Paddling

Explore Our Waters

A World of Water

Few things in life are more relaxing than watching the sun set behind a placid lake, and few towns are as aptly named as Presque Isle.

As our slogan says, it means Almost an Island, and for good reason. Presque Isle is surrounded by more than 1,000 lakes. Add to that the more than 70 rivers and streams than flow through Vilas County, and you’re looking at a lot of water. One could enjoy a different lake or stream every day for three years without ever visiting the same water twice, and that doesn’t even take into consideration the countless bodies of water that await just over the state line in Michigans’s Upper Peninsula.

Whatever your waterborne desire may be, sailing, skiing, scuba diving, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, fishing, or just watching the sun set over a tranquil shoreline, Presque Isle and its immediate vicinity has what you need.

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Northwoods Trails

Find a trail for whatever moves you at this all-inclusive website, featuring all seasons of trails in Western Vilas County. Biking, Hiking, Paddling, Skiing, and Snowshoeing, with downloadable maps and real-time tracking via your phone. Trails are designated by difficulty, wilderness rating, and have details on length and amenities. A wonderful site for the silent sport enthusiast.

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263 US-51, Mercer, WI 54547, USA
Hours: Open 7 days a week, 9am – 5pm Hawk’s Nest Canoe Outfitters is the place to call if you’re looking for a northwoods canoe trip. We ...