Pontoon Palooza

Held the third Saturday of every July on Lake Nokomis.


The Pontoon Palooza is on!

Saturday July 18, 2020



Posted July 21, 2020

THE WINNERS ARE IN!  Here are results from tonight’s drawings…

Stamp Run:  First Place $500 Judy Bauman, 2nd Place $400 Brian Mohr, 3rd Place $300 Dave Halfman, 4th Place $200 Troy Macmillen, 5th Place $100 Jackie Firkus.

Raffle Winners:  First Place $2500 Alan VanStrydonk & Nancy Swan, 2nd $1000 Wyatt Loka, 3rd $1000 Schweigel & Zubrel, 4th $500 Brian & Scott Grueschow, 5th $500 John Wanie, 6th $500 Dan Searing, 7th $250 Mark & Julia McDonald, 8th $250 Jeff Viegut, 9th $250 Matt McDonald & Scott Edwards, 10th $250 Jason Coari, 11th $250 Tracey Williams, 12th $250 Andy Schapen, 13th $250 David Potter, 14th $250 Ken & Dick, 15th $250 Marie, Toby & Ron.

Pontoon Decoration Winners:  1st – Gilligan’s Island $100, 2nd – Christmas in July $50, 3rd – Motley Crue $25.

If your name is listed here as a winner, please get in touch with the club at info@northwoodsrider.org to arrange to receive your prize!

Check back here for event photos in the coming days!


Posted July 20, 2020

The Pontoon Palooza was a success again this year…despite the COVID-19 concerns.  Turnout was understandably down a bit compared to the last few years – but it was obvious that a lot of people were out having A LOT OF FUN!  Pictures will be posted here in the coming days.

Remember that the drawing for both Stamp Sheets and Raffle Tickets will be taking place tomorrow night, July 21, 2020, 6:00pm at the Northwoods Riders Club Garage.  The drawing will be live-streamed on the Northwoods Riders Facebook page.  You are welcome to attend the drawing in person if you wish to do so.  No food or beverages will be served.

The pontoon decoration contest was won by the Gilligan’s Island boat.  Second place went to the Christmas boat and third to the Motley Crue boat.  Pictures will be posted here later in the week.

Boomba has a few tank tops available yet.  Contact them or stop in to get one.  They will also be available for sale at the drawing tomorrow evening.

Thanks to all who participated!!




Posted July 9, 2020

Remember that Sattler’s Landing Bar is going to have a party under the tent at the end of the day on the 18th!  Older Budwiser will be playing music beginning at 4:00pm.  Beer will be available outside and a food truck will be there to satisfy hungry pontooners.

The prize drawing WILL NOT be held at the Landing this year.  It will be held at the Northwoods Riders club garage on July 21, 2020 at 6:00pm.  (See details below)

Pontoon Stamp Sheets are out and available at the 3 Start Points – The Landing, Twin Bay and Boomba.  Feel free to start early and play more than one sheet!

Boomba Bar had the t-shirts and tank tops in!  They are for sale for $20 at Boomba.  Get them while they last!

Are you ready with your theme for the “Best Decorated Pontoon/Crew Contest”?  Details will be posted here in the coming days.  Check in at the Tilted Loon and be judged, with prizes awarded at 2:30pm on the 18th!

Pray for good weather – we are excited to have another great Pontoon Palooza on Lake Nokomis this year!


Posted July 1, 2020

Stamp Sheets are available at all three start points;  Boomba, Twin Bay and The Landing.  If you can’t attend the Pontoon Palooza on the 18th of this month…NO PROBLEM!  Get your stamp sheets now and fill them up, then turn them back in to one of the start points.  You WILL BE entered into the drawing to win prize money!

Boomba Bar will be selling t-shirts and tank tops for this year’s Pontoon Palooza.  (see sample at right)  All Stops on the Pontoon Stamp Run will be printed on the back of the shirt.  Shirts can be purchased at Boomba for $20.  They will be available this week and through the day of the event – but quantities are limited!

$100 Raffle Tickets are selling fast.  Get yours at one of the participating businesses or by contacting the club at info@northwoodsriders.org  Grand Prize is $2500 and over $8000 in prizes will be given away.

The Thirsty Giraffe has announced that they will be hosting an “Old School Hip Hop and Classic Rap Night” beginning at 9:00pm on the night of the Pontoon Palooza.  Stop by to continue a great day of fun…  (check it out on The Thirsty Giraffe Facebook page)

Don’t forget about the “Best Pontoon Decoration/Theme Contest” at the Tilted Loon on the 18th too!

Looking forward to seeing you all on the water!


Posted June 17, 2020

Stamp sheets are in the hands of the printer but running late.  We apologize, as they were to be out for purchase by now.  They will be available in the next few days!  Check in at Twin Bay, The Landing or Boomba to get yours early.

Boomba Bar had decided to sponsor a 2020 Pontoon Palooza t-shirt.  Shirts will be for sale at Boomba before the run date and on the day of the run (July 18, 2020).  We will post pictures of the shirt design once it’s available.

Fish Trap has committed to doing games of chance and skill on the day of the run.  Stop in to see what you might win!

We continue to work with other on-water businesses to see what they might offer to make the day even more fun.  We will update as we learn more.

The Northwoods Riders thank everyone for their support.  Despite the uncertain times amidst COVID-19, it looks like this year’s Pontoon Palooza will be a blast!!



Posted June 6, 2020

Here are a couple of good news updates about this year’s Pontoon Palooza on Lake Nokomis.  First, Sattler’s Landing Bar has decided to move forward with a party to end the day of fun on the water.  There will be a band (Older Budweiser), a food truck and beer will be served outside.  Plans are for the band to begin playing around 4:00pm.  The raffle and stamp sheet drawings will not take place at the Landing on the 18th…they will still be drawn on the 21st at the club garage.

And…The Tilted Loon has decided to hold a “BEST BOAT THEME” contest.  Boats and passengers will be judged for creativity in decoration and attire.  More details will follow, but the plan is to have boats that wish to participate stop at the Loon to obtain a number sometime before the judging, which will take place between Noon and 2:00pm on the 18th.  Displaying the number obtained at the Loon, participating boats will be asked to drive under the bridges at County L between Noon and 2:00.  Then, at 2:30 at the Tilted Loon, winners will be announced.  Prizes will be awarded – so bring your A-game!  Those not wishing to participate may still want to gather around the area to see the creativity of other fellow pontooners.

Please check back here for more updates as many other on-water establishments are also developing ideas for some Summer Fun as part of the Pontoon Palooza 2020.


Posted May 30, 2020

Due to the Covid-19 concerns, CDC, State and County guidelines we have made some changes to this year’s event.  $100 Raffle Tickets are available at area establishment or by contacting the club.  Grand Prize is $2500 and 14 total prizes will be awarded.  Stamp Sheets for the Pontoon Run will be available from 3 starting points;  Twin Bay, Boomba Bar and The Landing Bar.  Stamp sheets will be available on June 15 this year – a month ahead of the event date.  Stamps can be collected any time with sheets being turned back in to one of the start points by July 18, 2020.  Stamp Sheet payouts have been increased to $1500!  Drawing will be held at 6:00pm on July 21, 2020 at the Northwoods Riders Club Garage located at R2642 County Road L, Tomahawk, WI 54487.  Participants need not be present to win prizes.  Participants may attend the drawing if they wish and we are working on an option to live-stream the drawing via the internet.  Winners will be contacted and arrangements made to deliver prizes.

Unfortunately, the party under the tent at the Landing will not be part of this year’s run.  The club decided that there is not a safe and responsible way to hold an event of this size while adhering to “Social Distancing” and CDC guidelines.

We are working with on-water establishments to develop alternative entertainment ideas.

Check back here for Updates!


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 $1000+ 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.

PP Shirt Front
Pontoon 2019 Sunset