The Northwoods is filled with lush forests, crystalline lakes and four-season outdoor and indoor entertainment that is matchless. Located in northern Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and the Eagle River & Minocqua areas, the beautiful Northwoods offers over 3,200 lakes, streams and rivers; and over a half million acres of public forest for your year round enjoyment.
The famous Cisco Chain of Lakes has fifteen interconnected lakes with over 270 miles of scenic shoreline. Three of those lakes border both Michigan and Wisconsin. Enjoy the beautiful scenery, excellent fishing, and boating. Great fishing for walleye, northern, silver and tiger musky, small mouth and large mouth bass, trout, cisco and a variety of panfish including bluegill, perch and crappie. Thousand Island Lake produced the state record silver musky. Wildlife abounds on this peaceful chain. Fabulous summer scenery, spectacular fall colors, awesome snowfalls, and spring's Northwoods awakening will bring you back time after time.
Lac Vieux Desert is the headwaters of the Wisconsin River and proud home of the world record musky. This beautiful 4,200-acre boundary lake is nestled between the Ottawa and Nicolet National Forests. Anglers return year after year to fish for silver and tiger musky, as well as walleye, northern pike, small and largemouth bass, and panfish. Water sports, hunting, winter sports and relaxation are right at your doorstep when you visit Lac Vieux Desert.
The Ottawa National Forest offers spectacular opportunities for camping, hiking, canoeing, fishing and hunting. Ten national forest campgrounds are available in the area for spring, summer and fall camping. The Ottawa Visitor Center and gift shop is open daily to the public daily.
Sylvania Recreation Area has a 48-unit campground, an information and recreation station, pavilion with showers, beach and picnic area, plus boat landings on Clark, Crooked, and Long Lakes. Plenty of room to camp, picnic, hike or swim.
Leave your motors and wheels behind and enjoy the solitude of this fantastic 19,000-acre wilderness area. Many of the lakes are connected by portages, and campsites have been established. Known for its virgin forests and pristine lakes, Sylvania has special rules and regulations in place to protect its fragile environment. The hiking trails and forests are great for exploring. Enjoy fishing, hunting, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. Sylvania is Mother Nature's year-round playground.
Whether you enjoy hiking, biking, skiing, fishing, snowmobiling, hunting or a dozen other activities, the Northwoods area has some of the best outdoor recreation in Wisconsin.
An extensive system of paved biking trails through the woodlands, and along the many lakes and streams dot the Land O' Lakes region. Mountain bike enthusiasts will enjoy everything from maintained and signed loops to challenging cross-country travel.
Paddle sports in Wisconsin appeal to folks of every age and every skill level. Over 500 lakes and 2,000 miles of streams make the Northwoods one of the most popular destinations in Wisconsin for both beginners and experts. Options range from Lake Superior sea caves to whitewater rivers and languid streams.
The Northwoods area is home to one of the largest concentrations of freshwater lakes on earth. Vilas County has over 1,300 lakes and 73 rivers and streams which boast some of the best bass, walleye, musky and trout fishing in North America. Our fly fishing and ice fishing are also spectacular.
Centrally located within the Wisconsin Northwood’s are 14 golf courses, offering a wide variety of terrain, forested beauty and fairway length to accommodate and challenge any golfer. Tree lined fairways and expertly manicured greens make golf in the Northwoods fun for the entire family.
Hundreds of miles of hiking and backpacking trails through the rugged wilderness - from short, meandering walks to longer treks that take you to waterfalls and other points of interest.
Visit the Northwoods for a ride through some of the prettiest scenery east of the Rockies. You can enjoy a gentle walk or a spirited canter with an expert guide to lead the way. Opportunities range from guided riding to cross country travel. Horseback riding in Wisconsin is a leisurely way to enjoy nature at its finest.
On the hunt for fun? The Northwoods endless acres of public hunting land provide ample opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts to bring home a trophy white-tailed deer, waterfowl, pheasants, small game, and even black bear.
Northern Wisconsin and the UP of Michigan have a rich legacy of arts and culture that continue to entertain and inspire all who experience it. From museums and performing arts centers to galleries and Native American Pow Wows, area art tours are at the top of every art lover’s list.
Both cross-country and downhill skiing opportunities are available throughout the area. The cross-country trails are some of the best in the Midwest - with a mix of public forest trails and service group maintained trails.
Winter is snowmobiling season in the Northwoods! The area is home to Wisconsin’s best and most scenic trails. Trails run through an incredible wilderness of over half a million acres, connecting all surrounding communities. With over 600 miles of groomed trails, the area provides all the amenities and services snowmobilers demand.
Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced clay shooter, area gun clubs have something to offer you. With some of the most extensive trap fields in the Midwest and renowned youth programs, many provide year round shooting opportunities for novice and expert alike.
Benson Builders continues to specialize in the custom design and construction of conventionally-framed, timber and handcrafted, full log Northwoods cottages, lodges and homes.