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Lake Information for Shawano Lake


Shawano Lake is a lake situated in Shawano County in northeastern Wisconsin. Shawano Lake is a hard water drainage lake with multiple inlets and one major outlet, the Wolf River. A dam on the Wolf River located in the City of Shawano raises the water levels of Shawano Lake. Shawano Lake is approximately 6,178 acres (25.00 km2). The Towns of Westcott, and Washington, and the Village of Cecil border Shawano Lake. The average depth is approximately 9 feet (2.7 m) with a maximum depth of approximately 42 feet (13 m). The shoreline length is estimated at 18 miles (29 km).

Shawano Lake is heavily developed with dense residential housing surrounding the majority of the shoreline. Shawano Lake is within the Shawano Lake Sanitary District and all dwellings have sanitary sewers and public water supply. There are many resorts and cabin rentals to choose from on Shawano lake.

Facilities and Parks: 

There are approximately 24 access points on Shawano Lake. The boat landings and access points are a combination of public and private landings, along with town owned fire lanes. A county park is located on Shawano Lake with a swimming beach and boat launch. A second park is located within the Village of Cecil, which is used as an access point for one of the ice racing tracks.

Fishing Description: 

Shawano Lake is managed as a warm water fishery. The primary gamefish species are northern pike, largemouth bass, and walleye. The predominate panfish are bluegill, black crappie, yellow perch and pumpkinseed. Good natural reproduction supports this fine fishery. Over the last ten years a musky population has been established and is maintained by annual stocking. A walleye spawning reef was developed on Shawano Lake in the mid 1980's. Annual fall electrofishing survey's are done on the lake to monitor the reproduction success of walleye and largemouth bass with periodic spring fyke netting surveys conducted to monitor the overall fishery.

Largemouth Bass
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Businesses Located Nearby

Bait & Tackle

    Wolf River Bait & Tackle
  • 1148 S Main St - Shawano, WI
  • (715) 526-7696
    Kuhn's Bait & Tackle Palace
  • 202 S Airport Rd - Shawano, WI
  • (715) 524-5252
    Burr's Work & Sport LLC
  • 1220 Main St - Gresham, WI
  • (715) 787-3288

Boat Rental

    Custom Canvas Limited
  • 214 N Main St - Shawano, WI
  • (715) 526-3220
    Wendy's Upholstery Shop
  • 607 W Green Bay St - Shawano, WI
  • (715) 526-6878

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