Dreaming of warm temperatures and blue water?


Lake Forest Golf Club Health and Fitness Center

Here is how you can find it in the Northwoods - NOW! 

It is fast approaching that difficult time of year — not enough snow to ski or snowmobile, the ice is a bit iffy - just not enough winter for its’ sports. Talk about cabin fever!

How about lying by the water in your swimsuit, a cold drink in your hand? No, we’re not talking about hopping on a plane. How about hopping in your car for a 15-minute drive?

It’s not general knowledge, but there are several facilities that open their pools to the public. From local schools to some of the high end resorts, you can splash away those end of season doldrums while waiting for spring temperatures to provide welcoming warmth.

The Waters of Minocqua

Want a little adventure in your outing? Why not head to the Waters where there is more than just one pool for play? This facility offers both indoor and outdoor pools, including an outdoor slide that is open on weekend late afternoons.

Admission is $15 for those over 48” tall when the slide is open; $5 when the slide is closed. For those under 48”, the cost is $5; those under the age of two are free. Non-swimmers can enjoy the area for $5.

WINTER WATERPARK HOURS                     

Monday thru Thursday                                                        

Pool Hours          8 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Waterslides         Closed during the week

Snack Bar           Closed during the week

Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Pool Hours — Friday 8 a.m. - 11 p.m., Saturday  8 a.m. - 11 p.m.,   Sunday 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Waterslides — Friday 4 p.m. -  10 p.m., Saturday  9 a.m. - 10 p.m.,    Sunday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Snack Bar — Friday 4 pm. -  8 p.m., Saturday  11 a.m. - 8 p.m.,    Sunday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

If you would like more information, go to their website or call 715-358-4000.

Also in Minocqua, Lakeland Union High School has Community Swim hours. There is the Early Morning Swim — Monday through Friday, 6:00 a.m. — 7:50 a.m.; Family Swim — Wednesdays and Fridays, 6:30 p.m.— 7:30 p.m.; Adult Swim — Wednesday and Fridays, 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

There are swim lessons for many levels. Visit the LUHS website for more details

In Eagle River, the Eagle River Inn offers a monthly pass for $20 that includes use of their large, beautiful pool and the exercise equipment. For more information, call 715-479-2000.

The Lake Forest Golf Club, Eagle River, offers their Fitness Center for a daily fee of $8 for adults, $5 for children 14 and younger. Make sure to check out their online information as the Fitness Center offers many delightful amenities besides their pool.

There are monthly and annual passes for singles, couples, families and seniors, plus other optional combinations. Their hours are 9:00 a.m.until 9:00 p.m. daily. For more details see their website or call 715-479-4211.

At Gateway Lodge in Land O’Lakes, the Dolphin Club offers open swim to the public starting at $5 per session. They offer a 10-swim punch card for $45 . In addition, they sell varying length passes for singles, couples and families up to four members. They do ask that prior to coming to use the pool, call to make sure they are not busy as guests have priority use of the pool.

For more details, call 715-547-3321.

There are more area motels and resorts that may offer their pools to the public. Just give them a call! It may not be the Caribbean, but it just might be the ticket to brighten a gray, chilly day.

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