Adventure: snowshoeing

Learn more about snowshoeing


Snowshoeing is as easy as putting one foot in front of the other. That’s part of the beauty of this sport – anyone can do it and have fun, even if it’s a new activity. Vilas County is a great place to test out your snowshoe legs. There are stores that rent snowshoes, and if you decide you would like to make this a regular part of your winter fun, they sell them too. Today’s snowshoes are something of a different animal than the traditional snowshoes of yesterday. While those snowshoes got the job done, modern aluminum snowshoes are light and have bindings that are incredibly easy to use. One thing hasn’t changed: snowshoeing is great exercise; it can burn more than 600 calories per hour. You can get pretty warm trekking through the snow, so be sure to dress in layers so you can keep from overheating. Some great places in Vilas County to start your snowshoeing fun include the Powell Trails in Manitowish Waters, the Star Lake Nature Trail in Sayner/Star Lake and the Tara Lila trails in Eagle River. To remain good friends with the cross-county skiers, take care to avoid walking on the ski trails.


Vilas County has trail systems that offer longer loops that are perfect for snowshoers who are looking for a bit more of a challenge. These loops will take you past towering hemlocks and sparkling snow-covered lakes. The forest is so quiet in the winter and snowshoeing makes practically no noise. You may surprise a rabbit or two while you’re trekking down the trail. Fern Ridge Trail in St. Germain is a short, somewhat rugged trail offering striking contrasts in terrain. Near Presque Isle you’ll find more great snowshoeing at the Catherine Wolter Wilderness Area, a 2,189-acre preserve that is home to 15 wild lakes.


Snowshoers that are looking to cover some ground need look no further than Vilas County. With a quarter million acres of public land, the opportunities for backcountry exploration are nearly endless. Vilas County also has trail systems that can challenge even the most seasoned trekker. The Anvil Lake Trail east of Eagle River provides 12 miles of adventure, including some stretches that are best suited to experienced snowshoers. The Fallison Lake Trails in Boulder Junction is a hilly trail providing spectacular views of Fallison Lake. It passes through stands of aspen, oak and pine. Snowshoers who can cover ground quickly should consider entering a Vilas County snowshoe race – you’ll find races each winter in the Minocqua area and Boulder Junction.


Want more trails info?

Download the Map It Vilas County trails app or order the Vilas County Silent Sports Trail Map today.