Storm on Lake Minoqua

The Thirsty Whale bar and restaurant is a unique place in Wisconsin’s Northwoods  for dining or enjoying drinks on Lake Minocqua. This old boathouse is a historic building on the lake. While having lunch on the deck, you watch come an go in their boats. It is also a good place to watch the famous Min-Aqua Bat ski show.

Wisconsin Boathouse

In the 60’s, Wisconsin placed restrictions on boathouses in that state so they could not be rebuilt. The idea was to clear all of the lakes of boathouses over time as they deteriorated. Several weeks ago the governor of Wisconsin signed a law ending the draconian restrictions.

Boathouses

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These photos are mostly of boathouses on Lake Minocqua in North Central Wisconsin. Also several structures in St. Louis, MO and Ephraim, WI are included. The Minocqua boathouses makeup the character of the area and many times house some classic boats. These are photos taken over a period of six years. Enjoy these photos in this slide show or see them individually: http://greatrivers.smugmug.com/Galleries/Boathouses/.

Lake Minocqua

I am busy preparing 6 years of photos covering the wonderful boathouses of Lake Minocqua (and a few others). Here is a sample of one of those structures with more to come in the next few days!

Misty Lake

This is listed on my Smugmug page a one of my most interesting photos. So I am posting it here. This is Lake Minocqua around 6 AM on a very still and cold morning just before the snows started to fall. In the mist is one of the interesting old boathouses on the lake.

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Fog

Red Boathouse

You do not have to travel across country to visit a scenic area. One beautiful area in the Midwest is Northern Wisconsin and its Northwoods. Lake Minocqua hosts many attractive well maintained boathouses and is worth visiting just to see the these structures. Here is a large red boahouse that always makes a great subject for photographers. This is a three shot HDR photo, processed in Photomatix and Lightroom to bring out the color and the storm clouds.

Boathouse on Lake Minocqua