Fall Colors

by Wisconsin River Cruises

It is that time of year again when our beautiful northern hardwoods start changing to those brilliant yellows, oranges and reds. Join us for a trip down the scenic Wisconsin River for an up close experience of fall colors in the Northwoods.
Experience breathtaking views and watch for a variety of wildlife while enjoying our Carved-to-Order Prime Rib dinner cruise, a scrumptious Sunday brunch cruise or one of our many sightseeing cruises. Which ever way you decide you won’t be disappointed.

To book a reservation for the Prime Rib dinner cruise, Sunday brunch or sightseeing cruise call us at 715-369-7500 and for more information on Fall colors go to

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Oneida County Fair

by Wisconsin River Cruises

The Oneida County Fair is located in Pioneer Park, East Kemp Street at South Oneida Avenue
There are scheduled events throughout the whole weekend plus plenty of rides and vendors from all over.
August 2nd through August 5, 2012

FREE ADMISSION
FAIR HOURS:
Thursday, 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Jerry Shidell, playing the role of the legendary Gene Shepard at the 2010 Hodag Birthday Bash, will re-create history at the 2012 Oneida County Fair–giving fair-goers the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the iconic Hodag. Photo By Craig Mandli

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David Dall

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David Dall Come aboard the Wilderness Queen for a night filled of entertainment from local musician and storyteller David Dall. Sit back and relax while listening to live music for all ages or request a song from Davids music menu. Over forty years ago, David Dall began his career as a professional performer. David has also been a favorite kindergarten teacher in Rhinelander for nearly 25 years. This combination of talent and experience has made him one of the most well-known entertainers in the Northwoods. David has produced several CD’s including – Music is a Friend of Mine, Box Under the Bed, and Still Playin’. He will soon release his first Christmas CD entitled Hometown Holiday.

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What is a Hodag?

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According to Wikipedia and local historians:
In 1893 newspapers reported the discovery of a Hodag in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. It had “the head of a frog, the grinning face of a giant elephant, thick short legs set off by huge claws, the back of a dinosaur, and a long tail with spears at the end”. The reports were instigated by well-known Wisconsin timber cruiser and prankster Eugene Shepard, who rounded up a group of local people to capture the animal. The group reported that they needed to use dynamite to kill the beast. A photograph of the remains of the charred beast was released to the media. It was “the fiercest, strangest, most frightening monster ever to set razor sharp claws on the earth. It became extinct after its main food source, all white bulldogs, became scarce in the area.

Because of the legendary hoax that Mr. Shepard created, Rhinelander has embraced the Hodag as part of its heritage, community and brand. If you drive along the streets of Rhinelander you will find statues, business names and clothing all giving the Hodag its fame. Here are few samples of the “Hodags” that can be found in our area.

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It’s Turtle Time

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It’s that time of year again when the turtles come out of the water and up into our parking lot and under our tent to find the perfect nesting site. Every year we get to experience these magnificent creatures up close when they make their trek from the Wisconsin River up the hill to lay their eggs.

Because these are wild animals, we encourage our customers to be careful when pulling into our parking lot. We at Wisconsin River Cruises try our best to keep the turtles out of harm’s way and safe and we ask the same of our visitors.

Who knows, in the fall when the eggs hatch, we might catch a glimpse of little turtle babies making their way back to the river! And so the cycle begins again.

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Sundog Ballooning

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It’s a Bird.. No a Plane.. No It’s Sundog Ballooning!!

What a great way to view Wisconsin in all its glory. Imagine getting a birds-eye view of the Nicolet National Forest, Buck Lake or even floating over the Wisconsin River. For whatever the occasion, Kerry and Jodi Hanson, hosts of your exciting and pleasurable flight experience, look forward to sharing an aerial adventure with you.

Sundog Ballooning flight packages combine old ballooning traditions and new, state of the art flight equipment. For more information on booking a flight visit their website at www.sundogballooning.com

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Patty Cakes Specialty Desserts

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Patty Cakes will be providing the desserts served on the Wilderness Queen. Serving such specialties as Key Lime Pie, White Chocolate Rasberry Cheesecake, and Patty’s own Andes Mint Cheesecake. 

Patty Cakes is located in Coffee Beans Etc. on Lincoln Street in Rhinelander offering Custom Cakes, Cheesecakes and Specialty Desserts for all occasions.

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Camp King Dong at Wisconsin River Cruises

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It appears Camp King Dong is having a great time at the Hodag Country Fest. The gang came out to celebrate Queen’s birthday(a little early) on a beautiful afternoon for a cruise.

Great to have you back! Sorry, no ducks this year.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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Vogel’s Farm in Elcho

by Wisconsin River Cruises

There are many fine attractions in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.  We are highlighting, via our blog, some of the fun and informative things to do.  Vogel’s Farm in Elcho is one of those places.  With a menagerie of animals, it is a fun family visit.

For more information, check them out here.

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See the stars at Kovac Planetarium

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The Kovac Planetarium east of Rhinelander has opened for the season.  If you travel about 20 miles east of Rhinelander on Hwy 8, you will see their sign.  Frank Kovac bills his attraction the world’s largest mechanical planetarium.

I was fortunate enough to get a private showing from Frank about a month ago.  It was an excellent show!  Frank is very knowledgeable about all things having to do with the planets and stars.

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