Better birding in Vilas County

Published: May 9, 2016


One of the best times of year for birdwatching has arrived in one of the best places for birding. Vilas County Forests are alive with the sounds and sights of warm-season birds. With over 1,300 lakes and vast tracts of forest and wetlands, this is a birder’s paradise. You’ll find owls, water birds, songbirds, raptors and more. To see what birds you’ll likely encounter, check out this list.  To navigate the trails of Vilas County, download the Map It Vilas County trails app and the Vilas County Silent Sports Trail Map.

Here are some great places to start your birding adventure:

Franklin Lake Trail

This trail in the Eagle River area is located in a mixed hardwood forest between Franklin Lake and Butternut Lake. It’s a beautiful trail; some of the trees are more than 400 years old.

Land O’ Lakes Bike Trail

When the forest trails are a little wet, consider heading to the Land O’ Lakes trail. It’s a paved trail that heads west from Land O’ Lakes, passing through some beautiful forests.

Van Vliet Hemlocks

In the Presque Isle area, explore and experience 400 acres and 1 ½ miles of undeveloped shoreline in an old growth hardwood-hemlock forest.

Pioneer Creek Trail

These Conover area trails pass through rolling countryside in stands of aspen, mature oak and pine.

Powell Trails

Near Manitowish Waters, these gentle forest trails wind through an area of mixed timber.