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Lake Information for Lac Courte Oreilles


Lac Courte Oreilles is a large freshwater lake located in north central Wisconsin in Sawyer County in townships 39 and 40 north, ranges 8 and 9 west. It is irregular in shape having numerous peninsulas and bays, being approximately six miles long in a southwest to northeast direction and with a maximum width of about two miles. Lac Courte Oreilles is 5038.8 acres in size with a maximum depth of 90 feet and a shoreline of 25.4 miles. The lake has a small inlet stream (Grindstone Creek) that enters on the northeast shore of the lake and that flows from Grindstone Lake, a short distance away to the north. There is an outlet on the southeast shore of the lake that leads through a very short passage to Little Lac Courte Oreilles, then via the Couderay River to the Chippewa River, and ultimately to the Mississippi River at Lake Pepin.

Lac Courte Oreilles is located approximately eight and one-half miles southeast of the city of Hayward, the primary commercial and retail center of the area, and is one of three large natural lakes (Lac Courte Oreilles, Grindstone Lake, and Round Lake) located to the south and east of the city. There is a small unincorporated residential community on the north side of the lake commonly referred to as Northwoods (or North Woods) Beach. The eastern part of the lake is located in the Lac Courte Oreilles Indian Reservation. The shore of the lake is principally occupied by seasonal lake cabins and homes.

Lac Courte Oreilles is now a popular resort area drawing cabin owners and visitors from the Minneapolis-St. Paul, Milwaukee, and Chicago metropolitan areas.

Fishing Description: 

The lake has an abundance of northern pike, muskie, walleye, bass and other fish, and is a popular fishing destination.

Largemouth Bass
Bass Family
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Businesses Located Nearby

Bait & Tackle

    Hook Line & Sinker
  • 5790 N State Highway 70 - Stone Lake, WI
  • (715) 865-4665
    Long Lake Bait & Tackle
  • W2477 County Highway B - Sarona, WI
  • (715) 635-3260

Boat Rental

    Hayward Marine
  • 15271 W State Road 77 - Hayward, WI
  • (715) 634-4373

Vacation Rental

    Bobby Schmidt's Resort
  • W1676 Bobby Schmidts Rd - Stone Lake, WI
  • (715) 865-2801
    Black Mallard Resort
  • Sissabagama Rd - Stone Lake, WI
  • (715) 865-2127

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