Plan The Ultimate Northern Wisconsin Outdoor Vacation

Sunshine and summer weather are here! There’s only a few months of warm weather to enjoy so it’s important to get outside as much as possible. If you’re looking to plan an outdoor vacation, look no further! Rice Lake and Northern Wisconsin are great places for your next outdoor adventure. Here are a few ideas to help you plan the ultimate Northern Wisconsin Outdoor Vacation.



Get off the beaten path and into the wilderness on your ATV! Whether you are looking for an afternoon or weekend on your ATV, Rice Lake has a number of ATV trails for you to check out. Remember that these trails are open to people on ATVs, bicycles and on foot – please be mindful while on your ATV!


ATVing down a dirt road in Rice Lake WI



Wild Rivers Trail: The Wild Rivers trail is over 100 miles in length and runs from Rice Lake to Superior, Wisconsin. The trail follows Highway 53 for much of the way. In Rice Lake, you can jump on the Wild Rivers Trail at the junction of the Tuscobia Trail and Highway SS.



Tuscobia Trail: The Tuscobia Trail is a 76 mile trail beginning just north of Rice Lake and continues North East. The trail is well marked and maintained. ATVs are not allowed between Red Cedar Lake Bridge and the junction with Wild River State Trail. This section of the trail is a part of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, where ATVs are not allowed.




The Rice Lake area is home to seven amazing golf courses! The varying courses have something for everyone, at every skill level. With the longer summer days, it’s time to pick up the clubs. All courses are available to play 9 or 18 holes, unless otherwise noted.


Golfers on the golf course fairway



Butternut Hills Golf: Located 30 minutes north of Rice Lake along 53, Butternut Hills Golf is on Long Lake in Sarona, WI.


Cumberland Golf Course: Cumberland Golf Course is less than 30 minutes west of Rice Lake and is one of Wisconsin’s finest golf courses.


Lynndale’s Golf Course: Located right in Rice Lake, LynnDale’s Golf Course is a 9-hole public course that opened in 2002!


Rolling Oaks Golf Course: Just 15 miles south of Rice Lake, Rolling Oaks Golf Course has been open for 35 years!


Spooner Golf Club: Spooner Golf Club is known for the 18th hole on their course – it was named one of the best 18 holes in the state of Wisconsin! Spooner Golf Club is located about 40 minutes north of Rice Lake along Highway 53.


Tagalong Golf Resort: Tagalong Golf Resort was established in 1922 and was originally developed as a private course. Today, the now public course, is located 20 miles northeast of Rice Lake!


Turtleback Golf: Located in Rice Lake, Turtleback Golf is home to a 4-Star rating from Golf Digest Magazine, which boasts that the course is something to plan your next vacation around!



Northern Wisconsin and Rice Lake are known for their natural beauty. Get up close and personal with nature on a camping trip to the region. Camping is the perfect family weekend getaway and is great for relaxing and experiencing our crisp, fresh air. Whether you want to be closer to nature in a tent, or have a few more luxuries and comforts of home, Rice Lake has a number of campgrounds in the area to suit your tastes.


Summer camping by a lake at sunset



Shady Rest Campground: Less than 20 minutes north of town, Shady Rest Campground has 79 campsites and 2 four-person cabins. This campground is nestled comfortably in the woods.


K & C Country Air Campground: Located in Birchwood, Wisconsin K & C Country Air Campground has 25 full hookup campsites, allows pets, and has a playground on site.


Hemlock Lake Resort & Campgrounds: Conveniently located right in Rice Lake!



By now you should know that the Rice Lake area is a natural playground, full-off hiking trails just waiting to be explored. Whether your prefer shorter day hikes or overnight camping, thru-hikes there are hundreds of miles of trail that wrap through Northern Wisconsin. Check out our hiking page for a full list of Northern Wisconsin hiking trails and Rice Lake Parks. Our recommendation? Seek out Devil’s Kettle Falls in the Blue Hills.



Northern Wisconsin fishing is the best! Catch premier musky, outstanding bass, walleye, northern pike, and exceptional crappie and bluegill in our area lakes. Take a peak at our fishing page for more information or check out our fishing reports to gather great fishing tips and see what’s currently biting.


Walleye fishing in Rice Lake, WI


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