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“A Wintry Mix” of Winter Recreation Opportunities

Boulder Junction transforms into a winter wonderland from December through March. The possibilities for winter recreation are limitless. With snow-blanketed pines, frozen lakes, and endless trails to discover, Boulder Junction is a starting point for miles upon miles of exploration. Below is a “wintry mix” of activities to explore while in the area.

Cross Country Skiing

Kick-kick-glide your way along lakeshores, across glacial moraines, and through dense forest on skis! Bring your own pair, or rent some from from local outfitter Coontail. The locals like to ski Escanaba-Palette Lake Trails and WinMan Trails.

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Ice Fishing

Whether you’ve got a pop-up tent, have an ice shack, or just want to brave the weather with your auger in hand. Boulder Junction has an abundance of great lakes for ice fishing. Local favorites are Wildcat Lake, High and Fishtrap Lakes. Need some ice fishing advice, gear, or bait? Northern Highland Sports has you covered! Check our events page to find out about local ice fishing contests this season.

Ice Fishing



Zoom through the trees and across icy lakes to get to your favorite area restaurant or bar on snowmobile! Boulder Junction is the hub for connecting to a number of trails in Vilas County.  The Boulder Junction Snowmobile Club takes pride in maintaining miles of trails in our area to get you from point A to point B. Stop by the Chamber of Commerce to grab a current map, or call (715) 385-2400 to have one mailed to you. Local trail conditions can be found by following this link.



Strap a pair of snowshoes to your boots, grab your poles, and traverse deep woodlands on a number of scenic trails near Boulder Junction. Snowshoeing is a great way to explore what makes the Northwoods special- beautiful scenery and plentiful wildlife. Local favorites include Fallison Lake Nature Trail and Lumberjack Trail system.

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Sledding & Ice Skating

Looking for something a little more “low key”? Consider checking out Boulder Junction’s Winter Park where you’ll find a regulation-size ice skating rink, ice skates to borrow, and a sledding hill for all ages to enjoy!


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