SOLD Lovely Catherine Lake chalet in quiet bay. 11501 S Cty Hwy Y, Solon Springs, WI

SOLD Beautifully maintained, up north lake chalet is located on 5 private acres and features 240′ of level sandy beach frontage on crystal clear Catherine Lake. This turnkey 4 bedroom, 2 bath home includes furniture, dock, boat, water slide, snowblower, and more. Gorgeous western lake views. Only a half hour to Hayward, one hour to Superior.

11501 S Cty Hwy Y, Solon Springs, WI. Near Barnes, WI.

SOLD: 2 BR Lake Minnesuing cabin. 7928 S Hallberg Rd, Lake Nebagamon, WI.

JUST SOLD: 2 BR Lake Minnesuing home. 7928 S Hallberg Rd, Lake Nebagamon, WI. 

$240,000

Find more homes for sale on Lake Minnesuing. Call Jean Hedren for your Lake Minnesuing and Bennett WI real estate needs. 218-590-6634. Or, email jeanhedren@edinarealty.com

Buying a lake cabin – what is your preferred recreation?

Recreational Activities

IMG_0660What are your favorite recreational activities? As you are searching for the ideal lake home, think about the type of lake, as well as the surrounding area, that offers the most activities.

Local communities are also important. Most local communities will at least have a grocery store, liquor store (in Wisconsin they’re usually together), gas station, post office, restaurant/tavern. Very likely, you’ll be within a half hour drive from a larger town or city that will offer more shopping options. Typically, they will offer a summer weekend festival and those are often fun and family oriented.

The Book of Lakes
If you’re thinking of buying a lake home or cabin in northwestern Wisconsin, then you should know about the Northwest Wisconsin Fishing Map Guide: Northern Region from Sportsman’s Connection.  I call it The Book of Lakes for short.

Even if you’re not into fishing, you’ll find lots of useful information that can help you decide which lake is right for you.  The book includes depth maps, DNR fishery data, and detailed background information for 180 lakes in Bayfield, Douglas, Sawyer, and Washburn counties.  That’s not all of the lakes in this area, but it’s an awful lot of them.

But maybe you’d like to do a little research on your own, shorten your list, and know you’re focusing the lakes that are right for you.  You’ll find it at finer bookstores and bait shops everywhere.

Fishing
As I mentioned in The Book of Lakes section above, you’ll find information about the types of fish found in lakes. You’ll want to know which lakes are best known for walleye, panfish, northern, bass, and other types of local fish.

If you are into flyfishing, you’ll definitely want to know where the best trout streams are located. The Brule River in Douglas County is a world-class trout stream. There are many trout streams in Northwest Wisconsin. You can download full, detailed maps of the streams in Douglas County WI and other Wisconsin counties at the Wisconsin DNR website.

Boating
If waterskiing and jet skiing are your thing, you’ll want to know which lakes are best suited to these types of activities. Typically, large, open lakes without a complicated shoreline are best.

If you simply want to tour around in a pontoon, then most any lake will work. Pontoon boats work just fine in shallow waters. Perhaps a flowage would be the best choice with plenty of lake and shoreline to explore. If you prefer to paddle a canoe or kayak, then a quiet lake or flowage is for you.

Swimming
Many lakes in northwest Wisconsin offer clear, deep water with sandy beaches or sandy lake bottom. You’ll want to look for a clear lake. Many lake homes include a sandy beach front or at least a sandy lake bottom off the dock.

Skiing
Northwest Wisconsin is a great destination for cross-country skiers. From the world famous Birkebeiner ski event to ski trails dotted throughout Douglas, Washburn, Bayfield, and Sawyer Counties, you’ll find many trails to match your expertise.

Many trails will be just minutes from a lake or community that may be of interest to you. Northwest Wisconsin Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe is a great source for trail maps and snow conditions.

Snowmobile/ATV
Northwest Wisconsin is a favorite destination for snowmobile and ATV enthusiasts. Trails are located throughout Douglas, Washburn, Bayfield, and Sawyer Counties.

Wisconsin DNR offers trail maps to download.

There’s plenty to do here in NW Wisconsin at the lake or nearby.

Curious to learn more about cabins and lake homes for sale in NW Wisconsin? Give me a call at 218-590-6634. Or, you can email me at jeanhedren@edinarealty.com.

Fishy Pillow Talk

Early to bed. Early to rise. Fish all day. Make up lies.

Words to live by, especially at this cabin. And since it’s within easy walking distance of a boat landing and two taverns, its new owners will enjoy ample opportunities for great ice fishing and maybe tell a couple fish stories.

9908 E Cty Rd A, Solon Springs, WI

9908 E Cty Rd A, Solon Springs, WI

9908 E Cty Rd A, Solon Springs, WI

9908 E Cty Rd A, Solon Springs, WI

Upper St Croix Lake

9908 E Cty Rd A, Solon Springs, WI

Whatever time they do finally make it to bed, they’ll probably dream of fish. After all, they’ll be sleeping just a few feet from the water’s edge. As you can see from the photos above, today’s shoreline setback regulations were not yet in effect when this cabin was built. This time of year, anyone living here could step out their front door and immeidately walk on water. But a couple months from now… sleepwalkers, watch your step.

This 3 bedroom cabin on Upper St Croix Lake is for sale by Jean Hedren, Edina Realty, Solon Springs, WI

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.

Boating channel between Cranberry Lake and Minong Flowage- NW Wisconsin’s most popular recreation and fishing lakes

Boating channel between Cranberry Lake and Minong Flowage – NW Wisconsin’s most popular recreation and fishing lakes

The Minong Flowage is a 1,564-acre impoundment of the Totagatic River created by a dam completed in 1937.  Most of its bottom is sand; its maximum and mean depths are 21’ and 9’.  Although much of the Flowage is deep, open water, some of its shallow bays contain tree stumps and aquatic vegetation.  The fishery consists mainly of walleye, northern pike, largemouth bass, bluegill, black crappie, and yellow perch.  The Flowage is also popular for boating, waterskiing, and paddling.

Cranberry Lake is a 172-acre lake with 2.76 miles of shoreline. It has a maximum depth of 19 feet and a mean depth of 11 feet. Its littoral bottom is 95% sand and 5% muck. According to the DNR, you’ll find numerous northern pike, walleye, largemouth bass, and panfish. Cranberry Lake is connected to the Minong Flowage by the Cranberry Narrows, a stretch of water that’s passable by small and medium-sized boats. The bridge at Highway T has enough clearance for fishing boats and most pontoons. Once you’re under the bridge, you’ll find yourself in the Minong Flowage.

On the other hand, you can also go for a boat ride, dock at restaurant, and then after dinner motor home as the moon rises over the Minong Flowage.  Here, you really can have the best of both worlds.

Check out two Minong Flowage lakeshore lots just listed – N14398 Island View Rd and N14394 Island View Rd.

Homes and cabins available on the Minong Flowage/Cranberry Lake.

 

Spring has arrived on the Gordon St Croix Flowage. Time to hit the deck!

Spring has arrived on the Gordon Croix Flowage. Time to hit the deck!

Spring is here, and it’s time to hit the deck and relax by the lake. Here’s another in a continuing series of “hit the deck” posts—this time from a lake home I’m currently listing on the Gordon-Saint Croix Flowage in Gordon, WI. Although it’s a relatively modest, affordable cabin, it just happens to have a million-dollar view. (To learn more, please visit my Edina Realty website.)

3 BR home for sale on St Croix Flowage

3 BR home for sale on St Croix Flowage 

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SOLD 3 BR Log Home with view of St Croix Flowage. 7645 E Cty Rd Y, Wascott WI.

3 BR Log Home, 10 acres, view of St Croix Flowage. 7645 E Cty Rd Y, Wascott WI.

SOLD.


3 bedroom log home on 10 acres with incredible views of Gordon/St Croix Flowage. This home is perched high on a ridge overlooking the Flowage. This home is perfect as your year round home or a weekend getaway.

The property extends down the hillside and abuts county land that has been granted “special use” protection. Includes roughly 6 acres on the south side of Cty Rd Y. There, you’ll find great hunting land with stands, clearings, and trails.

Just a mile from the Gordon/St Croix Flowage boat landing and great fishing for Northern, Bass, and Panfish.

More details here: 7645 E Cty Rd Y, Gordon, WI

On the Gordon St Croix Flowage, can I circumnavigate Bubar Island?

On the Gordon St Croix Flowage, can I circumnavigate Bubar Island?

Bubar Island - St Croix Flowage

Bubar Island – St Croix Flowage

This post is in honor of this cabin I recently listed on the north shore of the St Croix Flowage, also known as the Gordon Flowage. At 1,913 acres, and with 29 miles of meandering shoreline, the Gordon Flowage is one of the largest, least developed lakes anywhere in northwestern Wisconsin. The Flowage is located near near Gordon, Wascott, and Solon Springs, and it’s just west of U.S. Highway 53.

Along the southern shore of the Flowage, detailed maps show an area called Bubar Island. It’s directly south of the boat landing that’s on the north shore. In my last post I answered the question: “On the Gordon Flowage, can I actually go all the way around Wilcox Island?” The short answer: “Maybe, sometimes. Bring a canoe or kayak, preferably a narrow one.” But in case you’re wondering the same thing about Bubar Island, the short and simple answer is… No.

Bubar Island is only an island in the sense that it’s separated from the mainland by a large wetland area. Even if you’re paddling a very narrow canoe or kayak that only draws two inches of water, the answer is still no. Sorry.

But here’s the good news, and it’s something you can see for yourself if you look closely at the aerial up above. You can see a few houses along County Road Y, and that’s about it. The segment of the Gordon-Saint Croix Flowage you see here is fairly typical. Much of the lake’s shoreline is county land that’s been granted special protective status. For that reason, and because of terrain like that surrounding Bubar “Island,” very little of this lake’s shoreline has been developed—or ever will be.

Gordon St Croix Flowage

Gordon St Croix Flowage

St Croix Flowage, Gordon, WI

St Croix Flowage, Gordon, WI

St Croix Flowage

St Croix Flowage

St Croix Flowage boat landing

St Croix Flowage boat landing

Encore Post: The Fish Story of Gordon-St Croix Flowage — Gordon, Wisconsin

Encore Post: The Fish Story of Gordon-St Croix Flowage — Gordon, Wisconsin

This encore post is in honor of this cabin I’ve just listed on the north shore of the St Croix Flowage, also known as the Gordon Flowage. At 1,913 acres, and with 29 miles of meandering shoreline, the Gordon Flowage is one of the largest, least developed lakes anywhere in northwestern Wisconsin. The Flowage is located near near Gordon, Wascott, and Solon Springs, and is just west of U.S. Highway 53. For your enjoyment, I’ve ended this post with some fresh photos taken at various points around the lake.

Here’s the fish story:

Mainly Panfish, Northerns, and Bass
You’re most likely to catch sunfish, crappies, northern pike, and largemouth bass. The Flowage also contains smaller numbers of muskies, smallmouth bass, bullheads, carp, and dogfish.

Stocking History
From 1937 to 1963, the Flowage was stocked regularly with a variety of species—everything from catfish to walleyes. No stocking occurred from 1963 to 2000. Since then, the Flowage has been stocked roughly every other year with both sturgeon and muskies. Despite these various stocking efforts, the Flowage has proven most suited for panfish, northern pike, and largemouth bass.

Preserve the Resource
On days when the fishing is almost too good, please use restraint. Here on the Flowage, the DNR especially encourages voluntary catch-and-release of bluegills and crappies. And, while you may encounter some large largemouths in the Flowage, at this latitude they take many years to reach that size. Please preserve the resource.

Preserve Your Lower Unit
Here on the Flowage, you’ll encounter a few stumps, plus plenty of shallow, rocky reefs. That sort of structure makes for great fishing. It can, however, be rough on boat motors.
In the interest of boating safety, our lake association has marked many of these hazards—but not all. If you’re unfamiliar with the Flowage, you may want to keep your speed down, carry a few extra shear pins, and keep an eye out for obstacles.

St Croix Flowage

St Croix Flowage

St Croix Flowage boat landing

St Croix Flowage boat landing