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Birdwatching hotspots in Vilas County


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Vilas County is a great place for birdwatching. Here are a few of our favorite spots.

One of the best times of year for birdwatching has arrived in one of the best places for birding. With over 1,300 lakes and vast tracts of forest and wetlands, Vilas County is a birder’s paradise. You’ll find owls, water birds, songbirds, raptors, and more as you explore northern Wisconsin.

To see what birds you’ll likely encounter, check out this list.

To navigate Vilas County’s trails—and find  the trails of Vilas County, download the Map It Vilas County trails app.

Here are some great places to start your birding adventure in Vilas County:

Franklin Lake Trail

This trail in the Eagle River area is located in a mixed hardwood forest between Franklin Lake and Butternut Lake. It’s a beautiful trail; some of the trees are more than 400 years old.

Land O’ Lakes Bike Trail

When the forest trails are a little wet, consider heading to the Land O’ Lakes trail. It’s a paved trail that heads west from Land O’ Lakes, passing through some beautiful forests.

Van Vliet Hemlocks

In the Presque Isle area, explore and experience 400 acres and 1 ½ miles of undeveloped shoreline in an old growth hardwood-hemlock forest.

Pioneer Creek Trail

These Conover area trails pass through rolling countryside in stands of aspen, mature oak and pine.

Powell Trails

Near Manitowish Waters, these gentle forest trails wind through an area of mixed timber.