Each January, my dad and I go on our annual weekend snowmobile trip Up North. We used to stay at my grandparents’ cottage in Three Lakes during our trips, but have since started to switch things up. Northeastern Wisconsin is home the Snowmobile Capital of the World as well as many other great snowmobile towns. It’s fun to visit a new spot each year and explore new trails! These are just some of the best snowmobile towns in northeastern Wisconsin. Remember to check Travel Wisconsin’s Snow Report before every trip to monitor trail conditions.
Eagle River, Wisconsin is the Snowmobile Capital of the World. It’s pretty safe to say that it’s one of Wisconsin’s best snowmobile towns. In addition to the great trails in the surrounding area, trails through town make it very snowmobile-friendly. Eagle River is a unique place to visit on a snowmobile trip because of its unique history with the sport. It is home to the World Championship Derby Complex that hosts a variety of oval and sno-cross races, including the World Championship Snowmobile Derby! You can learn more about this unique event. When visiting, I recommend staying at the Best Western Derby Inn.
Minocqua, Wisconsin lies west of Eagle River and tends to have less snowmobile traffic, despite having an abundance of beautiful trails. It is a great place to escape the crowds on a snowmobile trip Up North! I especially loved riding along the Bearskin State Trail during my visit. This wide path through the forest is both great for newer riders and absolutely breathtaking. If you want to rent snowmobiles, we had a great experience with Adventure North. I also recommend staying at the Best Western Plus Concord Inn right in the heart of town!
Three Lakes, Wisconsin is my favorite place to snowmobile Up North. Home to the world’s largest inland chain of lakes, taking a “trail ride” here often includes driving across a lake. When the ice is thick enough, lake trails are a great place to explore. Their width and lack of obstacles make them a great option for newer riders or people wanting to get used to the feel of a new sled. It is also where I trust myself to drive a little faster. Three Lakes is centrally located between a lot of great snowmobile day trips, including Eagle River, Forest County, and more! Here are some restaurants to stop at while you’re in town.