DETAILS Wisconsin Lakes
GETTING THERE: Flights to Milwaukee from Washington take less than two hours and are consistently inexpensive. Northwest and United have nonstop flights starting at $187. From Milwaukee, the "Up North" area around Marinette County and Crivitz is about three hours by car.
WHERE TO STAY: It's all about being near the water in northern Wisconsin, on either the dozens of lakes or along the rivers. The tourism office can point you to a limited number of private cottages (see below), but several very local "resorts" offer both motel-style rooms and stand-alone cottages.
Near Crivitz, Shaffer Park Resort and Supper Club is in a pretty wooded setting next to the Peshtigo River with a heated pool (N7217 Shaffer Rd., 715-854-2186, http:/
For an entirely different experience, the new Four Seasons Resort in the far north corner of the county is a well-appointed oasis in the north woods (N16800 Shoreline Dr., Pembine, 877-324-5244, http:/
WHAT TO DO:
· There are several small, friendly golf courses in the area. We played at the Four Seasons Resort (above) and DeSmidt's near Crivitz (N7559 Shaffer Rd., 715-854-7939, http:/
· The Nicolet National Forest offers hundreds of miles of trails and lakeside camping. We explored the edge of it on horseback through Mountain Meadows Ranch at $20 per person per hour (13807 Whiffen Lane, Mountain, 715-276-3860).
· Marinette County bills itself as waterfall country , and several scenic ones dot the map. We made the short hike to a great one, the powerful cataract rapids within Dave's Falls Park just outside of Amberg on Route 141. See the tourism contacts below for outfitters.
· The consummate water spectacle here are the various water-ski shows that pop up on weekend nights. We made it to the Twin Bridges ski show (Thursday and Saturday nights at Stephenson Town Park on the High Falls Reservoir, no charge).
INFO: Marinette County , http:/
-- Steve Hendrix