Are you ready to plan your trip to the Northwoods this summer? At Wild Eagle Lodge in Eagle River, you can not only stay for a relaxing weekend, but you can experience a true Northwoods getaway. From kayaking the glistening waters, to biking the luscious green trails, or hiking the Chequamegon and Nicolet National Forest, Wild Eagle Lodge is your one-stop for a summer getaway destination!
You can’t go wrong with the ‘lake life’ that Wild Eagle Lodge offers. Bring your own boat or plan to rent one while visiting! There is a private boat launch, a trailer parking lot, and dock space -- making a seamless experience for those who want to bring their own boat along for the ride! Don’t have a boat? No worries! Wild Eagle Lodge offers pontoon boat, fishing boat, and jet ski rentals. Yes...we said jet skis! Get yours for the day from TrackSide. They will deliver it on property so you can head out on the chain to rip around and explore the waters. Learn more about the rentals at Wild Eagle Lodge here.
If you’re more of a low-key lake life person, there is a sandy beach, complete with chairs ready for you to lay on all day long! You can head out to the waters when you need to cool off…or grab one of their canoes and begin your journey right on Duck Lake. Spend the day exploring one of the largest chains of inland lakes in the world!
If you’re up for a day trip filled with kayaking, don’t fret…there are more than 1,300 lakes and 73 rivers in the county making for a large variety of opportunities to find your favorite trip. And since you can’t cover it all in one trip, this is an area that you’ll find yourself coming back to time-and-time again!
Only minutes from the resort is the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Unplug from the rest of the world and head out to explore a portion of the forest, being that it covers more than 1.5 million acres, you can’t get bored! Whether you’re looking to explore by bike, horse, or foot…the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest is extremely breathtaking and will make for a great day trip.
The Nicolet North Trail is the perfect stop for mountain biking trails and is part of the Nicolet National Forest. (See map here) It also connects to the Anvil Lake Trail, where there are rolling paths for those from beginner to experts. (See map here)
For hikers looking to explore the rolling terrain and a variety of wildlife, check out the Hidden Lakes Trail. This 13-mile trail meanders around several small lakes. Be sure to bring your map along, so you don’t get lost along the way! (See map here)
One would say if you’re going to the Northwoods, you probably love the great outdoors. Right? Well at Wild Eagle Lodge, you are right in the mix of a great location for birding and a handy spot to hop on the chain of lakes for days filled with fishing.
One birding hot spot in Eagle River is the Franklin Lake Trail. This trail is beautiful, serene, and mixed with trees that are more than 400 years old, which makes for the perfect birding location. If you’re looking to travel through the Northwoods for other birding hotspots check out: Thunder Lake State Wildlife Area in Three Lakes, Powell Marsh in Manitowish Waters, and Rainbow Flowage in St. Germain. Take this checklist of Wisconsin birds along with you for your bird watching fun.
At Wild Eagle Lodge, you have easy access to the Eagle River Chain of 28 lakes right at the resort. The waters are filled with plenty of fish: muskellunge, bluegill, walleye, perch, small-mouth bass, northern pike, large-mouth bass, and more! If you are looking for a more experience-based trip, go on a guided tour with Harmon Marien. Call Wild Eagle Lodge to book your guided tour here. Or, you can launch your boat (or a rental) and go on your own stroll!
Whether you forgot gear for your trip or you’re looking to bring home some souvenirs, there is plenty of shopping to be done in downtown Eagle River. A short five-minute drive down the road, you can find antiques, toys, and clothing. But the best part? The charming downtown. You can easily head out to walk around, find your favorite local shops, and even grab a bite to eat!
For souvenirs, you don’t want to miss the Arrow Gift Shop. A cute shop right on the downtown corridor has plenty to bring home for your little keepsake of your time spent in Eagle River. Or find your favorite antiques at Lyn’s Antiques. When you’re ready to take a break, head into grab a tasty meal or treat at one of their local restaurants.
P.S. - Any sweet tooth's out there? Right on property at Wild Eagle Lodge is the new ice cream shop, Eagles Cone Shoppe! While you’re downtown, don’t pass by Tremblay's Sweet Shop without stopping in (and be sure to try the homemade fudge!) If you’re needing a full meal, don’t worry there are plenty of options to choose from: Buckshots Downtown, Butch’s Pizza North, and the Craftsman American Tavern. Or, if you’re on property be sure to swing by the Blue Heron Restaurant for everything from fine dining to pizzas and burgers!
There you have it! When you book a stay at Wild Eagle Lodge, not only do you have a place to lie your head down at night but you also have amenities that are unmatched! From the sandy beach shoreline to boat rentals, you will be sure to find something for everyone when staying at Wild Eagle Lodge. Are you ready to book your stay? We are!
Kortnee Hass: Digital Media Associate for Discover Mediaworks. A Wisconsin ‘now & forever’ transplant with a soft spot for squeaky cheese curds, craft breweries, and all things Wisconsin tourism.