Favorite Fun Places Oconto County
Look to Favorite Fun Places Oconto County for this summer’s getaway. Here is a list of some of my favorite things to do in the area. The best news is that most of them are economical and family friendly. Here is my top 8 list. Review the list and take advantage of our Summer Special 2016 http://www.spurofthemomentranch.org/specials/
- Mountain Fire Tower – This is the first tower in Wisconsin to be placed on the National Historical Lookout Register. It was built in 1935 by the U.S. Forest Service and the Civilian Conservation Corps. It operated from its completion to 1970. The tower is a 100 foot steel structure with a 7 by 7 foot cab. The climb is not for the faint of heart but well worth the view if you make it to the top. The tower re-opened on Memorial Day of 2016.
- Lakewood Trout Rearing Station – In 2015 the station was reopened after being closed for 4 years. Volunteers with the support of the Wisconsin DNR are raising 21,000 brook trout, and 4,000 brown trout from fingerlings to 8-11 inch fish. The trout will be released to select lakes and streams in October, volunteers have raised the funds necessary to feed the trout through the four and half month growing season. And you can visit the station on Saturdays in July from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Don’t miss out on this great experience.
- Experience Horse Back Riding – Perhaps you or a family member would like to have a one on one experience brushing and tacking a horse; riding a horse in a lesson environment; and doing some trail riding. Carriage riding is also available at the ranch in our 6 seat wagonette pulled by our Percheron Black Rose Thorn. This experience is available at Spur of the Moment Ranch in Mountain.
- Slippery Rock in Mountain – This is a natural slide in a little rapids leading back into the Oconto River near the Chute Pond Recreational Area. The natural slide is rock, and has been there for many, many years. I have had many a guest come back, stay at the ranch, and ask, “have you ever heard of a place around here called “slippery rock”, many of them were in their 50’s and 60’s. Fun through the ages to be sure.
- Mountain Biking – The cross country ski trails in Lakewood have been opened up to mountain bikers in the summer. This is a great 22 kilometer course through the forest.
- Cathedral Pines – Located just north of Lakewood, this is one of the oldest stands of Pine in Wisconsin. In May and June, the area is home to a rookery of blue herons, providing a natural concert to visitors. It is definitely a very special place to visit regardless of time of year.
- Bass Lake – This is a great sand beach, great picnic area, and beautiful swimming area. The lake also has a nice boat launch for boating & fishing. It is part of the national forest and they do charge approximately $5 a carload for a day of fun. There is no lifeguard on duty, but the swimming area is roped off, and has a gentle slope.
- ATV/UTV Trail System – Oconto County enjoys an extensive trail system for your enjoyment with connecting trails to Forest, Florence, Marinette, and Langlade Counties with a trail connecting to the UP of Michigan.