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Secrets to the perfect Vilas County summer vacation


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Follow these helpful tips to create an unforgettable Vilas County experience this summer.

Swimming at Koller Memorial Park Manitowish Waters WI

Make the most of your summer getaway with a trip to Vilas County’s wide-open wilderness. Here are a few tips to help you create an unforgettable Vilas County experience this summer.

Embrace open space

Vilas County has more than 60 trail systems and 1,300 lakes—there’s plenty of room to spread out.

Now is a great time to seek out secluded trails. Don’t forget to download the free Map It Vilas County trails app, where you can find routes based on location, amenities and more.

Take a relaxed approach

Things may look a little different than your last trip.

Adapt your plans if your first choice is closed or too busy… don’t worry, there’s plenty to do in Vilas County!

Support Vilas County businesses

Shops and restaurants are open for business, although some may have changes in hours or staffing. If your favorite restaurant is too busy for a sit-down meal, consider ordering carryout.

Make a reservation

Vilas County’s motels, resorts, cabins, vacation homes and private campgrounds are accepting reservations for this summer and beyond. These businesses have visitors’ health and well-being top of mind; please contact specific lodging properties with questions on availability.

Get outside

All your favorite summer activities in Vilas County are still available to you—biking, fishing, hiking, paddling, boating, equestrian trails and more.

Your trip to Vilas County gives you access to so many outdoor resources—explore a trail, lake or scenic drive for new outdoor adventures.