Wisconsin Nature May 18, 2016
There’s Something Magical About These 13 Wisconsin Lakes In The Summer
Last year, we
profiled some of the very best lakes in Wisconsin. This year, we are profiling some more – including some of our favorites from last year. Wisconsin really has some gorgeous bodies of water. We admire them from the shore and on the water itself. They are great for fishing, boating, and swimming. Here are our favorites.
1. Lake Mendota (Dane County)
Lake Mendota is 9,781 acres. At its deepest part, it is 83 feet. Always studied by scientists, it has been called the most studied lake in the United States.
2. Lake Pepin (Pepin County)
This naturally occurring lake is located about 60 miles down from Minnesota - in fact, part of the lake borders Minnesota. Its surface area is 40 square miles. This makes it the largest lake on the Mississippi River.
3. Devil's Lake (Sauk County)
Devil's Lake was once a gorge, but that changed after the last ice age. Now, this 360-acre lake is the most visited one in all of Wisconsin. It is surrounded by 500 foot bluffs, which offer awesome views.
4. Lake Winnebago (Winnebago, Calumet, and Fond du Lac Counties)
Lake Winnebago is the largest lake in Wisconsin. It is a whopping 137,700 acre lake. It has an average depth of 15.5 feet, and there are many shallow reefs among the shoreline.
5. Green Lake (Green Lake County)
This lake isn't the largest, but it is the deepest in the state. It plunges 237 feet. Green Lake is one of the top places for fishing.
6. Wazee Lake (Jackson County)
This lake is 1300 acres. But why people love it is because it is the clearest in Wisconsin. Because of this, it is the most popular lake for scuba diving.
7. Lake Onalaska (La Crosse County)
This lake is twelve square miles, with a maximum depth of 40 feet. If you are fishing for panfish, this is your lake.
8. Lake Koshkonong (Jefferson County)
This lake is 10,595 acres. It has a depth of only 7 feet. But it's gorgeous and it's awesome if you are fishing for panfish or large mouth bass.
9. Lake Waubesa (Dane County)
This lake is 2074 acres in size. It is 38 feet deep at its deepest point. It's a fairly clear lake, although there are lots of algae particles.
10. Shawano Lake (Shawano County)
This lake has an average depth of 9 feet, and a maximum depth of around 42 feet. It is visited most for fishing, swimming and boating. It has 18 miles of shore length.
11. Rock Lake (Jefferson County)
This lake has a cool shape, resembling a figure 8. The southern portion of the lake has a part of the Glacial Drumlin State Trail through it, that goes over an old rail road bridge. It also has underwater pyramids built by Aztalan natives.
12. Crystal Lake (Vilas County)
This might be one of the prettiest lakes in Wisconsin. It gets its name from the very clear waters. This lake is around 700 acres.
13. Lake Michigan (eastern Wisconsin)
We would be remiss if we didn't include Lake Michigan on this list. One of our favorite spots along this lake is North Beach. North Beach is located in Racine and has 2500 feet of open shoreline.
What are your favorite Wisconsin lakes for summer fun?