Vilas County
Outdoor Recreation Plan

Vilas County Forestry, Recreation, & Land Department is working with North Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission to update its Outdoor Recreation Plan for 2014-2019.

The new five-year outdoor recreation plan will be used to identify new projects for development, as well as which local government parks, county parks, or county forest segments need to add additional recreation facilities (like trails, buildings, boat landings, or camp sites).  The plan enables Vilas County Forestry Department, and all municipalities within the county, to be eligible for competitive federal and state outdoor recreation grant money. Non-profit conservation organizations (NCOs) are eligible to participate in the Knowles–Nelson Stewardship Program too. NCOs may adopt or carry out recommendations from this county outdoor recreation plan or use their land management plans that are required for participation in the stewardship programs.

This plan assesses the existing recreation system in Vilas County, identifies recreation needs based upon public input and recreation standards, sets forth goals and objectives to be used as guidelines in formulating outdoor recreation improvements, and establishes recommendations for improving the recreation system over the next five years. Submission of this report to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources establishes eligibility for the County and local governments to apply for a variety of Federal and State Aids. Non-profit groups, foundations, and the general public may also use this document to coordinate their own private efforts for developing outdoor recreation facilities.

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Vilas County Outdoor Recreation Plan 2014-2019 800 KB

Revised & Adopted plan with March 2015 Committee revisions.
(Highlighted text in plan shows changes.)

Download maps & attachments below.

1 - Countywide Recreational Facilities Adobe PDF 1.45 MB
2 - Countywide Bike/Ped Route and Trail Plan Adobe PDF 2.17 MB
3 - Vilas County Forest Adobe PDF 420 KB
4 - Forest Units (White Squaw & Snipe Lake Units) Adobe PDF 685 KB
5 - Forest Units (Pioneer Creek, Mud Minnow, & Langley Lake Units) Adobe PDF 675 KB
6 - Forest Units (Decker Lake, Torch Lake, Heart Lake, Muskrat Creek, & Ski Hill Units) Adobe PDF 460 KB
7 - City of Eagle River Adobe PDF 250 KB
A - Park Design and Location Criteria Adobe PDF 40 KB
B - Facility Development Standards Adobe PDF 20 KB
C - Federal and State Outdoor Recreation Funding Programs Adobe PDF 115 KB
D - Wisconsin SCORP 2011-2016 Summary Adobe PDF 400 KB
E - Online Survey and Summarized Results Adobe PDF 330 KB
F - Town Survey and Summarized Results Adobe PDF 100 KB
G - Map of Trout Streams in Vilas County Adobe PDF 1.52 MB
H - Northern Highland American Legion (NHAL) State Forest Maps Adobe PDF 790 KB
I - Lakeland Discovery Center Maps Adobe PDF 1.06 MB
J - Public Hearing Poster and Letter Adobe PDF 400 KB
K - Great Headwaters Trails System Segments Map Adobe PDF 650 KB