Landing Lake, Wisconsin, USA

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Landing Lake is a sparkling 220-acre lake on the Wisconsin side of the Wisconsin-Michigan border. Connected to 131-acre Mill Lake, the two lakes offer a combined 351 acres and over seven miles of shoreline for swimming, fishing, small boats, and kayaks.

Landing Lake is located in the town of Land O’ Lakes in Vilas County. Vilas County has one of the world’s highest concentrations of inland freshwater lakes. Over 12,000 years ago, glaciers moving across the land left over 1,300 lakes and 73 rivers and streams in their wake. Besides the numerous bodies of water, Vilas County is also known for its hundreds of miles of snowmobile trails and a half million acres of public forestland open for hiking, biking, scenic driving and wildlife watching.

Much of Landing Lake’s shoreline is undeveloped. The pristine Northwoods setting is a perfect retreat for those seeking peace and tranquility. There is little commercial real estate on the lake in the form of lodging, but private residences are available for rent and purchase. Vacation rentals and campsites can be found in the town of Land O’ Lakes and in the Ottawa National Forest, just over the border in Michigan.

There are no public boat ramps on Landing Lake or Mill Lake, but carry-in boat access and use of the lake is allowed as long as you are not on private property. Landing Lake is home to several large islands, many tucked away bays and several jutting peninsulas. Fishing and exploring is best by boat, but shoreline fishing is an option. The lake is home to northern pike, largemouth bass and bluegill. Pan fishing provides fast action for anglers of all ages. A dam on the outlet of Mill Lake helps maintain the water level of the two lakes. With over 1,000 lakes of all shapes and sizes within a short drive of Landing Lake, there are many scheduled fishing events for both open water and ice fishing aficionados.

Just west of Landing Lake, the Cisco Chain of Lakes is a well known group of 15 interconnected unspoiled lakes that straddle the Wisconsin-Michigan border. The lakes provide over 270 miles of shoreline and are less developed than some of the more popular Northwoods vacation areas. The lakes have an excellent reputation for fishing and are abundant with above average size musky, northern pike, walleye, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, perch, rock bass, blue gill and crappie. Thousand Island Lake, in Michigan, is best known for its lake trout. Black Oak Lake, just a few miles west of Landing Lake, is popular for its native lake trout population and abundance of trophy walleye and bass.

To the east of Landing Lake sits the headwaters of the mighty Wisconsin River. Lac Vieux Desert, a 4,200-acre lake, is a Michigan-Wisconsin boundary lake with trophy muskie, northern pike, walleye, bass, crappie, and perch. The Wisconsin River runs 430 miles from its beginning at the southwest shore of Lac Vieux Desert until it joins the Mississippi River at Praire Du Chien in southwestern Wisconsin. Little more than a stream at its starting point, the Wisconsin River also offers excellent canoeing, kayaking and fishing.

For outdoor enthusiasts visiting Landing Lake, there are several scenic golf courses in the area. In the summer months, the Land O’ Lakes Bikeway/Pedestrianway is a paved trail suitable for all types of non-motorized transportation except horses. The eight-mile long trail wanders through some beautiful forested areas. For winter recreation, the Land O’ Lakes Cross Country Ski Trail is a seven-mile trial maintained by the Land O’ Lakes Fish and Game Club in cooperation with the National Forest Service. A downhill ski area is also located a short distance from the lake. The Landing Lake area typically receives around 102 inches of snow per year.

The Ottawa National Forest lies just north of Landing Lake and covers approximately one million total acres of land in the western end of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The forest is rich in wildlife and there are numerous opportunities to observe deer, fox, snowshoe hare, bald eagles, loons, and songbirds. Bear, coyotes, fisher, and wolves are plentiful but, tend to stay deep in the forest. In addition to the many miles of Lake Superior shoreline, the forest contains over 500 named lakes, both large and small, and nearly 2,000 miles of rivers and streams that provide canoeing and kayaking opportunities, prime trout fishing, plus spectacular waterfalls. Camping, hiking, and just about every type of summer and winter activity imaginable can be accommodated by the forest.

The community of Land O’ Lakes is located just east of Landing Lake. The town is known for its fall splendor and exciting winter sports. The downtown area offers gift shops, bait shops, restaurants, antiques, groceries, and much more.

Visitors to Landing Lake will have no trouble enjoying the crystal clear water and surrounding area of Vilas County. Hike quiet woodland trails, boat, fish or swim in a number of beautiful lakes, or just sit back and relax on the private dock of your vacation rental. This pristine, sparsely populated lake is sure to become a repeat vacation destination for anglers and anyone with a love of the great outdoors.

Things to do at Landing Lake

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Ice Fishing
  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Golf
  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Downhill Skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Horseback Riding
  • Waterfall
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding
  • National Forest
  • Antiquing

Fish species found at Landing Lake

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

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    Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Dammed

    Water Level Control: Vilas County

    Surface Area: 220 acres

    Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 1,693 feet

    Maximum Depth: 11 feet

    Completion Year: 1910

    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".

    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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    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.

    You can find many of the the world's newest reservoirs on LakeLubbers. Many of the world's oldest reservoirs appear on the last page of that list.


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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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    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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    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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    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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