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Because It’s Tradition

While some say the golden age of the Northwoods is a thing of the past, we know it’s still here. That’s straight from the mouths of local tourism officials and we firmly believe that truer words were never spoken. So here’s our take on the annual weekend getaway that’s been going on for generations and will continue for generations.

Ride the Bo-Boen
Maybe in your lifetime you’ll log all 2,500 miles of this snowmobile trail. If that is your goal, then jumping on your sled with the sunrise and riding well into the evening may need to be your MO. Did you know: Bo-Boen is Chippewa for “winter fun.”

History-snowmobiling combo
A really scenic stretch of snowmobile trail is near Little Bohemia Lodge in Manitowish Waters – it’s great for history buffs too as this was the famous hideout of John Dillinger (read a funny quote that “Dillinger only left because he had to”). It’s about a one-hour ride from Black Bear Lodge. One other tidbit, you can snowmobile to the annual Ice Castle in Eagle River too; this ice block wonder goes up during the holiday season and it is spectacular.

Rent a sled
About half the visitors to Black Bear Lodge bring their own snowmobiles, the other half rent. If you don’t have a sled or just don’t want to haul the one you have, just ring up Paul’s Rent-All, but do it early. He has 40 sleds and they go fast, no pun intended. St. Germain Rentals is another go-to spot for snowmobile rentals.

Eat a fish fry
The #1 stop on the Bo-Boen Snowmobile Trail is the Wild Bear Grill and Pub at Black Bear Lodge, and it is #1 in our book for a Friday fish fry. The pizza here has scored lots of good online reviews too.

Get jigging
On Little St. Germain Lake, you can catch perch, northern pike, and a lot of walleye. Heck, you might even pull a musky through the ice. Don’t forget your fishing gear. All-around fishing rods with ultralight spinning reels work great. Heck, you might even pull a musky through the ice. Bait shop of choice – Ray’s Landing. Ray, the owner, is one of the nicest guys in the world and he never holds back on insider tips on how or where to catch fish.

Dress the part
Left some of your gear at home in your rush to get to St. Germain? Buy snowmobiling clothing and accessories at St. Germain Sport Marine or Track Side in Eagle River.

Gotta attend these events
You call yourself a snowmobiler? Then it’s required that you attend the Annual  Vintage and World Championships during the month of January (Make a pit stop at the International Snowmobile Hall of Fame while you’re there), and the Rader Run on Little St. Germain Lake held the last weekend of January/first weekend of February (There’s a Snowmobile Hall of Fame and Museum in St. Germain, too).