Vilas County

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Vilas County

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, 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…

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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…

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Ruffed Grouse

Three Counties with Great Grouse Hunting

Saturday, October 17th, 2015

  Update 10/2/17: entries accepted now for our Packers-Vikings ticket giveaway. Enter here. Wisconsin is arguably the best place in the country for ruffed grouse hunting.  The mix of older forests and newly cut over parcels gives birds the full array of foods they need to thrive. Ruffed grouse are found throughout the Badger State,…

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Oshkosh Public Museum - Apostles Clock

Museums reveal secrets

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

These museums aren’t world famous, and that’s part of their charm. Their collections are truly a surprise – including amazing items pulled from attics and trunks of local residents. The museums are a fun way to learn about vacation destinations and offer information on the people who came before. Parents: bring your kids – it’s…

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Wisconsin Trail

Take a hike: trails are open; here’s where to lose yourself

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

These Wisconsin trails offer more than a hike. Wisconsin is a hiker’s paradise – whether you’re deep in a city or far from civilization, you’re never far from a trail. However, some trails rise above the rest. These are trails that offer unforgettable views, a window into the state’s rich history or perhaps a chance…

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