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Thunderdown in the Underdown
Chris Schotz on a lap of the Thunderdown in the Underdown racing on 10-hour duo team “Underdown Trail Crew” with teammate Steve Engel.Ryan Matthews/Lakeland Times

Chris Schotz on a lap of the Thunderdown in the Underdown racing on 10-hour duo team “Underdown Trail Crew” with teammate Steve Engel.
Ryan Matthews/Lakeland Times

Rhinelander area mountain bike riders won the annual Thunderdown cup at the Thunderdown in the Underdown July 18 in the Underdown Recreation Area near Irma with a score of 371. Wausau scored 163 points; Green Bay and Iowa City riders both scored 30 points. (Subscriber access)


Friday, July 24, 2015


A paddle for paws: Kayaker raising money for American Cancer Society

Vince Lofquist will be kayaking the entire 430 miles — and portaging over 26 dams — from July 25 to Aug. 9 to raise money for Bark For Life, an American Cancer Society program that honors the relationship between cancer survivors and their canine companions. (Subscriber access)


Friday, July 24, 2015

The Plaid Clad Rambler

The second week of a summer-long experiment involving my family living under the stars for short periods of time is in the books. I had a wonderful week at the Cunard Lake campground with my wife, Elisabeth, and our pooch, Lando. (Subscriber access)


Friday, July 24, 2015

Traveling Trails Less Traveled

If sportsmen sponsored a popularity contest to discover which officers from a specific branch of law enforcement are the most popular, game wardens or conservation officers if you prefer, would probably finish rather far down on the list — although — I might be surprised. (Subscriber access)


Friday, July 24, 2015

The Lake Where You Live

Now and then as you get to know your lake, it’s useful to consider the properties of water itself. One of those is surface tension. (Subscriber access)


Friday, July 24, 2015

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation banquet set for Aug. 1
The fifth annual North Country Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Chapter Big Game Banquet will be held at 5 p.m. Aug. 1 at the Quality Inn, 668 Kemp St., Rhinelander. (Subscriber access)
Friday, July 24, 2015

Motorized access comment period extended through July 31

The public comment period regarding draft guidance for evaluating motorized use on department roads has been extended through July 31, and those with an interest in how the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources determines which roads are closed or open for motorized use are encouraged to provide feedback. (Public access)


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

UW Trout Lake Station open house Friday, July 31
Grab a cone of University of Wisconsin-Madison’s famous Babcock Hall ice cream and get a “behind toe scenes” look at the world-class research being conducted right here in the Northwoods at the annual Trout Lake Station open house and ice cream social 1-5 p.m. (Public access)
Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Manitowish Waters Lakes Association annual meeting, picnic

Join the Manitowish Waters Lakes Association’s 23rd Annual Meeting and Picnic 4-6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 25. The sign-in begins at 3:30 p.m. and the meeting and picnic will take place at the North Lakeland Discovery Center in Manitowish Waters. (Public access)


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Forest Fest free family fun day

Learn about logging in Wisconsin — both its history and current practices — during a daylong celebration of the forest on Saturday, Aug. 1, at Trees For Tomorrow in Eagle River. (Public access)


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Outdoor Calendar, July 26-Aug. 8
Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Women in the Outdoors

The National Wild Turkey Federation is hosting a three-day weekend full of outdoor activities for women ages 14 and older Aug. 21-23 at Crescent Lake Camp in Rhinelander. (Subscriber access)


Friday, July 17, 2015

The Plaid Clad Rambler

It is 2017 hours on our second day of the mission. It has been 30 hours since I first descended to scout Planet Cunard in the Northern Highland American Legion Galaxy, 27 hours since I established base camp. (Subscriber access)


Friday, July 17, 2015

The Lake Where You Live

Is your lake clearer than the next one over? Clearer than the one where your best friends live? Maybe the questions don’t matter to you, but water clarity is one attribute people think of when judging the quality of a lake. (Subscriber access)


Friday, July 17, 2015

Traveling Trails Less Traveled

Many subjects that frequently work their way into social conversations are often riddled with misinformation, false information, half-truths and what I like to label as “old wives tales.” And the sport of angling sure has it share of all of the above. (Subscriber access)


Friday, July 17, 2015

Osprey on the lookout

For years, a pair of ospreys in Iron County have adopted the top of an abandoned fire lookout tower for a prime nesting spot with a view to behold. The outlook for the species in Wisconsin is positive according to recent Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources information. (Public access)


Thursday, July 16, 2015

Invasive faucet snail expands range to northern Wisconsin stream

Invasive faucet snails have been discovered in Elton Creek in Langlade County and stream users are being encouraged to remain vigilant against the invaders. (Public access)


Thursday, July 16, 2015

Musky Jamboree Celebration Weekend

The Musky Capital of the World® will be celebrating the 59th Annual Musky Jamboree August 7-9 with different activities happening each day. (Public access)


Thursday, July 16, 2015

Local fishing report
The summer doldrums. When the fishing slows with the warmer weather and warm nights. Well we got the weather but not the doldrums. Clients and I have been putting some real nice catches in the boat all week. (Public access)
Thursday, July 16, 2015

Outdoor Calendar, July 19-28
Thursday, July 16, 2015

Agency rejects petition to list wolves as threatened

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service denied a petition to reclassify almost all wolves in the lower 48 states as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act last week. The petition was filed in January by the Humane Society and more than 20 other groups. (Subscriber access)


Friday, July 10, 2015


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