Small Town Pride.
Instead of the towering high-rises of large cities, the Northwoods has a wealth of small communities dotted across Vilas and Oneida counties. In fact, the population in some high-rises may be larger than that of some of our small towns! And we don’t mind at all.
We may have long winters, but we also give out warm welcomes year round.
Each Northwoods community has a distinct personality all its own.
Minocqua is known as the “Island City” because it’s situated in stunning Lake Minocqua with only a thin strip of land connecting it to the mainland. Considered a hub of the Northwoods, Minocqua has a variety of restaurants, supper clubs, and charming small shops. They even have lumberjack show in the summers!
St. Germain was founded by Jean Nicolet, who had been sent on behalf of Samuel Champlain, the Governor of New France, Canada. With origins in fur trading, the natural beauty of the area later brought in tourism. Maintaining its small town atmosphere, St. German is known for supper clubs, mom and pop stores, and rare white deer!
Eagle River has two claims to fame: It’s home to the Chain of Lakes–the largest fresh water naturally linked lakes in the world–and it’s also the home of the World Championship Snowmobile Derby. It’s long been a destination for sportsmen and outdoor activity enthusiasts.
Of course, there are plenty of other unique destinations Up North: Boulder Junction, Lac du Flambeau, Land O’Lakes, Three Lakes, Rhinelander, and many more.
What do our Northwoods communities have in common? The endearing qualities one expects in small towns: good humor, honesty, integrity, and warmth. There are plenty of good storytellers around, too! We love living where we live and want visitors to experience all the region has to offer. Summers are packed with fun outdoor events, but to be clear, so are our winters. It’s small wonder that so many people who visit the Northwoods make it a regular vacation destination and eventually, decide to either move up here or purchase a second home. Property taxes are surprisingly low in the region and there’s nothing like waking up in a home with a woods or lake view!
We invite you to come up for a visit! And if you find, as others have, that you’d like to have a permanent place here, we’d love to guide you to that special place where you’ll create a lifetime of memories.