Lyman Lake, Wisconsin, USA

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Lyman Lake WI visitor and community guide

Nestled in the Northwoods region of Douglas County, Wisconsin, 403-acre Lyman Lake offers visitors and residents a picture perfect vacation spot for fishing, boating, swimming and sunbathing. With its sparkling water and the surrounding community’s many amenities, outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy some of the best fishing in the area along with four seasons of natural beauty for year-round activities.

Just a half hour south of Superior, Wisconsin and Duluth, Minnesota, Lyman Lake is an easy drive for those seeking the peace and quiet of the rolling countryside. Boaters will find two public access sites for launching boats onto the clear, blue water. Anglers can expect catches of musky, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, walleye, crappie and bluegill. On the north side of the lake, Anna-Gene County Park is a 256-acre day use area with picnic tables and grills, a children’s playground, a swimming beach, and restrooms. Hiking trails can be found in the wooded area between the parking lot and the lake. The park is a great place for a family picnic after an exciting day on the water.

Lyman Lake is fed by the Amnicon River which flows from Amnicon Lake, northeast, through Lyman Lake to its outlet, and then on to Lake Superior. A small dam on the outlet helps regulate the water level of the lake. Amnicon Falls State Park is north of Lyman Lake and features a series of waterfalls and rapids along the Amnicon River. The park offers picnic areas, campgrounds and hiking trails. Sections of the river are well known for their whitewater.

For lodging and weekend or week-long accommodations, vacation rentals around Lyman Lake range from small cabins to luxurious seasonal homes. There is some real estate for sale around the lake, including both homes and lots. Most of the nearly seven miles of sandy shoreline is developed with private homes and commercial property, but untouched areas around the lake can be found by adventurous hikers and boaters. There is no camping on the lake, but campgrounds and additional vacation rentals can be found in nearby communities and on state land.

For the outdoor lover, the hillsides surrounding Lyman Lake offer opportunity for golfing, hiking, biking, and scenic driving. Just 30 miles from Lake Superior, the world’s largest inland lake, families can take a relaxing harbor cruise, sail, swim and just enjoy the incredible scenery. When the snow begins to fall across the area, there are trails for cross country skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing. Ice fishing tournaments, ice skating, and sled dog races are also popular winter pastimes. True winter sports enthusiasts will love the cross country ski trails at nearby Pattison State Park and Brule River State Forest.

Pattison State Park, just west of Lyman Lake, features the state’s highest waterfalls. Big Manitou Falls are 165 feet high, and Little Manitou Falls are 31 feet high. The 1,436-acre park also has a lake with a beach, nature programs, a nature center, camping, miles of hiking trails, and abundant wildlife. The park is named for Martin Pattison, an early lumberjack and miner. In 1917, Pattison learned of a plan to build a power dam on the Black River which would have destroyed Big Manitou Falls. To stop the project, Pattison secretly purchased 660 acres of land along the river. In 1918, he donated the land to the state which ultimately saved the waterfall and property surrounding it. The remains of Pattison’s original logging camp can be found at the end of the Logging Camp Trail in the park.

Brule River State Forest, east of Lyman Lake, is a 47,000-acre State Forest offering exceptional recreational opportunities, including wildlife viewing, five State Natural Areas, a 16-mile stretch of the North Country National Scenic Trail, eight miles of frontage on Lake Superior, the Bois Brule State Fish Hatchery, and 44 miles of the beautiful Bois Brule River. The Bois Brule River is well known for its excellent trout fishing and contains resident brook trout, brown trout, and rainbow trout. Lake, brown, and rainbow trout along with coho and chinook salmon annually migrate up the river from Lake Superior. Designated sections of the forest are open to hunting and trapping in season.

The Wild Rivers State Trail runs east of Lyman Lake. The multiuse trail follows a former railroad corridor and passes through Douglas, Washburn and Barron counties. The 104-mile trail stretches through some of the most scenic land in the area and is used by walkers, joggers, bikers, horseback riders and bird watchers. In the wintertime, snowmobilers, snowshoers and cross-country skiers are the main occupants of the trail. Access to the trail can be found in the town of Gordon and at the northern trailhead just south of Superior.

Recreation at Lyman Lake extends beyond the water. Restaurants in nearby towns range from cafes and pubs to family and fine dining. Several golf courses can be found in the area along with museums and antique shops. Duluth, Minnesota is 40 minutes from the lake and offers museums, an aquarium, movies, dining, and shopping. Museums and historical sites can also be found in the city of Superior located on the shore of Lake Superior. Boat lovers will want to pay a visit to Barker’s Island and Marina, located in Lake Superior. The island boasts a beautiful 420-slip marina, docking facilities, and sailboat rentals.

Whether you are looking for great fishing, hiking, winter sports or just exploring the natural beauty of peaceful woods, you will find it all at Lyman Lake. With all that the lake and the surrounding Northwoods area have to offer, Lyman Lake is truly a vacation destination for the entire family.

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Things to do at Lyman Lake WI

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Fishing Tournaments
  • Ice Fishing
  • Boating
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Beach
  • Golf
  • Camping
  • Campground
  • Picnicking
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Ice Skating
  • Biking
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Waterfall
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • State Park
  • State Forest
  • Museum
  • Playground
  • Antiquing
  • Shopping

Fish species found at Lyman Lake WI

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Bluegill
  • Brook Trout
  • Brown Trout
  • Chinook Salmon
  • Crappie
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Perch
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Salmon
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Sunfish
  • Trout
  • Walleye

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Lyman Lake WI statistics & helpful links


Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Dammed

Water Level Control: Douglas County

Surface Area: 403 acres

Shoreline Length: 7 miles

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 1,186 feet

Average Depth: 7 feet

Maximum Depth: 18 feet

Water Volume: 2,687 acre-feet

Trophic State: Eutrophic

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