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.

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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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Landing Lake statistics & helpful links


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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