Vilas County is full of stunning vistas and breathtaking photo ops—particularly this time of year. Here are four hand-picked fall wonders you won’t want to miss.
- Just south of Boulder Junction (the “Musky Capital of the World”) is Trout Lake. Here you’ll find a beautiful little spot called Cathedral Point, tucked between Trout Lake’s north and south basins. Walk along the peninsula, lined with enormous white pines, as it rises up, giving you an incredible look at the surrounding water. Pack a picnic and plan to spend awhile here, enjoying the views and letting your cares wash away with the tides.
- South of Presque Isle you’ll discover the Van Vliet Hemlocks, one of the largest old-growth hemlock hardwood forests in the region, now a rarity in Wisconsin. Wander among swamps and bogs under the shady canopy of trees that have stood watch for generations. Keep your eyes peeled for loons, osprey, and eagles—you might even see a moose!
- On the border of Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is Land O’ Lakes, home to Black Oak Lake, touted as the clearest lake in Wisconsin. At 85 feet, it’s also one of the deepest in the state. Slip your canoe or kayak in, glide out, and then look down. You can often see up to 30 feet below the water’s surface. Bring your fishing pole—Black Oak Lake is stocked full of bass, walleye, and lake trout. You just might even be able to see what you’re catching before you land it!
- In the heart of the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest is the North Lakeland Discovery Center. They offer educational opportunities for all ages—everything from guided bird walks to canoe trips, campfires and hikes to lectures and workshops. They’ve got 12 miles of gentle trails that can be used for hiking, biking, skiing and snowshoeing, and canoes, kayaks and fishing poles available, too!