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.
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.
Since this is a festival focused on sustainability, we highly encourage you to bike here if you live locally! For those that choose to bike, there will be a free indoor bicycle valet inside the old Hext Theater building at 25 S. Brown Street. Attendees will place their bicycle in a holding area for pickup later at specific set times.
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.
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: