Lake Nebagamon, Wisconsin, USA

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Tucked away in the Northwoods region of Wisconsin’s Douglas County, 914-acre Lake Nebagamon offers residents and visitors almost limitless recreational opportunities. With its sparkling, well-stocked waters and the surrounding community’s many amenities, Lake Nebagamon is the perfect home or home away from home.

Just 30 miles southeast of Superior, Wisconsin and Duluth, Minnesota, Lake Nebagamon is a year round paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Anglers can enjoy some of the best fishing in the state with catches of northern pike, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, walleye, perch, catfish and bluegill. Public and private boat ramps make the lake easily accessible. Several sand beaches offer shoreline fishing. Chinook, coho salmon, musky, lake trout, and sturgeon can be found in the 431 inland lakes in the area. Gun and bow hunting season opens in fall with deer, black bear, rabbit, squirrel, duck, and grouse being plentiful in the surrounding woods of Douglas County.

Summer visitors to Lake Nebagamon can enjoy a public beach, basketball, tennis and sand volleyball courts, picnic facilities, campgrounds, playgrounds, a fishing pier, and hiking trails. The surrounding hillside offers opportunity for whitewater rafting, golfing, hiking, and biking. In the fall when the area foliage turns brilliant shades of red, orange, and yellow, visitors can enjoy scenic driving, hiking, and biking through the beautiful countryside. Just 30 miles from Lake Superior, the world’s largest inland lake, families can take a harbor cruise, sail, swim and just enjoy the magnificent lake. When the snow falls over Lake Nebagamon, there are trails for cross country skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing. Ice fishing tournaments, ice skating, and sled dog races are also popular winter pastimes. True winter sports enthusiasts will love the cross country ski trails at nearby Pattison State Park and The After Hours Ski Trail in the Brule River State Forest.

Lake Nebagamon is fed by springs and inlets from Lake Minnesuing through Minnesuing and Black Creeks. The main outlet of the lake drains into Nebagamon Creek to the Brule River and eventually to Lake Superior, part of an unusual series of waterways which flow north.

For lodging and weekend or week-long accommodations, vacation rentals around Lake Nebagamon range from small cabins to custom homes. Available are both waterfront homes and homes nestled in the hills overlooking the lake. Most resort cottages are heated and open for business year round. There is real estate for sale around Lake Nebagamon, including both homes and lots. Most of the shoreline is developed with private homes and commercial property, but untouched areas around the lake can be found by adventurous hikers and boaters.

Recreation at Lake Nebagamon is not limited to the water. The village of Lake Nebagamon offers several restaurants and gift shops within walking distance of the lake. Restaurants in Douglas County range from cafes and pubs to family and fine dining. Several golf courses can be found in the area along with museums and antique shops. Duluth, Minnesota is 40 minutes from the lake and offers museums, an aquarium, movies, dining, shopping and more. Museums and historical sites can also be found in the city of Superior located on the shore of Lake Superior. Boat lovers will want to visit Barker’s Island and Marina, located in Lake Superior. The island boasts a 420-slip marina, docking facilities, and sailboat rentals. On the island you will also find places to dine, lodging accommodations and shopping.

For outdoor adventurists, Pattison State Park, just west of Lake Nebagamon, features the highest waterfalls in Wisconsin. Big Manitou Falls are 165 feet high, and Little Manitou Falls are 31 feet high. The 1,436-acre park also has a lake with a beach, nature programs, a nature center, camping, miles of hiking trails, and abundant wildlife.

Brule River State Forest, east of Lake Nebagamon, is a 47,000-acre State Forest offering exceptional recreational opportunities, including wildlife viewing, five State Natural Areas, a 16-mile stretch of the North Country National Scenic Trail, eight miles of frontage on Lake Superior, the Bois Brule State Fish Hatchery, and 44 miles of the beautiful Bois Brule River. The breathtaking scenery of Douglas County make a visit to the western tip of Wisconsin a must for every visitor.

From Lake Superior, one the most beautiful lakes in the world, to the incredible landscapes, picturesque towns and villages, numerous state and county parks and Wisconsin’s highest waterfall, Lake Nebagamon and Douglas County offers four seasons of natural beauty and great outdoor activities. Fish off your private pier or rent a boat and explore the waters or the crystal clear lake. Stay for a weekend, a week, or a lifetime. The choice is yours.

Things to do at Lake Nebagamon

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Fishing Tournaments
  • Ice Fishing
  • Boating
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Beach
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Camping
  • Campground
  • Picnicking
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Ice Skating
  • Biking
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Hunting
  • Waterfall
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • State Park
  • State Forest
  • Museum
  • Playground
  • Antiquing
  • Shopping

Fish species found at Lake Nebagamon

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Bluegill
  • Catfish
  • Chinook Salmon
  • Coho Salmon
  • Lake Trout
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Northern Pike
  • Perch
  • Pike
  • Salmon
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Sturgeon
  • Sunfish
  • Trout
  • Walleye

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Lake Nebagamon Statistics & Helpful Links

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Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Not Dammed

Surface Area: 914 acres

Shoreline Length: 11 miles

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 1,109 feet

Average Depth: 20 feet

Maximum Depth: 56 feet

Water Volume: 18,329 acre-feet

Trophic State: Mesotrophic

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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".

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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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.

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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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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.

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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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