Nicolet Forest

  • Snow asylum

    In northeast Wisconsin, Afterglow Lake Resort stays on top of the heap.

    In the wilds of northeast Wisconsin, winter always looks like winter. It's the kind with snow — snow that comes early, stays late and blankets the forest in heaps, supplying reliable skiing and snowshoeing to people from less-blessed locales. But one year, the heaps of snow didn't come there or virtually anywhere, and skiers were desperate. So was Pete Moline, who runs Afterglow Lake Resort near the Michigan border.

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  • Waterfalls of northeast Wisconsin

    Wild rivers and cascades reward those who explore the remote forests around Marinette.

    In a remote corner of Wisconsin, a trove of waterfalls lies buried in forests barely trod since the lumberjacks moved on to Minnesota. They're not Wisconsin's largest waterfalls, or the easiest to find. But there are lots of them in this undomesticated forest, so thick with headwaters it's known as the cradle of rivers.

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  • Adventure in Eagle River

    Around this snowy northeast Wisconsin town, there's a trail for everyone.

    It's rocky, useless land, forfeited to the government during the Depression, and hardly anyone lives there — Eagle River, pop. 1,400, is Vilas County's only city.

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  • Tranquility in the Turtle-Flambeau

    Near the northeast Wisconsin town of Mercer, paddling is as wild as you want it to be.

    In the northeast corner of Wisconsin, a vast, amoeba-shaped body of water spreads over 37,000 acres of state-owned land. Rivers run through it, the Turtle and the Flambeau. They were dammed to create a flowage in 1926, and today it's a state scenic waters area, designated for boating, fishing and camping. Hundreds of islands and secluded bays provide habitat for bald eagles, osprey and loons, who outnumber the paddlers who pull up to rustic campsites.

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  • Whitewater 101

    In Wisconsin, novice kayakers learn the moves at Bear Paw Outdoor Adventure Resort.

    Whitewater paddlers are, by definition, thrill-seekers. That's why they seek out the northeast corner of Wisconsin, "the cradle of rivers.'' The big Wisconsin River starts there, as do the Wolf, Peshtigo and Menominee, three of the Upper Midwest's best-known whitewater rivers. On the Wolf River, Bear Paw Outdoor Adventure Resort has been a whitewater hub since 1994, selling gear to expert wranglers and teaching novices how to handle the rapids that churn over knots of boulders dropped by the last glacier.

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