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Vilas County winter fun tips


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  • Shopping & Services
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  • Winter

Here are some sure bets for good times this winter in Vilas County.

ice fishing

There’s so much to do in Vilas County when the snow flies and the lakes freeze over. Northwoods lovers of all ages will find plenty to do in and around the county’s 12 charming communities, which are all located in the Lake Superior snowbelt, the lucky recipients of ample amounts of beautiful, white snow. Vilas County winter activities are already in full swing—join the fun!

Here are some sure bets for good times this winter in the Northwoods of Wisconsin:

Ice fishing

Welcome to a first-class ice fishing destination. Vilas County is home to one of the largest concentrations of freshwater lakes on earth, so there are endless places to try your luck. The county boasts 1,300 lakes that offer outstanding ice fishing and plenty of fun weekend tournaments.


Vilas County is one of the world’s premier snowmobiling destinations. We have 700 miles of spectacular trails that traverse unspoiled wilderness, crossing undeveloped lakes and connecting to scenic Northwoods communities. In all, Vilas County is home to more than a half million acres of wilderness that’s ready for you to explore.

Shopping and dining

In Vilas County’s fine retailers, you’ll find shops offering everything from fine art to sporting goods. Discover unique souvenirs, special gifts, apparel and more! When you work up a hunger, is there a better place to enjoy a winter meal than a Vilas County supper club? We don’t think so. Enjoy a classic Wisconsin fish fry and be sure to order an old fashioned.


One of the most versatile and fun ways to explore Vilas County is to head into the forest on your own two feet. The county is home to miles of specially groomed snowshoe trails that you can find with the Vilas County Silent Sport & Water Recreation Map. Order a copy of the map and see details for all of the best snowshoeing trails in our county. Or download our free Map It Vilas County trails app, which will help you navigate – even if your cell phone can’t pick up a signal.