Eagle Lake, Wisconsin, USA

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Eagle Lake is a relatively shallow, but popular recreational lake in Racine County, Wisconsin. A county park on the northern shore and several public boat launches give visitors access to this beautiful 515-acre lake.

Eagle Lake is best known for its fishing and boating. With an average depth of six feet and a maximum depth of 12 feet, boaters need to be aware of the water depth when cruising the lake. A small dam on the outlet of Eagle Lake helps control the water level and maintain the water quality. In the hot summer months, the water level can drop significantly. Paddlers will have no problem gliding across the tranquil water. Eagle Lake’s water quality is monitored by the Department of Natural Resources, and steps have been taken to ensure the lake stays clean and invasive weed growth is controlled. Weed growth can be a big problem in shallow lakes.

Eagle Lake’s nearly five miles of sandy and wooded shoreline is heavily developed with beautiful homes and a few businesses. Docks of all shapes and sizes jut from the shoreline, and most homes contain one or more boats. Fishing is a popular pastime any time of year with largemouth bass, northern pike, perch, walleye, bullhead and bluegill being the predominant fish in the lake. The lake is regularly stocked with northern pike and walleye.

Eagle Lake Park, located on the north side of the lake, is a popular spot with both visitors and residents. The park includes a public boat launch, sports fields, playgrounds, picnic areas and restrooms. A fishing pier and room along the banks for casting a line is a great way for kids to learn the sport of fishing. In addition to the boat launch at the park, two other public access areas can be found on the lake.

For vacation rentals, seasonal homes are often available for rent on and near Eagle Lake. Additional lodging can be found in many of the nearby small towns. Resorts, charming bed and breakfasts, and modern hotels are plentiful in the larger cities of Burlington and Racine. Anyone considering a relaxing retirement area, second home, or piece of land for hunting, camping or fishing will find all kinds of real estate for sale in the area.

When it comes to outdoor recreation, Eagle Lake and the surrounding area has much to offer. The Richard Bong State Recreation Area is located just south of the lake. With 4,515 rolling acres of grasslands, wetlands and woodlands, the Area is popular for hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, snowshoeing, and ATV and dirt bike riding. Visitors to 150-acre Vern Wolf Lake enjoy camping, fishing, canoeing, and swimming. Picnic facilities throughout the area are a great way to enjoy the wooded sections. The park was originally built to be a jet fighter base. The project was canceled three days before concrete was due to be poured for a 12,500-foot runway. Area residents had the foresight to protect the open space for future generations. In 1974, the state bought the land creating the state’s first recreation area. The park was named for Major Richard Bong, a local World War II air ace.

West of Eagle Lake, Browns Lake, in the town of Burlington, is a popular fishing and recreation lake. Those looking for a larger body of water will find Lake Michigan a short drive to the east. Much of Racine County is located on the shores of Lake Michigan. The city of Racine is a beautiful community at the mouth of the Root River as it empties into Lake Michigan. The Lake Michigan shoreline along Racine has much to offer with scenic vistas from Cliffside Park, sun bathing and swimming on North Beach, and Festival Park overlooking the beautiful harbor. The Wind Point Lighthouse has become a famous icon thanks to the many artists and photographers who have captured its beauty. The Root River winds through the city and offers a series of parks and trails accessible to the public. The river is also a great draw for hikers, fishermen and kayakers. Racine has many architectural interests to include three buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Downtown Racine is home to the stunning Racine Art Museum and the Racine Heritage Museum. The Racine Zoological Gardens, located on the north side of downtown, covers 32 acres, and the zoo is home to over 250 animals.

Chocolate lovers visiting Eagle Lake may be interested in the Nestle Chocolate and Confection Company located in the city of Burlington. In May, the city celebrates a three-day ChocolateFest with music, parades, family activities, and of course, chocolate. Shopping, dining, golfing, and cultural events can also be enjoyed in the city.

Located just a short drive from Milwaukee, Chicago, and Madison, Eagle Lake offers the charm and serenity of the countryside with close access to major metropolitan areas. Come for a visit and see for yourself why so many people choose the Lake Michigan Region as their number one vacation destination choice.

Things to do at Eagle Lake WI

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Beach
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Golf
  • Camping
  • Picnicking
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Birding
  • Museum
  • Playground
  • Shopping

Fish species found at Eagle Lake WI

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Bluegill
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Northern Pike
  • Perch
  • Pike
  • Sunfish
  • Walleye

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    Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Dammed

    Water Level Control: Racine County

    Surface Area: 515 acres

    Shoreline Length: 5 miles

    Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 796 feet

    Average Depth: 6 feet

    Maximum Depth: 12 feet

    Water Volume: 3,267 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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    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".

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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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    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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    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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