Lac Courte Oreilles (Hayward, Wisconsin)

Lac Courte Oreilles is one of northwestern Wisconsin’s premier lakes. At 5.039 acres (plus 240 acres for the connected Little LCO), it’s also one of the biggest. This deep, clear-water lake has a shoreline of 25.4 miles, a maximum depth of 90 feet, and a mean depth of 33.7 feet. Its littoral bottom is 28% sand, 57% gravel, 11.5% muck, and 3.5% rubble.

According to the DNR, you can expect to encounter muskellunge, northern pike, walleye, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, perch, bluegills, crappies, and even a few trout. LCO is famous for trophy muskies in the 50″ and over class.

LCO is also a popular lake for boating and waterskiing. It’s one of the few lakes in northern Wisconsin that is large enough for sailing; the LCO sailing club holds regular races and regattas throughout the summer.

That makes this lake especially desireable; all else equal, you may pay a bit more here for a lake home or cabin. But if you’re looking for a lake that’s large, deep, and cold, then it just may be worth it.

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