Lakes & rivers

The Northwoods of Wisconsin is a land of lakes. We’re home to more than 3,800 lakes across seven counties—that’s one of the largest concentrations of freshwater lakes in the world—so it’s no wonder the Northwoods is a popular destination for fishing, paddling and boating.

The area’s rivers and lakes range from iconic Northwoods waters to hidden-gem backwaters, so there’s plenty of places to discover and lots of room for adventurers. The destinations mentioned here pass through several counties, giving visitors lots of places to access these wild waterways.

If you’re interested in learning about lakes and rivers in a specific area of the Northwoods of Wisconsin, follow the community links on this page.