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Lake Pardee is a private, residential, 206-acre lake in Iron County, near Mercer, Wisconsin. The lake area of Mercer is known for its vast, pristine beauty. Much of Wisconsin has been developed for traffic and tourists, but the rolling landscape around Lake Pardee remains mostly untouched.
Access to Lake Pardee's sparkling water is limited to property owners and renters. On a typical summer day, small, colorful sailboats dot the lake along with an occasional kayak, fishing boat and other personal watercraft. Most residences are located on the lake and feature docks and piers that stretch out over the clear, cool water, perfect for swimming and fishing. Although only 29 feet at its deepest point, Lake Pardee is home to a number of popular sport fish. Healthy populations of northern pike, walleye, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and bluegill can be found in the waters. The lake is also regularly stocked with musky. When snow begins to fall and the lake freezes over, activities turn to ice fishing and ice skating.
Iron County is home to approximately 200 lakes and ponds ranging in size from one to 13,545 acres. Lakes with public access within easy driving distance of Lake Pardee include 13,545-acre Turtle-Flambeau Flowage, a fantastic fishing lake with over 200 miles of shoreline; 781-acre Trude Lake, known for its excellent fishing and wildlife; 194-acre North Bass Lake, a small, but superb fishing lake; 482-acre Fisher Lake, specializing in walleye and northern Pike; 352-acre Spider Lake, a deep lake known for its muskie population,; and 191-acre Cedar Lake, a great family lake for fishing and water sports. Vacation rentals of all kinds can be found on and near these lakes along with real estate for sale. There are usually a few private residences and summer homes for rent on Lake Pardee, but lodging options are limited.
Outdoor recreational opportunities are diverse and abundant. Lake Pardee is conveniently located between the Northern Highland State Forest and the Ottawa National Forest, just over the state border in Michigan. The Northern Highland State Forest covers more than 225,000 acres across Vilas, Oneida and Iron counties. The forest offers a wide array of recreational opportunities, such as camping, canoeing, hiking, bird watching, snowmobiling, biking and hunting, as well as the chance to simply enjoy the natural beauty. The forest also provides habitat for a wide range of plant and animals. When it comes to water resources, the forest has one of the highest concentrations of lakes in the country, making sport fishing a major recreational activity. Other popular water-related recreation includes swimming, water-skiing, boating, canoeing and sightseeing.
The Ottawa National Forest lies just north of Lake Pardee and covers approximately one million total acres of land in the western end of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The forest is rich in wildlife and there are numerous opportunities to see deer, fox, snowshoe hare, bald eagles, loons, and songbirds. Bear, coyotes, fisher, and wolves are plentiful but, tend to stay deep in the forest. In addition to the many miles of Lake Superior shoreline, the forest contains numerous lakes, both large and small, and a wide variety of rivers and streams that provide canoeing and kayaking opportunities, prime trout fishing, plus spectacular waterfall viewing. Camping, hiking, and just about every type of summer and winter activity can be accommodated by the forest.
Although located in a rural area, 15 miles in any direction from Lake Pardee will bring you to civilization. The small country towns of Winchester, Hartley, Presque Isle, Dunham, Mercer, Pine Lake, Carter, Manitowish and Van Buskirk are all within a short drive of the lake. The town of Mercer, nicknamed the Loon Capital of the word, is a wonderful Northwoods community offering swimming, boating, picnicking, tennis, waterfalls, a walleye run early in May at Lake of the Falls County Park, hiking trails, and 456 miles of groomed snowmobile trails. "Loon Day" and an art and craft fair is held the first Wednesday in August. A nine-hole golf course, miniature golf, a public shooting range, the world's largest loon, and several museums make Mercer a great place to visit. Restaurants, shops and lodging can also be found in town.
Whether you want a home just for summer fun, or a permanent residence where you can fish from your own dock and watch the rolling terrain turn from green, to orange, to white, Lake Pardee is a place of incredible natural beauty. Unspoiled by crowds and traffic, Lake Pardee is truly an exceptional treasure waiting to be explored and enjoyed.
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