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The Pike Lake Chain of Lakes is a group of four fully navigable, spring-fed lakes, two creeks and a fifth lake accessible by a short portage. Located in the northeast corner of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in northwest Wisconsin, all of the lakes are noted for their excellent fishing. With a total of 2,023 acres of water, the Bayfield County chain offers visitors many ways to have fun and relax. Although water sports are the main attraction, the surrounding heavily wooded terrain is paradise for ATV riders, hiking enthusiasts, mountain bikers and nature lovers.
The Pike Lake Chain of Lakes is made up of Pike Lake, Round Lake, Amik Lake, Turner Lake, and Tucker Lake. Accessibility to Tucker Lake requires a portage through the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest from Round Lake. Pike Lake is the largest of the lakes at 806 acres, with an average depth of 11 feet and a maximum depth of 17 feet. Round Lake is the second largest and most popular of the chain covering 726 acres and boasting an average depth of 16 feet and a maximum depth of 24 feet. Amik Lake is the third largest lake at 224 acres, with an average depth of 5 feet and maximum depth of 8 feet. Turner Lake is the fourth largest of the lakes at 149 acres, with an average depth of 8 feet and a maximum depth of 12 feet. Tucker Lake is the smallest of the lakes at 118 acres, but holds the title of being the deepest lake with a maximum depth of 32 feet and an average depth of 14 feet. All of the lakes are known for great fishing with an abundance of muskie, smallmouth bass, walleye, northern pike, crappie, perch, rock bass, bluegill and sturgeon. Motor trolling is permitted on Round Lake and Pike Lake. Note: Although most fish taken from Wisconsin lakes and streams are safe to eat, refer to the Fish Consumption Advice from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (link below) before eating fish caught from any Wisconsin waterway.
Access to the Pike Lake Chain of Lakes can be found on Round Lake. Private boat launches can also be found at some of the resorts and lodges located on the banks of the chain. To make sure fisherman, waterskiers, and boating enthusiasts have ample time and space on the lakes, an ordinance regulates waterskiing hours from 10 am to 5 pm. Swimming in the lake is encouraged and there are a number of sandy beaches and floating docks on the larger lakes.
Camping opportunities are numerous in the area with many public and several privately owned campgrounds. Camping is allowed anywhere in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest as long as you are at least 50 feet from any trail or water edge. Private campsites on Round Lake and Pike Lake offer all the latest camping amenities. There are also a number of designated campsites in the Forest which offer electrical hookups, water, showers and flush toilets. Vacation rentals and private real estate can be found near the shoreline of Round Lake and Pike Lake
Surrounded by the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, there is no shortage of hiking and biking trails around the Pike Lake Chain of Lakes. Covered bridges, nature preserves and spectacular fall colors await those who would like to explore the area. The terrain is rolling and wooded and frequented by wildlife, offering hikers a beautiful experience in the northern forest. For ATV riders, many miles of well-marked trails provide the rider with beautiful scenery and excitement. Wildlife in the area includes deer, bear, fox, raccoons, eagles and osprey. For hunters, Price County has 260,000 acres that are open for deer, bear, grouse, ducks and snowshoe hunting. Hunters can walk for miles along trails without worrying about "no hunting" signs. The city of Park Falls is the "Ruffed Grouse Capital of the World" and deer are abundant for both rifle and bow hunters. Other outdoor activities in the Pike Lake Chain of Lakes region include golf and horseback riding. Shopping, a casino, theaters, entertainment and dining are all within a thirty minute drive of the lakes. There are also a few restaurants on the banks of the chain making canoeing and kayaking a pleasurable experience.
When the snow begins to fall, winter activities on the Pike Lake Chain of Lakes keep the area busy. Snowmobile enthusiasts will discover an outstanding network of groomed trails maintained by the Price County Snowmobile Association. Cross-country ski trails, including the Round Lake Wilderness Study Area, offer a variety of challenges for both beginners and experienced skiers. Ice fishing and skating are also popular lake activities.
One of the biggest draws of the Pike Lake Chain of Lakes is the 850,000-acre Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest where recreational opportunities abound. Over 365 miles of trails are maintained for snowmobiliers and off road vehicles and 230 miles of trails have been developed for non-motorized use including two national scenic trails and one national recreation trail. The Rainbow Lake and Porcupine Lake Wilderness areas offer backpackers and hikers 11,000 rugged acres of pristine nature. In the heart of the forest is an extensive network of trails that are perfect for horseback riding. The majestic pines and many lakes and streams create a wonderful escape from the drudgery of everyday life.
The Pike Lake Chain of Lakes offers anglers and outdoor enthusiasts unlimited opportunity for recreation. Fish for record size pike, golf some of the most scenic golf courses in Wisconsin, mountain bike for miles, ski some of the state's finest cross country ski trails, snowmobile right from your front door onto well-groomed trails or unwind while patiently waiting for a glimpse of a grazing deer or elk. Each season offers a unique opportunity to experience all the natural allure that await your vacation to the lakes.
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