Rhinelander

Travel Guide
Rhinelander which includes a lake or waterhole and hiking or walking
Although it is home to the mythical Hodag monster, you won’t find somewhere more welcoming or charming than this small city in Wisconsin. 

Rhinelander is a vacation destination in the Midwest known for ice fishing and antique shopping. The county seat of Oneida County lies in north Wisconsin and is surrounded by picturesque lakes.

Rhinelander is affectionately known as “Home of the Hodag.” In 1893, local prankster Eugene Shepard reported capturing and killing a fearsome green monster covered in white spikes. After Shepard was said to have captured a second creature, which he called a Hodag, the sensation grew. It wasn’t until scientists from the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. expressed interest in inspecting the beast that Shepard admitted it was all a hoax. Today, the mythical Hodag is a mascot of the city. As you pass the Chamber of Commerce, look for the statue of the legendary creature.

Discover other aspects of Rhinelander’s past at Pioneer Park Historical Complex. This open-air museum has recreations of log cabins from the fur trade era and shops from the late 19th century. Explore the old schoolhouse museum and learn about Rhinelander’s long logging history. The museum includes several exhibits devoted to the Hodag.

Fishing is a favorite leisure activity in Rhineland, often referred to as the “Ice Fishing Capital of the World.” The surrounding area is full of lakes and streams that are teeming with musky, bass and other fish. Purchase all the equipment you need at local bait shops. 

Explore antique stores and boutique shops in downtown Rhineland. Sip coffee in cafés or indulge in three-course meals at restaurants. Enjoy a show at Tommy O’s Playhouse or see local artists’ work at ArtStart, a community-supported gallery located in the old Federal Building.

Rhinelander has mild summers and very cold winters with heavy snowfall. Bring high quality cold-weather clothing for ice fishing and cross-country skiing in winter.

Rhinelander is in north Wisconsin, a 4-hour drive west of Minneapolis. Green Bay is a 2.5-hour trip by car. Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport offers flights to the Minneapolis and Saint Paul metropolitan area. Rhinelander’s isolated location in the lake region of Wisconsin only adds to the city’s charm.

Quality Inn Rhinelander
Quality Inn Rhinelander
2.5 out of 5
668 W Kemp St, Rhinelander, WI, 54501
The price is HK$577 per night from 18 Dec to 19 Dec
HK$577
per night
18 Dec - 19 Dec
Stay at this family-friendly hotel in Rhinelander. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
3.8/5 Good! (737 reviews)
"I enjoy this hotel; I have stayed here multiple times and it never disappoints. The rooms are very clean. The ice machines need some updating, only 1 worked out of 3. BUT it was ok. I do think the painting could use an update, but that too isn't a showstopper. I will stay here again. ;)"

Reviewed on 7 Nov 2022

Quality Inn Rhinelander
AmericInn by Wyndham Rhinelander
AmericInn by Wyndham Rhinelander
2.5 out of 5
648 W Kemp St, Rhinelander, WI, 54501
The price is HK$790 per night from 12 Dec to 13 Dec
HK$790
per night
12 Dec - 13 Dec
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Rhinelander. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (337 reviews)
"This hotel was clean and the staff was very friendly. I really like to pool area. I enjoyed the sauna and hot tub. I also like that when you were in the pool area our eyes didn’t burn from chemicals in the air. Beds were also comfy! Great place for families."

Reviewed on 14 Nov 2022

AmericInn by Wyndham Rhinelander
Comfort Inn Rhinelander
Comfort Inn Rhinelander
2.5 out of 5
1490 Lincoln St, Rhinelander, WI, 54501
The price is HK$656 per night from 26 Dec to 27 Dec
HK$656
per night
26 Dec - 27 Dec
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Rhinelander. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in their ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (406 reviews)
"Our confirmation was for a Standard Room, but we were given a Handicapped Room which was Not Comfortable."

Reviewed on 24 Oct 2022

Comfort Inn Rhinelander
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Large lakefront lodge w/Kayaks, Arcade games, WIFI, next to public boat launch
Large lakefront lodge w/Kayaks, Arcade games, WIFI, next to public boat launch
Rhinelander, WI
Stay at this cabin in Rhinelander. Enjoy on-site parking, a garden and barbecues. Popular attractions Wisconsin River Cruises and Rhinelander Logging Museum ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
Awesome property
"What a great spot! We were in town for a work trip and were able to get everyone at one property by staying here. This is a very unique property with all of the rooms and it must be well built because when we were still downstairs talking it was quiet upstairs and you are able to sleep with no problem. ..."

Reviewed on 7 Nov 2022

Large lakefront lodge w/Kayaks, Arcade games, WIFI, next to public boat launch
Quiet Northwoods Lakehouse Getaway on Lake Julia with walkout WI beach
Quiet Northwoods Lakehouse Getaway on Lake Julia with walkout WI beach
Rhinelander, WI
Stay at this holiday home in Rhinelander. Enjoy a beach locale, WiFi and on-site parking. Popular attractions Wisconsin River Cruises and Almon Park are located ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (9 reviews)
Lake Julia VRBO
"Spacious and beautifullly kept home with large lawn great for children and dogs to play. Conveniently located to town on quiet court. Few steps down to beach with clear sandy water great for kayak or canoe and fishing off the dock. No AC but cool breezes and mosquito free. Awesome VRBO rental."

Reviewed on 4 Sep 2022

Quiet Northwoods Lakehouse Getaway on Lake Julia with walkout WI beach
Pinewood Lodge - Lake Thompson Cabin, Sleeps 9+
Pinewood Lodge - Lake Thompson Cabin, Sleeps 9+
Rhinelander, WI
Stay at this cabin in Rhinelander. Enjoy on-site parking, barbecues and a TV. Popular attractions Rhinelander Logging Museum and Historic Courthouse are located ...
4/5 Very Good! (5 reviews)
family get together
"nice property ---lots of room"

Reviewed on 23 Aug 2022

Pinewood Lodge - Lake Thompson Cabin, Sleeps 9+
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.