Discover Wisconsin

Wausau is located in central Wisconsin. It has a lot to offer anyone, especially in the summer.

Discover Wisconsin

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by kathyjohanna on June 16, 2007

The Wausau Area is a great place to spend a summer vacation. You could catch an outdoor concert, attend a festival (i.e. the annual Balloon Rally, Chalk Fest, Iola Car Show, or the Blues Fest)or fair (i.e. the Wisconsin Valley Fair), participate in the Gus Macker 3-on-3 basketball tournament, watch a Woodchucks Baseball Game, see an outdoor movie, shop, or my favorite, enjoy the beautiful outdoors. The Wisconsin River has many access points in Central Wisconsin. You can bring your own boat or rent one here. You can fish, kayak, ski, tube, or just cruise around. If the water isn't your thing, you can enjoy the golf courses, try your hand at disc golf in Memorial Park, take a hike in one of the many county parks, or bike the Mountain-Bay Trail. My favorite aspect of the Wausau Area is the blend of urban and rural activities that is offered.${QuickSuggestions} Central Wisconsin has comfortable weather in the summer, but always be prepared for all types of weather. At times it is hot, humid, and rainy and the next day might be cool, dry, and comfortable. If you're doing a lot of outdoor recreation, bug repellent is usually a good thing. There aren’t a lot of places to rent equipment for outdoor activities, so your best bet is to bring your own. On a more positive note, prices of hotels, campgrounds, and restaurants are very reasonable. It a great place for a family to live or visit.${BestWay} The best way to get around is definitely with a car (or boat depending on what you want to explore). There are no city bus system, and not many taxis, so driving is really your only option. Although the summer highways are often dotted with road construction, driving is pretty easy.

Mead Wildlife Area

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by kathyjohanna on June 21, 2007

The George W. Mead Wildlife Area is between Wausau, Marshfield, and Steven's Point. The Mead contains nearly 30,000 acres of wetlands, forests, and grasslands. Over 267 species of birds are known to inhabit or migrate through the Mead each year. If you're an outdoor enthusiast, then you'll love this Wildlife Area.

The Mead offers a lot of different activities. One of the most popular activities is bird-watching. While at the Mead, I've seen finches, Bald Eagles, cranes, and woodpeckers, to name a few. Besides birds, you could watch for other wildlife—I've seen lots of deer, but that's about it—or you could enjoy biking/hiking the 70 miles of trails. My favorite thing to do at the Mead is kayak. It's a peaceful and relaxing way to enjoy wildlife area. Plus you can always take some time at the the Mead Education and Visitor Center and learn about the history of the area and animals.

With a little bug spray and some water you can easily enjoy a day at the Mead. Be aware that the nearest city is at least 15 miles away. The Mead Wildlife Area is free, is a well-kept secret so there are never many people there, and it is top notch.
George W. Mead Wildlife Area
S2148 County Highway South
Milladore, WI, 54454
(715) 457-6771

Bearskin Trail

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by kathyjohanna on October 19, 2007

Named for the Bearskin Creek the trail follows, this 18-mile, former railroad corridor, is an opportunity to experience the north woods of Wisconsin. The trail stretches for about 18 miles through the forests of Oneida County. We started at Highway K just north of Tomahawk and rode to Minocqua. After lunch and a little shopping, we rode back to Tomahawk.

The original trail was railroad line used to export white pine logs from the forests of northern Wisconsin to the cities of the Midwest. But, today the Bearskin trail is only used recreation. It’s the prefect place for walking and bicycling in summer, and snowmobiling in winter.

The Bearskin State Trail doesn’t pass through any towns but it has quite of few places to stop, rest, and picnic. The South Blue Lake rest area is not only beautiful but it is also at the center of the trail, and has water, rest rooms, picnic tables and grills.
I recommend a beautiful fall day when there is no summer humidity and the leaves are turning colors. The trail is gravel and has some small hills throughout it. (I have to admit, it felt like we were always going uphill – not quite sure how that works).

*Also be sure to self register and get a trail pass. It is only $4 per person. We were stopped by the DNR and checked for our trail pass.
Bearskin Trail

Tomahawk, Wisconsin

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