Wisconsin means “gathering place of waters” and our area is blessed with the largest concentration of freshwater lakes in the world. Vilas County has 1,318 lakes within its boundaries and neighboring Oneida County has an additional 1,129 lakes. Plus we have the World’s Largest Chain of Freshwater Lakes, the 28 lake Eagle River – Three Lakes Chain of Lakes. So grab your water skis to show off your stuff or maybe tubing is on your bucket list. If a slower pace is your style, launch or rent a pontoon boat, listen to summer tunes and just enjoy the day on the lake. Don’t forget to keep your eyes and ears alert for a soaring bald eagle, an osprey, or the call of a loon. Then if you want more adventure, go sailing on the pirate ship.
Lake Family 1: The Eagle River Chain Area – 10 lakes of the Eagle Chain from dam to dam, Lower Ninemile Lake, Sevenmile Lake, Kentuck Lake, and Deerskin Lake.
Lake Family 2: The Three Lakes Chain – All lakes in the Three Lakes Chain from dam up river.
Lake Family 3: The “Big Lakes” Family – North Twin Lake, South Twin Lake, Long Lake, Big Sand Lake, Lac Vieux Desert Lake and Pioneer Lake
Lake Family 4: The “Western” Family – Big St. Germain Lake, Little St. Germain Lake, Star Lake, Found Lake, Lost Lake, Laura Lake, Little John, Big Muskellunge Lake, Irving Lake, Ballard Lake, White Birch Lake, Plum Lake and Razorback Lake
Lake Family 5: The Sugar Camp Chain Area – Five Lakes of the Sugar Camp Chain, Gilmore Lake, Pickerel Lake (off Hwy. J), Rainbow Flowage, Little Arbor Vitae Lake and Big Arbor Vitae Lake
Lake Family 6: The “Eastern” Family – Pickerel Lake (off Hwy. G), Upper and Lower Buckatabon Lake, Muskellunge Lake (off Hwy. G), Snipe Lake, Boot Lake and Stella Lake
Lake Family 7: The “Northern Lakes” Family – Fishtrap Lake, Palmer Lake, White Sand Lake, High Lake, Tenderfoot Lake, Boulder Lake, and Wildcat Lake
You know that the 28 connected lakes in the Eagle River area make up the World’s Largest Chain of Freshwater Lakes. But did you know that the two sides of the chain – the Eagle River Chain and Three Lakes Chain – are separated by the Burnt Rollways Dam? The two sides of the chain are also connected by a river called Eagle River.