The Minocqua/Eagle River area is known throughout the region as a year-round vacation destination with an abundance of activities for every month of the year. Regardless of which season is your favorite, there are plenty of attractions and activities within a very close range of the Petry Lake House. All seasons allow you to take advantage of the serenity that exists here, so check out just some of activities below.


Cold or hot, the fishing in Northern Wisconsin rivals that of the Canadian wilderness. Pickerel Lake has ideal fishing with an abundance of crappie, bluegill, sunfish, perch, bass, northern pike, muskie and even some walleye (recently stocked). But if you want a change of scenery after a few days, you can hit up any of the 60+ lakes with public access within a 20-mile radius of the Petry Lake House, where there are fish just waiting to be caught. No matter the type of the fishing you enjoy, whether it be bass, northern pike and muskie, walleye, perch, bluegill and other panfish, you will probably not have a hard time finding them.


If you aren’t really into fishing, but can’t wait to get out on the water, Pickerel Lake offers the ideal waters for that. At 735 acres, Pickerel Lake is spring-fed and has a sandy bottom, and since the lake isn’t crowded you can enjoy the quiet serenity. Don’t have a boat or jet ski? With renting companies scattered around the area, you can rent boats, jet skiis and other fun equipment and bring them to Pickerel Lake… we’ll leave our dock in for you.


Experience the “Eagle River 500”, a 500-mile network of meticulously manicured snowmobile trails. The trail even runs over Lake Pickerel, just a few hundred feet from the Petry Lake House. So stay here and discover why the area is regarded as the “Snowmobile Capital of the World.” If you don’t own a snowmobile, you can always rent one at any of the rental companies around the area.


There are several excellent skiing and snowboard destinations reasonably close the Petry Lake House. So if you enjoy hitting the slopes, check out these great facilities:

  • Whitecap Mountains
  • Norway Mountains
  • Pine Mountain Resort
  • Ski Brule
  • Blackjack Ski Resort
  • Copper Peak Ski Flying
  • Mt. Ashwabay Ski Area
  • Marquette Mountain
  • Minocqua Winter Park
  • Granite Peak¬† Ski Area at Rib Mountain
  • Devil’s Head


Networks of biking trails exist around the area. If you like to get out in the fresh air, check out these top-notch biking areas:

  • Crystal Lake Trails
  • Plum Lake Trails
  • St. Germain Trails
  • Lac du Flambeau Trails


Although we do not allow the cleaning, dressing or open storage of game anywhere on our property, the late fall and early winter seasons provide an abundance of ideal (and legal) public hunting land.


The North Central Wisconsin and Michigan Upper Peninsula is famed for its exciting casinos and the events those casinos provide. The casinos that are within about a two hour drive time of the Petry Lake House are:

  • Lake of the Torches Casino
  • Potawatomi Carter Casino
  • Mole Lake Casino
  • Lac Vieux Desert Resort & Casino
  • Ojibwa Casino Resort
  • Bad River Casino
  • North Star Mohican Casino Resort
  • Menominee Casino Resort


When people think of the Northwoods, golf usually doesn’t come to mind. However, the Minocqua/Eagle River area has many outstanding golf courses. If you decide to book with us, bring your clubs and visit any of the following nearby golf courses:

  • St. Germain Golf Club
  • Plum Lake Golf Course
  • Otter Rapids Golf Course
  • Minocqua Country Club
  • Wildwood Golf Club
  • Timber Ridge Golf Club
  • Eagle River Golf Course
  • Lake Forest Resort & Club
  • Trout Lake Golf Club


If none of the above activities excite you, and you are more of a “sit back and relax” kind of person, well, we have good news for you. Not only is the Petry Lake House about the most quiet and serene place you will find, but there is also some of the best dining around. We recommend:

  • McGregor’s Blink Bonnie (the best beef filet you will eat in your life)
  • Golden Pines (the best bone-in ribeye you will eat in your life)
  • Spang’s Italian Restaurant (out of this world thin-crust pizza)
  • Whitetail Inn (fine dining)
  • Bear’s Den Bar & Grill
  • BIBS Northwoods Pub & Grill
  • 19th Hole Sports Bar & Grill
  • Cathy’s Ice Cream ‘n Candy Shoppe
  • Clearview Supper Club
  • Pub & Prime …and too many “mom and pop” breakfast joints to list