Nelson Lake (Hayward, Wisconsin)

This 2,502 acre lake is located just northeast of Smith Lake, and only a few minutes north of Hayward.  It has a shoreline of 31.4 miles, a maximum depth of 35 feet, and a mean depth of 5 feet.  In it, you’ll find muskies, northerns, walleyes, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and panfish.  Secchi disk readings are around 3.2 feet, but those lower readings are mainly because of naturally ocurring tannins from the spruce and tamarack bogs upstream of Nelson Lake.

As you can see from this aerial, Nelson Lake has a meandering shoreline, many small islands, and one larger island called Big Island.  This gives the lake a more remote, up-north sort of feel than one might expect.  Plus, there are some large stretches of the shoreline, mostly low-lying wetlands, that remain undeveloped.

That said, some parts of Nelson Lake do have a more urban feel, and it’s quite popular for recreational boating.  Much of the lake’s shoreline is dotted with cabins and lake homes that are available in a range of sizes and prices.  Because most of the buildable shoreline has already been developed, vacant lots come on the market more rarely.  Public access is via three boat landings and a number of resorts and campgrounds.

Curious to learn more about the lake homes, cabins, and waterfront property for sale here? Give me a call at 218-590-6634. Or, you can reach me at jeanhedren@edinarealty.com.