Local Communities Near Minocqua, WI

Stroll through Bo-di-Lac

Bo-di-Lac Drive is an eight- to ten-mile stretch of tree-lined road through desirable neighborhoods facing the tranquil and beautiful waters of a number of lakes in the Minocqua area. It starts at Highway 70 and ends at Pine Lake/Squirrel Lake Road. Bo-di-Lac Drive winds its way around Buckskin Lake, Booth Lake, Diamond Lake, and Squirrel Lake, with Squirrel Lake being the largest of the four bodies of water.

Located toward the west end of Minocqua, the Bo-di-Lac area is reminiscent of untouched wilderness, dotted by mile after mile of trails for skiing, hiking, and snowmobiling. You’ll feel like you’re hundreds of miles from the nearest town when you experience the serenity and beauty of this area.

Homes here are lakefront properties and provide the perfect backdrop for your north woods vacation experience. There are a variety of vacation homes available on Bo-di-Lac Drive, from gorgeously appointed Craftsman-style homes that sleep at least 10 people to smaller log cabin-style accommodations, all of which take full advantage of the beautiful lakeshore.

In many cases you can hike, bike, snowshoe or cross-country ski practically from your front door.

The unparalleled beauty of the Bo-di-Lac Drive area draws people from all over who want to get away and enjoy the peace and quiet of the north woods while still being within minutes of downtown Minocqua.

The quaint town of Minocqua is part of the Lakeland area that includes the nearby towns of Arbor Vitae and Woodruff. Minocqua is home to about 5000 year-round residents, though the population nearly triples in summer months.

A short drive away is Arbor Vitae

Arbor Vitae is part of the Lakeland area that includes the communities of Minocqua and Woodruff, and is home to about 3000 year-round residents. Arbor Vitae, along with Woodruff, is considered the “Crossroads of North” since highways 51, 47 and 70 join nearby. Like many other towns in the area, Arbor Vitae boasts a rich logging history but turned to tourism when the logging industry began to decline in the early 20th century.

Today the tourist industry is flourishing in Arbor Vitae, and it is home to a widevariety of accommodations including resorts, cottages, private homes, hotel and motels, bed and breakfasts and campgrounds.

There’s plenty to see and do n the area, including wildlife parks, live theatre, antique shops and events. The north woods offer four full seasons of fun with unique shopping, fine area restaurants, golf courses and endless outdoor recreational opportunities. Little and Big Arbor lakes are popular spots for fishing and boating, and Big Arbor Lake is home of the Chill Out Ice Fishing Tournament in the winter months.

There are a number of abandoned railroad right-of-ways and logging roads which today provide an extensive trail system for snowmobiling in the winter and hiking and biking during the spring, summer and fall. Whether you like to relax on a beach or by the pool, cross-country ski or water ski, paddle a canoe, bird-watch, shop, hunt, or just tool around and see the sights, you’ll find something to do in Arbor Vitae that suits the whole family.

Arbor Vitae also offers a number of unique shops and eateries such as the Little Creek Coffee Company, Marty’s Place North, Slo’s Pub and more.

Swing through nearby Woodruff

Woodruff is part of the Lakeland area that also includes Arbor Vitae and Minocqua. It is home to about 2000 residents and is known for having the world’s largest penny, which was created by students in 1953. The penny is made of concrete and weighs over 17,000 pounds. It stands on the grounds of the former Arbor Vitae-Woodruff School and symbolizes one million, seven hundred thousand pennies, which was the first collection that went toward building the Lakeland Memorial Hospital.

Woodruff is home to the Dr. Kate Newcomb Museum. Dr. Kate Newcomb was available any time and she served everyone. She took whatever people could afford to give her for payment, from a check to a beaded buckskin garment, a load of cordwood or a sack of potatoes.

The Art Oehmcke State Fish Hatchery is located in Woodruff and began in 1901. It continues to be one of the only hatcheries still operating in Wisconsin that is responsible for raising and restocking muskellunge, walleye and northern pike in lakes throughout the state.

Woodruff is the center of a flourishing tourist industry and is home to a wide variety of four season outdoor recreational opportunities. Approximately 95 percent of Woodruff is owned by federal, state and county interests and is not available for private sale, ensuring a well-preserved recreational environment for future generations.

Like many of the towns in the north woods area, Woodruff began as a logging community and became a tourist and vacation destination as the logging industry dwindled in the early 20th century. Today highways 51, 70 and 47 pass through or very near the town of Woodruff, making it easily accessible for visitors.

 Lac du Flambeau is home to the Waswagoning Indian Village

Lac du Flambeau is the land base of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. It’s home to about 3000 residents and the George W. Brown Jr. Ojibwe Museum and Waswagoning Indian Village.

Lac du Flambeau is surrounded by 260 lakes and 71 miles of rivers and streams. The world's largest sturgeon to be speared was hauled in on the shores of Lac du Flambeau's Pokegama Lake. It measured 7 feet and 1 inch and weighed 195 pounds. This world record fish is located in the local museum.

Nearby Powell Marsh offers glimpses of wildlife and birding opportunities on 12,000 acres of wetlands designated by the state as one of the top birding destinations in Wisconsin.

The Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has inhabited the Lac du Flambeau area since 1745.The name Lac du Flambeau means Lake of the Torches and came from the band’s gathering practice of harvesting fish at night by torchlight. The name was introduced by the French traders and trappers who visited the area.

The Lac du Flambeau Reservation was officially established by treaties in 1837 and 1842. The area was heavily logged in the following years and became a tourist destination for families from southern Wisconsin and Illinois around the turn of the century.

To increase economic activity and self-reliance among the various Native American communities, the tribe began bingo and casino operations. Revenues go to the tribe and directly benefit the economic and social development of the community. The casino has enhanced both the economy of the Lakeland area and to provide public services to residents in Lac du Flambeau.

The community of Lac du Flambeau is surrounded by natural beauty and offers many activities for the outdoor enthusiast.

Visit nearby Manitowish

Manitowish Waters is a small community of just under 1000 people and is known as an artists' enclave. it is marked by a beautiful chain of lakes that provides a unique connection of 10 pristine water bodies linked by navigable channels.

Located in Northwestern Vilas County in Wisconsin's Northwoods, Manitowish Waters is also known for its quiet, stress-free surroundings that are perfect for a family vacation, reunion, romantic getaway, hunting or fishing excursion, or leisure day trip. Manitowish Waters sees quite an increase in population throughout the seasons from a combination of seasonal residents, second home owners and vacationers.

Originally part of Lac du Flambeau, the Town of Spider Lake was officially established in 1927. It was renamed Manitowish Waters in 1940. In 1946, cranberry farming began around Wild Rice Lake, marking the beginning of what is now a significant business in Manitowish Waters. Today there are five cranberry marshes that operate along Alder Lake Road and Cranberry Boulevard. Cranberry marsh tours are available seasonally.

There are a number of accommodations to choose from, and there are about 14 different restaurants in which to get a bite to eat. Manitowish Waters is home to two different art galleries, a number of unique gift shops, a few small grocers, and a public library. The Manitowish Waters Airport is accessible by private or charter plane.

Manitowish is also home to a water ski team, the Skiing Skeeters, who perform free shows two nights a week throughout the summer.

Community activities include an old-growth snowshoe hike, a clinic on wolf tracking, yoga classes, and community dinners.