McKenzie Lake/Big McKenzie Lake (Trego, Wisconsin)

The largest of the three McKenzie Lakes is Big McKenzie Lake. Sometimes it’s called just plain McKenzie Lake. Either way, however, it’s not to be confused with the much smaller McKenzie Lake that’s located in Polk County.

Although there’s a short boating channel between Big McKenzie Lake and Middle McKenzie Lake, the route from Middle McKenzie Lake to Lower McKenzie Lake involves a longer paddle down McKenzie Creek. One other detail that can be confusing for newcomers to the area: since McKenzie Creek flows northward toward the Namekagon River, Lower McKenzie Lake is actually to the north of Middle McKenzie Lake and Big McKenzie Lake. (All of these lakes, by the way, are located in the area just northwest of Trego.)

True to its name, Big McKenzie Lake is big. It covers 1,188 acres and has a 7 mile shoreline, a maximum dept of 71 feet, and a mean depth of 13 feet. That makes it one of the deepest, coldest lakes in the Trego area. In it, you’ll find muskie, walleye, northern pike, largemouth bass, and panfish.

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