Nicolet Wheel - Away Cruise

Three Lakes, Wisconsin

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The name Three Lakes is a bit of a misnomer, or at least an underestimate. There are twenty- eight connected lakes in the area, making this the largest freshwater inland chain of lakes in the world. The lakes are musky country. Deep, clear waters hide the muskelunge, the fisherman's prize, a monster fish that can reach a length of 5 feet and a weight of nearly seventy pounds. But it's the lure of the surrounding Nicolet Wheel-Away, held on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend. You'll enjoy this ride most on a mountain bike or hybrid with somewhat fatter tires because there are several gravel roads. The route penetrates the heart of the forest, where deer and black bear are often seen. On your way from Three Lakes, you'll skirt the shore of Spirit Lake. Keep an eye open for a soaring bald eagle as you pass by this or any other open body of water. Eagles are great fishers. The sight of dropping from the sky with its wings tucked in the suddenly unfurling them as it plucks an unlucky fish from the water is unforgettable. On your ride through the woods, you'll pass the sites of several abandoned Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camps. You may want to take a break at the boat landing on Butternut Lake. It's a popular spot for picnicking and enjoying the view.
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by Phil Van Valkenburg (The Globe Pequot Press)

The name Three Lakes is a bit of a misnomer, or at least an underestimate. There are twenty- eight connected lakes in the area, making this the largest freshwater inland chain of lakes in the world. The lakes are musky country. Deep, clear waters hide the muskelunge, the fisherman's prize, a monster fish that can reach a length of 5 feet and a weight of nearly seventy pounds. But it's the lure of the surrounding Nicolet Wheel-Away, held on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend. You'll enjoy this ride most on a mountain bike or hybrid with somewhat fatter tires because there are several gravel roads. The route penetrates the heart of the forest, where deer and black bear are often seen. On your way from Three Lakes, you'll skirt the shore of Spirit Lake.

Keep an eye open for a soaring bald eagle as you pass by this or any other open body of water. Eagles are great fishers. The sight of dropping from the sky with its wings tucked in the suddenly unfurling them as it plucks an unlucky fish from the water is unforgettable. On your ride through the woods, you'll pass the sites of several abandoned Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camps. You may want to take a break at the boat landing on Butternut Lake. It's a popular spot for picnicking and enjoying the view.

©  Phil Van Valkenburg/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Three Lakes
Distance: 48.4
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Local Contacts: Nicolet Wheel- Away, Nicolet National Forest 715-362-1373
Driving Directions: Directions to Nicolet Wheel - Away Cruise

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