Anyone who knows me, knows that I am not a winter person. Being an innkeeper in the winter is the best job ever! I get to hunker down inside the inn while the fire is going, baking, cleaning, and enjoying wine and cheese with our guests. It just doesn’t get any better than that, unless of course you are looking for something to do outside in Oshkosh. We have got you covered.
New this year, there will be an outdoor ice rink on Miller’s Bay at Menominiee Park. How romantic and fun is that? Couples and kids alike learning how to skate or just having fun. You’ll find sledding hills at Red Arrow park and Westhaven Circle Park.
Cross-country skiers should definitely try Winnebago County Community Park. There is 4.2 miles of trails groomed for classic-style cross-country skiing. The cross-country ski trails can be accessed by the park’s north entrance. Snowshoeing is also available on the walking paths of the Coughlin Community Natural Area.
How about snowmobiling? In the Oshkosh area you can ride a 200-mile network of groomed trails. The adventurous rider can connect to hundreds more miles of trails running throughout the region. During most years, the Oshkosh area gets enough snowfall to keep the trails open through much of the winter and this season doesn’t look much different.
Oshkosh might be one of the best ice fishing destinations in the Midwest. Located on the shores of Lake Winnebago, the ice angler has access to more than 138,000 acres of ice. Anglers fishing through the ice in the Oshkosh area generally target walleye and yellow perch. There’s a short sturgeon spearing season in February – even if you’re not participating, it’s a fun event to see firsthand. Anglers can access the frozen lake via a number of excellent boat launches, but Menominee Park is one of the most popular access points.
What if you didn’t plan ahead and you need equipment, we have got you covered there too. Hergert Sport Center offers cross-country skis, snowshoes, downhill skis and snowboards.
So find something to do and come back to stay with us sitting by the fire, drinking some home made hot chocolate or wine and enjoying this wonderful season.