Need cabin in the woods for college reunionMy four friends and I are planning a college reunion. We are looking for a remote area in which to rent a cabin. We would like to be close to an area in which we can swim, hike/backpack, fish, shoot non-living things, horseback ride, and drink heavily. Any suggestions? We are looking to do this next July. Thanks! - Chris, Knoxville, Tenn.
Fishing, shooting and drinking — I'm going to direct you to northern Wisconsin. There's an area north of Green Bay that's known as the "cradle of rivers'' and is quite remote and lightly populated; it's mostly Nicolet National Forest (see Waterfall trails).
There's fantastic whitewater kayaking and rafting, and you can rent boats and/or take classes at Bear Paw Outdoor Adventure Resort near White Lake (see Whitewater 101).
You can fish and swim in hundreds of lakes. The Ice Age National Scenic Trail is just west of White Lake, for hiking. There are two stables in Mountain, Spur of the Moment Ranch and Mountain Meadows Ranch.
I checked the Wolf River Territory site but didn't see any remote cabins listed. But VRBO lists one in White Lake, three in Mountain and seven in Lakewood. That probably is your best bet, since most other cabins are part of resorts.
The entire northeast part of Wisconsin is pretty remote. If you want to be closer to decent places to eat (and liquor stores), look for a place closer to Minocqua or Eagle River, which are vacation areas. They have stables, too.
If you're going to be bombing around the forest roads, consider buying a DeLorme Wisconsin Atlas & Gazetter, which shows them. Otherwise, you'll probably get lost.