Lake Shishebogama, Wisconsin, USA

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Located in the beautiful Northwoods region of Wisconsin, Lake Shishebogama is a sparkling 716-acre lake located northwest of the town Minocqua. Shishebogama translates to “lake with many bays” which aptly describes the 10 miles of meandering shoreline which wanders across the borders of both Vilas and Oneida County. Oneida County has one of the largest concentrations of water bodies in the world. With over a thousand lakes, and 68,447 total acres of water, the area is an angler’s and boater’s paradise. Although one of the smaller lakes in the area, Lake Shishebogama is abundant with game fish and attracts anglers from around the state.

Lake Shishebogama is connected to Gunlock Lake which contains over 400 acres of excellent muskie waters. Both lakes offer visitors plenty of room for fishing, swimming, boating and recreation. A public boat launch on the northeast shore of Lake Shishebogama grants visitors access to the crystal clear water. With a maximum depth of 43 feet, the lake is home to a variety of fish including muskie, northern pike, walleye, crappie, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and bluegill. To help maintain the peace and serenity of the lake, jet skis and water skiing are not allowed after 8 p.m.

Several resorts dot the shoreline of beautiful Lake Shishebogama. Most resorts offer lakefront accommodations along with lake access and shared amenities. Additional vacation rentals range from charming cabins and cottages to private real estate. There is no camping on Lake Shishebogama, but campgrounds can be found nearby and in the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest, just a short drive east of the lake.

When it comes to outdoor recreation, Lake Shishebogama and the surrounding area have ample variety. Aside from enjoying swimming, canoeing, kayaking, and water skiing on Lake Shishebogama, there are numerous crystal clear lakes in the vicinity. Whether you enjoy walking, hiking, wildlife viewing, mountain biking, cross country skiing, ATVing, snowshoeing, or snowmobiling, Oneida and Vilas County have the perfect scenic trail. Hikers and outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest and the many recreation opportunities it affords. Bicyclists will find many local road and trail options, including miles of scenic paved roads with little traffic and logging roads on public properties. Canoeists and kayakers have many bodies of water to choose from, including a put-in point on the popular Tomahawk River, just two miles from the lake.

West of Lake Shishebogama, the 850,000-acre Chequamegon National Forest offers unlimited recreational opportunities. Over 365 miles of trails are maintained for snowmobiles and off road vehicles, and 230 miles of trails have been developed for non-motorized use including two national scenic trails and one national recreation trail.

The town of Minocqua, northeast of Lake Shishebogama, is known for its four-season recreation. In addition to summer activities, Minocqua features a winter park which has become the Midwest’s premier cross country ski facility. Minocqua is surrounded by public forest land making it a paradise for lovers of the outdoors. To the west is the Chequamegon National Forest. To the east is the American Legion State Forest. To the north is the Northern Highlands State Forest, and to the south is the Oneida County Forest and the majestic and wild Willow Flowage. Family fun opportunities also abound including a wildlife park and mini-golf courses. Vacation rentals, fine dining, seasonal festivals, a museum, and plenty of opportunities for shopping and sightseeing can also be found in Minocqua.

The Lake Shishebogama area is an excellent choice for your next outdoor adventure. Whether you enjoy canoeing, swimming, fishing, or just watching the sun set over a tranquil shoreline, Lake Shishebogama and its immediate vicinity have what you are looking for. From relaxing wooded campgrounds to cozy lakefront resorts, it is no wonder this area has become a very popular vacation destination.

Things to do at Lake Shishebogama

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Water Skiing
  • Golf
  • Camping
  • Campground
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • State Forest
  • National Forest
  • Museum
  • Shopping

Fish species found at Lake Shishebogama

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

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    Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Not Dammed

    Surface Area: 716 acres

    Shoreline Length: 10 miles

    Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 1,575 feet

    Maximum Depth: 43 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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    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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    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.

    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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    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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    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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