Pike Lake Chain of Lakes, Wisconsin, USA

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USA - Midwest - Wisconsin - Lake Superior Northwoods Region -

Also known as:  Pike Lake, Round Lake, Amik Lake, Turner Lake, Tucker Lake

The Pike Lake Chain of Lakes is a group of four fully navigable, spring-fed lakes, two creeks and a fifth lake accessible by a short portage. Located in the northeast corner of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in northwest Wisconsin, all of the lakes are noted for their excellent fishing. With a total of 2,023 acres of water, the Bayfield County chain offers visitors many ways to have fun and relax. Although water sports are the main attraction, the surrounding heavily wooded terrain is paradise for ATV riders, hiking enthusiasts, mountain bikers and nature lovers.

The Pike Lake Chain of Lakes is made up of Pike Lake, Round Lake, Amik Lake, Turner Lake, and Tucker Lake. Accessibility to Tucker Lake requires a portage through the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest from Round Lake. Pike Lake is the largest of the lakes at 806 acres, with an average depth of 11 feet and a maximum depth of 17 feet. Round Lake is the second largest and most popular of the chain covering 726 acres and boasting an average depth of 16 feet and a maximum depth of 24 feet. Amik Lake is the third largest lake at 224 acres, with an average depth of 5 feet and maximum depth of 8 feet. Turner Lake is the fourth largest of the lakes at 149 acres, with an average depth of 8 feet and a maximum depth of 12 feet. Tucker Lake is the smallest of the lakes at 118 acres, but holds the title of being the deepest lake with a maximum depth of 32 feet and an average depth of 14 feet. All of the lakes are known for great fishing with an abundance of muskie, smallmouth bass, walleye, northern pike, crappie, perch, rock bass, bluegill and sturgeon. Motor trolling is permitted on Round Lake and Pike Lake. Note: Although most fish taken from Wisconsin lakes and streams are safe to eat, refer to the Fish Consumption Advice from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (link below) before eating fish caught from any Wisconsin waterway.

Access to the Pike Lake Chain of Lakes can be found on Round Lake. Private boat launches can also be found at some of the resorts and lodges located on the banks of the chain. To make sure fisherman, waterskiers, and boating enthusiasts have ample time and space on the lakes, an ordinance regulates waterskiing hours from 10 am to 5 pm. Swimming in the lake is encouraged and there are a number of sandy beaches and floating docks on the larger lakes.

Camping opportunities are numerous in the area with many public and several privately owned campgrounds. Camping is allowed anywhere in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest as long as you are at least 50 feet from any trail or water edge. Private campsites on Round Lake and Pike Lake offer all the latest camping amenities. There are also a number of designated campsites in the Forest which offer electrical hookups, water, showers and flush toilets. Vacation rentals and private real estate can be found near the shoreline of Round Lake and Pike Lake

Surrounded by the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, there is no shortage of hiking and biking trails around the Pike Lake Chain of Lakes. Covered bridges, nature preserves and spectacular fall colors await those who would like to explore the area. The terrain is rolling and wooded and frequented by wildlife, offering hikers a beautiful experience in the northern forest. For ATV riders, many miles of well-marked trails provide the rider with beautiful scenery and excitement. Wildlife in the area includes deer, bear, fox, raccoons, eagles and osprey. For hunters, Price County has 260,000 acres that are open for deer, bear, grouse, ducks and snowshoe hunting. Hunters can walk for miles along trails without worrying about “no hunting” signs. The city of Park Falls is the “Ruffed Grouse Capital of the World” and deer are abundant for both rifle and bow hunters. Other outdoor activities in the Pike Lake Chain of Lakes region include golf and horseback riding. Shopping, a casino, theaters, entertainment and dining are all within a thirty minute drive of the lakes. There are also a few restaurants on the banks of the chain making canoeing and kayaking a pleasurable experience.

When the snow begins to fall, winter activities on the Pike Lake Chain of Lakes keep the area busy. Snowmobile enthusiasts will discover an outstanding network of groomed trails maintained by the Price County Snowmobile Association. Cross-country ski trails, including the Round Lake Wilderness Study Area, offer a variety of challenges for both beginners and experienced skiers. Ice fishing and skating are also popular lake activities.

One of the biggest draws of the Pike Lake Chain of Lakes is the 850,000-acre Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest where recreational opportunities abound. Over 365 miles of trails are maintained for snowmobiliers and off road vehicles and 230 miles of trails have been developed for non-motorized use including two national scenic trails and one national recreation trail. The Rainbow Lake and Porcupine Lake Wilderness areas offer backpackers and hikers 11,000 rugged acres of pristine nature. In the heart of the forest is an extensive network of trails that are perfect for horseback riding. The majestic pines and many lakes and streams create a wonderful escape from the drudgery of everyday life.

The Pike Lake Chain of Lakes offers anglers and outdoor enthusiasts unlimited opportunity for recreation. Fish for record size pike, golf some of the most scenic golf courses in Wisconsin, mountain bike for miles, ski some of the state’s finest cross country ski trails, snowmobile right from your front door onto well-groomed trails or unwind while patiently waiting for a glimpse of a grazing deer or elk. Each season offers a unique opportunity to experience all the natural allure that await your vacation to the lakes.

Things to do at Pike Lake Chain of Lakes

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Ice Fishing
  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Beach
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Water Skiing
  • Golf
  • Camping
  • Campground
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Snowmobiling
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding
  • National Forest
  • Shopping
  • Casino Gambling

Fish species found at Pike Lake Chain of Lakes

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Bluegill
  • Crappie
  • Muskellunge
  • Northern Pike
  • Perch
  • Pike
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Sturgeon
  • Sunfish
  • Walleye

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Pike Lake Chain of Lakes Statistics & Helpful Links

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Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Not Dammed

Surface Area: 2,023 acres

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 1,102 feet

Average Depth: 11 feet

Maximum Depth: 32 feet

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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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Lake-Area Population | LakeLubbers

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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.

Residence Time can be as short as a few days for fast-flowing small lakes, and can exceed 100 years for slow-flowing large lakes.


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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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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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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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Normal Elevation | LakeLubbers

This is a lake's normal water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level. For a reservoir, this water level is also known as "full pond" or "full pool".

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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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