After a 25-year hiatus, a ski hill in northern Oconto County has reopened. Paul Bunyan Ski Hill is now open for Wisconsin’s winter. The Lakewood ski and tubing hill, great for all ages and abilities, is open from December to March. Owners TJ and Wendy Kerscher spent the summer of 2021 renovating the chalet and prepping the ski hill to reopen for the winter of 2021-22. Now in its second season, Paul Bunyan Ski Hill calls itself the “Biggest Little Hill in the Midwest.” Paul Bunyan Ski Hill offers economically priced lift tickets for a day or night on the slopes.
A visit to Whispering Pines Tree Farm is not just about trees. There’s so much more. Beginning the Friday after Thanksgiving and continuing every weekend before Christmas, Whispering Pines becomes a bustling holiday destination that features a gift shop, character-themed wagon rides, a talking reindeer, photos with Santa, hot food, and complimentary hot cocoa.
Come join in the fun at the Oconto Falls Tubing Hill. Snow tubing is an excellent family or group activity that doesn’t require special skills. Just bring your tube, some warm winter clothes and your desire to have a blast! We have a nearly 900′ run that will surely exhilarate you and a rope to tow you back to the top.
Among the many holiday traditions this time of year, cutting down the Christmas Tree, visiting Santa Claus and baking cookies; visiting Christmas light displays is often at the top of the list. If you need a break from the hectic holiday season, be sure to visit these great holiday light displays in Oconto County and create a new family tradition.
There’s something magical about cross-country skiing in a national forest surrounded by the beauty and solitude of nature. The Lakewood Cross Country Ski Trails, located in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, offer a Wisconsin winter escape like no other – 25 km of marked and groomed trails for skate skiing or classic skiing through changing terrain in the heart of the forest.
The Dirt City Motorplex is a new motorsports facility located in Northeastern Wisconsin, approximately 30 miles north of Green Bay. In the small town of Lena, a group of local racers, business owners and motorsport enthusiasts came together to form the Lena Motorsports Club. The club, along with generous community support, has built the venue from the ground up in 2019.
The Mountain Fire Lookout Tower was built in 1935 by the U.S. Forest Service and the Civilian Conservation Corps. It was once a part of an extensive lookout tower network in the former Nicolet National Forest.
Three days, two nights of pure adventure - In Oconto County, wilderness is your playground.
Adventure-seekers have access to 139,000 acres of Nicolet National Forest land and 43,000 acres of public land full of all types of recreation – from hiking, camping, and paddling to wildlife watching, boating, and fishing. The tough question is: Where will you choose to explore?
Oconto County also has no shortage of local food and entertainment to take advantage of. You’ll find cozy bars, classic supper clubs, hometown diners, and boutiques across all 29 communities that make up the county.
The Ruins Adventure Mini Golf & Ice Cream offers outdoor fun for all ages and super-premium ice cream made in Wisconsin. The 18-hole golf course and ice cream shop are open daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day and on the weekends in May, September and October. Mini golf is one of the few recreational activities that everyone can enjoy together, regardless of age and ability. Families and friends can enjoy a little friendly competition on the Oconto course.
It’s difficult to predict the exact dates of the leaves turning because there are several factors involved. But a good gauge is to assume that the best fall foliage viewing season begins in mid-September and wraps in early October in most places. Let us take you there — read on to find the best places for viewing fall foliage and what else to do along the way.
Looking to celebrate the beginning of fall with a good scare or maybe a more bucolic stroll through a pumpkin patch - Oconto County has a place for you!
It’s a great time for a cozy weekend getaway in the great outdoors. These 5 cozy cabins in Oconto County have everything you need for the ultimate getaway.
Sweet Memories Candy Shoppe opened its door since the spring of 1991. Sweet Memories Candy Shoppe has become part of families' "up-north" traditions for over 30 years.
A longtime tradition in Wisconsin, the Friday Night Fish Fry kicks off the weekend all over the state with friends, family — and plenty of fish, of course. Fresh walleye is one of the most beloved Friday Night Fish Fry dishes. When the fish is dipped in a light beer batter and deep-fried to a golden crispness, it’s just about perfect.
In Oconto County, however, many aren’t satisfied with simply tasting walleye. They want to catch a few themselves. And they’re in luck: Oconto County offers some of the finest walleye fishing on the Bay of Green Bay (not to mention on several of the County’s 378 lakes). Here, experienced outfitters and guides offer everything from simple boat or fishing-kayak rentals to multi-day guided excursions out on the waters of Lake Michigan. If you’re looking to land a few walleyes in Wisconsin, Oconto County is one of your very best options.
Hagar Mountain features an excellent example of exposed igneous bedrock habitat with numerous fissures and crevices, which support some unusual plant communities and several rare plants. The steep-sided habitat varies depending on aspect and condition of the rock. Some south-sloping rock faces and exposed cliffs are virtually bare while north slopes are wooded with hemlock, and north-facing cliffs are often moss and fern-covered. Between these extremes are large areas on the tops of the outcrops that support an interesting lichen and moss flora.