46 trails, 1,300 lakes, 12 beautiful communities, endless fun
Discover why year after year, generation after generation, vacationers return to Vilas County in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.
Vilas County is a one-of-a-kind destination, boasting one of the largest concentrations of freshwater lakes on earth. Fish for walleye, crappie, smallmouth and largemouth bass and trophy-size musky, as well as lake trout and whitefish. Relax on a sandy beach, swim crystal clear waters or go waterskiing. Paddle the pristine headwaters of the Wisconsin River, the winding Manitowish River or a secluded no-motor lake deep in the forest.
Even on Vilas County’s trails are all about incredible waterscapes. The county’s 46 designated trails wind their way around shimmering lakes, providing bicyclists and hikers with an ever-changing array of lake views at every turn.
Each of Vilas County’s 12 communities has its own unique charm—visitors should take time to explore the restaurants, shops and local attractions that make the area so delightful.
For a vacation destination you’ll want to return to season after season, year after year, choose Vilas County. Get complete Vilas County trip planning information.
Thursday, April 19th, 2018
Your starting line for adventure One of the best ways to experience Wisconsin’s outdoor beauty while staying active is to participate in one of the state’s many running, walking and biking events. These races take place every weekend in some of Wisconsin’s most beautiful getaway spots. Active vacationers will find scenic marathons and triathlons as… Continue reading ►
Thursday, April 5th, 2018
Four wild spots to see this spring Some of the best vacations will take you into the unknown. Wisconsin is home to vast forests, wild lakes and endless trails waiting to be explored. Some adventures take an hour and others can last a week or more, but they are all unforgettable. Here’s a guide to… Continue reading ►
Thursday, March 22nd, 2018
Pull up a stool It’s been a tradition since Wisconsin’s earliest days: the local tavern. They are a place where people meet for good times and great food and they are the heart of small towns across the state. A lot is changing in the world, but fortunately, many of these taverns are still alive… Continue reading ►
Thursday, December 21st, 2017
There are more than 25,000 miles of snowmobile trails in Wisconsin and some of the very best spots to ride are located in northern Wisconsin! In fact, the birthplace of the snowmobile is Sayner, Wisconsin, in Vilas County! Here are some trails you won’t want to miss: Eagle River – Known as the “Snowmobile… Continue reading ►
Wednesday, April 26th, 2017
Spring is here in Wisconsin and the warming weather is opening up new possibilities for outdoor recreation. Here are four ways – and four places – to experience the season. Birdwatching in Middleton. Just 10 minutes from Madison, you’ll find the beautiful community of Middleton, a favorite destination for spring birdwatchers. Middleton is filled with… Continue reading ►