Lyman Lake, Wisconsin, USA

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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.

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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    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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    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".

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    Water Residence Time | LakeLubbers

    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.

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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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    Average Depth | LakeLubbers

    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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    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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    Minimum Elevation | LakeLubbers

    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.

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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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    Lake Type | LakeLubbers

    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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