Eagle River Wisconsin Chain of Lakes The "Chain" is the world's largest chain of inland freshwater lakes - 28 in all, which occupy 3,928 acres of surface water and 68 miles of shoreline. Water elevated twelve feet by the Otter Rapids Dam has served to deepen and connect the lakes of the Eagle River Chain. Because the "Chain" is freely navigable, it is heavily used by the public for fishing, swimming, boating, water-skiing, and in winter, ice fishing.
The "Chain" contains a great range of fishing opportunities. Principle species include muskie, walleye, norther pike, largemouth, and smallmouth bass, as well as a variety of pan fish. "Chain" lakes are especially well known for their musky and walleye, and are stocked by the DNR regularly.
Nicolet National Forest The Nicolet National Forest, which lies adjacent to Eagle River, is 657,520 acres in size. It contains more than 1,200 lakes and is noted for its hunting, fishing, canoeing, hiking, snowmobiling, and bird watching facilities.
Snowmobiling in Eagle River Wisconsin Of course there is also the serveral hundred miles of world class snowmobile trails in our area that attract snowmobile enthusiasts from all around the world!! Eagle river holds the official trademark....SNOWMOBILE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD!!!
AND, to keep you abreast of the snowmobile trail conditions all throughout the snowmobiling season, there is always Snowtracks.com.See ya on the trails!
Bike Trails - Eagle River & Vilas County are home to many miles of bike trails. Paved, limestone & mountain biking. Trails traverse through the National Forest, State Forest & County Forest. Pack a lunch & stop on the trail by one of the over 1200 lakes in the county or bike to a quaint lunch spots.
Cross Country Skiing & Snowshoeing - In Vilas County you are within minutes of cross country skiing. Public & Service Group maintained. Snoeshoers will find opportunities on trails & miles of forestry roads
Golfing - There are 10 golf courses within an hour. We have Discount coupons for several of the courses.
Hiking - There are 100's of thousands of acres of Public Forest land in Vilas County so you are only minutes from ton's of hiking. There are organized maintained trails & rustic trails to choose from.
Eagle River Wisconsin Yearly Events:
World Championship Snowmobile Derby - January 11-19, 2014 - The Grand Daddy of 'em all. Humble beginnings on Dollar Lake in the 60's. Now at the Derby Track north of Eagle River. A full week of racing. Vintage flat oval & sno-cross. Late Model flat oval & sno-cross. Hot Seats to sit in if you like to watch the races but don't like the cold.
Klondike Days - 23rd Annual - March 1 & 2, 2014- Great Winter Festival. Chain Saw Competitions, Horse Pulls, Dog weight pulls, Historic Rendevous Village, Historical Display, Crafts.
17th Annual Journeys Marathon - May 10, 2014- Full, Half & 5K Walk/Run. Qualifier for the Big Boy's like Chicago, New York, Boston. Runners love the scenic run. Starts in Boulder Junction ends at the park in Eagle River.
Eagle River Gun Show - May 2014 Memorial Day Weekend - Eagle River Hockey Sports Arena - Friday 3pm-8pm; Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday 9am-3pm. Contact Bob Pucci (608) 752-6677
Strawberry Craft, Food & Gift Festival - May 2014 Memorial Day Weekend - Vilas County Fairground, Eagle River. 9:30am-4:30pm. Contact M A C Productions (715) 675-6201
Fishing Has No Boundaries - June 2014 - 8am-4pm on Friday & Saturday and from 8am-Noon on Sunday, FHNB opens up the great outdoors for people with disabilities through the world of fishing. Call Wil (715) 479-9309.