Airlines and Airports
Star Lake has access to scheduled airline service via Rhinelander-Oneida County |Airport in Rhinelander. Service was originally provided by North Central Airlines, which became Republic Airlines and has since become Northwest Airlines. North Central provided service from Chicago, but Northwest provides it via its hub in Minneapolis. For a period of time in the 1990's United Air Lines provided service from Chicago.
At one time North Central Airlines provided scheduled service to Land O'Lakes--to the airport developed by the Gateway Hotel. Originally Land O'Lakes was both a turnaround point for Chicago service to the northwoods (the plane stopped in both Rhinelander and Land O'Lakes) and a stopover on a Chicago to Duluth flight. Scheduled service to Land O'Lake ended about 1960.
Other service to Chicago has been provided by commuter airlines from both Eagle River and Rhinelander. Providers have included Air Wisconsin, Trans North Aviation, Ltd, and others. From Backward Glances, Vilas County News-Review, June 30, 2021, P. 5B, 90 Years Ago - 1931: "Rowin's Flying Service at Eagle River Airport rolled out daily airplane service to Chicago, with southbound flights to Chicago at 8 a.m. and northbound flights to Eagle River at 2 p.m. aboard a 'six-place' monoplane piloted by Marlyn Miller and Nick Rowinski."
General aviation airports are located at Eagle River, Boulder Junction, and Minocqua-Woodroof-Arbor Vitae which is served by Lakeland Airport. Most of the summer residents of Star Lake that fly their own planes land at Lakeland Airport.
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