One of our favorites? A bike ride and a beer. Biking those…

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Fuel Up with Tasty Dishes


Between all of our ice- and snow-inspired winter activities and a full docket of outdoor spring adventures on our trails and lakes, now is as good as any time to…

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Eagle River: North of the Blue Line


The Eagle River area is steeped in ice hockey history. It’s home to the Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame, host of the Adult Pond Hockey National Championships (postponed until February…

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Dashing Through the Snow


You won’t be in a one-horse open sleigh, but Eagle River has the key ingredients for fun winter excursions: snow and trails. Whether you prefer the motor of a snowmobile…

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A Fall Beverage Crawl in Eagle River

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Just like colorful leaves falling from trees around one of the Eagle River area’s bountiful lakes provides a perfect fall backdrop, the right drink can enrich a crisp fall day.…

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Friday Fish Fry Guide

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We’re home to some of the best fish fry in the Northwoods. Use this guide to find the best spot, pull up a chair and grab a bite.

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If The Snowshoe Fits, Wear It


With this many scenic trails and snowshoe events, maybe they should start calling us The Snowshoe Capital of the World too! Join us for a few, or all, of our…

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Best Coffee Shops and Cozy Spots


The temperatures are dropping and while it might not be time to get out your ice fishing and snowmobiling gear just quite yet, there’s still plenty of ways to enjoy…

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Fall Hunting In Eagle River

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The anglers aren’t the only ones landing the trophies around here. Sure, we’re home to The World’s Largest Chain of 28 Connected Lakes, but we’re also home to a huge…

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Packing for a 4th of July Weekend

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Fun and fireworks are essentials for a great Fourth of July, but there are a few more things you’ll need to make the most of your trip. See what to pack for a Fourth of July trip to Eagle River.

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An A-Lure-ing Fishing Weekend

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There are a lot of lakes in Eagle River, so many that you’ll need more than a weekend to discover all of the fun and fishing we have to offer. See how to fill your fishing weekend in Eagle River.

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Snowmobile Derby Weekend

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Block Off Your Calendar Vintage Weekend: January 12 – 15, 2023. If you’re looking to pack your winter with all of the exciting snowmobile events you can, don’t forget to…

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Where to Cross-Country Ski in Eagle River

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Subtle slopes or heart-racing hills, find the groomed cross-country skiing trail you’re looking for. Local Trees For Tomorrow Environmental Educator, Kim Feller tells us her favorites, but we’ve got plenty…

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Northwoods Artisans

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We’re not all anglers and outdoorsy, we’ve got some serious artisans in our neck of the woods. From craft beer and handmade bread to home goods and fine art, take…

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What to do in Winter

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Well, with all of the area trails and routes, we’ve got plenty of action-packed fun, we are the Snowmobile Capital of the World® after all. But, if you’re looking for…

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Cranberries in Eagle River

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Get to know the process of harvesting cranberries and why Eagle River is the perfect place for our favorite tart fruit. If you think we grow so many cranberries because…

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Pet-Friendly Vacations

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Dogs love the outdoors as much as we do, so it’s no surprise to see a pooch or two walking around downtown or jogging on the trails with their owners.…

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Fall Color Driving Tour

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Take a drive through this little slice of heaven we like to call home and discover how our lush Northwoods turns from a vibrant sea of green to a breathtaking…

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Tales of the Trails


What Kind of Tour Should You Take? With 28 connected lakes, acres and acres of forests, miles of biking and hiking trails and a historic downtown with centuries of history,…

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SepTimber Ride Weekend

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SepTimber Ride 2020 is “just a bit different” this year. Grab your friends and bring the entire gang for a weekend filled with fun, local flavor and beautiful autumn scenery.…

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Your Guide to Our Boating Guides

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There’s a lot to explore on the World’s Largest Chain of 28 Connected Lakes. Hire an Eagle River tour guide and learn more about the history, fishing, and scenery on our famous lakes.

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Family Friendly Trip

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There’s no place better to bring the family than to the Northwoods. Enjoy quality time together in Eagle River and plan the perfect trip with these travel tips.

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See Spring’s First Flowers

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By Mary Ann Lambrecht, a Vilas County Master Gardener Volunteer We’re a pretty colorful bunch up here, and you could say the same when it comes to our blossoms. See…

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Bird’s Eye View

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Looking for something relaxing and outdoors? Look no further than bird watching in Eagle River and discover why birders flock to see our area’s eagles and migratory birds.

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Lakes to Drop Your Line


When you go ice fishing on the World’s Largest Chain of 28 Lakes, you can be sure that there’s plenty of room to set up your spot. But while you’re…

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Hockey Capital of Wisconsin™

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We sure know a thing or two about hockey. Maybe it’s because we’re pretty close to Canada, or that the Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame is located here, or it…

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Snowmobile Getaway

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With over 500 miles of trails, there’s a lot of ground to cover. Lucky for us the President of Sno-Eagles Snowmobile Club shared his favorite ways to get around the…

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Romantic Fall Getaway

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Fall and Eagle River go together like you and well… you’re loved one. You will find plenty of natural beauty, lots of good food and fun activities … and that’s…

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Fall Done Right

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The colors of fall look pretty good anywhere you go, but around here we like to think it’s about as good as it gets. The leaves change in a flash,…

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Test The Waters

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Get out on the World’s Largest Chain of 28 Connected Lakes. Find boat tours, bring your own, rent a kayak, or just jump right in from a dock – the water’s great.

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Instagram-Worthy Experiences


Forget about unplugging, there are too many picture-perfect photo ops in Eagle River. From scenic stops to unique experiences, get out your phones and start snapping.

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What to do on a rainy day

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Sure, we’re a pretty outdoorsy bunch, so we can tough out a rainy day or two with the best of them, but even when Mother Nature is keeping us inside,…

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Break Your Cabin Fever

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We kinda like staying in a cabin, but when spring comes around and cabin fever strikes, we want to get back outside. See what you can do to enjoy spring’s…

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Ice Brick by Ice Brick

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Many of us have memories of building snow forts or igloos as children. Some of us build them with our children today. In Eagle River, we’ve been building an ice…

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Fall into Fun

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Are all fall colors created equal? In Wisconsin’s Northwoods, they arrive earlier and – some say – they show brighter. Perhaps it’s because brilliant reds and oranges seem to pop…

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