Big Bass Lake, Wisconsin, USA

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USA - Midwest - Wisconsin - Lake Superior Northwoods Region -

Also known as:  Bass Lake

Big Bass Lake is a shimmering 203-acre lake in Washburn County, Wisconsin. Surrounded by the dense hardwood and pine forests of Wisconsin’s Northwoods, the lake offers rest and recreation to those who visit its shoreline. A public beach, boat launch, and nearby trails for hiking, biking and snowmobiling make this lake a four season recreational area and superb vacation destination.

Like many lakes in the area, Big Bass Lake is a seepage lake which means the lake relies on groundwater and precipitation to maintain its water supply. Because there are no inlets or outlets, the water level may fluctuate with the seasons. On average, the crystal, clear water of Big Bass Lake runs at a depth of 15 feet with a maximum depth of 27 feet. The sandy soil surrounding the lake acts as a filter and purifies the groundwater before it enters the lake.

Vacation rentals on Big Bass Lake can be found in the form of seasonal and private residences. The three miles of shoreline are mostly developed with summer and permanent homes. Lodges, resorts, bed and breakfasts, and hotels are within a short drive of the lake in the village of Minong and around nearby lakes. Those looking for a retirement home, second home, or piece of land for hunting or fishing will find all kinds of real estate for sale in the area.

A boat ramp maintained by Washburn County’s Forestry Department is located on the southern shore of the lake. Visitors will also find a public beach which gradually slopes into the lake which is great for swimming. Like all lakes within Wisconsin’s Lake Superior Northwoods Tourism Region, Big Bass has an excellent selection of fish for anglers of all ages and abilities. Northern pike, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, walleye, crappie and bluegill can all be found in the sparkling, clear water. Water skiing, sailing, tubing, snorkeling and pretty much any water-related activity takes place on the lake. With over 1,000 pristine lakes in Washburn County, lake fishing is a popular activity any time of year.

Just south of Big Bass Lake, the Namekagan River, part of the Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway, is known for its excellent fishing. The river’s cold water is great for brown trout, brook trout, smallmouth bass, walleye and northern pike. The Namekagan River flows northwest and eventually meets with the Saint Croix River. Canoeing and camping along the shores and many river islands is a popular pastime. Most of the Namekagon River is undeveloped, offering canoeists a genuine wilderness experience. Campsite amenities are basic, but include primitive toilets, fire-rings, drinking water in some areas, and picnic tables. Designated camping areas can be identified from the river by signs with brown and white tent symbols. The National Park Service maintains maps and guides that will aid paddlers in enjoying the pristine river. A leisurely float down the river during fall color time is an experience not to be missed. For those who would rather stay on land, the Riverway offers trails for hiking, biking, snowmobling, cross country skiing, and horseback riding. There are also designated hunting areas and plenty of chances to observe wildlife. Eagles, loons, geese, blue heron, osprey, deer, muskrat, beaver, turtle and an occasional bear are common residents of Washburn County.

Big Bass Lake is located near several golf courses for those who never leave their clubs at home. Within an hour’s drive of the lake, visitors can enjoy a number of local attractions to include: the Birchwood Log Museum, displaying a collection of logging memorabilia; the village of Minong with its friendly people, parks, and small town charm; the Museum of Woodcarving at Shell Lake which holds over 400 miniatures and 100 life-size carvings by Joseph T. Barta. In downtown Spooner you will find the Railroad Memories Museum and the Wisconsin Canoe Museum. Spooner is also home to the Governor Tommy G. Thompson Fish Hatchery, the largest muskie hatchery in the world. At the southern end of Washburn County, the Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary offers 400 acres of forests, meadows and lakes for hiking, paddling and bird watching. Great swimming, fishing and boating opportunities can also be found on magnificent Lake Superior, just 45 minutes away.

The Wild Rivers State Trail runs just east of Big Bass Lake. The multiuse trail follows a former railroad corridor and passes through the communities of Solon Springs, Gordon, Minong, Trego, Spooner and Haugen, ending at Rice Lake. The 104 mile trail stretches through some of the most scenic land in the area and is used by walkers, joggers, bikers, horseback riders and bird watchers. In the wintertime, snowmobilers, snowshoers and cross-country skiers are the main occupants of the trail.

The outdoor enthusiast will never lack for something to do at Big Bass Lake. Whether you fish and water ski in the summer or ice fish and cross-country ski in the winter, the lake and surrounding area can more than accommodate any activity. Beautiful woodlands, clean, clear waterways and the peaceful rural lifestyle of Wisconsin’s Northwoods all work to create the perfect vacation spot or place to call home.

Things to do at Big Bass Lake WI

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Beach
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Water Skiing
  • Tubing
  • Snorkeling
  • Golf
  • Camping
  • Picnicking
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding
  • National Park
  • Museum

Fish species found at Big Bass Lake WI

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Bluegill
  • Brook Trout
  • Brown Trout
  • Crappie
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Muskellunge
  • Northern Pike
  • Perch
  • Pike
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Sunfish
  • Trout
  • Walleye

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    Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Not Dammed

    Surface Area: 203 acres

    Shoreline Length: 3 miles

    Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 1,010 feet

    Average Depth: 15 feet

    Maximum Depth: 27 feet

    Water Volume: 3,015 acre-feet

    Trophic State: Oligotrophic

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    Trophic State | LakeLubbers

    Trophic State measures the level of algae and nutrients in a lake.

    An oligotrophic lake is very clear (blue in color) and does not support much plant or fish life. A hyper-oligotrophic lake is the clearest of all lakes, and is nearly devoid of plants and fish.

    A mesotrophic lake is slightly green and supports a moderate degree of plant and fish life. A lake's most desired trophic state is generally this mid-point - the mesotrophic state.

    A eutrophic lake is somewhat murky and supports a large amount of plant and fish life. A hypereutrophic lake is clouded with algae, plant life, and fish life. A eutrophic or hyper-eutrophic lake can be difficult to navigate by boat - and is often an unpleasant place to swim.

    The use of phosphorus-rich and nitrogen-rich fertilizer on lawns and golf courses surrounding a lake can cause it to become eutrophic or hypereutrophic.


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    Water Residence Time | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated time that it takes for an amount of water equal to the entire volume of a lake to flow out of - or evaporate from - the lake.

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    Completion Year | LakeLubbers

    This is the year that a reservoir was first filled to the reservoir's normal elevation - or the year that a natural lake was first dammed. A large reservoir can take more than a year to fill after its dam is first closed.

    The Grand Anicut in southern India is generally considered the world's oldest dam that still operates. Grand Anicut was constructed in the second century BC. It now impounds an irrigation network that includes roughly one million acres.

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    Water Volume | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated volume of water that a lake contains -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. By this measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal.

    You can find many of the the world's largest lakes (by water volume) on LakeLubbers.

    Water Volume can be measured in acre-feet, in cubic miles, or in cubic kilometers. One acre-foot is the amount of water needed to cover one acre (43,560 square feet) to a depth of one foot. One cubic mile equals 3,379,200 acre-feet. One cubic kilometer equals 810,713 acre-feet.

    1 acre-foot is equal to 325,851 US gallons. Siberia's Lake Baikal contains about 6,276,367,740,000,000 gallons of freshwater - nearly 1 million gallons for every living person on earth.

    The other - and more widely used - measure of a lake's size is the lake's surface acreage. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is North America's Lake Superior.


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    Maximum Depth | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated greatest depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. The world's deepest lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal; that lake's maximum depth is estimated at 5,314 feet.

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    Average Depth | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated average depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. If the water volume and surface area of a lake are known, an estimate of the lake's average depth can be calculated:

    Water volume ÷ Surface Area = Average Depth

    Example: 1,000,000 acre-feet ÷ 20,000 acres = 50 feet average depth


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    This is a lake's highest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can occur during flooding. A lake's highest possible maximum elevation is usually the top of the lake's dam or spillway.

    At lakes that include residential development, government regulations usually forbid the construction of homes below a lake's maximum elevation.


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    This is a lake's lowest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can be reasonably expected to occur. Low lake levels can occur due to deliberate seasonal draw downs for irrigation or impending snow melt, reduced water inflows, drought and evaporation, residential or commercial water demands, and hydropower generation.

    Some lakes' minimum and maximum elevations are virtually the same. Lakes that generate hydropower may vary by several feet - according to power demand. Lakes whose primary purpose is to prevent flooding can seasonally vary by 100 feet or more.

    When some lakes reach their minimum elevation, their boat ramps may not be long enough to permit boat access - and boats docked on shallow parts of the lake may end up on dry ground. In those cases, kayakers and shore-based anglers may be among the few happy recreational users of the lake.


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    Shoreline Length | LakeLubbers

    This is the length of the exterior shoreline around a lake - measured at the lake's normal elevation. The shoreline length can be considerably shorter or longer when lake water levels are lower or higher than normal.

    A lake with many coves has a much longer shoreline than a lake of similar surface area that is nearly circular in shape.

    When known, the shoreline miles that we report in our statistics include only the lake's exterior shoreline, and exclude the shorelines of islands located within a lake's boundaries. In lakes with many islands, those islands' combined shorelines may exceed a lake's exterior shoreline.

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    This is the area (acreage, square kilometers, etc.) of the top surface area of a lake - measured at a lake's normal elevation. The surface area can be considerably smaller or larger when lake levels are lower or higher than normal. North America's Lake Superior is the world's largest freshwater lake by this measure.

    The other measure of a lake's size is the lake's water volume. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Lake Baikal in Siberia.

    You can find many of the world's largest lakes (acres) on Lakelubbers. There is no widely-accepted minimum surface area that defines a lake. What Lakelubbers describes as a lake, you might call a pond. The smallest lake that Lakelubbers currently includes is Hawaii's 2-acre Lake Waiau.


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    This is the organization that controls water releases or outflows from the lake or reservoir. In the USA, this is often the US Army Corps of Engineers, a power company, a municipal water system, an irrigation district, or a paper manufacturing company. In the case of private or gated lakes, a homeowners' association may be the lake's controlling authority.

    Many lakes cross borders, including North America's Great Lakes. The control of such lakes and their coveted freshwater may be amicably shared - or hotly disputed.

    "Water wars" continue at many lakes as growing populations and crop irrigation needs compete for the freshwater that lakes contain.


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    There are 3 basic types of lakes that are currently included on LakeLubbers. 2 types may be dammed or not dammed, producing 5 classifications.

    - A Reservoir is a man-made freshwater lake that is usually created by damming rivers.

    - A Natural Freshwater Lake occurs naturally - often by glacial activity - and has a salinity of less than 30 parts per thousand. It may be dammed to produce electricity or for other reasons.

    - A Natural Saltwater Lake occurs naturally and has a salinity of more than 30 parts per thousand (ppt). It may be dammed.

    "Brackish" water may be categorized as freshwater or saltwater, depending on its salt content (salinity). Oligohaline water has less than 15 ppt of salt. Mesohaline water has 15-29 ppt. Polyhaline has 30-335 ppt.


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