Lakes & Waterways

Lakes & Waterways

World-class Waters


Enjoy Vilas County’s natural resources.

The Angler’s Choice Guide Service | Mercer

Two world records and two outstanding angling achievement awards for fishing. Year-round fishing guide service. Open-water and ice fishing (6 insulated/heated ice houses each with underwater camera).

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.