Homes and cabins on the Eau Claire Chain of Lakes, Gordon and Barnes Wisconsin

The Eau Claire chain includes Lower, Middle, and Upper Eau Claire, plus a few smaller lakes of 80-200 acres that are accessible by smaller boats at most water levels.  These include Bony, Pickerel, Robinson, Birch, Schunenberg, Smith, and Sweet.  From Lower Eau Claire, the Eau Claire River flows westward, passing just south of Eau Claire Acres.  Farther downstream, it joins the Saint Croix at Gordon.

The lakes in the Eau Claire chain tend to be deeper and clearer than most lakes in the area.  (Eau Claire, as you may have guessed, is French for “Clear Water.”)  In them, you’ll find muskies, walleye, northern pike, largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappies, bluegills, and perch.  Here are some vital statistics for the three largest lakes:

·      Lower Eau Claire: 802 acres, 7.78 miles of shoreline, maximum depth 41’, 56% greater than 20’ deep, and 4% less than 3’ deep.

·      Middle Eau Claire: 902 acres, 11 miles of shoreline, maximum depth 66’, 40% greater than 20’ deep, and 12% less than 3’ deep.

·      Upper Eau Claire: 992 acres, 9.93 miles of shoreline, maximum depth 92’, 50% greater than 20’ deep, and 4% less than 3’ deep.

More About the Area

Located in the heart of a recreational paradise.  In addition to the Eau Claire river and chain of lakes, you’ll be close to dozens of other lakes and streams that are great for fishing, boating, paddling, and waterfowling.  You’re just minutes from the Brule, the Namekagon, and the Saint Croix Wild and Scenic Riverway.

Nearby, you’ll find trails for ATVing, snowmobiling, biking, hiking, and skiing.  The area is great for both road and mountain biking, and is home to events like the American Birkebeiner and Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival.  You’ll be surrounded by vast areas of public and paper company land that’s open to hunting, hiking, birding, and other recreation.

You can shop for essentials in nearby Barnes, Gordon, or Solon Springs; it’s not much farther to Cable, Hayward, Drummond, or Ashland.  It’s about an hour to Superior or Duluth, and about 2 ½ hours to the Twin Cities.

Looking for a lake home or cabin on one of the Eau Claire Lakes?  Jean Hedren, Edina Realty, Eau Claire Lakes homes.

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Today’s sandy lake bottom photo – Bony Lake

Today’s sandy lake bottom photo. The condo cabins on Bony Lake – 51015 Birch Lake Rd, Barnes, WI – come with this sandy beach that’s perfect for swimming (next summer 🙂 ) Bony Lake, 191-acres and 55′ deep, is a clear lake that offers great swimming, fishing, and boating, and is connected by boating channel to Middle Eau Claire Lake. And, by the way, the cabins look pretty good too.

Bony Lake

Bony Lake

New price on 3 BR 3 BA home, private 7.5 acres on Middle Eau Claire Lake. 2455 Lake Rd, Barnes, WI

Own this beautiful property on crystal clear Middle Eau Claire Lake. Three bedrooms, 3 bathrooms on private 7.5 acres. Includes well-maintained legacy guest cabin.

More photos and details: 2455 Lake Rd, Barnes, WI

Check out the YouTube video: Channel between Bony Lake and Middle Eau Claire Lake.

3 bedroom home on 7.5 acres




Restored vintage guest cabin

Restored vintage guest cabin

Video: Barnes Wisconsin vacation area. Boating channel from Bony Lake to Middle Eau Claire Lake.

Barnes Wisconsin vacation area. Boating channel from Bony Lake to Middle Eau Claire Lake.

Looking for your dream lake home or cabin? Visit Jean Hedren, Edina Realty NW Wisconsin.

The Channel Between Middle Eau Claire Lake and Lower Eau Claire Lake, Barnes, WI

The Channel Between Middle Eau Claire Lake and Lower Eau Claire Lake, Barnes, WI

This is the second in an occasional series of blog posts answering an important question: “Sure, the map shows a connection between those lakes. And the fishing guidebook says there’s a ‘navigable channel.’ But can I really get there from here?”

If you’re interested in getting around on the Eau Claire Chain of Lakes, be sure to also check out my post, The Secret Passageway from Bony Lake to Middle Eau Claire Lake. And if you’re looking for a lake home or cabin in the area, please check out my current listings on Bony Lake and on Lower, Middle, and Upper Eau Claire Lakes.

As always… Keep your speed down, and proceed with caution. The first part of this channel is navigable by canoe, kayak, small to medium boat, and even most pontoons. But just upstream of Lower Eau Claire Lake, you’ll come to a miniature lock-and-dam that’s only large enough for canoes, kayaks, and small fishing boats. (If you’re in a canoe or kayak, it’s also an easy portage.)

The channel leading from Middle Eau Claire Lake to the lock-and-dam, however, is long enough so it’s worth exploring in larger boats. A fortunate few are able to live along this quiet backwater, where they can still enjoy easy access to 804-acre Middle Eau Claire Lake and 776-acre Lower Eau Claire Lake. At the moment, I have a great building site available along this stretch of the river.

So here it is… The no-longer-secret passageway from Middle Eau Claire Lake to Lower Eau Claire Lake, complete with photos. Some stretches are shallow, so proceed with caution.

Starting from the west side of Middle Eau Claire Lake, head into the outlet shown at the beginning of this post. Continue downstream, but keep your speed down. Watch for the River Road bridge. It’s high enough for most boats to pass under with no problem—just make sure you’ve lowered your pontoon awning. Next the river widens out again before narrowing once more just above the hand-operated lock-and-dam located at South Shore Road.

The lock itself is about six feet wide and thirty feet long. If your boat won’t fit, and if it’s too heavy to portage up and over South Shore Road, then it’s time turn around. Otherwise, from here it’s just a short distance downstream to Lower Eau Claire Lake.





See also a closer look at the Eau Claire Lakes lock and dam.

The Boating Channel Between Upper Eau Claire and Birch Lakes, Barnes, WI

The Boating Channel Between Upper Eau Claire and Birch Lakes 

Here’s another in an occasional series of posts answering the question: “Can I really get there from here?”

Here in Northwest Wisconsin, maps often show a connection between two lakes, and fising guidebooks may mention a “navigable channel.” But can you really get there from here? The answer, of course, is “it depends.” First, it depends on the size of your boat. How much water does it draw, how wide is it, and how tall is it? If your boat has an awning or visor, can it be folded down? In some cases, the weather and the time of year can even make a difference. If the water is too low, there won’t be enough to float your boat. Too high, and you may not have quite enough headroom under a bridge. So your mileage, as they say, may vary. Keep your speed down, and proceed with caution.

So… Just how navigable is the channel between Upper Eau Claire Lake, Birch Lake, and Robinson Lake? Here’s the answer, complete with a video showing what you can expect. At normal water levels the channels between these three lakes are easily navigable by canoe, kayak, fishing boat, runabout, or pontoon—almost any boat you’re likely to see out on these lakes. Both channels—the one between Upper Eau Claire Lake and Birch Lake, and the one between Birch Lake and Robinson Lake—are deep enough so you’ll see signs reminding you they’re no-wake zones. But that’s OK. You’ll want to take your time and enjoy the scenery anyway.

One note of caution: Some parts of Birch Lake are fairly shallow. If you’re on the way through, keep your speed down and swing wide around both islands.

And by the way… If you’d like to see a beautiful cabin on Birch Lake, please visit  – Birch Lake cabin for sale  Jean Hedren, Edina Realty. 218-590-6634

Just Sold in Barnes, WI lakes and recreation area: 1375 Gronemus Rd, Barnes, WI.

Just Sold in Barnes, WI lakes and recreation area: 1375 Gronemus Rd, Barnes, WI.

The real estate market in Northwest Wisconsin is heating up, and this has been one of my busiest spring and summer seasons ever. Here’s another in a series of “just sold” posts.

I love this home’s quiet location. It’s a well maintained, affordable home perfect for a first time buyer. I hope the new owner enjoys it every bit as much as the seller did.

To learn more about the homes, cabins, and recreational properties that are still available in this part of Northwest Wisconsin, please visit my Edina Realty website. Check back often; I’ll have fresh new listings coming online soon. As always, I’ll be happy to show you other agents’ listings, too.

If you’re thinking of buying or selling, give me a call. I’d love to help you out.

1375 Gronemus Rd, Barnes, WI

1375 Gronemus Rd, Barnes, WI