Big McKenzie Lake, Wisconsin, USA

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Big McKenzie Lake in Wisconsin offers great outdoor adventure in a secluded quiet environment. Located in the Northwoods section of Wisconsin, this lake and surrounding area provide back to nature experiences for both residents and visitors.

Big McKenzie Lake is spring fed and provides crystal clear water for swimming, sailing, boating, waterskiing, jet skiing, canoeing, kayaking, and of course fishing. Fishing on the water or winter time ice fishing keeps anglers busy all four seasons catching their limit of walleye, northern pike, muskie, bluegill, crappie, largemouth bass, and smallmouth bass.

Around the lake are numerous trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding that all offer scenic views of Big McKenzie Lake from a different prospective. Snowy winters turn these trails into a blanket of white that offer snowshoers and cross country skiers a time to enjoy the quiet peacefulness of nature. Ample opportunities and locations are available year round for bird watching and other wildlife viewing including in season hunting.

Lake front real estate is a great investment for those who wish to wake up every morning to the smell of fresh pine scented air and the sounds of nature out your very own window. Circumstances may prevent some from living full time at Big McKenzie Lake but they have chosen their spot of paradise and built a vacation home here. Visitors will find vacation rentals plentiful at the lake from vacation homes, cabins, lodges, bed and breakfast inns, to motels, hotels, and plentiful campgrounds.

Just a short drive from Big McKenzie Lake is the town of Spooner named after Senator John Coit Spooner. “Crossroads of the North” is the town’s nickname due to its location at a junction of two U.S. highways and one state highway. This four season vacation paradise offers many lakes for fishing, swimming, and boating. With trails for hiking and biking in the warm weather and snowmobiling in the cold snowy months, people are always outside enjoying nature here. In addition to its great outdoor reputation, Spooner is also known for its annual Pro Rodeo held every summer including competitions in bull riding, bronco riding, steer wrestling, roping, barrel racing, bareback riding and team roping. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources operates the Spooner Fish Hatchery which is the largest hatchery in the state and produces more muskie fingerlings than any other place in the world.

Spooner and Big McKenzie Lake are located in Washburn County which offers over 250,000 acres of county forest land. Three navigable rivers flow through the county which offer miles of waterways for canoeing. The Namekagon River, part of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, is being preserved in its natural state for present and future generations to enjoy. Mostly undeveloped, the Namekagon offers canoeists a view of Wisconsin before civilization with abundant wildlife along the undisturbed shores. The Sawmill Lake Primitive Canoe Route connects over 30 lakes that were once used as the primary transportation routes over 250 years ago with primitive campsites along the journey. Of course, all of this wilderness offers snowmobile and cross country skiing enthusiasts acres of winter fun.

With all of the excitement of Big McKenzie Lake, Spooner, and Washburn County, visitors can spend all of their time having fun and not worrying about where to stay. Vacation rentals are plentiful in this year round adventureland. Campgrounds and RV parks range from primitive to electrical and water hookups. Historic Inns and Bed and Breakfast Inns offer a relaxing and scenic spot to rest after an eventful day. For longer stays and all the amenities of home, try one of the many cabins, lodges, resorts, condominiums and vacation homes that may entice you to extend your stay or to relocate.

Want a destination that is exciting year round but allows you to slow down and enjoy nature at its finest? Looking for a place that has untouched natural resources for all generations to enjoy? Big McKenzie Lake, Spooner, and Washburn County Wisconsin offer all of this plus more. Come for a visit today and you may never want to leave.

Things to do at Big McKenzie Lake

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Ice Fishing
  • Boating
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Water Skiing
  • Camping
  • Campground
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding

Fish species found at Big McKenzie Lake

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

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Big McKenzie Lake Statistics & Helpful Links

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Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Dammed

Surface Area: 1,185 acres

Shoreline Length: 7 miles

Average Depth: 19 feet

Maximum Depth: 71 feet

Water Volume: 22,098 acre-feet

Trophic State: Eutrophic

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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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Catchment or Drainage Area | LakeLubbers

This is the surrounding area that drains into a lake, including land, rivers and their tributaries. This is also known as the lake's "catchment basin".

Small lakes at the highest peaks of mountains have small drainage areas. The world's oceans have the largest drainage areas.


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Lake-Area Population | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated number of people who live in a house with a view of a lake, plus those who self-describe the lake as their home, for example: "I live at Smith Mountain Lake."


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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.

Residence Time can be as short as a few days for fast-flowing small lakes, and can exceed 100 years for slow-flowing large lakes.


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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.

You can find many of the the world's newest reservoirs on LakeLubbers. Many of the world's oldest reservoirs appear on the last page of that list.


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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.

You can find many of the the world's deepest lakes on LakeLubbers. If you select the last page of that list, you will find the (maximum depth of) the shallowest lakes in our database.


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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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Maximum Elevation | LakeLubbers

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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Minimum Elevation | LakeLubbers

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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Normal Elevation | LakeLubbers

This is a lake's normal water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level. For a reservoir, this water level is also known as "full pond" or "full pool".

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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.

You can find many of the world's longest-shoreline lakes on Lakelubbers.


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Surface Area | LakeLubbers

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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Water Level Control | LakeLubbers

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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Lake Type | LakeLubbers

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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