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. Snowmelt can make the rivers fast-flowing in the spring, so new paddlers might want to practice their skills on a quiet Vilas County lake. Vilas County outfitters can give you some great paddling advice and will rent you a nice and stable canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard that’s perfect for a new paddler. The Vilas County Silent Sports Trail Map will point you to some paddling routes perfect for a canoeing or kayaking adventure. A good, calm place for a first paddle is Little Rice Lake, located just east of Boulder Junction. This small lake 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. You have to head into the forest a bit but it’s well worth the drive – it’s located off Butternut Lake Road in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.