Minocqua - steeped in Northwoods tradition with an emphasis on living well


As in most Northwoods towns, Minocqua was founded with the coming of the lumber industry. It became a township in 1889. There are different versions as to where the name originated. One theory is that it comes from the Ojibwe word “Ninocqua” meaning “noon-day rest”, as the Ojibwe people used the island as a rest stop on their journeys. Another theory is that it was named for Ojibwe Chief Noc Wib or Minocquip.

The French fur trading industry also became prominent in Minocqua in the late 1800s and the Milwaukee Road railroad became an integral part of Minocqua’s growth.  First the logging industry used it as a means to access timber. Eventually sportsmen and tourists arrived making the area a popular vacationland destination.

The town was decimated by a fire in 1912 and most of the businesses in the downtown area were destroyed. Most of the existing downtown buildings were built after that fire. 

This premier vacation destination is a well-developed community offering in-depth recreational, retail, health care and educational opportunities. Many of the downtown stores cater to the tourist industry, however, the Minocqua retail community serves nearly every need.

Minocqua is the second largest city in the Northwoods. The population of a little more than 4,600 people enjoy nearly every service found in more populated areas and there are exceptional four-season recreational options. Fishing and water sports are abundant and Minocqua is a part of the developed bike trail system linking communities throughout the Northwoods. Hiking trails are plentiful and golfers can choose from several courses within the area, ranging from miniature to challenging 18-hole courses.

The area features hundreds of miles of pristinely groomed and maintained snowmobile trails maintained by the Forest Riders and the Cross Country Cruisers. The incomparable Minocqua Winter Park and Nordic Center, the Midwest’s premier cross country ski destination, offers top-notch skiing on 6,500 acres of pristine land and 75 kilometers of maintained ski trails. The park also offers a tubing hill, ice skating and snowshoeing.

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