Eagle River is one of my favorite destinations in Wisconsin! The natural beauty is stunning and you can’t beat that gorgeous northern weather everyone likes to escape to during the summer months.
If you’re headed to this tourist town, you’re likely staying at a cabin or an Airbnb or one of the many resorts the city offers. In other words, you’re venturing to the northwoods to enjoy the lake life and the outdoors.
I have been fortunate enough to have connections with residences of Eagle River (aka, my fiance’s family) and have spent many weekends up north, both soaking up the sun near the water and exploring the mini adventures this area has to offer. Below are my recommendations for making the most out of your stay in Eagle River, Wisconsin.
I’ll start with lake life at your home base. As previously, mentioned, the main attraction of northern Wisconsin is the gorgeous summer weather that makes being out in nature so enjoyable. The simple pleasures of spending a day outside by the water are not to be overlooked.
Here’s a list of things I look forward to most on a typical weekend up north:
Kayaking, Canoeing, or Paddle Boarding. One of my favorite forms of recreation. This is a great way to explore and appreciate nature.
Fishing. The Chain (the largest series of freshwater lakes in the world) has some of the best fishing in Wisconsin!
Grilling and Dining Outdoors. Wisconsin has a limited warm season…take advantage!
Drinks in the Sunshine. Pack some margaritas and guacamole in a cooler and head out to the dock. You’ll be set for the afternoon.
Campfire and S’mores. Best way to end a summer night (but don’t forget your mosquito spray!)
Other Things to Do in Eagle River
Step Aboard a Pirate Ship For a Cruise Around The Chain. Pirate’s Hideaway offers public and private rides around the chain on their pirate ship! A unique way to explore the scenic chain, and fun for kids and families! Check out their website for more information. Before you leave, don’t forget to stop at their Lakeside Ice Cream Shoppe for a scoop of your favorite flavor or stick around for some dinner and drinks at the Lakeside Tiki Bar.
Eagle Falls Adventure Golf and Laser Tag. If you’re looking to switch things up, try some fishing camp-themed mini golf at Eagle Falls or burn off some of your kids energy with a game of laser tag.
Tribute Brewing and Tap House. Busy place on a Saturday night! Wide variety of beers from jalapeño wheat to blueberry ale to chocolate porter. The unanimous favorite amongst us all was the Ghost Lights Amber Lager.
Coffee at The Blend. The Blend is the cutest little coffee shop downtown with great service and delicious coffee!
Day Trips from Eagle River
Explore Porcupine Mountain State Park in Michigan. About a two hour drive away, this park has spectacular scenic sites of Lake Superior and UP Michigan. Pack a picnic lunch and head over the boarder for a day filled with superior lake views (pun intended), waterfalls, and beautiful nature!
See also, A Day Trip to UP Michigan.
Eat Dinner at Little Bohemia Lodge. This 1920’s inn was the site of a famous shootout between American gangster John Dillinger and the FBI. Now a cabin-themed bar and restaurant, the building has preserved the original bullet holes from that day for tourists to awe at. Little Bohemia was also an actual filming location for the movie Public Enemies, starring Johnny Depp. (The food is expensive, but with such a unique history is a must-see at least once.)
Visit Wildwood Wildlife Park and Zoo in Minocqua. This is the second largest zoo in Wisconsin and not just fun for kids! Learn about animals from all over the world, including wolves, goats, wild cats, turtles, zebras, and giraffes! And if you’re feeling brave, don’t miss a chance to feed a black bear a soda pop! (Once the soda is gone, they find you highly less interesting…)
Bond Falls in Michigan. About a 50 minute drive from Eagle River, Bond Falls awaits for some light hiking and beautiful photos of one of Michigan’s most impressive waterfalls.