An RV Adventure through Wisconsin’s North Woods

Picture of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

The Wisconsin North Woods invites summer vacationers to come and enjoy the thousands of beautiful lakes, the magnificent trees and a multitude of outdoor recreation opportunities. Traveling in an RV is the perfect way to have an affordable getaway as well as experience the convenience of having everything you need right there. Your trip begins in Superior, WI and leads in a long loop right back to this fascinating spot on Lake Superior. Before you embark on your journey, check out Superior’s calendar of events for old-fashioned fun in the city. South on Route 35 you can also take time to see the waterfalls in Pattison State Park.

From Route 35, Route 70 leads you east on an amazing tour of northern Wisconsin. When you reach Route 51 you go south and take a short detour to Rhinelander. This is where logger history can be found in the Logging Museum in Pioneer Park. Fishing is great here, and you will catch some northern pike, trout or muskie from any of the thousands of lakes surrounding this town. There are more than 1,000 in this county alone. Only two miles from town is the West Bay Camping Resort sitting right on Lake Thompson, with forested sites. Perfect to stay awhile in your RV motorhome! Take off for some hikes in the woods, go biking or get a boat and paddle in the sunshine. The choice is yours!

Cut over to Route 51 and head north to get some fishing in around Minocqua. More freshwater lakes offer terrific fishing for northern pike, muskie and walleye. All these depressions where lakes now exist were shaped by glaciers so long ago that it is hard to imagine. Now you will go north on Route 47 to the Lac du Flambeau Indian Reservation. This is a spot to explore the culture of the ancient Ojibwe, their lives and livelihood. Visit the George W. Brown, Jr. Museum where you can see rare artifacts and current multi-media displays.

Cut over to Route 51 again on one of the lovely back roads, reaching Northern Highland–American Legion State Forest and one of the most scenic parts of your trip. As you drive you will pass gorgeous lakes and thick forests and certainly catch some glimpses of a wide variety of wildlife. Nature trails here are abundant, like the North Trout Nature Trail, one mile along Trout Lake and around a forest bog. The Fallison Nature Trail is a little longer and can be a bit strenuous at times, but if you are up for it, you should go. You will move through pines, maples and birches as well as aspen trees. There is a long list of trails in this forest where you can hike to your heart’s content.

The loop back to Superior will be a wonderful trip, up Route 51 to Hurley with many waterfalls to stop and enjoy. Then drive Route 2 to Ashland to smell those cool breezes coming from Lake Superior! Oh yes, this is the life! Head north on Route 13 to reach the Apostle Islands. This area is off the Bayfield peninsula with the town a quaint little port town to wander and admire. As you head back to Superior you can stop at the many parks and sights along Route 13. This is one trip you’ll never forget!

Picture credits: The picture of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.

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Take Country Roads through Wisconsin on a Special RV Adventure

Picture of the Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive in the Fall

The Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive in the Fall

The Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive is a joy to explore. Visitors love the beauty and varied terrain of southeast Wisconsin. You can begin your special adventure at Whitewater Lake and travel north to Elkhart Lake, taking in the scenic beauty on the way. Signs mark the route so you won’t get lost.

Traveling through six counties and viewing so much of the Kettle Moraine State Forest gives you the opportunity to forge out an itinerary that appeals to you and your family. Visit historic sites, experience superior outdoor recreation in the parks, or simply marvel at the views. This 115-mile drive has it all!

On an RV trip along this scenic route, history buffs will enjoy numerous sites that help you relive the past as if you were there. Stop at Old World Wisconsin to see the re-creation of immigrants’ settlements in America’s heartland. This outdoor museum highlights farms, fields of oxen, wood-burning stoves and much more. Hands-on activities bring it even more to life. In Greenbush, visit the Wade House, an early stagecoach inn. If you are there on Civil War Weekend, you will experience the exciting clash between Confederate and Union troops, a re-enactment of an 1860 battle.

Outdoor enthusiasts will find so many spots for great hiking, biking, swimming, fishing and so many other recreational activities. You’ll be passing through both the northern and southern units of Kettle Moraine State Forest. Get out there in the forest and take one or all six self-guided nature hikes. Some more history will present itself on the one-mile loop at Stute Springs, where you’ll discover the foundations of a large farm and springhouse. Plenty of activities for the kids too, so if you have your children with you, you will want them to participate.

The Kettle Moraine area has lovely but rugged lands that inspire and intrigue. At Carlin Weld – Jefferson County Park you can get in some more hiking, study the natural world surrounding you and have a quiet picnic. The Glacial Drumlin State Trail winds for an incredible 52 miles across Wisconsin’s glacial-carved topography. This rail trail is asphalt for 13 of its miles, crushed stone the rest of the way. It all makes for easy hiking, and much of it is perfect for inline skating or biking.

Bike, boat or picnic or all three at Nashotah – Waukesha County Park, further along on your RV travels. Hike the popular Old Plank Road Trail or jog, skate, horseback ride or ride a bike. This trail accommodates them all. Paralleling Highway 23 from Sheboygan, you will hook up with the famous Ice Age Trail in Kettle Moraine State Forest. Broughton Marsh is another popular destination. There are both indoor and outdoor sports here, and plenty of campsites with boat rentals and a launch ramp.

Be sure not to miss the small communities along the way on your motorhome vacation. In Hartford you can stop to see the Hartford Auto Museum and in Slinger, you can stop for the Slinger Speedway experience of the fastest quarter-mile track in the world. More historical education is available in Greenbush, where the Wesley Jung Carriage Museum offers the largest collection of carriages and wagons in Wisconsin.

An RV adventure through Wisconsin holds many treasured moments that make your vacation even more special. The Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive is a drive not to be missed.

Picture credits: The picture of the Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive in the Fall is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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Touring Wisconsin’s Northwoods by RV

Thousands of lakes, a half million acres of forest and exciting places to indulge in a dozen kinds of outdoor recreation – that’s what RV travelers will find in Wisconsin’s Northwoods region. Come along as we map a scenic RV route through the Northwoods.

We start our tour in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, about six hours north of Chicago. It’s surrounded by lakes (1,100 in Oneida County alone!) filled with muskie, trout and northern pike. The fishing fans in your RV aren’t going to want to leave. Why not camp at least a couple of days at West Bay Camping Resort on the shores of Lake Thompson, or Lake George Campsite on the shores of George Lake? Both are minutes from the amenities of Rhinelander, and located beside two excellent Northwoods lakes.

Once you’ve experienced Oneida County Northwoods fishing, travel north on WI-47 along the Wisconsin River into North Highland-American Legion State Forest. The scenery along the way is thrilling, with huge expanses of forest revealing bright blue lakes through every window. This Wisconsin Northwoods paradise has the distinction of having “one of the highest concentrations of lakes in the world.”

What that means for RV camping outdoors enthusiasts is the chance to play both on the water and in the woods, as well as enjoying state forest campsites. A favorite activity in the “NH-AL” is canoeing. The headwaters of the Wisconsin, Flambeau and Manitowish Rivers are protected within the state forest, creating dozens of scenic canoe trails to follow. There are also swimming beaches, bike and hiking trails and the wild beauty of Powell Marsh State Wildlife Area to enjoy.

One spot you’ll want to slow down and savor is Lake Tomahawk, “The Queen of the Northwoods Lakes.” The lake’s crystal clear waters invite visitors to fish, swim and play in a beautifully wooded setting. You’ll also find the town of Lake Tomahawk a happy diversion, especially if you have the chance to catch a summer “snowshoe baseball” game!

We continue our scenic drive through Wisconsin Northwoods Country on WI-47 to the town of Woodruff, WI. Not only is Woodruff right in the heart of Northern Wisconsin forest and lake country, it’s also home to the Dr. Kate Newcomb Museum. It’s worth the stop to learn more about the “Angel on Snowshoes” whose dream of building a hospital in Woodruff inspired the Million Penny Parade in 1953. Patricia Lake Campground and RV Park in nearby Minocqua is the perfect spot to stop for the night.

And then it’s time to make the loop up WI-51, circling Trout Lake (the name says it all, fishermen!), Ike Walton Lake, and a dozen more pristine bodies of water. Make a stop at scenic Manitowish Waters, WI to tour the cranberry marsh and then fish, hike, swim and boat on the fabulous Chain of Lakes. You can also see where the Dillinger Gang fought the FBI at Little Bohemia Lodge!

We finish our RV journey through Wisconsin’s Northwoods by heading south again along WI-47, through verdant state forest, past sparkling lakes to the lively town of Lac du Flambeau, WI. Enjoy learning more about the town’s Ojibwe Indian heritage and the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. Try your hand at Lake of the Torches Casino and spend the night at Lac du Flambeau Tribal Campground before continuing your journey back to Woodruff.

From Woodruff, you can follow WI-47 back to Rhinelander or blaze a trail past a whole new set of picturesque lakes along US-51 to Wausau before returning your Chicago RV rental. Let the call of the loon lure you to explore the scenic byways of Wisconsin’s Northwoods by RV. When you do, you’ll truly wonder why you waited so long.

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RV Vacation to Visit Lake Superior Lighthouses

Did you know that Lake Superior, largest of the five Great Lakes, is home to nearly three dozen lighthouses? That should be enough to get your RV out of storage and headed north to explore beauty and maritime history on an RV vacation to visit Lake Superior lighthouses!

Michigan Upper Peninsula Lighthouses
One of the most scenic spots on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is also the place to see a well-restored lighthouse built in 1871. Point Iroquois Light near Brimley features the original lighthouse tower and a picturesque two-story keeper’s dwelling. Just west down the shoreline, you can visit the site where the legendary Edmund Fitzgerald was lost. Skeleton-style Whitefish Point Lighthouse stands tall above the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum housed in the keeper’s quarters.

An additional thirteen lights have kept the shores of the Upper Peninsula safe over the years. Of special interest are Crisp Point Lighthouse, Au Sable Light Station on Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, and Marquette Harbor Lighthouse, also home to an excellent maritime museum. When you need a rest from lighthouse viewing, Whitefish Hill RV Park near Rapid River comes well-recommended.

And we haven’t even mentioned the amazing collection of lights on Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula! Many of these are on private property or in the process of restoration, and are best seen from the water via local charters. Two you can tour on land are Eagle Harbor Lighthouse and the Jacobsville/Portage River Light.

The truly intrepid RV traveler can park the RV for a bit and take a five-hour cruise from Houghton or Copper Harbor to Michigan’s Isle Royale National Park. This rugged park, known for its backcountry hiking, boating and wildlife viewing, includes views of four historic lighthouses.

Wisconsin Lake Superior Lighthouses
Where the waters of Lake Superior wash against the Wisconsin shoreline, you’ll find a collection of lighthouses standing guard over Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. Nine great lights stand in varying degrees of operation, restoration or restored glory and some are open to guided tours. On shore, you can also see Ashland Breakwater Light standing out in Chequamegon Bay. An important RV camping tip: the City of Ashland offers very affordable RV camping at Kreher Park.

Minnesota Lake Superior Lighthouses
In the Duluth, Minnesota area on Superior Bay, six lighthouses are clearly visible. From Canal Park Drive in Duluth, you’ll be able to see Duluth South Breakwater Inner Light, Duluth North Inner Breakwater Light, Duluth South Breakwater Outer Lighthouse and the ruins of Minnesota Point Light on the grounds of Sky Harbor Airport. As if that weren’t enough for lighthouse lovers, a short drive north to Two Harbors yields view of two more historic lights – Two Harbors Breakwater Light and the picturesque red brick Two Harbors Lighthouse.

As you continue your lighthouse tour of Minnesota’s “North Shore,” plan time for a stay at Lamb’s Resort in Schroeder, MN, right on the shores of Lake Superior. That positions you perfectly for a visit to breathtakingly scenic Split Rock Lighthouse State Park. You can then venture a little farther north to visit Grand Marais Lighthouse before turning back for home.

Three states, three dozen lighthouses and many excellent RV camping adventures… it’s the perfect formula for some serious travel fever! An RV vacation to visit at least some of Lake Superior’s lighthouses should be on the agenda of every maritime-history-loving RV camper.

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Wisconsin’s Lake Winnebago – Your Summer RV Camping Guide

Sprawling across Central Wisconsin is one of America’s largest freshwater lakes and a marvelous place for RV camping. Lake Winnebago, stretching thirty miles long and ten miles wide, is just two hours north of RV Rentals Chicago IL. Its shoreline hosts such cities as Oshkosh, Neenah and Fond du Lac, giving RV campers even more to do when they come in off the water.

In addition to the cities ringing the lake, there are two parks which make visiting even more enjoyable for RV travelers. Calumet County Park on Lake Winnebago’s eastern shore offers RV campers not only easy boat launching, it also has well-equipped RV campgrounds and access to numerous biking and hiking trails.

We also recommend a trip to High Cliffs State Park for RV camping near the limestone bluffs that give the park its name. It’s a picturesque setting for camping, hiking, biking and wildlife watching.

On the Water at Lake Winnebago
Another lure of Lake Winnebago for many motorhome campers is the fishing to be found there. Our clients report great walleye, northern pike, lake sturgeon and crappie fishing. If you’ve never been on the water at this huge inland lake, sites such as offer detailed information on where and how to catch the most fish.

You might also be planning to take your boat when you make your RV journey to the lake. It’s a popular pleasure boating destination, due in part to easy access to the water. If you love to skim the coastline in a kayak, Winnebago offers days of coastline exploration. Powerboating, sailing or pulling skiers across the waves-this enormous lake has a place to do it all. Here’s a website with useful information about the many boat launches around Lake Winnebago.

One more way to spend some time getting to know Lake Winnebago is by visiting its lighthouses. Four lights can still be seen on this lake, beginning with the Fond du Lac Lighthouse at the south end. Asylum Point Light on Lake Winnebago’s western shore was never used for navigation, but has long been a landmark for lake visitors. In Oshkosh, Bray’s Point Light sits on private land, although it can be photographed from the city’s Bayshore Drive. One more much-photographed lighthouse on Lake Winnebago is at its northern tip in the city of Neenah, where Kimberly Point Lighthouse has been an attraction since 1945.

RV Camping at Lake Winnebago
This beautiful lake is also a natural for RV camping. Here are some of our favorite facilities:

This is just a taste of what RV camping at Lake Winnebago can be for your family. Let us help you with a comfortable RV rental and then get started on your own exploration of Wisconsin’s Lake Winnebago.

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