Lake Winter, Wisconsin, USA

Welcome to the ultimate guide to Lake Winter — things to do, where to stay, fun facts, history, stats and more. Let’s dive in!

Topics we cover in this article:

Looking for Lake Winter cabins or other accommodations? Save time and use this interactive map to find, compare and book at the best rates. Or explore our comprehensive list of favorite travel partners.

All About Lake Winter

Lake Winter is a 257-acre lake hidden in the shadow of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in Sawyer County, Wisconsin. Created by an impoundment on the Brunet River in the early 1900s, Lake Winter stretches three miles long and one mile wide. With a reputation of being a Class A1 muskie lake, the sparkling water attracts anglers and boaters from around the state.

With a maximum depth of 22 feet, and over 10 miles of shoreline, Lake Winter is an excellent fishing lake and recreational lake for sailing, boating, swimming, and water skiing. The lake’s irregular shape and several islands create numerous tree covered peninsulas, tranquil bays and areas for exploring. Best known for its monstrous muskies, the lake also produces many other trophy class fish to include northern pike, walleye, small mouth bass, largemouth bass, crappie, yellow perch, and plentiful bluegill. Approximately half the shoreline is developed with mostly private residences and a few resorts. Vacation rentals of all kinds can be found near the lake. Real estate for purchase is also an option for those wishing to own a piece of paradise. Visitors can gain access to the lake from public boat ramps on the western shore and northeast shore of the lake. Price Dam, on the southern end of the lake, maintains the water level of the lake and is also a popular fishing spot. For those who prefer fly fishing, the Brunet River is a well known for its trout population.

Just a few miles west of Lake Winter, the village of Winter offers dining, accommodations and shops to stock up on supplies. West of Winter, the town of Radisson is a slightly larger town on the beautiful Couderay River. Approximately 40 miles northwest of Lake Winter, the town of Hayward is a premiere vacation destination. Golf courses, horseback riding, hiking and biking trails, a city beach, and numerous lakes in the area offer unlimited outdoor entertainment. Hayward hosts several world-class festivals including the World Lumberjack Championships and the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival, a mountain biking race. Held annually since 1960, the Lumberjack festival draws over 12,000 visitors a year. Lumberjacks compete at chopping, sawing, logrolling, and a 90 foot tree climb. Hayward is also home to the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum. The museum building was built in the shape of a 143 foot long and 41 foot tall muskie.

Outdoor enthusiasts visiting Lake Winter will enjoy the serenity of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, just north of the lake. The forest offers a variety of fishing, canoeing, fall color tours, skiing and sightseeing trips. The Chequamegon side of the forest covers over 800,000 acres and has miles of trails for hiking, biking, cross country skiing, and snowmobiles. There is also good hunting for white tailed deer, black bear, ruffled grouse and water fowl.

Southeast of Lake Winter, the Flambeau State Forest covers over 87,000 acres and offers something for every recreational interest. The North and South Forks of the Flambeau River feature calm waters to roaring rapids and white water to entice canoeists of all experience levels. Campsites are located at Connors Lake and Lake of the Pines along with opportunity for swimming, fishing and family picnics. For your hiking, skiing and walking pleasure, there are miles and miles of trails.

On a smaller scale, 366-acre Ojibwa State Park is a fantastic spot for family camping and picnics. West of Lake Winter, the park is bordered by the scenic Chippewa River on the north and the Tuscobia State Trail on the South. The Tuscobia State Trail is a refurbished 74-mile railroad grade once owned by the Chicago, Minneapolis, St. Paul and Omaha Railway (The Omaha Road). Depending on the time of year and section of trail, activities on the trail include ATV riding, snowmobiling, hiking, canoeing, fishing and bird watching. Fishing and canoeing opportunities also abound on the Chippewa River.

Whether it is exploring the towering pine and hardwood forests of Wisconsin’s Northwoods region, pulling trophy size fish from crystal clear lakes and streams, or simply listening to the call of loons across the still water, Lake Winter has something to please everyone. This beautiful lake is sure to become a repeat destination for anglers of all ages and anyone drawn to the great outdoors.

Things to Do at Lake Winter

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Beach
  • Canoeing
  • Water Skiing
  • Golf
  • Camping
  • Picnicking
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding
  • State Park
  • State Forest
  • National Forest
  • Museum

Fish Species Found at Lake Winter

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

Find Places to Stay at Lake Winter

If you’re considering a Lake Winter lake house rental or hotel, we’ve made it super easy to find the best rates and compare vacation accommodations at a glance. Save time using this interactive map below.

Recommended Sites to Book a Lake Winter Vacation

If you want to take a deeper dive to find waterfront lake cabins, cottages, condos, hotels or resorts, check out our favorite Lake Winter lodging partners.

  • VRBO – Use VRBO to find the perfect lake rental home, condo, cabin, cottage or other vacation property.
  • – One of the world’s leading digital travel companies, connects travelers to everything from cozy B&Bs to luxury resorts.
  • Expedia – Expedia is a popular online travel agency with more than 140,000 lodging properties worldwide.
  • – With more than 325,000 hotels in 19,000-plus locations, is an industry leader in online accommodations.
  • TripAdvisor – Read traveler reviews and compare prices on hotels, vacation rentals and more at TripAdvisor.
  • Trivago – Trivago helps travelers compare deals for hotels and other accommodations from a variety of booking sites.
  • KAYAK – KAYAK scours hundreds of other travel websites at once to find the best deals on hotels and other travel-related services.
  • RVshare –RVshare connects travelers interested in renting a motorhome with owners who have RVs to rent.
  • CampSpot – Campspot offers premier RV resorts, family campgrounds, cabins and glamping options across North America.

Note: These are affiliate links so we may earn a small commission if you book through them. While there is no extra cost to you, it helps provide resources to keep our site running (thank you)! You can read our full disclosure policy here.

Lake Winter Statistics & Helpful Links


Lake Type: Artificial Reservoir, Dammed

Water Level Control: Sawyer County

Surface Area: 257 acres

Shoreline Length: 10 miles

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 1,309 feet

Maximum Depth: 22 feet

Water Volume: 7,000 acre-feet

Completion Year: 1901

Drainage Area: 72 sq. miles

Trophic State: Eutrophic

We strive to keep the information on LakeLubbers as accurate as possible. However, if you’ve found something in this article that needs updating, we’d certainly love to hear from you! Please fill out our Content Correction form.

Shop Lake Winter Gifts

Custom Lake Tumblers

Captain / First Mate Custom 20 oz Tumbler

Custom Lake T Shirt

Personalized My Boat My Rules Unisex T-Shirt

Custom Lake Coffee Mug - On Lake Time

On Lake Time Custom Coffee Mug – 11oz or 15oz


Advertise Your Lake Winter Business or Vacation Rental

LakeLubbers will soon offer businesses the opportunity to advertise and homeowners and property managers the ability to showcase their vacation rentals to the thousands of lake lovers searching our site daily. If you would like additional details, please contact our advertising team.


Looking for the Lake Winter Forum?

LakeLubbers previously offered visitors the ability to create accounts and participate in lake forums. When we overhauled the site’s content management system in 2021 we had to disable those features. We’re evaluating options and welcome your comments and feedback here. We also encourage you to join our lake-lovin’ community on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest!

Lake Winter Photo Gallery

New photos coming soon!

Spread the word! Share our Lake Winter article with your fellow Lake Lubbers!