Snowmobiling in the Eagle River area of Vilas County

Find your next winter ride in Vilas County

Published: January 5, 2021

The biggest question about snowmobiling in Vilas County might be where to start. Here’s a look at the wonderful snowmobile routes you’ll find in different regions of the county, from Eagle River and St. Germain in the southeast to Manitowish Waters and Presque Isle in the northwest.

Don’t forget to download our newly updated Map It Vilas County trails app, where you can find detailed info about Vilas County’s snowmobile trails (as well as silent-sports trails, if you’re looking for something a little slower).

Route #1: Land O’ Lakes-Phelps-Conover

Enjoy a ride in far northern Vilas County—along the Wisconsin/Michigan border—to find wonderfully scenic sites around North and South Twin Lake, the sprawling Lac Vieux Desert and the wooded wilderness of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Or head north into Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to continue your snowmobiling adventure in a snow-covered wilderness.

Find trail info, maps and more with these clubs:

Route #2: St. Germain-Eagle River

Eagle River is the Snowmobile Capital of the World ®—come see why. Launch your snowmobiling adventure in Eagle River and zoom across the frozen waters of Eagle River’s famous chain of lakes or head north toward Conover to enjoy the quieter Mathwig Creek Trail. Eagle River is also home to the World Championship Snowmobile Derby, which takes place every January.

You’ll find the Snowmobile Hall of Fame and Museum and the state’s largest snowmobile club in St. Germain, so you can be sure they know what they’re talking about when it comes to riding. More than 100 miles of trails travel throughout the community, passing scenic vistas along the shores of Little and Big St. Germain Lake.

Find trail info, maps and more with these clubs:

Route #3: Lac du Flambeau-Manitowish Waters-Winchester-Presque Isle

Get away from the crowds on these trails that traverse through snowmobile-friendly communities throughout western Vilas County. Enjoy a ride through several wonderful sections of the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest.

Find trail info, maps and more with these clubs:

Route #4: Boulder Junction-Sayner-Star Lake

Launch your snowmobile adventure in Boulder Junction, and you’ll find more than 100 miles of well-maintained trails that connect to routes in the nearby communities of Sayner-Star Lake, Manitowish Waters, Winchester and Presque Isle. Trails take riders through wonderful Northwoods scenery and along the shores of dozens of Boulder Junction’s nearly 200 lakes.

Sayner-Star Lake is the birthplace of the snowmobile (Carl Eliason invented the “motor toboggan” here in 1924) and today offers more than 75 miles of trails, including Trail 51, which runs through the heart of the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest and is one of the oldest trails in the state.

Find trail info, maps and more with these clubs: