Saturday, August 8th 2015
In Land O’ Lakes and Watersmeet

Wilderness Lakes Trails and the Forest Lake Country Store have organized a weekend of bicycling, beer tasting and outdoor entertainment in Land O’ Lakes Friday and Saturday August 7th and 8th.  All proceeds will benefit the continuing expansion of the Wilderness Lakes Trails system.

Friday evening from 4:30 to 7:30, the Forest Lake Country Store will host a traditional “Wisconsin Shore Lunch Fish Fry”.  Bring your family and friends and enjoy a fish fry in the fresh outdoor air of the Northwoods.

Saturday’s events will include a choice of two rides, available to provide riders an option based on their biking experience: 

  • An 12-mile ride beginning at 11 a.m., led by Dick Leinenkugel, will be along rustic roads and showcases the 3.2-mile section of the bike trail which was completed in 2012.
  • A 38-mile ride around the Sylvania Wilderness Area passes through the towns of Watersmeet and Land O’ Lakes utilizing paved roads and trails.  An optional trail will route riders along the newly completed Agonikak Trail.  The Agonikak Trail is not recommended for road bikes.  This ride will begin at 9 a.m. 

Both rides begin and end at the Forest Lake Country Store, located at 6256 County B (corner of County B and Forest Lake Road).

The event has expanded in 2015 to include two new outdoor adventures – paddle boarding and quadracycling.  Mel’s Trading Post will have staff on hand to offer stand-up paddle board demonstrations and provide tips on boards, paddles and equipment.  Additionally, sample paddle board rides will be available on Wood Lake, across Wood Lake Road from the Forest Lake Country Store.  Sylvania Outfitters will offer rides of one and two seat Quadracycles specially made for our Northwoods trails.  Quadracycles are more stable than conventional or 3-wheel bikes and have 21 independent speeds. Quadracycles are a great way to start your cycling adventure!

Following the rides, join Dick Leinenkugel for a Leinenkugel beer tasting and brat lunch beginning at noon.  Alternate beverages and hot dogs will also be available.   

For a $30 registration fee you can enjoy an activity filled day at the Forest Lake Country Store – bike ride and/or paddle board, Leinenkugel beer tastings, brat lunch and a chance to win some great prizes, including two Trek bicycles and a stand-up paddle board.  All participants who have registered by July 30 will receive a complimentary t-shirt in the color and size of their choice.

All of the rides are self-guided and each rider is required to wear an ANSI- approved helmet.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.

For additional information, please call 906-544-2448 or email