A Northerly Father's Day


It goes without saying, but Dads are important. Celebrating such a person and making them feel special is no easy feat. How can any meal, game of golf, or boat ride be enough to thank dad for everything he has done? Here's a collection of our favorite ways to celebrate Dads in northern Wisconsin. Use #NortherlyCollective to share how you celebrate your Dads. Enjoy!


Father's Day By The Water

Close to the summer solstice, Father’s Day always has an extra hour of daylight to share with dad. For us, that means extra time on the water.

  1. Slow cruise in the pontoon boat on the Manitowish Chain of Lakes. Savor the time together - bring a fun family game, playing cards, and a signature cocktail. Here are 12 Cocktails for Father’s Day that will surely become favorites.

  2. Rent a kayak or a canoe and enjoy wildlife and conversation on the water.

  3. Cruise to Aberdeen Restaurant via boat for a sunset meal in a cozy lodge. Make a reservation for a table with a view.


Father’s Day By Land

You are never too old for adventure. Give dad a day of fun and adventure, Northwoods style.

  1. Play a round at Trout Lake Golf Club, then head to Parkside Tavern for a supper club style dinner on their screened porch.

  2. Make the drive to Gateway Lodge in Land O’ Lakes for an afternoon of sport shooting. We recommend Bent’s Camp for dinner.   

  3. Lace up your hiking shoes and get lost in the woods together at North Lakeland Discovery Center (follow the marked trails, so you won't literally be lost).

  4. Take a Hops + Grains tour! Start in Minocqua with Northern Waters Distillery and Minocqua Brewing Company, followed by Rocky Reef Brewing Co in Woodruff. Swing through Boulder Jct. on your way home to enjoy Aqualand Alehouse - the best craft beer selection in the Northwoods.


Father’s Day By The (Fishing) Hook

Take the man who taught you how to fish for a day on the water.

  1. Book a trip with a local fishing guide and surprise dad with a day of slaying walleye or musky on the Manitowish Chain of Lakes.

  2. Take a tour of the St. Croix Rods factory to pick up a new rod, then simply fish off of your dock or your favorite honey hole.   


Father’s Day By The Cycle

It's no secret that the Northwoods has embraced life on two wheels. Grab your family and head out on the trails.

  1. Pick up a mountain bike at Coontail in Manitowish Waters and head to WinMan Trails to flow through the woods on single track trails. Grab a cup of coffee and a cinnamon roll at Dixie’s Coffee House to fuel up beforehand.

  2. Choose your favorite section of the Heart Of Vilas Bike Trail. Bonus if your favorite brunch spot is on the route!


Father’s Day By The Fork

Some of our family’s best memories were made around the dinner table at the cabin. Reconnect with dad over delicious food + drink - food made with love always tastes better right?

  1. For a truly special dinner with plenty of time to enjoy each other's company, make reservations at the Blue Bayou Inn. The atmosphere is warm + charming, and the service is as great as the food (Penny’s description of the Magic Fish will have you drooling).

  2. When the South comes North, follow your gut. Get your BBQ fix at Lazy Ace Saloon in Manitowish. We recommend their famous smoked ribs. Napkin bib suggested!

  3. If dad is the grill master in the family, give him a break (+ a cold brew) and make this barbecued chicken on the grill for dinner. Vegetarian? Try this amazing cauliflower steak.


Father’s Day By The Minivan

The Northwoods is truly the best playground you can find. There is plenty to do as a family if you have little ones on Father's Day.

  1. Race around the track on a go-cart at Holiday Acres (we dare you not to have a huge smile on your face). Afterwards, head next door to Settler’s Mill for ice cream and mini golf.

  2. Make a family tournament bracket and head to the Manitowish Waters Community Playground to play paddleball. Equipment is provided for free.

  3. Discover a fun new backyard game nestled between the pine trees. Head to Swift Creek Croquet Club for a game, or pack a picnic and enjoy the entire afternoon.

  4. The starry skies of the Northwoods are breathtaking. Check out your local star chart and find everyone’s favorite constellation. Want a telescope to feel closer to the sky? Find one here.

  5. End the night gathered around the campfire telling stories and making s'mores. S’mores not your thing? Pick up these pudgy pie makers, bread and Nutella. Yum!

  6. If a long day of play has the family beat, stay home for dinner and make campfire dinners by the fire. Simply wrap your favorite ingredients in aluminum foil (we like chopped potatoes, peppers, onions and kielbasa - but the sky's the limit!) and toss it in the fire to cook. Eat right from the aluminum foil to minimize clean up!