Marinette was named after "Queen" Marinette, the Menominee woman married to two traders in succession. "She was not a queen, and her name is probably a contraction of Marie Antoinette," states the Dictionary of Wisconsin History. She lived here from the 1820s until her death in 1865, and managed her husbands' trading business and the real estate she acquired. Her trading skills and kinship network enabled her post to remain independent from John Jacob Astor's fur trading cartel.
Marinette County is ideally located in Northeast Wisconsin on the shores of Green Bay bordering the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. State and County parks provide restful, scenic surroundings to spend leisure time. Endless trails provide recreation for adventurers who desire to ATV, snowmobile, hike, bike and cross-country ski. Over 230,000 acres of county forest land are available for hunting and exploring wildlife. Exceptional inland waters include acres of lakes and miles of trout streams for the canoe, kayak and fishing enthusiasts. With its extensive recreational facilities and vacation advantages, Marinette County is truly an outdoor paradise!
Twenty five miles of river, 3,200 acres of water and 9,200 acres of forest await you on the Peshtigo River State Forest, the natural gem of Marinette County. Established in 2001, the property is Wisconsin's newest state forest. Find your adventure in Nature's Waterpark! From the shores of Green Bay to exceptional inland waters, Marinette County has something for every outdoor enthusiast! 12,370 acres of lakes, 623 miles of trout streams, the Menominee, Peshtigo, and Pike Rivers, and the flowages of the Crivitz area beckon you to enjoy a variety of experiences.
In Marinette County there are hundreds of miles of trails, all tied into the statewide system. Many of them will take you right to the doorstep of your resort or lodging accommodations. Snowmobiling gets more popular every year, as visitors discover this area's vast interconnected network of well-cared-for trails. The County is blessed with a whole army of volunteers organized in clubs which maintain hundreds of miles of snowmobile trails everywhere in the county. There are 7 distinct trail systems these clubs work to provide.