Chippewa Flowage (Hayward, Wisconsin)

At 17,000 acres, the Chippewa Flowage is Wisconsin’s third-largest inland lake.  Only a handful of lakes in northwest Wisconsin are even a tenth its size.

The Chippewa Flowage is complex enough so that even locals tend to bring a map and gps along if they’re venturing very far out beyond their own bay.  It has a meandering shoreline of 233 miles, with dozens of named bays and peninsulas.  It’s also dotted with hundreds of islands.  But to simplify that complexity somewhat, the Flowage does have a very definite eastern and western half.

The Chippewa Flowage has a minimum depth of 92 feet, but a mean depth of only 15 feet.  As you might expect, each bay has its own character.  Some are quite shallow and marshy, while others are deep and rocky.  Some are lined with cabins and lake homes, while others are virtually uninhabited and provide a near-wilderness experience.

The Flowage is more popular with anglers and paddlers than with water skiers and jet ski enthusiasts.  Although it does see a fair amount of traffic on warm summer weekends, that traffic quickly spreads out over a lot of acres.  Public access is via numerous resorts, campgrounds, and boat landings.

Many anglers are drawn to the Chippewa Flowage for its trophy muskie fishing; one of the muskies pulled from these waters remains the current world record at over 67 pounds.  The lake also holds northerns, walleyes, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and panfish.

All this means that the Chippewa Flowage is an especially sought-after lake.  So although its lake homes and cabins are available in a wide range of sizes and prices, most tend to be in the middle and upper price ranges.

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