While we love when our customers use their travel trailer or fifth wheel to enjoy outdoor activities, we know it’s not always possible during winter. While there are tons of outdoor Wisconsin winter activities, RVing often isn’t one of them. In our freezing winters, RVers tend to winterize or hit the road and head south. Hello, snowbirds!

While campers are better insulated than ever before, they aren’t always the best option when camping during a very cold winter. But there are still so many great hobbies to enjoy during white winters here in Wisconsin. Here are some of our favorite winter activities to do in Wisconsin.

Scenic RV’s Favorite Winter Activities in Wisconsin

Ice Fishing

While fishing in the summer is a favorite pastime, Wisconsin lakes are great for ice fishing, too. Some of the top spots in the state are the Madison Chain, Black Oak Lake, Lake Alice, Nelson Lake, Lake Winnebago, and, closest to our Baraboo location is one of our hometown favorites, Devil’s Lake.

Some of the most sought-after fish to catch while ice fishing in Wisconsin are Northern Pike, Yellow Perch Bass, Walleye, and Bluegill. Other types of fish can be found in lakes around the state and are more often caught during other times of the year. While you’re likely not going to brave a night in your camper while parked on the lake, you don’t want to miss out on an ice fishing trip. It’s one of the best Wisconsin winter activities, ask any Wisconsinite!  

There are a few cautionary items to consider before ice fishing. For example, being on the ice is always a risk. Particularly, it is known to be more unstable at the beginning and end of the winter season. You will also want to make sure the ice is thick enough for the weight of what you’re taking out.

If it’s just you and your gear, the ice does not need to be as thick as it would if you were driving out onto the ice with an ATV or snowmobile. The same goes for driving on the ice with your vehicle. The heavier the item on the ice, the thicker it should be. If you’re not already versed in checking ice thickness, you can contact a local park ranger for more information.

In addition, any one over the age of 15 will require a fishing license. This is the same for both Wisconsin residents and non-residents visiting. For information on obtaining a fishing license in Wisconsin, follow this link to the Department of Natural Resources website. The Wisconsin DNR has tons of other great resources on Wisconsin winter activities and how you can ensure future generations will be able to enjoy Wisconsin’s great outdoors.

 

Skiing, Snowboarding & Tubing

With a wild terrain, there are many Wisconsin winter activities for all ages and levels of athleticism. Skiing and snowboarding are both great options for a winter mountain trip. Whether you’re a more proficient skier or boarder, or you’re just looking for an activity for the entire family, we don’t think you can go wrong with either option.

Some awesome mountains to visit near our Baraboo location for these activities are Devil’s Head Resort and Cascade Mountain. If you’re located closer to our Slinger location, you can enjoy skiing at Little Switzerland. When you’re looking for an “all inclusive” option near Slinger, check out Sunburst Ski Hill. You can ski, snowboard, or snow tube!

While we love a good ski or snowboard slope, we highly recommend snow tubing. It’s an exciting activity that can be enjoyed by almost the entire family, and is just as fun for those feeling less “sporty.”

Child in blue and green snowboarding.

Snowmobiling

For those looking to stay close to Baraboo, check out the over 200 miles of snowmobile trails in Sauk County. The dedicated Association of Sauk County Snowmobile Clubs also offer links that cover trail conditions, trail reporting hotline numbers and contact information for all the clubs in Sauk County. That information can be found at the Sauk County Parks and Recreation website. You can also check out the interactive snowmobile trail map and contact number for trail conditions.

If you want to explore Northern Wisconsin, check out the Snowmobile Hall of Fame in St. Germain. It serves as a snowmobile museum and resource center all-in-one. If you time your visit just right, you could even ride with the pros! For more information, check out the events tab on their website.

While you’re up north, those who seek more of an adventure should check out another favorite spot of ours. If you like going off the beaten path (pun intended), then snowmobiling in Hurly may be the place for your next snowmobile adventure. Due to encouraged off-path riding and how close Hurly is to the Northern Michigan border, a GPS system is recommended.

Whether it’s a snowy winter or sunny summer day, Scenic RV Centers is here to help with your outdoor recreation. We’ve got tons of new and used RVs at our dealerships in Slinger and Baraboo, Wisconsin. We carry towable RVs from top brands like Forest River and Heartland. At our Baraboo location, we also carry park models by Skyline and other top manufacturers. Contact us today to get started!

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