Big McKenzie Lake, Wisconsin, USA

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Big McKenzie Lake visitor and community guide

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.

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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

Best hotels and vacation rentals at Big McKenzie Lake

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Big McKenzie Lake statistics & helpful links


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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