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The most relaxing ways to enjoy Vilas County


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It’s easy to relax in the Northwoods of Wisconsin—but if you want some pointers on how to make the most of your trip, we’re here to help.

Sunset over Wildcat Landing off Highway M north of Boulder Junction
Credit: Sharon Letz

A trip to the Northwoods of Wisconsin is an opportunity to relax, breathe in the clean air and escape from your everyday worries. It’s easy to relax up here—but if you want some pointers, we’re here to help.

Watch the sun go down over a Northwoods lake

We’re not too modest to say our sunsets are some of the best you’ll find. There are lots of great places to see a lakeside sunset in Vilas County, but here are a few suggestions to help you get started:

  • The benches along Ben Bendrick Dr. near Trout Lake in Boulder Junction
  • Black Oak Lake public beach/boat launch (4 miles west of Land O’ Lakes, adjacent to County Rd. B)
  • Little Bohemia Lodge on Little Star Lake in Manitowish Waters
  • Torpy Park on Lake Minocqua
  • Torch Lake Park in Conover

We asked for our fans’ best sunset photos—see what they sent us.

Get out on the lake

Not satisfied with sitting on the shore watching the sunset? With more than 1,300 lakes dotting our beautiful corner of the Northwoods, there are plenty of ways to get out on Vilas County’s wonderful lakes, too.

Find a trail to explore

Vilas County is home to nearly 90 trail systems open to bikers, hikers, birdwatchers and other outdoors enthusiasts. That means there’s a trail for just about everyone, whether you’re looking for a serene stroll along a Northwoods lake or a challenging ride on some serious single-track.

Download the free Vilas County trails app, where you can find routes based on location, amenities and more.

Relax at a comfy, clean lodging property

Kick your shoes off and unwind: Vilas County’s motels, hotels, resorts, cabins, vacation homes and campgrounds are accepting reservations for this summer and beyond. These businesses have visitors’ health and well-being top of mind, so don’t hesitate—book your stay today!