Oneida County Birdwatching

To see beautiful wildlife in Oneida County, all you need to do is step outside. The lakes and forests of Oneida County are a major draw for wildlife. Deer, turkey, common loons and bald eagles are plentiful and provide early-morning walkers with ample opportunities for photos and observation. They also put on a show that you can see tableside at an outdoor restaurant or from the front porch of your cabin. The high quality of habitat and huge tracts of wild lands makes Oneida County home to a number of rare woodland bird and plant species.

Oneida County is home to several different species of woodpeckers—including the three-toed woodpecker and the pileated woodpecker—as well as kingfishers, osprey, boreal chickadees, spruce grouse and gray jays. Bring a bird book to identify them all or just sit back and enjoy their company.


The Rhinelander Area offers several trails that provide easy access to the woodlands and are particularly good for birding:

Almon Lake County Trail
This short, 2.25-mile trail features wetlands and views of Buck Lake. Located five miles south of Rhinelander.

Enterprise County Trail
Located eight miles south of Highway 8 on County Highway G, this seven-mile trail is scenic and offers great birding and wildlife viewing.

Nose Lake County Trail
See forest birds along this 11-mile trail located west of Rhinelander. Located twelve miles west of Rhinelander between Highway K and Highway 8.

Washburn Lake County Trail
Enjoy 15 miles of trails running through a hilly woodland setting. Located seven miles west of Rhinelander and three miles north of Woodboro and Highway 8, just off Washburn Lake Road.