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Four Must-See Water Ski Shows in the Northwoods

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Home to more than 3,200 lakes, Northwoods Wisconsin is the ideal place for water worshippers. If you plan to spend time in this region this summer, you are sure to be close to a water ski show. Here are four water ski teams that will wow you with their feats of balance, agility, and bravery. And, better yet, they are free for you to watch and enjoy!

Chain Skimmers Water Ski Show (Conover)

The Chain Skimmers originated in 1970 at the Eagle River T-Docks and quickly became a success! Today they perform on beautiful Lake Pleasant, off of Highway 45 in Conover. Catch a performance at 7 p.m. on a Tuesday, Thursday, or Sunday until Labor Day weekend. Visit the Chain Skimmers on Facebook @ChainSkimmersWaterSkiShowTeam for updates and the dates of special shows at area resorts and bars. Learn more about the team at chainskimmers.org.

Kwahamot Water Ski Club (Tomahawk)

The talented water skiers of the Kwahamot (that’s Tomahawk spelled backwards) Water Ski Club perform on Kwahamot Bay on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Shows start at 7:30 or 8:00 p.m., depending on the time of year. This club has a long history of success, having been in operation for almost 60 years. Street and lot parking are available. Enjoy snacks from their concession stand, which donates proceeds to Shriners Children’s Hospitals. For more information, visit the Kwahamot Water Ski Club website, kwahamot.org, and check for updates on Facebook @Kwahamot.

Min-Aqua Bats (Minocqua)

This club is the world’s oldest continually running amateur water ski show! Members hail from as far as Hawaii and Singapore. With a history and roster like that, you can count on quality. The Min-Aqua Bats perform at the Aqua Bowl, located on West Park Avenue on Lake Minocqua. Shows are Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 7 p.m., starting in mid-June and continuing to the Friday before Labor Day. Street and lot parking are available. Although this show is free, you may want to bring some cash for “passing the hat” during intermission—and to treat yourself to snacks at the concession stand. For more information, visit the Min-Aqua Bats website, minaquabats.com, and check for updates on Facebook @minaquabats.

Plum Ski-ters Water Ski Show Team (Sayner)

The Plum Ski-ters were founded in 1960 in a quiet bay of Plum Lake. Today, with the support of the Town Board of Plum Lake and the State of Wisconsin, the club enjoys the use of Statehouse Point on Plum Lake, just off of Razorback Road in Sayner, as its permanent site. The team performs mid-June to late August on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Shows start at 7 p.m. from June 15 to July 31 and start at 6:30 p.m. August 1 to 31. For more information, check out the Plum Ski-ters website, plumskiters.org, and watch for updates on Facebook @plumskiters.

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