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Petenwell Lake

Adams County - Wisconsin
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Petenwell Lake is a 23,173-acre freshwater reservoir located in central Wisconsin, in Adams County. It is the second-largest inland lake in Wisconsin and is a popular destination for fishing, boating, and other recreational activities.

The lake was formed in 1948 when the Wisconsin River was dammed to create a hydroelectric power station. Today, the lake is a popular spot for fishing, boating and water sports, with several public boat launches and marinas located along the shore. Visitors can enjoy water skiing, wakeboarding, tubing, and other water sports, as well as kayaking, canoeing, and paddleboarding.

Petenwell Lake is known for its excellent fishing opportunities, with a variety of fish species available, including walleye, musky, northern pike, largemouth and smallmouth bass, bluegill, and crappie. The lake has several public fishing piers and is a popular spot for ice fishing in the winter months.

In addition to water activities, the area around Petenwell Lake offers a variety of other recreational opportunities, including hiking, biking, and golfing. The lake is located within easy driving distance of several other attractions in central Wisconsin, including the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge and the Wisconsin Dells, a popular tourist destination known for its water parks and scenic beauty.

The town of Necedah is located near the southern end of the lake and offers a variety of dining, shopping, and entertainment options for visitors. It also has several historic sites and museums, including the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center and the Wisconsin River Cranberry Company, which offers tours of its cranberry marshes.

Overall, Petenwell Lake is a great destination for visitors looking to enjoy a variety of recreational activities in a scenic setting in central Wisconsin.


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A great place where small communities come together to create big experiences. Here in Adams County, not only will we treat you like old friends, we will let you in on our local secrets. We are thrilled to have you here to share our parks, trails, lakes and outdoor recreation. Adams County is not just any county in which we make a commitment to your adventure. We didn't realize we were making memories; we just knew we were having fun.
For more information on things to do and see check out visitadamscountywi.com

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Frequently Asked Questions About Petenwell Lake, WI


How big is Petenwell Lake?
Petenwell Lake is approximately 23,173 sq acres (93.8 sq km) in size.

How deep is Petenwell Lake?
Petenwell Lake is approximately 44 feet (13.4 m) at its deepest point.

What kind of fish can you catch in Petenwell Lake?
Although thery may be others but anglers can expect to find a variety of fish including Bluegill, Lake Sturgeon, Largemouth Bass, Muskie, Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, Tiger Muskie and Walleye in Petenwell Lake.


Are there fishing guides or charters for Petenwell Lake?
Yes! There are fishing guides and charters for Petenwell Lake and/or the surrounding area. Might we suggest Xtra Mile Outdoors?

What are the closest cities to Petenwell Lake?
Nearby cities and towns include Lake Arrowhead, WI, Arkdale, WI and Necedah, WI.

Are there places to stay in the Petenwell Lake area?
Are you craving a weekend escape from the hustle and bustle of city life? Or maybe you're an avid angler in search of the perfect fishing spot? Look no further! Petenwell Lake and its surrounding area offer an abundance of options to suit your needs. If you're in need of accommodation, check out our area map which highlights some of the best places to stay. And if you're looking for even more options, head on over to our Travel section. But why settle for a traditional hotel or resort when you can take your adventure to the next level by renting a RV? The open road awaits you!
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Business Card: Petenwell Pub
Petenwell Pub
Arkdale, WI
(608) 564-3128
about 1 miles away
Business Card: Cottage Keeper Vacation Rental Homes
Cottage Keeper Vacation Rental Homes
Arkdale, WI
about 5 miles away

Are there bait or tackle shops near Petenwell Lake?
Yes, there are some nearby bait or tackle shops in the vacinity of Petenwell Lake.
Business Card: Papa's Live Bait and Tackle Shop
Papa's Live Bait and Tackle Shop
Necedah, WI
(608) 565-2174
about 1 miles away
Business Card: The Bighorn Store
The Bighorn Store
Arkdale, WI
(608) 564-3426
about 1 miles away

Are there topographical lake maps available Petenwell Lake?
We have an topograpical map for online viewing near the top of this page. Lake-Link Pro users can download an print a topograpical map of Petenwell Lake (.pdf format) along with 2,700 more lake maps. For more information on all the benefits of Lake-Link Pro click here.

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Are there boat launches on Petenwell Lake?
We know of 9 public boat launches on Petenwell Lake. Please observe any specific lake regulations posted by the boat launch and please help keep the launch area free of litter.

Petenwell Lake area businesses:
Please check out these local businesses in the Petenwell Lake area:
Business Card: Petenwell Pub
Petenwell Pub
Arkdale, WI
(608) 564-3128
about 1 miles away
Business Card: The Bighorn Store
The Bighorn Store
Arkdale, WI
(608) 564-3426
about 1 miles away
Business Card: Papa's Live Bait and Tackle Shop
Papa's Live Bait and Tackle Shop
Necedah, WI
(608) 565-2174
about 1 miles away
Business Card: Cottage Keeper Vacation Rental Homes
Cottage Keeper Vacation Rental Homes
Arkdale, WI
about 5 miles away
Business Card: Adams County Chamber of Commerce
Adams County Chamber of Commerce
Friendship, WI
(608) 339-6997
about 13 miles away

Are there places to eat and drink near Petenwell Lake?
Yes, you can find numerous options in the area. Click the button below to see what's nearby.

What are the fishing regulations for Petenwell Lake?
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources There are specific fishing regulations Petenwell Lake that you need to know. For complete fishing regulations visit the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. To report a violation call (800) 847-9367 or cell #367. Need a Wisconsin fishing license?

General Restrictions
  • Hook and line fishing is open all year for fish species except muskellunge, lake sturgeon, trout, paddlefish and threatened or endangered species.
  • Motor Trolling is allowed with up to 3 hooks, baits, or lures, per angler.

What is the bottom composition of Petenwell Lake?
Petenwell Lake's bottom composition is comprised of sand (65%), gravel (20%) and muck (15%).

Explore the Petenwell Lake area in a RV
Are you looking for an adventurous vacation option that won't break the bank? Look no further than renting an RV! Contrary to popular belief, the process is much simpler than you might imagine. With just a few easy steps, you'll soon be experiencing the ultimate freedom and convenience of exploring the open road in your very own recreational vehicle. And the best part? RV travel can save you up to 60% compared to other types of vacations! With the money you'll save, you'll be able to travel even more and create unforgettable memories along the way. So why wait? Start planning your next adventure today with an RV rental. Learn more about renting a RV.

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What aquatic invasive species are found in Petenwell Lake?
There are some aquatic invasive species found in Petenwell Lake including Cylindro, Eurasian Water-Milfoil and Zebra Mussel.

Join us in the fight to prevent the spread of invasive species These sneaky creatures can hitch a ride on boats, clinging onto propellers, anchor lines, and trailers. They can even survive in hidden places like bilge water and ballast tanks, or disguise themselves in dirt and sand that sticks to nets, buckets, anchors, and waders. But don't worry, we have the power to stop them in their tracks with just a few simple steps. So let's do our part and protect our waters from these unwanted invaders.


What is the average air temp for Petenwell Lake?
Looking forward to your next adventure at Petenwell Lake? Don't forget to plan ahead! Weather can be unpredictable, but we've got you covered. On average, air temperatures during this time of year range from a high around 57°F (14°C) to a low around 36°F (2°C). Of course, these are just historical averages, so be prepared for anything Mother Nature throws your way. For the most up-to-date weather information, be sure to check out our Weather Bar located at the top of this page.

Are there any state parks near Petenwell Lake?
Enjoy more of the outdoors with a visit to an area state park. There are 3 state parks in the vacinity of Petenwell Lake.

For more Wisconsin State Park information see our State Park Guide.

Petenwell Lake Reviews
Below is the word on street about Petenwell Lake.
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barry p.
Albany, WI
5 star rating
IT'S MY FAVORITE LAKE TO FISH!
IT'S MY FAVORITE LAKE TO FISH. THE LAKE IS LARGE ENOUGH THAT YOU CAN ALWAYS FIND A PLEASE TO FISH WITHOUT BEING CROWDED. IT SEEMS THE FISH ARE ALWAYS BITING SOMEWHERE, YOU JUST HAVE TO FIND IT.
Reviewed Jul 6, 2020
steve b.
Arkdale, WI
5 star rating
There seem to be fish just about anywhere fish should be. Drop offs, weeds, currents...Nice verity and size.
Reviewed Dec 17, 2018
jeff b.
Lavalle, WI
4 star rating
Great body of water to catch most any species of fish.
Reviewed Jan 6, 2018

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