Conover Area Birding Trails

Decker Lake Trail

As part of the Vilas County Forest Hunter/Hiking Trail System, the Decker Lake Fire Lane is mowed on a three-year rotation. This trail features rolling terrain and meanders through stands of aspen, oak, and pine. The Decker Fire Lane is not plowed during the winter.

Length:4.5 miles Location:From the intersection of Hwy 45 and County Hwy K in Conover, continue west on County Hwy K approximately 5 miles to Decker Lake Fire Lane. Turn south on Decker Lake Fire Lane to various parking areas. Click here for a printable map (pdf).

Deep Lake Trails

Range Line Lake Fire Lane divides this trail system. Terrain is level and winds through stands of aspen, pine, and northern hardwoods. There are ADA compliant picnic sites at Range Line Lake and Deep Lake. Range Line Lake also has a carry-in canoe launch. There is a disabled accessible fishing pier at Deep Lake. Deep Lake Road is part of the Vilas County Snowmobile Trail System and is not accessible by vehicles during the winter season.

Length:6 miles Location:From the intersection of Hwy 45 and County Hwy G north of Eagle River, continue west on County Hwy G approximately 1.25 miles to Croker Road. Turn north on Croker Road and continue about 2 miles to Deep Lake Road and the first of several parking areas. Click here for a printable map (pdf).

Heart Lake Trail

Trails of the Vilas County Forest Hunter/Hiking Trail System are maintained on a three-year rotation. Heart Lake Trail lies north of the Heart Lake Road. Terrain is level to rolling. Timber types in this area are predominately aspen, jack pine and red pine. Heart Lake Road is part of the Vilas County Snowmobile Trail System and is not accessible by vehicles during the winter season.

Length:4.9 miles Location:From Conover, continue west on County Hwy K approximately 2 miles to County Hwy S. Turn north about 1.5 miles and watch for the Heart Lake Trail signs on the east side of the road. Click here for a printable map (pdf).

Langley Lake Trails

This extensive trail system in the Vilas County Forest features a groomed cross-country ski trail with 3 loops (parking is provided courtesy of the County Highway Dept. on the south end just north of County Hwy K on Langley Lake Road). Also featured is a vehicle accessible handicap hunting area. The gently undulating terrain features stands of aspen, oak and pine.

Length:15.7 miles Location:From Conover, take County Hwy K west approximately 7 miles to a parking area at Langley Lake Road just before the intersection with East Laura Lake Road. Click here for a printable map (pdf).

Muskrat Creek Trail

Part of the Vilas County Forest, this extensive trail system can be enjoyed throughout the year. Terrain is gently rolling through stands of aspen, pine and oak. This area is adjacent to a Spruce Grouse Management Area. Fire Lane Road and Muskrat Creek Road are town roads which are plowed through the winter season. The southern segment of this trail system is part of the Vilas County Snowmobile Trail System.

Length:6 miles Location:From the intersection of Hwy 45 and County Hwy K in Conover, continue east on County Hwy K approximately 2 miles to Muskrat Creek Road. Turn north on Muskrat Creek Road and continue about 1 mile to the start of parking areas. Click here for a printable map (pdf).

Pioneer Creek Trail

These Vilas County Forest trails pass through rolling countryside in stands of aspen, mature oak and pine. A part of this trail unit serves as a segment of the Vilas County Snowmobile Trail System. Pioneer Creek Trail, a County Forest Road, is not plowed during the winter season.

Length:7.35 miles Location:From the intersection of Hwy 45 and County Hwy K in Conover, continue east on County Hwy K, just past the Town Park and watch for the Pioneer Creek Trail signs on the south side of the road. Click here for a printable map (pdf).

Torch Lake Trails

This part of the Vilas County Forest Hunter/Hiking Trail System winds through rolling hills and features mature natural stands of red and white pine as well as aspen, oak, and spruce. Portions of the Torch Lake Road and River Road are plowed during the winter, giving access to the trails. The rolling terrain with the variety of habitats and proximity to the Wisconsin River make this area an excellent choice for wildlife viewing.

Length:5.35 miles Location:From the intersection of County Hwy K and Hwy 45 in Conover, continue south on Hwy 45 about 2 miles to Torch Lake Road. Turn west on Torch Lake Road and go about 1 mile to a parking area. Or from Torch Lake Road continue on Hwy 45 another mile to River Road. Turn west on River Road and continue about 1 mile to additional parking areas and trail access. Click here for a printable map (pdf).

White Squaw Lake Trail

One of the most remote hunter/hiking trails in the Vilas County Forest, this system of trails passes through stands of aspen, oak and northern hardwoods. Terrain is rolling hills. Roads accessing these trails are town roads and are plowed during the winter. A part of this system, east of White Squaw Lake Road, also serves as a snowmobile trail.

Length:7.4 miles Location:From the intersection of Hwy 45 and County Hwy K in Conover, continue west on County Hwy K to County Hwy S. Turn north on County Hwy S and continue to Baker Lake Road. Turn west on Baker Lake Road and continue approximately 7 miles to White Squaw Lake Road. Turn north on White Squaw Lake Road and continue about .5 miles to the first of several bermed access points. Click here for a printable map (pdf).
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