Eagle River

Eagle River Fire Department

Eagle River’s legendary ice castle has been built once again by the area fire department.  

The design is new every year, but the method isn’t:  Eagle River deputy fire chief Jim Bonson says the ice harvesting saws and other tools date back more than 80 years.   

 “We’ve been doing it since 1933 as a community and it just has become a tradition.  When we don’t have it, like the last two years due to weather conditions, people get excited when all of a sudden it appears.”


City officials in Eagle River and the Vilas county town of Lincoln are upset with the Department of Transportation about lighting along highways. The state says it's a matter of keeping past agreements and safety.

In Eagle River, in city areas officials think are "over lit" they have turned off 27 lights. A couple of lights were turned back on after people complained. But local governments would like to save more money by turning off some of the lights along the state-maintained roadways.

Pen Waggener

In spite of a rainy forecast, Eagle River is bracing for some 40,000 visitors to Cranberry Fest. 

Organizer Kim Emerson is busy setting up for the weekend festival. 

“Some of the preparations we’re working on is getting all the big tents set up, we’ve got to get all the crafter booths set up so all the vendors know where their spot is, get the fresh cranberries and craisins set up.”

Snowmobiles On Eagle River Streets For First Time

Sep 11, 2013

For the first time ... snowmobiles will operate legally within the City of Eagle River, officially known as the Snowmobile Capital of the World. ..

Tuesday night, the Eagle River City Council passed a snowmobile ordinance that establishes rules and routes for operating snowmobiles within the confines of the city.

Ken Storms, president of the Sno-Eagles snowmobile club, the driving force behind the ordinance:


"....I think it was a very good move and we're very please it did get passed...."



Too many hoops to jump through has prevented the city of Eagle River and the Olson Memorial Library representatives from applying for a Community Development Block Grant.

Eagle River Mayor Jeff Hyslop says everyone agreed Tuesday night during a special meeting the grant process was too burdensome...


"....it was mutally decided that it probably wasn't in the library's interest to pursue the grant at this time. There were enough strings attached that it could actually create more hurdles for the library than would help..."


One of Eagle River's oldest events is set for Saturday.

The 41st Artarama is set for Riverside Park from 9 to 3 p.m.

Event chair Lori Hahn says Artarama is geared toward more of a fine art show than a craft show...

"....the public will see more than 100 artists in their booths and the mediums range from pottery to metal sculptures, they have many woodworkers from small items to big furniture..."

They also have photography, fused glass and jewelry. Participants are judged in the morning....



The Eagle River Festival of Flavors is Saturday in Riverview Park in downtown Eagle River. The event was named the "Best Downtown Special Event" by the Wisconsin Department of Commerce.

Ron Meinholz and spouse Cindy began the event which he says showcases the food and drink of Wisconsin...

".....the Eagle River Area Festival of Flavors is a unique food event. It's unlike a lot of tasting events. It truly showcases the foods of the whole state of Wisconsin. It's not imported cheeses or meats from other states...it's totally about Wisconsin..."

Governor's office media

It looks like a block grant sought by fundraisers hoping to improve the Olson Memorial Library in Eagle River won't happen this year. Eagle River Mayor Jeff Hyslop says the city was informed the grant sought by the city for the library was not approved by the feds...

The public will soon have a chance to see the Olson Library Expansion project in Eagle River. 

Trustee Phil Jensen says they've known for a longtime that that they've outgrown the facility. Six years ago they had plans for an upgrade, but the recession halted those plans. Now they've hired Northwoods designer and builder Jeff Visner and they have new plans:

The next group of leaders is being recruited in Vilas County.

Vilas Vision was born in 2003 to find and train new leaders. More than 100 people have gone through the program.The program is in cooperation with the Lac du Flambeau tribe.

UW-Extension Community Resource Development agent Chris Stark says the program is an investment in people to improve their leadership skills. He says business people and volunteers are two key groups who could be involved.