Vilas County is a county located in northern Wisconsin. As of the 2020 census, the population was 23,047. The county seat is Eagle River. Vilas County was created in 1893 and is named after William Freeman Vilas, who was a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin. The county is known for its many lakes, forests, and outdoor recreational opportunities, including the Vilas County Parks, the Eagle River Chain of Lakes and the Nicolet National Forest. The county is home to the city of Eagle River, which is the county’s largest city and the regional center for tourism and recreation. The county also has several small towns and communities, including St Germain, Conover, and Boulder Junction. The county has a strong tourism industry, with many visitors coming to the county for fishing, hunting, boating and snowmobiling.