The Great Outdoors



I guarantee you’ve never heard anyone complain that they had TOO MUCH nature and fresh air over the weekend. Wisconsin’s great outdoors offer so many different summer activities, that there’s bound to be something for everyone.

One of the best things to do in the summer is head to Northern Wisconsin and go fishing. With over 15,000 lakes (eat it, Minnesota), the National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame in Hayward, and the biggest muskies and northern pike around, it’s your duty to go. Nothing’s better than relaxing on a boat with a beer.

Wisconsin is also one of the top bicycling destinations in the nation, having been repeatedly praised by the League of American Bicyclists. We’re home to the original Rails to Trails Project, the 32.5 mile long Elroy Sparta Trail. For off-road cyclists, the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival in Hayward and Cable is a must.

And finally, what’s summer without hiking and camping at one of our beautiful state parks? America’s first state park opened in Wisconsin in 1878. Now our state park system covers over 60,000 acres that are prime for day hikes and camp fires under the stars. Wisconsin’s great outdoors is what summer is about.


Nate Koehler – Madison, WI

“Some of my favorite memories have started by packing up a fishing pole, a tent and a carload of friends for a weekend in the Wisconsin wilderness. There’s something about waking up from a crummy night’s sleep on the cold and lumpy ground, climbing out of your sleeping bag, unzipping the tent and hopping into a canoe to go out and catch lunch, that can really set a person’s head straight.”

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