Lakes & Waterways

Lakes & Waterways

World-class Waters


Enjoy Vilas County’s natural resources.

Vilas County Lakes and Rivers Association | Eagle River

Chances are you’re drawn to Vilas County for our beautiful lakes and rivers. They inspire and connect us – and drive our economy! That’s why Vilas County Lakes and Rivers Association works with families, businesses, and lake organizations to protect our natural waters.  Join and support us at  Let’s create a vibrant Northwoods where people and nature thrive!

North Lakeland Discovery Center | Manitowish Waters

The Water Program team offers consulting, shoreline habitat restoration and management, lake level monitoring, grant writing, and both public and private workshops for their partners.

The Angler’s Choice Guide Service | Mercer

Two world records and two Outstanding Angling Achievement awards documented at the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame.  2020 Alumicraft boat, 20 1/2 feet long, 150hp Mercury motor. $300 for 1/2 day (1-3 people); $400 full day (1-3 people).

Vilas County Land and Water | Eagle River

Vilas County Land & Water Conservation cares about keeping our lakes and streams pristine. This can only happen with cooperation from boaters and visitors like you. Please utilize Clean Boats Clean Waters practices to keep our surface waters free of aquatic invasive species!

Vilas County is home to one of the largest collections of freshwater lakes in the world, with more than 1,300 beautiful lakes and 73 rivers and streams.  Boaters and paddlers can explore remote wilderness lakes, expansive lake chains and beautiful backcountry rivers throughout Wisconsin’s Northwoods. Anglers will find some of the best fishing in the Midwest. Swimmers and watersports lovers enjoy good times in crystal-clear waters.

Looking for the perfect lake? Use the lake grid to see details on lakes throughout the county. The grid includes details on the size and depth of each lake, the fish each lake contains and the lake’s location in northern Wisconsin. The printed Vilas County Silent Sport & Water Recreation Map shows the location of every silent sports trail in the county as well as six canoe routes. Order your map here.