Fishing Hot Spots in Wisconsin

Wisconsin beats Minnesota as the land of 10,000 lakes and rivals it with it’s great fishing quality. Wisconsin has some of the best fishing spots right next to your favorite Wisconsin cabin rentals. Though there are thousands of great fishing lakes; we have gathered a list of our favorite 3 lakes and what you can expect from them.

“A bad day of fishing is better than a good day at work” – Unknown.

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While the Chippewa Flowage did not make the top 3, we did still want to mention this one because of its documented world record Musky reaching 69 pounds! With Hayward being home to the “can’t miss it” Fresh Fishing museum in the shape of  4 1/2 story Musky, you know what this area is known for. It has become a popular vacation destination for all Midwestern anglers. Compare 45 Hayward Cabins at RentWisconsinCabins.com; Book directly with the owners/manager to get the best rental rate. The owners will likely have some Musky fishing tips too. With perch steadily growing in population, so is Largemouth Bass and Northern Pike. Largemouth Bass and Northern Pike however are predators and make it difficult for Walleye and Muskellunge to reproduce. Local guides advise in keeping your daily limit of the legal sized Largemouth Bass and Northern Pike to help dwindling populations.

green lakeComing in at #3 is Green Lake. These Green Lake Cabins are on, or near the lake. The lake is 2 miles wide and averages 100 feet in depth but maxes out at 237 feet in depth, making this lake the deepest in Wisconsin. With these facts, it creates some of the best quality fishing in Wisconsin. Green Lake also has some of biggest variety of fishing. Some of the fish include Blue Gill, Brown Trout, Lake Trout (minimum length is 17 inches), Northern Walleye, Perch, Small Bass mouth, Large  Bass Mouth and Muskellunge (minimum length is 40 inches).

castle rock lakeAnother favorite fishing spot coming in at #2 is Castle Rock Lake in Adams County, WI. The 4th largest lake in Wisconsin is known for its sandy bottom, maxing out at 36 feet down. This man-made drainage lake is also home to these popular rod-benders – Walleye, White Bass and Crappies, but you can also find Northern Pike and Perch. Check out our Castle Rock Lake Vacation Homes.

Bass fishingComing in at #1 is Geneva Lake, in the city of Lake Geneva, WI. Though these Lake Geneva vacation homes are not on the lake, they are in town, or near town. This lake is moderately clear but that’s not why thousands of people from the Midwest travel to greet these waters. This lake is fed by fresh water springs and is home to absolutely the most prized catch: The Walleye. In fact, it’s not unusual to catch Walleye around the 10 pound mark. We can thank the Cisco here for it’s abundant supply. You can also find Northern Pike around 30 pounds and trout at 15 pounds. You can also find White bass, Rainbow Trout, Perch, Crappie, Bluegill and a heavy Smallmouth Bass population. We hear the best fishing magic happens by Williams Bay and Coleman’s Point around the 10-13 foot range. What’s your favorite fishing spot in Wisconsin?

Just in case you didn’t know:


The weather has more to do with the ability to fish more so than the affects of the moon. The barometric pressure, coverage of clouds, and wind can all lead to a great day of fishing. The moon CAN increase the chances of a great catch but it WILL NOT make it worse.

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The Ultimate Guide to #Hayward, Wisconsin

Four Season Vacation Possibilities

Year after year, vacationers visit this Northwestern Wisconsin destination to enjoy recreational activities, no matter the season. Sawyer County was ranked the #1 trail system in Wisconsin by The Wisconsin ATV Association. Snowmobilers and ATVs enjoy the 600+ miles of groomed trails. During the winter, the 300 miles of off-road mountain biking trails are transformed to pristine cross-country skiing trails. As the snow begins to melt, locals and vacationers start dreaming about the warm weather recreation. Hayward is often referred to as the “Golf Capital of Wisconsin.” According to the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, Hayward offers “an age-old gangster course, a Pete Dye course, historical courses with Scottish influence, traditional, modern and natural courses that compliment the environment and family-run courses with top-notch customer service.” Talk about variety! Don’t forget about biking, hiking, bird watching, and endless fun on the water.

Fairs, Festivals, and Fun

Mark your calendars, folks. There are a variety of annual festivals in Hayward, Wisconsin. Here are a few ideas to inspire your next vacation:

Musky Festival

Join the largest summer festival for their 65th annual celebration. Visitors and locals enjoy the handmade art show, sidewalk sales, live music & street dances, and a variety of food booths. During the weekend there is also a 5K and 10K non-competitive race and a fishing contest. End the weekend with a large parade on Sunday.
June 19, 2014 – June 22, 2014 | Musky Festival information
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Lumberjacks World Championship

Once a lumbering community, Hayward keeps the traditional alive with their international timber sporting competition. Participants compete to be crowned as the “King of the Forest.” Men and women compete in a variety of activities: boom running, sawing, chopping, speed climbing, and logrolling. Come view  this family-friendly event, live!
July 24 – July 26,  2014 | Detailed Lumberjacks World Championship information
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Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival 

Since 1983, thousands of  bicyclists participate in this 40 mile off roading event in Hayward and Chequamegon, Wisconsin. To register for the race, participants must enter a lottery. The event attracts locals and visitors from all over the country. A variety of other fun events are held throughout the weekend to make this a family-friendly event: Klunker Bike Toss, Lumber Jack & Jill Log Pull, Hammer Slammer Hill Climb, and more.
September 12 – September 14, 2014 | More Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival information
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Be sure to check out the Hayward Chamber of Commerce website for a full list of fairs & festivals.   

Vacation Rentals in Hayward, Wisconsin

All of our vacation homes in the area are located on the water. No matter the season, you’ll  enjoy the fun recreational activities nearby. Whether you’re looking for a week escape to paradise or a fun weekend to enjoy a local festival, you are in for a treat. Take a look at our full list of Wisconsin vacation rentals in Hayward to start planning your trip. Here are a few property photos to get you started. Click on the photo to view the detailed property information:

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Mallards’ Landing: Mallards Nest I

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Majestic Escapes: Eagle Point Lodge

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Windsor’s Vacation Rentals: The ‘Log Cabin’ on Perch Lake

What do you look for when picking a vacation destination? Happy travels.

#Wisconsin Nature Trails That You Don’t Want to Miss

We know some Wisconsin fans are bummed that our National Parks, Forests, and Trails are closed. On the bright side, Wisconsin does offer a variety of FUN alternatives for this fall!

Here are a few Wisconsin State Parks, Forests, and Trails with awesome vacation rentals nearby:

Wiouwash State Trail
Enjoy 41 miles of walking, jogging, and biking paths at this state trail. Plus, two segments of the trail are open for horseback riding!
>>> Nearby vacation cabin on Lulu Lake

Kettle Moraine State Forest—Southern Unit
Come enjoy the hills and valleys at this state forest in Wisconsin. There are 9 state nature areas: Buff Creek, Kettle Moraine Low Prairie, Ottawa Lake Fen, and more.
>>> Kettle Moraine Farmhouse: Country Retreat – in the heart of the State Forest

Peninsula State Park
Vacationers (and locals) love this Door County State Park. You’ll want to explore the climbing tower with awesome views, Eagle Bluff Lighthouse, and the variety of hiking and biking trails. Plus, this park is also certified through Travel Green Wisconsin.
>>> Rental properties in Fish Creek, Wisconsin 

Flambeau River State Forest
You’ll love to explore the 92,000 acres of forestland which runs along two branches of the Flambeau River. This forest is commonly known for canoeing and also offers a variety of hiking trips.
>>> Compare 7 awesome Winter, WI vacation rentals

Bearskin State Trail
This trail is certified by Travel Green Wisconsin – offering a variety of innovation solutions. Vacationers love the 18-mile railbed trail, awesome for biking and hiking.
>>> Over 60 vacation rentals are available in the Minocqua area 

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Last Minute Ideas to Make the Most of Summer

Summer brings about adventure, fond memories and a hectic schedule. As the countdown to the end of summer draws near, make the most of it with our list of last minute summer activities. These activities require no reservation and very little preplanning so they work into everyone’s schedule. The only thing left to book is a vacation rental on RentWisconsinCabins.com and let the fun begin!

Visit Door County for adventure and acting

Nestled in Egg Harbor is a family friendly park full of fun! The Egg Harbor Fun Park boasts a 3,000 square foot indoor arcade, snack bar, 18-hole mini golf course, go karts, zip line, batting cages and more! The park is open through October 1st from 10:00 am- 10:00 pm. 
Vacation Rentals in Egg Harbor, WI

If you’re looking for the perfect activity to cap off your day in Door County head to The Penisula Players. This theatre offers a unique experience by seating guests in a garden. The sides of the theater rise and fall depending on what Mother Nature has in store and patrons can visit the theatre’s beer garden to see the sun set before taking in a show. Best of all tickets can be purchased right before showtime.
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Visit Wisconsin Dells for speed and late night fun

After you’ve dried off from your time on the water enjoy a relaxing movie at Big Sky Drive-in. Big Sky offers one of the last drive-in theaters in Wisconsin and has two outdoor movie screens. A fully stocked concession stand is also on hand. Pets are welcome at this outdoor wonderland. The drive-in is open through fall.

Wisconsin Dells Jet Boat Adventures offer wet and wild fun for the whole family. Jet boats throw guests into 50 minutes of spinouts that will leave you soaked and a 1,200 horsepower engine that will please even the most adventurous thrill seekers. Purchase tickets at the same location as the tours or visit one of their booths located in the Downtown Dells area.
Vacation rentals in Wisconsin Dells, WI

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Visit Middleton to take a “dip” on the wild side

Among Middleton’s charming views lays a tasty treasure, the National Mustard Museum. The Mustard Museum offers visitors a look at more than 5,500 mustards from all 50 states and more than 70 countries. The Museum also features a tasting bar and is listed on the National Registry of Hysterical Place guaranteeing a few giggles with your mustard. Admission to the museum is free but donations are kindly accepted.
Vacation rentals near Middleton, WI

National Mustard Museum, Middleton, Wisconsin

Guest post provided by Danielle Papineau, 2013.

Fall Festivals in Wisconsin

Kick Off Fall the Fun Way – Wisconsin Festivals in September

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Minocqua’s Beef-A-Rama

Wisconsin Dells Wo-Zha-Wa Days Fall Festival | September 13-15, 2013
Come and enjoy the exciting Dells area. This fall festival includes a Wo-Zha-Wa Run, an antique flea market, arts & crafts fair, concessions, great shopping, and a huge parade. Make this into your weekend trip: visit the festival, dine at the popular restaurants, take a Wisconsin Ducks tour, then return to your private vacation rental.
Vacation rentals in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

Hayward Annual Fall Festival | September 21, 2013
It’s the perfect festival to enjoy the beginning of fall: live music entertainment, wonderful food, fall produce, and an arts and crafts fair. When you’re in the area, make sure to visit the Chequamegon National Forest and the miles of trails for hiking and biking.
Vacation rentals in Hayward, Wisconsin

Egg Harbor Ale Fest | September 21, 2013
Bring your family and friends out to this Door County festival to sample over 100 different craft beers. The event includes sampling from the over 40 different brewers, great food, live music, plus a fantastic view of the bay.
Vacation rentals in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin

Minocqua’s Beef-A-Rama_| September 27-28, 2013
This isn’t your typical Wisconsin festival. Sure, they do feature live music and food, but the festival has a unique a Northwoods twist. The winners of the Beef-A-Rama Rump Roast Run get to bring back a plaque and 16 – 18 lb beef roasts! The festival even features Chainsaw Carving Demonstrations.
Vacation rentals in Minocqua, Wisconsin

Warrens Cranberry Festival | September 27-29, 2013
A variety of activities and events are held throughout the three-day period. More than 80 booths offer a variety of tasty treats and food. Plus, many of the booths feature cranberry inspired dishes. The most popular event at the festival is the guided cranberry marsh tour. End your weekend at the Sunday parade, it’s a crowd pleaser.
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Trout Ala Kinni

We are excited to share this guarded recipe from one of our rental owners with YOU. Trout Ala Kinni is famous at the Lodge on the Kinni in River Falls, Wisconsin with all the Fly Fishermen. The fly fishermen love to enjoy this delectable trout breakfast fresh out of the stream in the morning! Try this recipe at home, or better yet on your next vacation!

You will need:

2-6 trout
onion diced
butter
salt
pepper
tin foil
grill
capers or chives
lemon slices

Clean the entrails out of the trout, and prepare it whole. Stuff the ingredients into the fish, place in tinfoil and on your grill on medium heat for 5 minutes on each side, until golden brown. Garnish with capers or chives and serve with a slice of lemon. For the remainder of the menu, serve a hearty fisherman’s breakfast with scrambled eggs, American fries, and toast, large glass of orange juice, and a good hot cup of coffee.

Thanks to Paige at the Kinni Creek Lodge & Outfitters  for sharing this recipe! 

Hitting the Slopes in Wisconsin – Enjoy the White Winter

Temperatures are dropping and winter is on its way. Here is your chance to choose what you will do this winter – embrace winter in Wisconsin or stay bundled up indoors. So here we are, encouraging you to explore Wisconsin this winter! What better way to enjoy the Midwest’s white winters than by skiing? Here is a handful of skiing and snowboarding locations throughout Wisconsin. Best yet, there are vacation properties nearby that are available to rent.

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Granite Peak Ski Area in Wausau, Wisconsin

Interested in the current snow conditions report? The Wisconsin Department of Tourism offers a great tool to check conditions for downhill skiing, snowmobiling, and cross country skiing.

Treat yourself this winter to a weekend-getaway!