I have visited Three Lakes, Wisconsin regularly ever since I was little. My grandparents owned a cottage on the lake (actually it’s a peninsula property on two lakes) and would let my family spend a week there each summer. Originally, Three Lakes was only a summer destination for my family, but once I learned how to drive a snowmobile, it became a winter destination for us as well. Over the past few years, my dad and I (and sometimes my brother) have made a point to make the trek Up North each winter and hit the trails. Below, I’ve assembled some of my favorite trails, landmarks, and eateries across Oneida County, Vilas County, and Forest County, Wisconsin!
Trail of Choice: 12
Honestly, this new-to-me trail is arguably the best ride I’ve ever had. It winds along the outskirts of the Nicolet National Forest, so road/driveway intersections are at a minimum, traffic is minor, visibility is surprisingly better than its hardwood forest counterparts, and turns are gradual when present. Not to mention that you’re in a National Forest and it is absolutely beautiful.
Open from 9 AM to bar close, this oasis is the perfect place to stop, warm up, eat a good meal, and find some wifi in an area that otherwise has no cell phone reception. They even sell oil, antifreeze, and other sled necessities if you need to stock up!
The Snow Trails by Rider X app from Polaris is a lifesaver! It operates using GPS, so you can still see exactly where you are, even if you don’t have any cell phone reception.
Trail of Choice: Alternate/Old 13
Oneida County is home to the city of Three Lakes, which in turn is home to the largest inland chain of lakes in the world. This trail takes you right into the heart of the chain, from which you can veer onto the lakes themselves!
Pike’s Pine Isle Lodge offers your classic northern bar experience, but with a more diverse and accommodating menu than most. If you want to time your dinner break to catch the game, there are plenty of TVs inside for your convenience!
Designated lake trails are great for newer drivers to explore during the day, as they are wide, flat, and open!
Trail of Choice: Route 6
Home to the World Championship Snowmobile Derby on the third weekend in January, as well as many other events, this is the mecca of the world’s snowmobile capital. Check their calendar for a more complete schedule, which includes vintage sled races and more!
Which Wisconsin counties are your favorites for snowmobiling? Help your fellow snowmobilers plan their next weekend on the trails by leaving a comment below!