Hodag Water Shows (HWS) was organized and held its first show at Hodag Park on the shores of Boom Lake in 1971. Since 1971 HWS has been entertaining visitors at free shows twice a week featuring some of the area’s top water skiers. Every Sunday and Wednesday at 7:00 pm from mid-June until late August, plus the 4th of July, HWS performs a show that features acts such as ballet, jump, swivel skiing, trick skiing, barefooting, doubles, trios, wakeboarding, and pyramid.
Members range in age from 6 to almost 50 and some of the members have been with the team for more than 30 years. Concessions such as hot dogs, walking tacos, nachos, cotton candy, chips, beverages and many other snacks are available at each show.
First Practices Coming Up in June
The water ski season in the northwoods is almost here. The Hodag Water Shows typically waits until after school is done before scheduling practices. Practices will begin mid-June.
Keep an eye on this website, or our Facebook page for dates as they are set.
We are currently looking for skiers, especially boys! If you are interested in learning to ski or already know how to ski — young or old — feel free to reach out to us at for more information or go to our JOIN US link at the top of the page.
Dalton spraying up water
Photos from the 2020 season
Alumni Page Added to Website
Even though it's a little different this year with no shows, The Hodag Water Shows club is skiing its 49th season. Next year will mark our 50th anniversary.
To recognized our skiers of the past we've created an alumni page on the website, you'll find the link for it at the top of the page.
On this page you will find old photos of our waterski shows, pictures of former members skiing or sporting their old ski jackets. If you have photos you'd like to share, we have an email address on that page that you can send them to.
Also, if you are an alumni, please click on the green box on the bottom of that page to send us your information on what you're up to now!
You can also find an Alumni page on Facebook as well. Follow the links below to go to either.
Slalom Clinic (Tuesday, July 7, 2020)
Photos from the 2019 season
Where to find us
Hodag Park, 500 Hodag Park Dr., Rhinelander, WI 54501