Activities for Everyone
Langlade County provides a tremendous variety of recreational opportunities to meet everyone’s needs. We boast over 125,000 acres of forest land, 841 lakes, 225 streams, 395 miles of trout streams, and 200 spring ponds. Langlade County is also widely known for its trail systems. We have trails for hiking, mountain biking, snowmobiling, ATVing, cross country skiing, horseback riding, and rafting. The trail system is a very scenic and traverse glacial moraine, upland hardwood, cedar swamps, farm fields, small streams and lakes.
The Wolf River country, long known as Wisconsin’s “Troutland” for the spirited fish in these clean Northern waters, is one of the state’s richest resources. The Wolf River is the heart of the area. The Wolf flows quietly into Troutland in the community of Lily. From here downstream, the river is a mischievous mix of boulder-strewn rapids interspersed with quiet stretches of water. The rapids become rowdier the farther downstream you go. In the 28 miles it flows through our area, the Wolf drops 430 feet in elevation. Trout fishermen come for the excitement and challenge of matching wits with the brookies, browns, and rainbows that swell in the Wolf River and its tributaries.
Whitewater rafting and canoeing are popular sports that take advantage of the river’s boisterous nature. People who raft or paddle the Wolf are rewarded with outstanding shoreline scenery, abundant wildlife and excellent water quality.
The Langlade County Forest is a great place to horseback ride. There are two trails located within Langlade County for you to enjoy and discover all the beauty our county has to offer.
Golfers will find challenge 15 miles north, Antigo at Bass Lake Country Club’s 18-hole course, a regular host of the noted Channel 7 Classic and Riverview’s nine-hole facility just four miles west. Maplewood Golf Course in Pickerel, 25 miles northeast of Antigo, presents a scenic nine-hole challenge.
Antigo’s 12 well-equipped parks comprise 51 acres and offer everything from playgrounds, baseball and softball diamonds, tennis and basketball courts, wading pools and picnic areas. Wintertime skating rinks are numerous including an indoor facility that hosts hockey events but also offers public skating time. The city has also completed a multifaceted aquatic center that offers year ‘round water fun and education in addition to several other attractions.
Antigo’s Parks and Recreation Department offers a year ‘round slate of sporting events and classes tailored to both young and old alike. Meeting all tastes and interests, Antigo hosts a bowling establishment and two health and fitness centers.
Certainly wilderness-related and of national and international note is the Raptor Education Group, Inc., (www.raptoreducationgroup.org), located just outside Antigo. The non-profit rehabilitation organization is recognized worldwide as one of the key sources for information on and treatment of wild birds that have been injured and orphaned. Maintaining its own rehabilitation facility, the group also offers heavily attended educational programs for adults and children.