Wisconsin culture: the fishing raft

We are consistently impressed with the ingenuity and passion of the people who love to fish.

It shouldn’t be surprising that people who’ll sit on a frozen lake in the fresh hell of a Midwest winter in search of a tug on a string would find ways to enjoy the pastime in warmer weather, but we are envious nonetheless at what many of them have built.

We give you the Wisconsin fishing raft … take some wood, some windows, some 50-gallon drums and you’ve got a machine that can make time and the pace of the world slow down.

There are about 200 “fishing rafts” on the Wolf River near Oshkosh alone, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says.

It beats the cubicle farm.

  • Gordon near Two Harbors

    “Fresh hell of a Midwest winter”? It would be utterly insane to live up here if you didn’t embrace the winter. Skiing, ice-fishing, snowmobiling, pond hockey, mushing, etc. make those long winter months livable.

  • Jack Ungerleider

    It looks like a mash-up of a homebrew pontoon and one of those ice fishing “houses”/”cabins” that you see. Seems like the way to do it if you’re into that kind of thing. Especially if you can take the cabin part off the pontoon and put it on the frozen river or lake in the winter.