Storm on Lake Minocqua

One of the great places on Lake Minoqua is the Thirsty Whale. Have lunch on the deck and drinks in the bar. It easily accessible from Minoqua’s main street or by car or boat. I only remember this as an old boat livery on the lake where you could store your boat, get repairs andContinue reading “Storm on Lake Minocqua”

Sunrise at The Beacons

Across Lake Minocqua from the Thirsty Whale lies the Beacons, a resort and timeshare property that was once the summer home of Fred. B. Snite, Jr. The Beacons’ distinctive lighthouse-style boathouse was built in 1908 and, according to local legend, was used by Snite to watch boat races, using mirrors and a periscope. Snite, sonContinue reading “Sunrise at The Beacons”

Fall Morning

This is one of my favorite photos of Wisconsin’s Northwoods. Also, it may be one of my all-time favorite photos. This is early morning on Lake Minocqua as the snows were starting to set in. I got up early one morning to photograph a sunrise in this spot but was met with this surreal site:Continue reading “Fall Morning”

Late Fall in Minocqua

A few weeks ago, in Northern Wisconsin, leaves were still on the trees but snow was in the forecast. In this part of the country the lakes can freeze over for the whole winter. This old trestle was part of a network of railroads that allowed you to get in and out of Wisconsin’s GreatContinue reading “Late Fall in Minocqua”

Classic Boathouse

The boathouses of Lake Minocqua make up its character and this is one of the best examples. These types are known as “wet” boathouses because they are completely over the water. This is a nice one because it has three stalls, living/recreation area on the second floor and a cupola for watching lake activity fromContinue reading “Classic Boathouse”

Minocqua Trestle

This old trestle is the centerpiece of Lake Minocqua in the heart of Wisconsin’s Northwoods. As a major logging town at the turn of the 20th Century, this was a major route in and out of the area including the town of Minocqua. Later the trains brought vacationers escaping from the heat of the bigContinue reading “Minocqua Trestle”

Eagle Tree

This eagle is in what I call an “eagle tree.” An Eagle Tree is a very dead tree on the side of a body of water where an eagle can sit in it and watch for prey (usually fish). The dead tree allows for an unobstructed view of a lake or other body of waterContinue reading “Eagle Tree”

Morning on the Lake

As things wind down on the northern lakes of Wisconsin, the fishermen still keep their boats in the water hoping for another opportunity to catch a Musky or Walleye. The Northwoods offers stunning sunrises and sunsets at this time and cool days at this time of year. This photo was taken before sunrise on LakeContinue reading “Morning on the Lake”

Early Morning at The Beacons

This boathouse belongs to The Beacons resort is is the centerpiece of this section of Lake Minocqua. At one time it was part of the private estate of a Chicago financier named Fred Snite. Snite became a victim polio and lived most of his life in an iron lung. We are lucky to still haveContinue reading “Early Morning at The Beacons”