Bundle up and get outside this winter! Whether you are angling atop the ice, peddling lakeside on a bike or trekking through a snow-covered forest – incredible outdoor adventure is awaiting in Wisconsin this season. We want to remind listeners to follow public health guidance and take necessary precautions for safe recreation this season.
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The oversized tires on a fat bike allow riders to cruise atop the snow and other soft terrain. It is a fun way to explore areas you otherwise might not see in the winter and is a great winter workout! Ride the Ozaukee Interurban Trail in Port Washington along the coast of Lake Michigan. Rent bikes at ZuZu’s Pedals and then hop on the Interurban Trail, a 30-mile recreation trail that runs through the vibrant area communities.
In Northern Wisconsin, make sure to check out the CAMBA Trails in Bayfield & Sawyer Counties. The Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association grooms and maintains over 50 miles of winter bike trails that wind under towering Northwoods pines. Trails offer riders a variety of difficulty levels.
Snowshoeing is a great way to get outdoors and explore throughout the winter. The Navarino Wildlife Area in Schiocton has forests, bogs, flowages and more. There are snowshoe trails left natural for the winter allowing for great winter birding and wildlife viewing as you trek through the area.
Head to Stevens Point and take a trek through the Stevens Point Sculpture Park. Visitors can enjoy art while connecting with nature atop the snowy trails at the 20-acre sculpture park. The trail features sculptures from local, regional and national artists. There are plenty of wild places to explore in the area, with the Park trails connecting to the 26-mile Green Circle Trail and close to the UW-Stevens Point Schmeekle Reserve.
Anglers rejoice! Fishing is a four-season sport in Wisconsin and for those willing to bundle up and try ice fishing, there’s plenty of fish biting all winter long under the ice. This winter, ice fish atop the waters of the Yahara Chain of Lakes in Dane County, including Lake Waubesa and Lake Kegonsa. Located near McFarland and Stoughton, these two lakes are some of the most productive lakes for ice fishing in the state. Anglers can access these frozen waters at great area parks like Lake Farm County Park, Babcock County Park or Lake Kegonsa State Park.
We love helping listeners dream up their next Wisconsin adventure, but please call ahead to businesses to check if their hours or offerings have changed and learn what necessary health precautions are in place. For more great travel ideas and resources, visit TravelWisconsin.com or call 1-800-432-TRIP.