Favorite NW Wisconsin Bike Routes: The Gordon Flowage, Bass Lake Road, Whitefish Lake, Lost Lake, Saint Croix River Loop

Favorite NW Wisconsin Bike Routes: The Gordon Flowage, Bass Lake Road, Whitefish Lake, Lost Lake, Saint Croix River Loop

Favorite NW Wisconsin Bike Routes: The Gordon Flowage, Bass Lake Road, Whitefish Lake, Lost Lake, Saint Croix River Loop

Favorite NW Wisconsin Bike Routes: The Gordon Flowage, Bass Lake Road, Whitefish Lake, Lost Lake, Saint Croix River Loop

Looking for good places to bike in northwestern Wisconsin? Check out this 28.5 mile loop in the Gordon-Wascott area.

Starting point: North Shore Bar, at the corner of Flowage Lane and Stuckey road. To get there from Highway 53, just drive west on Flowage Lane for about 3 miles. Great burgers and pizza.

Roads you’ll travel: Flowage Lane, Highway 53, Cty. Rd. Y, Bass Lake Road, Cranberry Lake Road, Lost Lake Road, West Mail Road, Cty Rd. M, Stuckey Road.

Althernate starting points: Downtown Gordon. The Buckhorn features great burgers, Friday fish fries, and daily specials. Or, Gordon Pines golf club at the corner of West Mail Road and County Road Y. Casual dining and full-service bar.

(By the way, this route passes near lake homes I’m listing on Bass Lake, Whitefish Lake, Leader Lake, and Cranberry Lake—plus this home on County Road Y that has a spectacular view of the Gordon Flowage. Please give me a call if you’d like to see these homes. Or, start your own search at www.JeanHedren.com.)

Please check back now and then; I’ll occasionally be posting more of our favorite hiking and biking routes. I’ll try to include a couple photos with each post, but not enough to take all the fun and mystery out of exploring these routes yourself. Stay tuned…

Bass Lake Rd

Bass Lake Rd

Bass Lake Rd

Bass Lake Rd

Lost Lake Rd

Lost Lake Rd

West Mail Rd

West Mail Rd

St Croix River

St Croix River

Moose River

Moose River

 

To Get More Lake Home for Your Money, Check Out This Hidden Corner of NW Wisconsin

More Lake Home for Your Money, Check Out This Hidden Corner of NW Wisconsin

I’ve helped connect buyers and sellers all over Douglas, Bayfield, Washburn, and Sawyer Counties, and I’d be glad to show you properties in places like Hayward, Spooner, or Superior. But I’d especially like to tell you about my home neighborhood in southern Douglas County, western Bayfield County, and northern Washburn County.

This area includes communities like Gordon, Wascott, Barnes, Minong, and Solon Springs. It features dozens of deep, clear lakes that are great for fishing, boating, paddling, or wildlife watching. They include the Eau Claire chain of lakes, the Minong Flowage, Whitefish (Bardon), the Gordon/St Croix Flowage, Upper St Croix Lake, and Lake Minnesuing.

This quiet, undiscovered corner of Northwest Wisconsin is a great place to get more for your money. In many cases, the same dollars will get you more home, more cabin, more shoreline on a clear, deep lake, or more acres of great hunting land.

What’s more, we’re closer than you might think. And for most buyers coming from the Twin Cities, Eau Claire, or Duluth, we’re closer than more well-known destinations like Cable or Hayward.

Minneapolis to Gordon, Wascott, Solon Springs, Barnes

To Gordon, Wascott, Minong, Solon Springs, Barnes – NW WI

Beachfront luxury on one of NW Wisconsin’s deepest, clearest lakes. 8526 E Baker Rd, Gordon, WI

Stunning luxury Whitefish Lake home for sale: 8526 E Baker Rd, Gordon, WI.

New price: $989,000

Beachfront luxury on one of NW Wisconsin’s deepest, clearest lakes – Whitefish Lake

Luxury 6 BR, 3.5 BA home on Whitefish Lake, Wascott WI

Luxury 6 BR, 3.5 BA home on Whitefish Lake, Wascott WI

365' level sandy beach waterfront

365′ level sandy beach waterfront

The Details

  • Custom designed home with approx. 4000 sq. ft. of living space
  • 6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms
  • 21.64 private acres
  • 365’ level, sandy beach frontage. Level lot from house to beach.
  • Attached 3-car heated garage with extra storage
  • Large deck with hot tub
  • Lighted walkway to lake and beach
  • Natural landscaping
  • Large wood burning fireplace
  • Natural woodwork throughout
  • Central air
  • High-efficiency LP gas furnace, in-floor heating
  • Laundry on both levels
  • Security system
  • 28 x 26’ great room with floor to ceiling, lake facing windows
  • Skylight windows and ceiling fans
  • Sliding glass doors walk-out to deck
  • 16 x 14’ dining area offers plenty of room for entertaining in style
  • 17 x 13’ gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances
  • Granite countertops, cherry cabinetry, and large island
  • Breakfast bar
  • Two unique 23 x 15 6-sided suites with panoramic views of the lake plus 4 additional bedrooms
  • Walk-in closets.
  • Sunny 3-season, screened porch

About Whitefish (Bardon) Lake

Compared to most other lakes in northwestern Wisconsin, 832-acre Whitefish (Bardon) Lake is different in two ways. First, although a number of fine homes have been built on the lake, special shoreland zoning ordinances have done much to preserve the lake’s natural and scenic beauty. From your home at the head of Whitefish Lake, you’ll be able to look southward across a huge expanse of water whose shore appears largely uninhabited. The lake is wild enough, in fact, so that eagles and loons are spotted frequently. Second, the lake is deep, cold, and clear. According to the DNR, it has a maximum depth of 102′ and a mean depth of 30′. Over 60% of the lake is deeper than 20′, and less than 4% is less than 3′ deep. Secchi disk readings average 22 to 23′. The littoral bottom is over 95% sand; most of the remainder is rock rubble. The lake boasts an unusual two-story fishery, with warm-water species in shallow areas and trout in the depths. In recent years, the lake has yielded a number of trophy-class pike, walleye, largemouth, smallmouth, and trout (both brown and rainbow). The lake also contains bluegills, rock bass, perch, white suckers, and creek chubs. Conveniently located. Spooner, Hayward, and Superior are all within 40 minutes. It’s an easy 45-minute commute to Duluth, and it’s just 2.5 hours to Eau Claire or the Twin Cities. You’ll find small public airfields at Solon Springs, Hayward, Spooner, Shell Lake, and Superior.

Jean Hedren, Edina Realty, your luxury property expert in NW Wisconsin. www.JeanHedren.com 

The Mysterious Whitefish of Whitefish Lake, Douglas County, WI

The Mysterious Whitefish of Whitefish Lake, Douglas County, WI

Whitefish Lake, Douglas County, WI

Whitefish Lake, Douglas County, WI

I’ve often wondered… Are there really whitefish in Whitefish lake? I’ve never heard of anyone catching one. So what’s the story? Are they still there? If so, where are they?

To find out, I started with a little research online. Then I talked with Scott Toshner, the WI DNR fisheries biologist for Douglas and Bayfield Counties. Here’s what I learned.

Whitefish Lake (also shown on some maps as Bardon Lake) doesn’t have whitefish, but it may have at one time. It does, however, have plenty of cisco, which are a close relative. Both species belong the genus Coregonus. They’re often confused; here’s a good explanation of the difference between whitefish and cisco. To add to the confusion, cisco are also known as tullibee or lake herring—and lake herring aren’t the same as marine herring found in the ocean.

Whitefish can grow to over 12 pounds, and cisco to over 5 pounds. Both are fished commercially in Lake Superior, and both are delicious. Inland, they’re only found in a small number of northwestern Wisconsin’s especially deep, cold lakes. Among them are the Whitefish lake in southern Douglas County (that’s the one we’re talking about here), another Whitefish Lake over in Sawyer County, and Bayfield County’s Cisco Lake and Lake Owen. In Douglas County’s Whitefish Lake, cisco are only found in the southern part of the lake, which reaches a depth of 102’. There don’t seem to be any in the northern half of the lake, which has a maximum depth of “only” 56’.

Cisco can’t tolerate warm water, and biologists believe they may be a “canary in the coal mine” sort of indicator species when it comes to climate change and water quality. They spend most of their time in deep water. And although they sometimes eat minnows or aquatic insects, they mostly eat plankton. So although commercial fishermen can catch plenty of them in nets, they’re rarely caught by hook-and-line. On Whitefish Lake, most anglers are happy to settle for northern pike, walleye, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, trout, and panfish.

Still, it’s great just knowing they’re present. If you’re fortunate enough to live on an inland lake in northern Wisconsin that contains whitefish or cisco, you know you’re on a deep, cold clearwater lake. Here in southern Douglas County, Whitefish Lake is a great example.

And by the way… I currently have a gorgeous home for sale on Whitefish Lake – this stunning 6-bedroom home at the very head of the lake. Please contact me if you’d like to see this very special lake home. I’m also listing two great lake homes on nearby Bass Lake and Leader Lake. You can click www.JeanHedren.com to see all my listings.

Cisco of Whitefish Lake

Cisco of Whitefish Lake

Gordon/Wascott WI lakes and recreation area board just added on Pinterest.

New Gordon/Wascott WI lakes and recreation area board just added on Pinterest.

About Whitefish (Bardon) Lake, Gordon, Wisconsin – one of Wisconsin’s clearest, deepest lakes

About Whitefish (Bardon) Lake, Gordon, Douglas County, Wisconsin

Compared to most other lakes in northwestern Wisconsin, 832-acre Whitefish (Bardon) Lake is different in two ways.  First, although a number of fine homes have been built on the lake, special shoreland zoning ordinances have done much to preserve the lake’s natural and scenic beauty.  From nearly anywhere on this lake, you can look out over a huge expanse of water whose shore appears largely uninhabited.  The lake is wild enough, in fact, so that eagles and loons are spotted frequently.

Second, the lake is deep, cold, and clear.  According to the DNR, it has a maximum depth of 102’ and a mean depth of 30 feet.  Over 60% of the lake is deeper than 20’, and less than 4% is less than 3’ deep.  Secchi disk readings average 22 to 23’.  The littoral bottom is over 95% sand; most of the remainder is rock rubble.

The lake boasts an unusual two-story fishery, with warm-water species in shallow areas and trout in the depths.  In recent years, the lake has yielded a number of trophy-class pike, walleye, largemouth, smallmouth, and trout (both brown and rainbow).  The lake also contains bluegills, rock bass, perch, white suckers, and creek chubs.

About Whitefish Lake in Wascott Wisconsin – a lake worth getting to know

Whitefish Lake, Wascott WI

Compared to most other lakes in northwestern Wisconsin, 832-acre Whitefish (Bardon) Lake is different in two ways. First, although a number of homes have been built on the lake, special setbacks, buffers, and other shoreland zoning ordinances have done much to preserve the lake’s natural and scenic beauty. From most locations on Whitefish Lake, Wascott, Douglas County, you’ll be able to look out across a huge expanse of water whose shore appears largely uninhabited. The lake is wild enough, in fact, so that eagles and loons are spotted frequently.

Second, the lake is deep, cold, and oligotrophic. According to the DNR, it has a maximum depth of 102’ and a mean depth of 30 feet. Over 60% of the lake is deeper than 20’, and less than 4% is less than 3’ deep. Secchi disk readings average 22 to 23’. The littoral bottom is over 95% sand; most of the remainder is rock rubble.

The lake boasts an unusual two-story fishery, with warm-water species in shallow areas and trout in the depths. In recent years, the lake has yielded a number of trophy-class pike, walleye, largemouth, smallmouth, and trout (both brown and rainbow). The lake also contains bluegills, rock bass, perch, white suckers, and creek chubs.
Although the lake is fairly large, it tends to be a little quieter than most lakes of its size. Most of the homes on this lake are in the upper price range; there’s also a fairly low turnover rate. If you find something you like on this lake, don’t count on a similar home becoming available in the immediate future.

Whitefish Lake - NW Wisconsin's clearest and deepest laeks

Whitefish Lake - NW Wisconsin's clearest and deepest lakes