Take a Roadtrip to Minocqua, Wisconsin

When summertime hits and the streets seem to almost melt under the sizzling heat, I escape to the water. Like many others who are as lucky as I to have a home away from home near a body of water, summer signifies the opportunity to escape our normal lives in favor of a few days freedom.

I remember as a child helping my mother roll up sleeping bags, fold blankets, and pack coolers full of food to cook. My father always took care of the boat (his then baby). Once the truck was packed, boat hitched and everything strapped down, we were ready to head north to spend a few days immersed in the wilderness with a group of family friends who shared our passion for the same “great escape”.

Many of our northern Glik’s store locations are stationed in towns that are similar to the one that my family visited. Anytime I get the chance to share with others my childhood memories I am reminded of all the wonderful northern places that Glik’s has settled into and how it would be nice to visit them.  One such place is Minocqua, Wisconsin.

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Located in the hub of the Northwoods, Minocqua, WI sits in the middle of thousands of acres of pine and hardwood forests that expand over the northern glacier landscape. This results in tons of isolated natural lakes that are so quiet that they seem untouched by man, and the echo of an uncommon loon can be heard echoing from shore to shore.  Sounds dreamy right?

image(Photo c/o of Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce: here)

In addition to a TON of other native wildlife, the Minocqua area features shopping, supper clubs, cafes, outdoor outfitters, (my favorite) real lumberjack shows, museums, gaming, and one of the oldest amateur ski shows in the United States. All of this sounds pretty exciting, huh? Not forgetting to mention that Minocqua is one of the best fishing towns in America, being located within an area of over 2,300 bodies of fresh water (that’s the highest concentration in the world) has it’s perks. Minocqua is also home to the North Highland- American Legion State Forest. The NH-AL is the largest state forest in Wisconsin boasting 223,000 acres that feature 18 family campgrounds and 130 canoe and remote campsites.


Fishing Mino(Photos c/o of Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce: here)

With so many things to do in the Minocqua, WI area I had to ask our local Glik’s store Co-Managers, Judy and Sandi what their favorite things were to do in their home town.

Where are a few of your favorite places to eat in Minocqua?

Judy- That would be The Thirsty Whale.  This uniquely built restaurant has been entertaining customers for more than 100 years and is famous for their (heaven sent) fried cheese curds.  Stop by, sit-down, relax, and enjoy a Spotted Cow on draft with your char-grilled burger and cheese curds while experiencing a first-hand view of the local ski shows or casual boaters who pass by.

Thirsty Whale(Photo c/o The Thirsty Whale blog: here)

Are there any interesting facts about the Minocqua Area that you would like to share?

Sandi– Minocqua is on an island! Water and beautiful wooded areas surround us, and there is also an exotic wildlife park!!! Doesn’t get better than that for the summer!

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Does Minocqua have any famous/popular community events?

Judy­– The community holds several craft fairs throughout the year as well as the MOST FAMOUS event of course, Minocqua’s own BEEF-A-RAMA (held in September).

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Lastly, what do you ladies feel is unique about your particular Glik’s store location?

Judy– Glik’s in Minocqua is unique just because of the area that we are located in. We’re a small, hometown community that is surrounded by water and nature. Our Glik’s store caters to the exact area that we are located in providing product that supports the local weather and recreation requirements while at the same time providing unique fashions to the community that are on-trend and easily accessible.


If you’re considering a vacation or are already a resident of the area we invite you to come see us!

Can’t forget to share this exiting news!!! The Minocqua Blast Fox Wake Demo will be at the Minocqua Bats next week, July 17th at 7pm!

Stop by our Eagle River location from 2-4pm for a chance to meet the team and snag a few autographs. Can’t make it? That’s okay, the guys will be at our Minocqua, WI location for in-store signing on July 18th from 11am- 1pm too!

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