Lake Shishebogama, Wisconsin, USA

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Lake Shishebogama visitor and community guide

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.

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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 Shishebogama statistics & helpful links


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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