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Oshkosh Winter Sports Primer: Fun in the Snow

ice SkatingWinter can be a blast in Oshkosh. Throughout the community, you’ll find recreational opportunities for residents and visitors alike.

This winter, there will be an outdoor ice rink on Miller’s Bay at Menominee Park. You’ll find sledding hills at Red Arrow Park and Westhaven Circle Park.

Cross-country skiers should head to Winnebago County Community Park for 4.2 miles of trails groomed for classic-style cross-country skiing. The cross-country ski trails can be accessed by the park’s north entrance. Snowshoeing is available on the walking paths of the Coughlin Community Natural Area.

Snowmobilers in the Oshkosh area can ride a 200-mile network of groomed trails. The adventurous rider can connect to hundreds more miles of trails running throughout the region. During most years, the Oshkosh area gets enough snowfall to keep the trails open through much of the winter.

Oshkosh might be one of the best ice fishing destinations in the Midwest. Located on the shores of Lake Winnebago, the ice angler has access to more than 138,000 acres of ice. Anglers fishing through the ice in the Oshkosh area generally target walleye and yellow perch. There’s a short sturgeon spearing season in February – even if you’re not participating, it’s a fun event to see firsthand. Anglers can access the frozen lake via a number of excellent boat launches. Menominee Park is one of the most popular access points.

If you’re looking to rent equipment for your next winter adventure, Hergert Sport Center offers cross-country skis, snowshoes, downhill skis and snowboards.

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