Having fun in Vilas County in the summer might mean getting a little wet. With 1,300 lakes, Vilas County is a watersports mecca. New on the water? If you’re over 16 years old and were born after Dec. 31, 1988, you’ll have to pass the state of Wisconsin’s free online boater safety education course. It’s required to operate a motorboat or personal watercraft. Want to see some watersports professionals? Attend one of the many waterski shows in Vilas County. Be dazzled by the Chain Skimmers in Conover, the Skiing Skeeters in Manitowish Waters or the Plum Ski-ters in Sayner/Star Lake. The shows are free; just bring a blanket or camping chairs and enjoy the action. Vilas County Lakes are also popular with people looking for non-motorized fun. Beaches and swim rafts can be found on many Vilas County lakes, and many lakes have crystal-clear water that’s perfect for snorkeling. The lakes are filled with some big fish, and there’s nothing like coming eye to eye with a monster musky!