Fellow lake linkers I was looking for any opinions about areas of the state that would provide decent panfishing and possibly on a lake or chain . Starting to think about buying a cabin but primarily would be for fishing and base camp for bird and deer hunting. Would welcome any thoughts or insights from fellow lake linkers.
best areas or lakes to retire on for fishing
IMHO and for what it's worth … the question was about 'AREAS' or lakes … How about SW Wisc. ?? … From the IL./Wisc. border, West to the Mississippi, North to the Wisconsin River and East to the 'Driftless Area' you've got boating, fishing, camping, and hunting choices that are probably more diverse and rewarding than other areas of the state … AND … not that bad a drive from 'population' centers …
You're right, I've never, ever been to Vilas, Oneida or Iron County. I can't afford it!
Eagle River or Three Lakes Chain would be it for me. Lots of fish and all the 12" eyes you need. If one lake is windy there is a ton of others to go to and we always get fish on them.
Greasy bar burgers? $25 dinners? While groceries are a little more expensive you've obviously not spent any amount of time up there... You just stay down there in Adams county as it sounds like it'll be a good fit for you...lol
If you don’t want to live in a zoo like Eagle River. St Germain, Minaqua......, there is usually something for sale on the Rainbow flowage. The zoo comment is my opinion only. There is a lot of properties for sale on 200 to 400 acre lakes in Oneida and Vilas counties. If you want your taxes cut in half, get a property where the road goes between your house and shoreline.
For food you can go to St. Germain, Phelps, Eagle River, Sayner, Star Lake, etc. Sorry no baseball games that I know of. To me it is just a nice small town that is not full of people like the Dells area. It is still the true north woods. But we all have our opinions, so I stated mine.
Fair enough, but where is the great healthcare in Sayner? There's a lot of money in the Northwoods and it is reflected in the grocery prices and especially the restaurants. Basically your choices are greasy bar burgers or $25 a plate fine dining or supper clubs. How about taking in a ballgame or a concert? 4 hour drive? Every area has its good and bad. I'll find a nice place in Adams or Juneau.
I had the same plan for Lake Camelot, so I bought some land on one of the golf courses. Property taxes are high in the Town of Rome, as they support the entire area of welfare. Association fees are high, golf courses are jammed in the summer, the lakes are a Zoo, it’s too far out for everyday shopping, or healthcare if needed. As far as deer hunting, keep your head low, or stay behind a tree. I sold the land and never built on it.
As mentioned earlier, Sayner is a great area. The only drawback is deer hunting is not that good, but if you do a lot of scouting ahead of time you could probably overcome that.