Sunset in the Northwoods

One of my favorite places to visit is the Northwoods of Wisconsin. This is an area in northern Wisconsin containing thousands of lakes surrounded by forests. This setting coupled with extended sunrises, sunsets and calls of the Loons makes this an ideal place to getaway and relax.

Here is a dock on Fishtrap Lake new Boulder Junction. To see my complete set of Northwoods photos see: https://greatrivers.smugmug.com/Galleries/Northwoods/. Be sure to click the little triangle at the top right of the page to start the slide show.

Lily Pads

Northern Wisconsin features over 3200 lakes streams and rivers. Also, these areas feature these beautiful marshes. Walk some of the back woods trails and take in the nature.

Northwoods Eagles

As mentioned in my previous post, if you missed the Eagles in St. Louis (Alton area), travel up to Wisconsin and catch-up with them there. Studies show that most of them live in Vilas and Oneida counties, many on Lake Minocqua. This photo was taken on the grounds of The Pointe Hotel and Suites where there is a dead tree they like to use to keep watch on the lake. Photographing these birds you will need a telephoto lens of 300mm or more. Also use anti-shake features that is available on all of the new cameras.

Great Rivers Eagles

Eagles are magnificent birds and therefore fun to photograph. You will need a telephoto lens and know where to find them. There are two places I go to find them. One is Lake Minocqua in Wisconsin. There is a resort on the lake where, if you have the right room, you can walk out on the deck and photograph them as much as you want (at about 5:00am they will let you know when they are ready).

The other area, closer to home, is the Mississippi River. Between Alton and Louisiana (MO) there are great areas to view Eagles.This is our “Great Rivers” area. For those that would like  to find out more, visit Meeting of the Great Rivers All  Around Alton.

A friend and I drove around the backwaters of the Mississippi near St. Charles, MO and came across this guy.

Road to Star Lake

The upper Midwest can provide some of the most spectacular fall colors and scenic drives. This is a road along Star Lake headed towards Boulder Junction, Wisconsin, an area that includes Manitowish Waters and Minocqua, an island town. Spending a few days here in early October is well worth the trip!

Bearskin Trail

The Bearskin Trail crosses lakes and marshes providing a wonderful way to view scenic Oneida County in northern Wisconsin. This old railroad trestle serves as the starting point out of downtown Minocqua.

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.

Minocqua Trestle

The Minocqua train trestle is one of my favorite landmarks in the area. In the 50’s and 60’s you could hear the trains coming from miles away and watch the locomotives break through the trees to cross the bridge. Today it the trail head for the Bearskin Trail.

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/.