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Vilas County is home to one of the largest concentration of freshwater lakes on the planet, so there are plenty of places to go canoeing, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding.

Paddling the WI River

With more than 1,300 lakes and 73 rivers and streams, Vilas County has plenty of opportunities for paddling trips. Take a canoe or kayak trip down one of the rivers or explore miles of water on the many lake chains scattered throughout Wisconsin’s Northwoods. Spend an afternoon paddling your kayak or take a weeklong canoe trip.

There’s no shortage of good paddling waters in northern Wisconsin. A number of quiet lakes in Vilas County—many of them non-motor waters—provide unmatched serenity for canoeing, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding. The Wisconsin and Manitowish Rivers offer more outstanding opportunities for canoeing, kayaking and paddling.

This lake grid details all public-access lakes and boat landings in Vilas County. Here is a downloadable map of select paddling areas and several paddling routes can also be found on the free Map It Vilas County trails app. And here is a

Plan your Vilas County paddling adventure today!


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