Mar 10, 2014
Escape to Nature
Are you looking for the perfect mix of small city life and the “up north” experience? We can find a spot for you a few minutes from the big city, or a few minutes from the Chequamegon – Nicolet National Forest. The really great thing about Oconto County is that a visitor, resident or a business has so many choices. You can do what you want, where you want. The county is 100 miles long and offers three distinct environments in which to live, work, and play. If you look at our 2014 Discovery Guide, our website, or our mobile app, you will see that we make it easy for you to experience Oconto County. So check us out at website at www.ocontocounty.org, and download our mobile tourism app at Google Play or iTunes. And one more thing…HAVE FUN!!!
Fishing and Marine
Every destination has its one claim to fame. Ours is fishing, especially walleye fishing off the west shore of the Bay of Green Bay in Oconto County. We describe it this way. There are two premier walleye fisheries in the US. One is Lake Erie, and the other is right here on the Bay. We have testimonial after testimonial from pros and amateurs alike attesting to the “great” fishing here. Bring the family fishing and your kids will forever remember the biggest fish they ever caught in Oconto County.
If fishing on the “big pond” isn’t your cup of tea, we have almost 400 lakes, over 170 with public access and 50 rivers and streams for your boating and fishing pleasure. Visit our website for photos and videos that tell the story better than words can. Our site has a section called the “Waters of Oconto County”. Most of the lakes are listed with hyper links to Lake-Link.com, a website with structure maps and fishing reports for most of our awesome waterways. If you are looking for ONE reason to visit Oconto County, fishing is it.
With over 400 lakes and hot summer days, nothing gets better than a relaxing day on the pontoon. If you have the kids continue the fun with a super soaker fight or tubing down one of our rivers. Depending on your style you can go for the rapids or explore the lazy river. Whichever you choose will be a memory for the scrapbook. Oconto County guarantees fun!
Oconto County offers great venues for the silent sports enthusiast. Enjoy our beauty and natural resources on foot, horseback, or on your bike. When the seasons change, try cross-county skiing. You will find hundreds of miles of well groomed trails running through some of the most scenic settings you will find in Northeast Wisconsin. These include national, state, and county forests.
You can also take to the water on one of our numerous rivers, lakes and streams. Many offer the quiet and solitude kayakers and canoeists seek. For the more adventurous, the northernmost section of the Oconto River features 15 rated rapids, if the water level is right. Make sure to check on conditions. Be sure to visit the Bagley Rapids area and hike the Popple Ridge Trail.
If you are a birder, check out the Oconto Marsh Refuge located just north of the City of Oconto on the west shore of Green Bay. The marsh is one of the last remaining Great Lakes' wetlands and is accessible by car. You’ll see terns, eagles, raptors, herons, hawks, cranes and other marsh denizens.
ATV and Snowmobile Trails
Trailer up your snowmobile or ATV/UTV and drive to Oconto County. We offer over 450 miles of snowmobile trails and over 475 miles of ATV trails. All clubs devote over 10,000 volunteer hours grooming trails in Oconto County, because of that our trails are well maintained and in excellent condition.
Our 90 mile Nicolet State Recreational Trail runs through the County and provides direct access to other northern counties in Wisconsin and Michigan. This trail is open to silent sports enthusiasts, snowmobiles and ATV/UTV riders. There are also over 100 miles of trails within our County forests.
For your convince, Oconto County’s trail systems are strategically set up with direct access to lodging, food, drinks and especially gas. Our trails are scenic with enjoyable views in every season. We pride ourselves on making your visit as easy and stress free as it can be.
For trail conditions call 1-888-626-6862 or visit our website. Trails information is also available on our downloadable mobile app from Google Play or iTunes. Feel free to contact us for detailed maps.
Nicolet National Forest
In 1993, the Nicolet National Forest and the Chequamegon National Forest were combined to form the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest (CNNF). Together, the two forests cover more than 1.5 million acres in Wisconsin’s “Northwoods.” Here in Oconto County, we are fortunate to be part of the 661,400 acre Nicolet National Forest. The CNNF has much to offer patrons of the great outdoors. Here are a few highlights: over 2,000 lakes; 51 campgrounds; 119 boat landings, and over 48,000 acres of “wilderness areas.”
The Nicolet National Forest in Oconto County is the starting point for the Nicolet State Trail. The trail starts in Gillett and meanders 89 miles through the forest all the way to the Michigan state line. The trail is open to ATVs, hikers, bikers, equestrian riders, and snowmobilers, snowshoers, and cross-country skiers in the winter months. The trail does not allow hunting or trapping. All in all, it is one of the top recreational amenities in the county and in Northeast Wisconsin. Come see for yourself.
And we’ve got everything Else, Too…
In addition to all this, you can choose from our many attractions and events, lodging, restaurants and other amenities to help make your stay here a lasting memory. See you soon in Oconto County… a place for you!