Pontoon Palooza

Held the third Saturday of every July on Lake Nokomis.

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UPDATE 6/21/22

The 28th Annual Dave Theis Memorial Pontoon Palooza is fast approaching on July 16, 2022!!

The Stamp Sheet are out and available NOW at:

  • B’S Landing Bar
  • Boomba Bar
  • Bootlegger’s Lodge
  • Prairie Rapids Tavern

Once again OLDER BUDWISER will entertain us at B’s Landing beginning at 4:00pm.

Busy on the 16th?  No problem!  Complete the Stamp Sheet and turn it in at one of the starting points before midnight July 13, 2022 for a chance to win a prize and support the Northwoods Riders Snowmobile Club.  You need not be present to win!!


2022 Pontoon Palooza Theme Contests are BACK!!!

Best Decorated Pontoon

Sponsored by Tomahawk Sports Center

Boats will be judged for creativity in decoration and theme.  If you wish to participate, register between noon and 3:00pm on July 16, 2022 on the deck at Bootlegger’s Lodge.  Judges will be stationed at Bootlegger’s between Noon and 3:00pm, with awards presented at B’s Landing Bar at 5:30pm.  Prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place!!

Best Dressed Crew

Sponsored by Erv’s Sales & Service

Crew members will be judged by crowd response at B’s Landing Bar at 5:30pm on July 16, 2022.  If your Captain and Crew have a unique/creative theme to your boating attire, come forward to be judged.  Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place!

The Pontoon Palooza is on for 2022!  Mark your calendar for July 16, 2022.

Returning this year is the end-of-day party and drawing to be held at B’s Landing Bar!  The big tent will be up, Older Budwiser will be playing music and food and drink will be available thanks to the volunteer members of the Northwooods Riders Snowmobile Club.  The party begins at 3:00pm, with the Grand Prize drawings to be held at 7:00pm.

Stamp Sheets will be available beginning June 10, 2022 from one of four Starting Points – Boomba Bar, Bootlegger’s Lodge, Prairie Rapids Tavern or B’s Landing.  Sheets will be turned in between 3:00 and 6:00 at the party – or, if you are unable to attend, they can be turned back into one of the starting points by midnight July 13, 2022.  Winners will be announced at the party, with $1500 in prizes awarded.

Raffle tickets are available for the $2500 cash Grand Prize. 15 prizes in total are given away.  Tickets are $100 each and only 175 are sold.  Drawing will take place at 7:00pm at the party.

Additional Raffles will be held as well…stay tuned for more information.

Theme prizes will be given away again this year too – for best decorated pontoon and best Captain and Crew attire.   The best dressed crew contest will be conducted at the party around 5:30pm.  Prizes will be awarded!!  Updates to follow…

Check back here for updates, or if you have questions reach out to us at info@northwoodsriders.org



Each summer the Northwoods Riders Snowmobile Club hosts the Pontoon Palooza in the Lake Nokomis area.  This event has been an annual tradition for over 25 years and grows bigger and better nearly every year.  As the only fundraiser conducted by the club, it is an important event for us, but is also a very popular local event for the community.  Held the third Saturday in July each year, the event is fun for everyone.  There is a stamp-run that involves stopping at area businesses to have a card stamped, then turning the sheet in for a chance to win $1500+ in prizes via a drawing.  Additionally, $100 raffle tickets are sold in the weeks prior to the event, with a cash drawing held at the party on Saturday – the Grand Prize is $2500!  Many participants enjoy collecting their stamps from the water on their pontoon boats – the decorated boats and themes displayed are incredible!  In fact, there is a $100 prize for best theme given away at the party too!  A live band provides entertainment and food and beverages are available from club volunteers.  Anyone can attend the party and stamp sheets can be collected by car, atv, bike or boat.

Pontoon 2019 Sunset