If you’re new to paddling, you’ve come to the right place. Vilas County has more than 1,300 lakes and 73 rivers and streams. You’ll find quiet waters perfect for practicing your paddling skills. If you’d like a gentle start to your adventure, practice paddling in a shallow lake. It can be reassuring to know you’re floating in waist-deep waters. Vilas County outfitters will not only rent you a canoe, kayak or stand up paddleboard, they’ll share valuable tips and advice. A good place for a first paddle is Little Rice Lake, located just east of Boulder Junction. This little 50-acre gem is just 7 feet deep at its deepest point. Another place to find quiet water is Upper Ninemile Lake east of Eagle River. This 108-acre lake has a maximum depth of just 5 feet. It’s located off Butternut Lake Road in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.