About the Minong Flowage/Cranberry Lake – one of NW Wisconsin’s most popular recreation and fishing lakes
The Minong Flowage is a 1,564-acre impoundment of the Totagatic River created by a dam completed in 1937. Most of its bottom is sand; its maximum and mean depths are 21’ and 9’. Although much of the Flowage is deep, open water, some of its shallow bays contain tree stumps and aquatic vegetation. The fishery consists mainly of walleye, northern pike, largemouth bass, bluegill, black crappie, and yellow perch. The Flowage is also popular for boating, waterskiing, and paddling.
About Cranberry Lake: Cranberry Lake is a 172-acre lake with 2.76 miles of shoreline. It has a maximum depth of 19 feet and a mean depth of 11 feet. Its littoral bottom is 95% sand and 5% muck. According to the DNR, you’ll find numerous northern pike, walleye, largemouth bass, and panfish. Cranberry Lake is connected to the Minong Flowage by the Cranberry Narrows, a stretch of water that’s passable by small and medium-sized boats. The bridge at Highway T has enough clearance for fishing boats and most pontoons. Once you’re under the bridge, you’ll find yourself in the Minong Flowage.
Some parts of the Minong Flowage see a fair amount of boat traffic. Other areas are much quieter; on a typical day, you might only see a few fishing boats go by. Although a fair number of homes have been built on the Flowage, it still has an up-north feel. You’ll often see loons, eagles, and other wildlife.
On the other hand, you can also go for a boat ride, dock at restaurant, and then after dinner motor home as the moon rises over the Minong Flowage. Here, you really can have the best of both worlds.