Trestle

A still fall morning on Lake Minocqua turns into a mirror.  The warm water on a cold morning brings out a mist on the lake. This is an old train trestle that brought summer tourists into the area and lumber out. Now, known as the Bearskin Trail, the old rail bed leads hikers across bridgesContinue reading “Trestle”

Empty Docks

Empty docks mean the winter is on its way. The day after this photo was taken, the snows started. While the lake is no longer busy, the fall colors in Wisconsin’s Northwoods are stunning and this resort will be crowded for the next few weeks. When staying in Minocqua, WI, I usually get up earlyContinue reading “Empty Docks”

Misty Morning on the Lake

Winter is moving in on Like Minocqua in Minocqua, Wisconsin. Cold air on the summer warmed lake creates this foggy scene were Highway 51 crosses into downtown. This was taken from the Highway 51 Bridge where it crosses the lake. I got up early one morning to capture the sunrise at this same location butContinue reading “Misty Morning on the Lake”

Best place to view Bald Eagles

One of the best places in the United States to view Bald Eagles is Oneida and Vilas counties in Wisconsin and they continue to lead the way as the eagle numbers continue to grow. Surveys done last year found a total of 1,695 bald eagle nests occupied by breeding adults, an increase of 105 nestsContinue reading “Best place to view Bald Eagles”

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”