My Summertime Outdoor Activities in Wisconsin
In the native Ojibwe language, the word ‘Wisconsin’ translates roughly to ‘land where waters meet’. As you might assume, then, much of the state’s recreational summer offerings revolve around watersports, boating, lakeside picnicking, and of course, fishing.
While there are great opportunities all throughout the state to pursue these activities, plenty can be found to do right here in Stockholm – the tiny little historical town on the banks of the Upper Mississippi River.
Summers in Stockholm
The fantastic thing about an outdoor-loving family living in this little town, is we can enjoy ourselves and stay plenty active all summer long right here at home.
Stockholm sits on the banks of Lake Pepin, (which is technically part of the upper reaches of the Mississippi River), and is great for water-skiing or wakeboarding if you’ve got a boat. Walleye and Northern Pike fishing can also be excellent throughout the summer.
If you’re visiting without a boat, Cedar Ridge Resort and Cabins about 20 minutes south of town rents small boats, canoes, and offers guided fishing trips.
Just outside town you can find the Tiffany Bottoms and Five-Mile Bluff State Natural Areas, on the banks of the Chippewa River. There’s an abundance of hiking trails and primitive camping sites throughout this expansive area. The family and I enjoy launching the canoe just north of the Tiffany Bottoms area, and taking a several mile float-trip fishing for smallmouth bass.
Outside of Stockholm and throughout the state, there’s of course plenty to do as well, and plenty of gorgeous natural areas to discover.
Great Lakes camping
With Lake Superior bordering the state to the north and Lake Michigan to the east, one cannot call a summer in Wisconsin complete without taking a trip to the spectacular Great Lakes. One of our favorite summertime family traditions has been taking a two or three-night camping trip to Door County, on the shores of Lake Michigan.
With rugged bluffs, lighthouses, and forested beaches, you wouldn’t be far mistaken from comparing the area to a quaint seaside town in the northeast.
Boutique storefronts line the streets of the charming little Sturgeon Bay village, where we usually stay at the Tranquil Timbers Camping Resort.
Glorious afternoons can be spent checking out wineries, orchards, and comfy home-style cafes. If you’re looking for nature and solitude, a day hike with the family through Cave Point in the Whitefish Dunes State Park can’t be beaten. Pack a picnic and enjoy glorious views through beech and pine trees, overlooking the shimmering Lake Michigan.
Loading up the dirtbikes and ATV’s and hitting some of the state’s best trails has quickly become a favorite summertime activity for me and my sons.
About a 3 hour drive from Stockholm, the Flambeau Trail in Chequamegon National Forest is one of our favorite destinations. The over 450 miles of designated trails through Oconto County is also a spectacular trip.
Closer to Stockholm, the Cattail State Trail near Amery is another one of our frequented destinations.
State and National Parks
While the infamous wonders of Yellowstone, Glacier, and Yosemite parks are well known, some of the nation’s most tranquil and beautiful natural areas can be found right here in Wisconsin.
Chequamegon National Park is one of our family’s favorites, and we spend many weekends here throughout the summer camping under tall pines and hiking deep into the park for backcountry fishing in one of the dozens of lakes and ponds that scattered throughout.
The Apostle Islands in the far north of the state also cannot go unmentioned. Jutting out into the hauntingly cold waters of Lake Superior, this is a truly majestic place - in my opinion, hands-down the most breathtakingly beautiful area in the state.
~ Mr. General