Check it Out: Head to the library before the outdoors
By Virginie Roberts
Director of the Rhineland District Library
Going outside this summer? Check out the Rhinelander District Library for area resources!
“The Northern Wisconsin All Outdoors Atlas and Field Guide,” Sportsman Connections, is a map-sized guide and trail book with atlas maps, overview maps, tables, and graphs. This guide lists state parks and forests, campgrounds and campsites, cross-country ski trails, motorized and non-motorized multi-use trails, golf courses, canoe routes and more . There is also one for southern Wisconsin and other areas nearby, but out of state.
An accompanying volume, also published by Sportsman’s Connection, contains “Northern Wisconsin Fishing Card Guides” which are published by county and region. Covering lakes, rivers, streams and flows, these books contain outline fishing maps, fishing techniques, access locations, area road maps and more.
If you prefer hiking, there’s “Hiking Wisconsin: A Guide to the State’s Greatest Hikes,” by Eric Hansen, “Best Lake Hikes Wisconsin: a Guide to the State’s Greatest Lake and River Hikes,” by Steve Johnson, and “Waterfalling in Wisconsin: A Guide to the State’s Greatest Lake and River Hikes,” by David Hedquist to name a few. And I only want to say a few, as the library has a large amount of local and regional hiking, nature walking and wheelchair travel books for your education and enjoyment when planning your next trip, road trip or camping.
One of the more recent guides, “Wisconsin’s Statewide Guide to Stand-Up Paddleboarding,” by Ben Shaw is currently online. I mention it here because the sport is relatively new and is a great workout that requires balance, coordination, and a willingness to fully soak up while you learn how to stand on a board. But there are many calm lakes in the north that are well suited for this activity and it allows the participant to see nature from a whole different perspective.
Finally, if you’re looking for shorter reads on local and trending topics, RDL has several periodicals that can be viewed for a week from the current issue! “Cycling,” “Mazina’igan,” “Outside,” “Our Wisconsin,” “Wisconsin Natural Resources,” “Wisconsin Game Warden,” and “Silent Sports” to name a few. There are even more available online through Overdrive / Libby.
Available using your library card, Overdrive / Libby features magazines, books, audiobooks, and even videos on every topic. The outdoors is no different. A brief search for hiking in Wisconsin yielded 15 pounds, and more are available.
It might seem counterintuitive to use your tech in the wild, but the county has some great maps detailing the recreation, trails, and terrain open to the public available at https://www.co.oneida.wi.us/ departments / li / land -record-system /. And remember, if you need help with any of the resources mentioned, please contact us. We’re here to help you find your way outdoors or wherever our materials take you.