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Fence Lake

Vilas County - Wisconsin
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Fence Lake is a 3,483 acre freshwater lake located in Vilas County, Wisconsin. As part of the Lac du Flambeau Chain, water drains from the Fence Lake basin into Crawling Stone Lake via a connecting channel. Bolton Creek flows into Fence Lake at the midpoint of the eastern shore. The creek and springs scattered throughout the basin are Fence Lake's main water sources. Most of the shoreline is developed and privately owned but heavy forest cover offers scenic beauty.

Fence Lake is known for its crystal-clear waters and is a popular destination for fishing and recreational boating. The lake is home to a variety of fish species, including musky, walleye, northern pike, and smallmouth bass.

A single public boat launch along the western shore allows access to Fence Lake. The Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa owns the launch and the land around it. Resorts are scattered around the lake offering lakeside lodging and dining.

Fishing can be very intimidating for the angler. As one large "bowl" with very few sheltered bays, the lake becomes very rough when the wind blows. Even 5-10 mph winds can produce large waves. Use extreme caution when traveling the lake during windy periods.

What the lake lacks in shoreline features it is more than makes up for in underwater structures. Scattered humps, bars, and underwater points present unique fishing opportunities. Weeds though, are sparse, so rocks are more important here for locating fish. Due to the extremely clear water, fish stay deep during bright daylight, challenging the most experienced angler. Yet Fish populations are good, and once the angler understands the lake's secrets of successful outings are possible.

In addition to fishing and boating, Fence Lake also offers opportunities for swimming, waterskiing, and other water sports.

The surrounding area also offers many outdoor recreational activities, including hiking, biking, and snowmobiling. TheNorthern Highland-American Legion State Forestit is located nearby and offers several trails for hiking and cross-country skiing.

Overall, Fence Lake is a beautiful and popular destination for outdoor recreation in Wisconsin, offering a wide range of activities for visitors to enjoy throughout the year.

Visit Minocqua

Welcome to the communities of Minocqua, Arbor Vitae, and Woodruff - Nature's Original Water Park?. We are located in Northern Wisconsin's Lake Country where there are thousands of lakes, rivers, and streams that literally saturate the geography. Vacationers have long been visiting the Minocqua Area to enjoy all this water by boating, swimming, fishing, snowmobiling, hiking, biking, atving, and more. There are no admission fees and we're open year-round!
For more information on things to do and see check out minocqua.org

Visit The Turtle Flambeau Flowage

The Turtle Flambeau Scenic Wilderness Waters Area and Trude Lake is comprised of nearly 19,000 acres of water and 35,500 acres of public land for you to use and enjoy throughout the year. Unlike Canada, there is no passport required. Unlike Minnesota?s Boundary Waters, there are no permits required.

The Flowage is truly a water wonderland, offering countless opportunities for outdoor adventure. The Turtle Flambeau Flowage is a natural choice for outdoor living, with accommodations for any style of "roughing it".
For more information on things to do and see check out turtleflambeauflowage.com

Visit Mercer, WI

From the vast water wonderland of the 14,300 acre Turtle Flambeau Flowage to the far-reaching wilderness of the 74,500 acres of public forestland, Mercer offers authentic outdoor adventures that you will remember long after you?ve returned home.

Whether you choose to explore on snowmobile, ATV, car, camper, bike, boat, skis, or by foot, you are sure to discover the unending, unique fascination of the Northwoods.

Every season offers a new way to experience our natural beauty. The quiet of winter snow is broken by the sounds of spring peepers that fade as the loon?s calls fill the lakes in the summer. Finally, the woods explode in a riot of color in autumn and then the cycle begins again. That?s the beauty of Mercer. You can?t go wrong... life is outdoors.

For more information on things to do and see check out mercercc.com

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Frequently Asked Questions About Fence Lake, WI

How big is Fence Lake?
Fence Lake is approximately 3,483 sq acres (14.1 sq km) in size.

How deep is Fence Lake?
Fence Lake is approximately 86 feet (26.2 m) at its deepest point with an average depth of 37 feet (11.3 m).

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

Are there fishing guides or charters for Fence Lake?
Yes! There are fishing guides and charters for Fence Lake and/or the surrounding area. Might we suggest Anglers Choice Guide Service?

Are there places to stay in the Fence 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! Fence 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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Idle Hour Resort
Idle Hour Resort
Park Falls, WI
(715) 762-3872
about 12 miles away

Are there bait or tackle shops near Fence Lake?
Yes, there are some nearby bait or tackle shops in the vacinity of Fence Lake.
Dewey Catchem and How Bait Shops
Dewey Catchem and How Bait Shops
Minocqua, WI
(715) 358-5130
about 7 miles away

What are the best fishing times for Fence Lake?
Today for Fence Lake, fishing looks to be very active with peak fishing times around 8 am - 6 pm and 7-8 pm. (view forecast graph)

For more best fishing times and fishing forecast vist our Fence Lake Fishing Forecasts section. Lake-Link Pro users can acess fishing forecasts for up to 10 days in advance and dial into species specific data.

Are there topographical lake maps available Fence 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 Fence Lake (.pdf format) along with 2,700 more lake maps. For more information on all the benefits of Lake-Link Pro click here.

Fence Lake area businesses:
Please check out these local businesses in the Fence Lake area:
Dewey Catchem and How Bait Shops
Dewey Catchem and How Bait Shops
Minocqua, WI
(715) 358-5130
about 7 miles away
Fish Minocqua - Dave Lang
Fish Minocqua - Dave Lang
Minocqua, WI
(715) 356-9608
about 8 miles away
Let's Minocqua Visitors Bureau + Chamber of Commerce
Let's Minocqua Visitors Bureau + Chamber of Commerce
Minocqua, WI
(715) 356-5266
about 8 miles away
Idle Hour Resort
Idle Hour Resort
Park Falls, WI
(715) 762-3872
about 12 miles away

Are there places to eat and drink near Fence 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 Fence Lake?
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources There are specific fishing regulations Fence 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
  • Catch and release fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass is open year round unless otherwise noted.
  • Motor Trolling is allowed with 1 hook, bait, or lure per angler, and 3 hooks, baits, or lures maximum per boat.

What is the bottom composition of Fence Lake?
Fence Lake's bottom composition is comprised of sand (90%), rock (5%) and gravel (5%).

Explore the Fence 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 Fence Lake?
There are some aquatic invasive species found in Fence Lake including Banded Mystery Snail and Rainbow Smelt.

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 Fence Lake?
Looking forward to your next adventure at Fence 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 54°F (12°C) to a low around 35°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 Fence Lake?
Enjoy more of the outdoors with a visit to an area state park. There are 1 state park in the vacinity of Fence Lake.

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

Fence Lake Reviews
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zach s.
5 star rating
caught some very nice walleyes here.
Reviewed Mar 1, 2011
sam m.
4 star rating
Huge walleyes. potential state record fish in here(per dnr) hard to fish- better have good electronics!! be patient. I've caught 6-8 lbs eyes consistently. fishing presure worry's me. use light line
Reviewed May 15, 2009
dan h.
5 star rating
We found a few walleyes (they were hard to find). One really big fish broke a 20lb line. We also got some nice perch.
Reviewed Apr 19, 2008

More Nearby Lakes To Explore
There's more lake's to explore around Fence Lake...
Bolton Lake 1.9 mi 140 36 ft
Placid Twin Lake, North 2.2 mi 33 23 ft
Raven Lake 2.2 mi 40 13 ft
Crawling Stone Lake 2.3 mi 1,483 87 ft
Wyandock Lake 2.3 mi 87 47 ft
Wishow Lake 2.4 mi 82 19 ft
Moss Lake 2.4 mi 185 29 ft
Placid Twin Lakes 2.5 mi 36 26 ft
Moving Cloud Lake 2.5 mi 15 20 ft
Toulish Lake 2.6 mi 71 27 ft
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