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Travel Info

Whether you are a tourist, seasonal resident, or have lived in the Northwoods your entire life, Rhinelander is a welcoming place. Come by car, by plane, or even by canoe. However you choose to get here, just make sure you enjoy the trip. It’s beautiful whichever way you come.

By Car

Located at the crossroads of US 8 and WIS 17, Rhinelander is an easy drive from anywhere in the Midwest. Rhinelander is 1 hour from Wausau, 2.5 hours from Eau Claire, just over 3 hours from Madison, less than 4 hours from Minneapolis, Duluth, & Milwaukee, and just over 5 hours from Chicago.

For driving directions, click here.

By Plane

Rhinelander has northern Wisconsin’s only regional airport. The Rhinelander - Oneida County Airport is under 10 minutes from downtown Rhinelander and is serviced by Delta Air Lines.

For more information, visit the RHI website here.

By Canoe

Yes, it’s entirely possible to reach Rhinelander via boat, canoe, kayak, stand up paddle board, and the like. Rhinelander’s Boom Lake is a flowage on the Wisconsin River. Public access is available at the boat launch in Hodag Park (located about one mile from Project North).


Whether you’re interested in staying in a cottage, resort, hotel, or a campsite, our friends at Explore Rhinelander have all of the lodging information you need.

Photo: Warren Lynn
Photo: Warren Lynn


Resting on the shores of the Wisconsin River, Rhinelander, WI, is surrounded by forest, lakes, and sheer wilderness. The city itself boasts of a historic downtown with access to restaurants, shops, and arts & culture activities. As a result, the opportunities for exploration and adventure are infinite.

For detailed information on all there is to explore, head on over to these places: