Long Lake, Wisconsin, USA
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Topics we cover in this article:
- All About Long Lake
- Things to Do
- Fish Species
- Where to Stay
- Vacation Planning Tools
- Long Lake Map
- Statistics / Weather / Helpful Links
- Shop Long Lake Gifts
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All About Long Lake
There are 59 lakes in Wisconsin named Long Lake, but only one has the state designation of “Walleye Capital of Wisconsin.” Long Lake near Sarona in southeast Washburn County offers fantastic Northwoods fishing. With the surrounding Northwoods and all of its trails and wildlife, Long Lake is an outdoor vacation destination sure to delight.
Long Lake is the largest lake in Washburn County which has over 900 lakes and more than 35,000 surface acres of water. The deep, clear, spring fed lake was originally three smaller glacial lakes. In 1883 Long Lake Dam was built to raise the water levels eight feet joining the three lakes into one. Fur trading, timber and summer resorts built the Northwoods, and the loggers who helped settle the Northwoods used Long Lake to move timber. Today Long Lake Dam is owned and operated by the Washburn County Highway Department which draws down the lake slightly in winter to store the spring run off.
The water that flows from Long Lake and over Long Lake Dam forms the headwaters of the Brill River which eventually flows into the Red Cedar and Chippewa Rivers. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has designated Long Lake an ORW, short for Outstanding Resource Waters. ORW’s get the highest protection allowed by law. No degradation of the water quality is allowed, and water entering the lake must meet or exceed the quality of the background water. Long Lake’s ORW designation is good news for boaters and anglers, and there are over 3,000 acres of water for boating, swimming and fishing. In addition to its incredible walleye fishing, Long Lake also has abundant populations of northern pike, largemouth and smallmouth bass, bluegill and crappie. The lake has good year round fishing, and every February there is an ice fishing contest on the lake.
There are plenty of amenities around Long Lake including boat rentals, restaurants, and even a golf course overlooking the water. Accommodations range from camping and cabins to B&B’s and resorts. The area still maintains its beautiful wilderness, and Washburn County’s motto is “Northwoods in Every Direction.” There are over 141,000 acres of public land set aside for timber, wildlife and recreation with lots of wildlife and room to explore. There are plenty of trails for horseback riding and cross country skiing as well as trails for ATV’s and snowmobiles. Bird watching at Long Lake is also very good, and Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary is a great place to see the birds. The Audubon Society is also instrumental in protecting the water quality of Long Lake.
Long Lake is surrounded by lake homes, restaurants and any amenities a visitor could want, but there are still miles of undeveloped shoreline to enjoy. The surrounding Northwoods, wildlife and recreation opportunities combine with the abundant fishing and beautiful water to make Long Lake a great Northwoods getaway. There may be other lakes named the same, but there is no other lake like the “Walleye Capital of Wisconsin,” Long Lake in Washburn County.
Things to Do at Long Lake
- Vacation Rentals
- Ice Fishing
- Cabin Rentals
- Cross-Country Skiing
- Horseback Riding
- Wildlife Viewing
Fish Species Found at Long Lake
- Black Bass
- Largemouth Bass
- Northern Pike
- Smallmouth Bass
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Recommended Sites to Book a Long Lake Vacation
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- VRBO – Use VRBO to find the perfect lake rental home, condo, cabin, cottage or other vacation property.
- Booking.com – One of the world’s leading digital travel companies, Booking.com 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.
- Hotels.com – With more than 325,000 hotels in 19,000-plus locations, Hotels.com 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.
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Long Lake Statistics & Helpful Links
Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Dammed
Water Level Control: Washburn County Highway Department
Surface Area: 3,290 acres
Shoreline Length: 99 miles
Average Depth: 26 feet
Maximum Depth: 74 feet
Lake Area-Population: 408
Trophic State: Mesotrophic
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