Five Unforgettable Northwoods Adventures
What suits your favorite flavor of thrill? Viewing the lakes from the sky, climbing in the canopy on an aerial obstacle course, cruising through a trophy deer farm, paddling the rapids, rappelling in a dark mine: adventurous souls, we’ve got it all here, Up North!
Adventure Mine is a historic copper mine that offers authentic tours so you can get a glimpse into mining, the way it really was. Guests are furnished with a hard hat and headlamp, and other than that, there are no other lights underground or other modern trappings. You can choose the appropriate length and intensity of the tour for you and your fellow adventurers.
The Trammer’s Tour and Prospector’s Tour are 45–60 minutes in length and let you walk through tunnels to see large rooms where pure copper and silver were removed. You can also view copper still in place within the rock walls of the mine. There are no age restrictions on these tours.
The Miner’s Tour is for the “truly adventuresome,” during which you’ll rappel down a mine shaft in total darkness, crawl down slopes and through low areas, and hike through some of the oldest and most interesting parts of the mine. Finish by either crossing a 30-foot swing bring or a 10-foot slide. This is an adventure you’ll never forget! The suggested minimum age for this tour is 12 years old, and participants must be in good health and be able to walk on uneven terrain.
Finally, the Captain’s Tour (for which reservations are required) is an in-depth, hands-on 5- to 6-hour tour that takes you on a journey throughout almost all of the first and second levels of the Adventure Mine. Participants must be at least 13 years old, in good physical condition, be able to walk over 2 miles on uneven terrain, be able to carry a 10-pound pack of safety equipment, be comfortable with being a 40-minute walk/climb to the nearest mine exit, and by approved by the mine staff in order to embark on this adventure. You will see portions of the mine that still look the same as they did in 1900s, rails, timbers, carts, and many other fascinating artifacts. A pasty lunch is included, too. Adventure Mine is located in Greenland, Michigan. For more information, visit adventureminetours.com.
Get a whole new perspective of the Northwoods as you see beautiful northern Wisconsin or Upper Peninsula Michigan. Lauer Aviation, LLC, offers scenic airplane rides that enable you to witness exquisite views that can only be experienced from the air. You can choose a trip to get an elevated view of the hundreds of lakes and rivers, the Lake Superior shoreline, the Porcupine Mountains, and the Apostle Islands. Experience the flight as a passenger or even as a flying student, with your hands on the yoke! Tours can be taken in a float plane or land plane. Land plane tours take off from Manitowish Waters or Ironwood airports. When you embark on a float plane tour, you can even be picked up at your own dock, if you wish. There are a variety of tour options to choose from. The lake tour includes Lac du Flambeau, Minocqua, and Manitowish Waters. Take our Superior Tour and see some of the most beautiful shoreline in the world along Lake Superior. If you’re a history buff, opt for a fascinating themed airplane ride, such as the Historical Mining Aerial Tour and the Woodland Highway Aerial Tour, during which you’ll not only see amazing sights but also learn about what you see from expert tour guide, Bill Lauer. Lauer Aviation is located in Mercer, Wisconsin. For more information, visit laueraviationllc.com, or call (715) 476-7810 (landline) or (920) 427-3902 (mobile).
Northwoods Zip Line’s Argo Tour
Northwoods Zip Line’s expert-guided Argo Tour is the first of its kind in Wisconsin. Drive or ride in an 8-wheeled, 4-passenger Argo on more than 16 miles of scenic wilderness trails on the expansive 900-acre Forest of Antlers Trophy Deer Farm. Expect to see lots of wildlife—potentially including many deer and even huge bucks—and to get muddy! This family-friendly adventure is suitable for ages 5 and older, but you must be a licensed driver who is at least 18 years old in order to drive the Argo. The Argos can fit up to 4 people in them; if you have 2 drivers in your Argo, you can even swap drivers halfway. The tour will last about 2.5 hours. Northwoods Zip Line is located in Minocqua, Wisconsin. For more information or to book your tour, visit northwoodszipline.com.
Rohr’s Wilderness Tours
Located at the Headwaters of the Wisconsin River, Rohr’s Wilderness Tours will set you up for an awesome river adventure. The Headwaters of the Wisconsin River are a very scenic part of the river, flowing south from Lac Vieux Desert, 40 miles downstream to Eagle River, joining the Eagle River Chain of Lakes and the Wisconsin River. This winding stream flows mostly through county forest land, providing paddlers with a serene trip. Along the way, you’ll likely see wildlife such as herons, eagles, hawks, beavers, deer, otters, and more! Rohr’s provides quality canoes and kayaks, custom-fitting each paddler to the appropriate boat and trip to suit him or her. Canoe and kayak trips are available every day and range from an hour to several days long, and Rohr’s will provide complete outfitting if needed. Rohr’s Wilderness Tours also offers guided Class I and II whitewater trips on wildly beautiful sections of the Ontonagon and Brule rivers. For paddlers yearning to improve their skills, Rohr’s provides six levels of canoe instruction. Rohr’s Wilderness Tours is located in Conover, Wisconsin. Visit rwtcanoe.com to learn more.
Troullhaugen Outdoor Recreation Area’s Adventure Park
Established in 1950, Trollhaugen Outdoor Recreation Area is one of the longest-running snow sports resorts in the Midwest. In addition to the skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing you’ll find there in the winter, there is an adventure waiting for you in the warm months, too! Trollhaugen’s Adventure Park is an aerial challenge course and zipline park tour that provides tons of fun for everyone. The park is an enormous playground suspended in the canopy, described by Trollhaugen as a cross between Ewok Village and Ninja Warrior. Climb trees, hang from tires, and swing on ropes like you loved to do as a kid—but on a much larger scale and supported by world-class safety equipment. The aerial challenge course, open from spring to autumn, offers 7 different circuits and 5 levels of difficulty (orange [kids’], yellow, green, blue, and black) so you will find the perfect mix of fun and challenge to suit you. There’s also a zipline tour that boasts 6 ziplines across multiple platforms and a dual-zip for an exciting time with a friend. Trollhaugen Recreation Area is located in Dresser, Wisconsin. For more information or to book online, visit trollhaugen.com.
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