1 . Popp's Resort

Crivitz, Wisconsin

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 570 - 7405

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Located on the shores of High Falls Flowage, one of a series of lakes formed by the Peshtigo River, Popp's Resort presents you with the most incredible setting you could ask for on your fishing vacation.

With almost 10,000 acres of wild lands that surrounds the incredible lakes of the High Falls Flowage, this is a destination that is sure to astound you. And at Popp's Resort, you're just steps away from experience all of it, however you want. Fishing enthusiasts are truly in for adventures of an amazing level, as you explore the waters and cast your line for an assortment of species. Teeming with trophy walley, muskie and bass, this is a fishing paradise just waiting for you to discover! If you're here during the wintertime, Popp's Resort has you covered. They offer shanty rentals to make your ice fishing vacation a complete breeze! And Popp's Resort makes it truly easy to do just that. Their Bait & Sport Shop offers you everything you might need for a successful trip. An experienced staff is available to assist in choosing the right bait and products. Let them help direct you to the best spots on the waters to catch just what you're looking for! The resort also offers a variety of fishing boats for rental if you don't have your own. And when it comes to the hours after your fishing journey, Popp's Resort's cozy lakeside cottages are the perfect place to unwind after a long day. Whether you're here with family or on an excursion by yourself, this is a fishing vacation that's sure to hook you!

Address

W11581 County Road X Crivitz, Wisconsin 54114

Highlights

Popp's Resort offers storage units to help make your vacation a little easier. Leave your boat or snowmobiles here and have one less thing to worry about!

Related Onsite Offerings

Popp's Marine offers everything you could need for a fishing vacation. From their Bait & Sport Shop that offers all the essentials to an array of fishing and pontoon boats for rent, you're sure to have access to anything you need for a successful trip!

2 . Woodside Cottages of Bayfield

Bayfield, Wisconsin

CALL DIRECT: +1 (715) 779 - 5600

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Being confined by four wooden walls may make your ice fishing expedition warmer, but we found that we missed the connection with our surroundings while waiting for the fish to bite. This is why we searched – and found – a unique ice fishing ground, our No. 2 spot.

Woodside Cottages of Bayfield has chosen to set up camp in the form of 13 pristine cottages next to Lake Superior. The quaint Wisconsin town of Bayfield is known as the gateway to the Apostle Islands. No, it’s not the pearly gates, but it’s the closest thing to angling heaven on earth! There are not three, not 11, but 21 islands in the Apostle chain, plus 12 miles of mainland. When those first cold gales of wind pick up, ice anglers wait in anticipation of the Superior ice caves on the Bayfield Peninsula and shores of Apostle Islands. A gleaming glass floor of ice in the caves paves the way for serene ice fishing in an exotic surrounding. And when you’ve strung a satisfying line of lake trout, you can return to your Woodside cottage to rest in front of the fire or thaw out in the Jacuzzi.

Related activities

Take a short 1.5-mile ride into the town of Bayfield on your snowmobile or hit the hundreds of state and forest snowmobile tracks in the area.

Related Onsite Offerings

Each cottage comes equipped with conveniences like high-speed wireless Internet, a gas fireplace, coffee maker, dishwasher, pine vaulted ceilings and more.

Getting there

From Ashland, WI, take U.S. Hwy. 2 W to Hwy. 13 N. Hwy. 13 N will bring you into Bayfield. Approximately a half of a mile south of Bayfield, turn right at the intersection of Hwy. 13 N and County Road J. Woodside Cottages are adjacent to the Fore ‘n Aft Restaurant.

3 . White Birch Village Resort

Boulder Junction, Wisconsin

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 570 - 8425

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Spend your winter fishing trip at White Birch Village Resort and enjoy privacy alongside productive waters.

Cast your line into the White Birch-Ballard-Irving chain of lakes for an exciting day of ice fishing. Whether you are fishing for bass, walleye, musky, or panfish, your day on the ice is sure to make your fishing trip memorable. After a long lay on the lake, retire to one of their spacious vacation rentals. These warm and welcoming cabins offer you a charming place to stay, but you'll never be far from the lake or from a day of exciting fishing. All this and so much more awaits you when you spend your winter fishing with White Birch Village Resort.

Address

8764 County Rd. K East Boulder Junction, WI 54512

Population

958

Elevation

1666 ft

4 . Pitlik's Sand Beach Resort

Eagle River, Wisconsin

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 233 - 1992

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Don’t be fooled by our No. 4 pick’s name. It may highlight its locale next to sand, but we know what really calls to the heart of you avid anglers. Rest assured that in winter, those tan granules give way to white powder and ice.

Pitlik’s Sand Beach Resort has 13 cabins conveniently close to the shores of Sand Lake but that’s not the only body of water you can dip your lure into. Pitlik’s is also nine miles southwest of Eagle River. Feel the rush when your tip-up signals the biting of a prize pike or walleye. If you really want to impress your buddies, stay out late and we don’t mean at the local bar. After the sun sinks, so will your jig rod – but not for long! These dark hours are actually the prime time for walleye-seekers. When the other fishermen are getting out of bed, you will have already caught your trophy. Pitlik’s cabins not only showcase the Sugar Camp Chain of Lakes with gorgeous views of Sand Lake, some also speak to modern comfort with an open-view wood burning stove, a fieldstone chimney, screened in porch, patio or spiral staircase.

Fun facts

Pitlik’s has been open since 1928 with a mission to deliver Northwoods wilderness relaxation. Enjoy the WI outdoors fishing, hiking or sitting by the fire.

Highlights

Pitlik’s is ideal for secluded wilderness getaways or wildlife viewing because of the Norway pine, birch, oak and maple that surrounds the resort.

Address

4833 Sand Beach Drive, Eagle River, WI 54521

5 . Shady Rest Lodge

Rhinelander, Wisconsin

CALL DIRECT: +1 (715) 282 - 5231

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When you hear the word “shade,” several sensations surface. A cool feeling on your skin. The relaxed state of your body sitting beneath a tree. Maybe even the sound of wind rustling the leaves of the tree. Luckily, this sense of peace doesn’t just stop at the name of our No. 5 spot.

If you came to Shady Rest Lodge in the summer, we know you’d make ample use of the pine and hardwood tree shade. But since we are after cold, hard ground and frozen lakes, we won’t get into how Shady Rest Lodge is on Breezy Point Peninsula, which juts out into the gorgeous 300-acre, spring-fed Manson Lake. Instead, we will tell you that Manson Lake is acclaimed for its musky, including tiger muskies, and stocked with walleye by both Shady Rest Lodge’s lake association and the Wisconsin DNR. If you’re bringing your little tikes up for their ice fishing debut, cozy Cabin No. 3 is appointed with family-friendly amenities like a refrigerator, a lake view and a fireplace where you can warm your toes after a day of reeling.

Related Onsite Offerings

If you do decide to come back and catch that piece of shade, you will enjoy Shady Rest Lodge’s Modified American Plan which includes breakfast and dinner, water skiing, use of the boats and more.

Related activities

Enjoy the Breezy Point scenery in a different way – on the green. Courses like Timber Ridge, Edgewater Country Club, Northwood Golf Club of Rhinelander and more are within 20 min. of the resort.

Address

8440 Shady Rest Road, Rhinelander, WI 54501

6 . Gypsy Villa Resort

Eagle River, Wisconsin

CALL DIRECT: +1 (715) 479 - 8644

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When the temperatures drop below zero and all you see for miles and miles is a blanket of white, you know what time it is: time for an island vacation! Don’t go breaking out the swimming suit and sunscreen just yet. This winter island getaway is for those with one thing on their agenda: fish!

Our No. 6 spot sports an exotic name and location. Gypsy Villa Resort has Mainland and Island Villas in the chain of 28 navigable and connected Wisconsin lakes that make up the Eagle River-Three Lakes area. The Island Villas on Cranberry Island are surrounded by the gateway waters of the Nicolet National Forest. No matter what season you choose to follow your lure, Gypsy Villa always provides stunning scenery and warm, convenient lodging in the Carriage House or Hillcrest House. And being in the Eagle River-Three Lakes area also means that those musky, perch, smallmouth bass and northern pike are at the tip of your hook!

Related Onsite Offerings

Full kitchens, dining areas and cable TV are in every room of the Carriage House. The two suites in the Hillcrest House have private whirlpools, living rooms, TVs, dining areas and full kitchens.

Related activities

Never navigated Cranberry Lake before? Take an ice fishing guide with you to catch that record-breaking musky!

Address

950 Circle Drive, Eagle River, WI 54521

7 . Lakeview Log Cabin Resort

Mosinee, Wisconsin

CALL DIRECT: +1 (715) 693 - 2595

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How do you say it? ZeBay? DeBay? Nope, it’s DuBay! Though Lake DuBay may sound like “the bay” with a slight cold, this 7,000-acre flowage is healthy and teeming with the objects of your dreams. That is, mainly musky, large and smallmouth bass, bluegill, crappie, walleye and more.

Lakeview Log Cabin Resort, our No. 7 pick, has a fairly self-explanatory name, but there’s more behind the name that we feel compelled to introduce you to. The five modern cabin homes have various options for housing your party, large or small, and the resort offers all the fisherman’s necessities: a fish cleaning house, freezer storage, a bait shop and license sales. Not only is Lakeview’s attentive staff on hand to make your stay at Lake DuBay as relaxing and convenient as possible, but local fishing guides from Hooksetters are also nearby to make this WI fishing vacation a success!

Related activities

Don’t forget to explore dry land, as well. Check out the Stevens Point Brewery or casinos in the Wausau area.

Related Onsite Offerings

Bed linens, high-speed Internet, garbage bags, dish soap, dishes, air conditioning/heat and more.

Address

1095 Wambold Drive, Mosinee, WI 54455

8 . Ward's Riverside Cabins

Buffalo City, Wisconsin

CALL DIRECT: +1 (608) 248 - 3702

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When we embarked on our mission to complete our list of Top 10 Wisconsin Ice Fishing Vacations, one absolute requirement came to mind. We wanted a warm place to rest after the day of ice and cold. Fortunately for us – and for you – our No. 8 pick has this and much more!

Not only does Ward’s Riverside Cabins have cabins with four walls and a roof to block out the cold, they also have warm bed linens, an outdoor firepit and a coffee pot to keep you warm outdoors in those early morning hours. But we know you anglers are itching to move from dry land to water – frozen water that is. The shallow backwaters of the Mississippi are your ice mine – errr, gold mine for panfish and maybe even that 40-in.-plus pike. When you’re not playing on the ice, play in the snow. No, we aren’t referring to making snow angels – although that is a perfectly acceptable past time. We’re referring to the snowmobile trails close to Ward’s Riverside!

Related Onsite Offerings

Ward’s Riverside supplies wood for the firepit and an onsite cleaning house for fish or game that you hunted during your stay.

Fun facts

The owners of Ward’s Riverside also make log furniture, such as beds, dressers, tables and more.

Address

389 West 20th Street, Buffalo City, WI 54622

9 . Treeland Resort

Hayward, Wisconsin

CALL DIRECT: +1 (715) 462 - 3874

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What could top staying at a resort with a history of hospitality reaching back to 1928 that is also by the Chippewa Flowage? Well, our No. 9 spot not only lays claim to one of these resorts – its grand total comes to four!

Though we’d love to make this a top 12 so that we are able to give Timber Cove and Oak Shores their due (Pat’s Landing gets theirs in our No. 10 spot), we will have to settle for expounding on the fine qualities of the first and original Treeland Resort for now. Treeland Resort not only boasts lodging with leather furniture and gas-log fireplaces, it also provides fish cleaning stations and a main lodge with a game room, restaurant and bar. Treeland is also mere steps from the Chippewa Flowage, Wisconsin’s third largest lake. Plumb the dark depths with the help of fishing guides, or go solo to win the Treelands Walleye Challenge or Lake Chippewa Flowage Musky Hunt contest.

Fun facts

Each resort in the Treelands Resorts group has its own outdoor heated swimming pool.

Highlights

The family can sprawl out in spacious five-bedroom cabins, or you can cozy up to your sweetie in front of a fieldstone fireplace in a one-bedroom cabin overlooking Musky Bay.

Address

9630 Treeland Road, Hayward, WI 54843

10 . Pat's Landing

Hayward, Wisconsin

CALL DIRECT: +1 (715) 945 - 2511

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As promised, our No. 10 spot is a sister property in the Treelands Resorts group. Can you really blame us for highlighting another when it plays such a significant role in the legacy of WI angling? We thought not. And that’s why we’ve chosen Pat’s Landing to round out our list.

Sunsets over the Chippewa Flowage are widely acclaimed, but Pat’s Landing may have stumbled upon something when they built their newest condos to face the sunrise. Though we realize any self-respecting ice angler would already be on the lake, we couldn’t help but test the view once from the inside. Another inside amenity that we feel is beneficial for ridding your bones of every last chill is Pat’s Landing’s bar. Swap stories about your big day and the best hot spots with other anglers over a pint or a plate of delicious comfort food. If your little one is nagging you for a change of scenery, take them cross country skiing on the kilometers of groomed Wisconsin trails. Or, show them a different thrill – the thrill of the hunt!

Related Onsite Offerings

Internet, TVs in bedrooms, TV/VCR/DVD and fireplace in the great room, washer/dryer unit, a bar and grill restaurant overlooking Chief Lake and more.

Highlights

Pat’s Landing is also an ideal resort for your summer Wisconsin family vacation. The kids will be endlessly entertained with hiking trails, an outdoor playground and heated swimming pool, the sand beach, putting green and more.

Address

7476 N Pat’s Landing Road, Hayward, WI 54843

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