Enjoying the Lakes
The Bass Lake Recreational Area is a beautiful place to enjoy some of Wisconsin’s finest fresh water lakes. It has a boat launch; a gorgeous sand beach; picnic tables; and bathhouse. There is plenty of parking. This area is part of the national forest service; there is a nominal charge for day parking; and a reasonable season pass charge if you are local or on an extended vacation. There is no life guard, but the swimming area is roped off by buoys. Other area lakes that have nice swimming beaches are Wheeler Lake and Boot Lake.
Directions to Bass Lake from Spur of the Moment Resort are to turn left or north on HWY 32/64; go about 5 miles. Turn left or west on HWY 64 approximately 6 miles to County T. Turn right or north on T and follow signs to Bass Lake.
If you want to try something fun and different rent a Paddle Board from Lakewood Ski and Sport; phone 715-276-3071 to reserve one for your vacation.
Horseback riding in the summer in Mountain can be a little hotter; and buggy. Here at the ranch, we use guinea hens for natural bug control. They eat their weight in wood ticks; they also eat mosquito larva; and other bugs and small rodents, which helps to make us horse friendly even in the summer time. A few of our paddock areas have shade; but the ranch also has an outdoor style with stalls if horses need shade during the day or evening to help them get some rest from the bugs.
The following is a list of answers to frequently asked questions about bringing horse guests to the ranch.
1. Horses are required to have negative coggins from current calendar year
2. 15 paddock areas interspersed throughout the ranch
3. 19 box stalls in an outdoor style barn available on a first come, first serve basis
4. Water is available at each of the paddock areas
5. Manure stantion and cart is available at each paddock area
6. Horses are$8/day per horse; and may move between stall and paddock if available
Horseback riding in the summer time can be a little hotter; and buggy. Here at the ranch, we use guinea hens for natural bug control. They eat their weight in wood ticks; they also eat mosquito larva; and
The Nicolet National Forest is a beautiful place to explore on horseback. Spur of the Moment Resort is not a trail riding facility, it is a place where people who own their own horses and enjoying horse camping come to ride. Horses are allowed anywhere in the forest, however, there are several favorite trails directly from the ranch that guests enjoy. I do have maps of the area which I am more than happy to explain to you, my goal is to eventually have them on GPS for guests. The Nicolet Recreational Trail is a shared trail, you will encounter ATV’s and UTV’s on this trail. However, that being said the trail is an old railroad bed extending 50 miles to the south; and approximately 30 miles to the north. It is the main thoroughfare for all sports to get to their trails through the woods. Oconto County is very fortunate to have a dedicated recreational officer; and ATV clubs that work very hard to try and make sure that everyone sharing the trails feels safe and comfortable.
Once you leave the main trail, there is a river crossing at the Oconto River; you ride through a beautiful stand of old Pines…truly a favorite with many guests. There is a great Lookout over Chute Pond that is particularly colorful in the fall as the leaves turn. To the south of the resort is one of our best kept secrets, it is a bit challenging to find, but those who find will never forget it. It is a rock bluff that overlooks the landscape for several miles. Those who find it feel as though they have been on a true adventure and have a great sense of pride and satisfaction that just makes them smile. Another favorite place to ride is on the old cross country ski trails around McComb Lake.
There are other trails that you can check out in the area if you are staying for a week or so. These are within an hour trailer ride. They include the Jones Springs Trails; Crocker Hills Trails; Poplar Ridge Trails; and Nine Mile Trail.
Hiking and Exploring
Summer in Mountain, the north woods portion of Oconto County is rich in places to explore, check out Spur of the Moment Resorts narrative about the forest http://www.spurofthemomentranch.org/the-nicolet/
There are some areas nearby that are also very interesting. Check out the Waterfall Tour in Marinette County. It can be an entire days worth of adventure and fun, combining driving and hiking to turn your day into a treasure hunt. https://www.marinettecounty.com/departments/page_5b23589c9081/?department=6c04837897ad&subdepartment=772028c38a61
ATVing and UTVing
Summer in Mountain is the perfect time to ATV and UTV. For information on ATVing and UTVing in the area link to http://www.spurofthemomentranch.org/spring-in-mountain/
As always if you are coming to the area to stay, we would love to have you join us at Spur of the Moment Resort. You can see our cabins http://www.spurofthemomentranch.org/cabins/ . We have 4 rustic camping cabins; 4 log full housekeeping cabins; and 5 independent camp sites for RV/Living Quarters/Toy Hauler trailers. Sorry, we do not allow tent camping. All of our cabins and camp sites have direct trail access to the Nicolet Trail.