5 Snowmobiling Destinations Within 3 Hours of the Fox Valley
October 11, 2017
As a hardcore Wisconsinite, your favorite winter family tradition may include a snowmobiling weekend in the Northwoods. The rush of the fast speeds as the cool winter air hits your sled … Miles of trails surrounded by snow-covered pines … And the midday pit stop at a local dive for a refreshing beverage and burger … Need we say more?
We’ve compiled a list of some of the top Wisconsin snowmobiling destinations near the Fox Valley to spark your excitement for sled season.
Whether you’re in the market for an upgraded snowmobile, or finally landed your first job and feel ready to purchase your own sled, know that the Member Advisors at Unison can help you make a financially sound decision and explain competitive snowmobile loans just in time for winter.
1. Townsend / Lakewood Area
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Local snowmobiling enthusiast, Andy Gaber, recently described this area using the phrase “open riding galore.” The trails in the Townsend / Lakewood area are well-marked and maintained, making this area a popular destination for people who don’t want to drive as far north. “The Oconto County area is the best snowmobiling closest to the Fox Valley. It’s all connected by a ‘snowmobile highway’ going northward from Gillett all the way to Carter. Plus, Carter Casino is nearby for additional entertainment,” says Andy.
2. St. Germain
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The village of St. Germain is known for its network of snowmobile trails. Head in any direction and you’ll uncover a trail to accommodate the love for your sled on fresh powder. Named one of the top snowmobile destinations in Wisconsin by Travel Wisconsin, St. Germain has plenty of beautiful paths to explore.
3. Eagle River
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Officially known as “The Snowmobile Capital of the World,” Eagle River has over 500 miles of trails, which are meticulously cared for by volunteers and snowmobile clubs. It has been said that snowmobiles outnumber cars in the winter months. For over 50 years, Eagle River has hosted oval, snocross, and vintage snowmobile racing. The event is known as the “Indy 500 of Snowmobile Racing,” and attracts over 40,000 spectators annually.
4. Three Lakes
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For your next snowmobile adventure, check out Three Lakes, a quaint town known for its antique charm and beautiful chain of lakes. With 86 miles of state-funded trails, venture through the scenic routes from Nicolet National Forest to the chain of 28 interconnected lakes going from Three Lakes northward to Eagle River.
5. Door County
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Explore beautiful snowmobile trails in Peninsula State Park or up the northern tip of the Door Peninsula. Discover several miles of state snowmobile trails that run up the length of the peninsula all the way to Gills Rock. With approximately 250 miles of state and club trails, Door County’s trails are a true site to see.
While it has been said that snowmobiles help some Wisconsinites learn to re-love winters, true enthusiasts have typically been snowmobiling since they were young – it is in their blood. And, most of them will say the best part about owning a snowmobile in Wisconsin is that you can explore all of winter’s beauty without leaving the state. Be sure to check trail conditions reports to ensure your route is open before heading out on your sled.
If you are looking to invest in a new snowmobile, you may feel like purchasing one is a daunting task. The folks at Unison Credit Union are here to help you make responsible, timely decisions and teach you about competitive loans and rates. Our helpful Member Advisors are available to answer your questions on snowmobile loans. Stop by one of our locations in North Kaukauna, South Kaukauna, Wrightstown, De Pere, Little Chute, or Grand Chute to start the conversation.