Coming to Winneconne?

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 Apr 20th, 2011 by OutdoorsFIRST 

Modified Apr 20th, 2011 at 12:10 PM

Are you coming to Winneconne for the AIM Pro Walleye Series™ 2011 tournament season opener? There are plenty of things to see and do while waiting for the AIM® Pros to take the weigh-in stage at Critters Sports. And, plenty to lure you back for fun in the sun during summer.

Staying Here in Winneconne

In Winneconne area there are four resorts. There are more places to stay in nearby Fremont, said Doug Nelson who is owner of Wolf River Resorts and the principal local tournament sponsor.  Most of the resort owners in the area pride themselves on offering a true family friendly experience at a moderate price.

“I bought my first resort 38 years ago. I do my best to modernize and yet ‘go backward,’ with knotty pine interiors and the like,” Nelson said. “People want modern facilities but if they can have something looking like a log cabin perhaps they’re happier.  Many modern-day families go to big resorts where Mom is getting a pedicure and Dad’s working on his laptop and the kids are off sliding down a waterslide. Compare that to the family sitting in a boat and enjoying a day on the water. I think the family can relate better to each other here in that setting instead.”

“We offer a fishing and outdoor experience. We’re a town of 2,401 and we’re pretty much surrounded by water, so most of our activities are fishing-related, ” Nelson added.

Oshkosh IS Aircraft

Interested in flight? You’re in the right place. While the pros are out fishing, head for the AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, home of the Experimental Aviation Association museum. The association and the Oshkosh airport is the home each year to the largest gathering of prototype, home-built and other “experimental” aircraft in the world each summer.

The museum itself features a collection of more than 250 historic vintage aircraft. There are five movie theaters on-site, and you can even take a ride in a vintage plane.

Other things to do in the Oshkosh area include visiting its outlet mall where you can buy authentic Oshkosh b’Gosh overalls for your whole family and then visit a nearby Alpaca farm.

Dining Here   

Winneconne is home to a dozen restaurants, including that unique Wisconsin tradition: the “supper club”. Usually opening only after 4:30 p.m., these restaurants vie for bragging rights to the biggest, most tender steaks, but also offer plenty of other fare.

Playing Here

If you return to the Winneconne area in summer, Nelson said not to miss the Lake Poygan sand bar. “It’s located at the east end of Lake Poygan. This is a popular attraction all summer. The sandbar is the Winneconne version of a tropical beach. You can take your own boat or rented pontoon and sidle up to the sandbar for a day of fun in the water. It’s about 500 yards long and some days there are as many as 100 boats out there enjoying swimming and waterskiing.

Winneconne also is fortunate to have four village parks, including one with its own four-acre spring-fed lake. Another has a beach with swimming on Lake Winneconne. Oh, and did we mention, fishing for walleyes, white bass, perch, and more? Public ramps include one right downtown, next to the Fin ‘N’ Feather Showboats Restaurant.

For more information on vacationing in the Winneconne area, contact the Winneconne Chamber of Commerce at 920-582-4775, Doug Nelson of Wolf River Resorts, 920-582-4555, or Lang’s Landing at 920-582-7501.

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