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Vilas County is a county in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. As of
2000, the population was 21,033. Its county seat is Eagle River.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of
1,018 square miles (2,636 km²), of which, 874 square miles (2,263
km²) of it is land and 144 square miles (373 km²) of it (14.16%) is
water. There are 1,318 lakes in the county.Although these two
forests have been administratively combined into the
Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, it is important to note that
the county contains portions of both original forests.