Three Lakes

   Three Lakes was voted the best town in America a few years back. It was just an online competition, but it does speak to how nice of a little town this is. The town is steeped in history and has a really comfortable mom and pop feel to it. Most people in Three Lakes are in town to grab a bite to eat, to fill up with gas, or to check out some of the specialty stores. Three Lakes is home to the Three Lakes Chain of Lakes which connects to the Eagle River Chain of Lakes to form the largest freshwater chain of lakes in the world.

Grocery Stores: Location:
Three Lakes Town Market East Side
Closest Hospital:
Ascention Eagle River - Eagle River / 18 minutes north

Ascension St. Mary's - Rhinelander / 26 minutes south
Nearby Biking/Hiking Trails:
Three Eagle Trail - A crushed limestone trail that connects Eagle River to Three Lakes. Great for walking, biking, cross country skiing and more. The trail meanders through various terrains and through the forests of Vilas County. A very nice trail.

Nearby Cross Country Skiing Trails:
Three Eagle Trail - See above for details. Groomed during the winter.

Nearby Paddling Routes:
No nearby paddling routes but the Three Lakes/Eagle River Chain of Lakes offers days and days of paddling opportunities.
Nearby ATV Trails:
Currently no routes in town, but there are many ATV trails just a little to the north.
Nearby Snowmobile Trails:
Three Lakes Trails - Over 180 miles of groomed trails that takes you all over the northwoods. Like all the other trails up north, the trail system connects to other systems giving you access to anywhere you want to go explore on your sled.
Surrounding Towns:
Eagle River - Eagle River is kind of a sister city to Three Lakes. It is located 10 miles up Hwy 45 and offers some extra modern conveniences (bigger grocery stores, more places to eat, bigger hardware store, etc) that Three Lakes doesn't. With the Eagle River/Three Lakes chain being so big, there are many spots that are almost the same distance to both towns, even if they might be a little closer to Three Lakes on the map.

Clearwater Lake - Clearwater Lake is the home of Gold Bar Realty, Aroma's restaurant, and to some really nice people. It's basically a map dot on HWY 45 but is located just five miles from both Eagle River and Three Lakes so it is has location working in its favor.

Times are approximate. I just took the time from the center of town.
Place: Mins: Place: Mins:
Black Forest Pub & Grille    1 Fika Bakery & Coffee    1
Lick A Dee Splitz    1 Grillerz    1
Cindy's Country Cafe    1 Bonnie's Lake Side    3
Sunset Grill    5 Aroma's    5
Pike's Pine Isle Lodge    6 Jake's Bar & Grill    6
Homes for Sale:

Planting Ground Lake
Planting Ground Lake house picture
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 4.0
Sq Ft: 6,548
Three Lakes

   PLANTING GROUND LAKE HOME on 7,600 ac Three Lakes Chain! This elegant Northwoods timber-frame styled home is on famous Wheeler Island. Ft. 2007 construction 7,000+ sqft 5BR, 4BA home w/heated & finished att. garage & insulated/finished det. garage w/living quar…

Crystal Lake
Crystal Lake house picture
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1.5
Sq Ft: 1,347
Three Lakes

   Full log home and guest cabin on over 45 acres of land and 563’ of level frontage on the Three Lakes Chain of 28 Lakes! This charming home was built in 1991 and has been very well maintained. The home has 2 bedrooms plus loft and 2 baths and there is another 2 …

Big Stone Lake
Big Stone Lake house picture
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3.5
Sq Ft: 3,220
Three Lakes

   Gorgeous full log home on Big Stone Lake with Southern exposure and 139' of sand frontage, all part of the Three Lakes/Eagle River 28 Lake Chain. This stunning home features vaulted ceilings, massive stone fireplace, updated kitchen, high end appliances, formal…

Virgin Lake
Virgin Lake house picture
Bedrooms: 8
Bathrooms: 3.5
Sq Ft: 6,360
Three Lakes

   This home is perfect for family vacations and entertaining. There is plenty of room for family and friends in this recently updated 8-bedroom 3.5-bathroom lakefront home. Currently a second home and short-term rental property on private Virgin Lake. There is a …

Medicine Lake
Medicine Lake house picture
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 1.5
Sq Ft: 2,347
Three Lakes

   THREE LAKES CHAIN- Hard to find property with frontage on TWO LAKES! 200' of sand swimming frontage on Medicine Lake, part of the Three Lakes/Eagle River Chain, and 163' of level sand swimming frontage on beautiful Spirit Lake. 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath home, spaciou…

Planting Ground Lake
Planting Ground Lake house picture
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 3.0
Sq Ft: 1,570
Three Lakes

   WHEELER ISLAND on the THREE LAKES CHAIN: You’ll appreciate the completely remodeled interior and extensive exterior updates recently done at this premier chain home. It’s on Wheeler Island, a spacious peninsula with paved town road around the perimeter that is …

Little Fork Lake
Little Fork Lake house picture
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   Beautiful Northwoods home with guest cottage! As you enter this home you will immediately notice the soaring ceilings, large open rooms, beautiful views, and superior craftsmanship throughout; including T&G Knotty Cedar on walls and ceilings! Please take time t…

Big Lake
Big Lake house picture
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   This charming lakefront chalet style home has all the features desired in a year round Northwoods home. Very level frontage is highly desired, on the Big Lake Thoroughfare on the Three Lakes Chain. The layout is an open concept design with vaulted ceilings, fie…

Deer Lake
Deer Lake house picture
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   New Three Lakes Chain home on the market! 3 bedroom 2.5 bath, main level master bath, main level laundry, level sloping lot to the picturesque water views and wildlife. Home features all new kitchen "smart" appliances and new furnace. The home has a wrap around…

Maple Lake
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   Turn key, year around home on a full rec lake that's private and wooded, yet close to town. Large 2.3 acre lot with minimal elevation and 200 feet of southern facing sand/gravel frontage on Maple Lake. The home has an open concept with vaulted ceilings, 2 large…

Deer Lake
Deer Lake house picture
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2.0
Sq Ft: 1,166
Three Lakes

   INSTANT EQUITY!! Check out the appraisal provided so you KNOW this is a good investment. 3b/2ba home with a 2-car detached garage has all you needs for your trailers, boats, jet skis, atv/itv’s and sleds. Newer furnace, central air, conventional septic and a dr…

Big Lake
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   Three Lake Chain access under $300,000! This newer home, built in 2012, has 75' of frontage on the man-made channel that leads out just east of BIG LAKE of the Three Lakes Chain. The home has one bedroom and one full bath with open living on the main floor and …

Whitefish Lake (3L)
Whitefish Lake (3L) house picture
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 0.0
Sq Ft: 632

   A GENUINE UP-NORTH LAKE COTTAGE! With 60 feet of absolute premier sandy frontage and GORGEOUS SUNSETS on WHITEFISH LAKE in Three Lakes, this 0.54 acre property includes a level open lot; firepit for your smores and campfire enjoyment; an outdoor privy with a si…

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Lots for Sale:

Big Fork Lake
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   Build your dream retreat on this vacant lot on Big Fork Lake, part of the renowned Three Lakes Chain. As the largest inland chain of lakes in the world, it offers 28 lakes and endless fun on the water. Enjoy 100ft of sand frontage and calming sunrises. This 0.6…

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Lakes around Three Lakes:

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Lake Name Access Acres Type Distance Avg Depth Clarity Chain
Island Lake (3L) Public 305 Drainage 7 min 11 ft 7.5 ft Three Lakes
Laurel Lake Public 249 Drainage 5 min 8 ft 3.8 ft Three Lakes
Virgin Lake Public 276 Drainage 9 min 13 ft 5.4 ft --
Spirit Lake Public 348 Drainage 3 min 14 ft 15.0 ft --
Big Lake Public 865 Drainage 10 min 13 ft 3.8 ft Three Lakes
Crystal Lake Public 116 Drainage 6 min 5 ft 4.0 ft Three Lakes
Deer Lake Public 177 Drainage 7 min 10 ft 4.0 ft Three Lakes
Thunder Lake (3L) Public 1768 Drainage 9 min 4 ft 2.5 ft --
Crooked Lake Public 175 Spring 15 min 6 ft 6.0 ft --
Fourmile Lake Public 210 Drainage 17 min 12 ft 2.8 ft Three Lakes
Little Fork Lake Public 336 Drainage 11 min 16 ft 5.0 ft Three Lakes
Big Stone Lake Public 607 Drainage 5 min 21 ft 4.0 ft Three Lakes
Maple Lake Public 131 Spring 3 min 8 ft 14.0 ft --
Moccasin Lake (3L) Public 88 Spring 6 min 9 ft 9.8 ft --
Lone Stone Lake Public 171 Seepage 20 min 15 ft 12.6 ft --
Range Line Lake (3L) Public 123 Drainage 5 min 14 ft 4.5 ft Three Lakes
Julia Lake Public 199 Drainage 15 min 16 ft 6.1 ft --
Margaret Lake Public 86 Drainage 11 min 6 ft 2.0 ft --
Planting Ground Lake Public 1010 Drainage 6 min 16 ft 5.8 ft Three Lakes
Big Fork Lake Public 663 Drainage 17 min 17 ft 4.0 ft Three Lakes
Dog Lake Public 202 Drainage 10 min 8 ft 3.5 ft Three Lakes
Medicine Lake Public 396 Drainage 5 min 22 ft 4.0 ft Three Lakes
Round Lake Public 150 Drainage 13 min 8 ft 5.5 ft Three Lakes
Townline Lake (3L) Public 152 Drainage 4 min 12 ft 3.0 ft Three Lakes
Whitefish Lake (3L) Public 199 Drainage 13 min 16 ft 8.5 ft Three Lakes