There are 15,074 documented lakes in Wisconsin.[1][2][3][4] Of these, about 40 percent have been named. They range in size from small one-and two-acre (0.5–1 ha) ponds to 137,708-acre (55,728 ha) Lake Winnebago. They range in depth from a few feet (around 1 meter) to 350 feet (110 m) for Wazee Lake. Lake Winnebago is the largest lake by volume and the lake with the longest shoreline. The largest man-made lake is Petenwell Lake, which was created by damming the Wisconsin River. Vilas County has the most lakes (1,318) and Brown and Outagamie counties the fewest (4). Many lakes have the same names, with 116 named Mud Lake.[1]

Great Lakes

Inland lakes

Named inland lakes are listed below. Alternate names are indicated in parentheses.[1]

Adams County

Ashland County

Barron County

Bayfield County

Brown County

Buffalo County

Burnett County

Calumet County

Chippewa County

Clark County

Columbia County

Crawford County

Dane County

Dodge County

Door County

For details about wetlands in Door County, including those also considered to be lakes by the Wisconsin DNR, see Door County, Wisconsin § Wetlands.

Body of Water acres Access[5]
Arbter Lake (Mud Lake, Schmok Lake) 16 partly within a DNR State Natural Area[6]
Bley Pond 4.5 private access only
Bradley Lake (Little Lake, Mud Lake, or The Duck Pond) 19 within Sunset Park[7]
Butler Pond 3.2 private access only
Carp Lake[8] About 5 acres On Plum Island, which is open to public use in the Green Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Carp Lake becomes a lagoon of Lake Michigan during years when Lake Michigan's water levels are high.[8]
Clark Lake 864 public beach on the southwest corner and one other public area[9] in addition to public fee areas along the southeast within Whitefish Dunes State Park[10] and the north within the Ridges Sanctuary.[11]
Dunes Lake (Gerlach Lake, Gurlock Lake) 80.4 public access only by boat through Dolans (or Donlans, or Geisel) Creek[12] and Shivering Sands Creek
Europe Lake 273 public boat access on southwest side of the lake; southeast side is part of Newport State Park[13]
Forestville Flowage 72.1 dam and southern shore is in Forestville Dam County Park
Kangaroo Lake 1,109 Much of the shoreline is owned by the DNR and other entities allowing public access[14]
Krause Lake, also called Mud Lake (Chambers Island)[15] 3.7 northeastern shore enrolled in the DNR Managed Forest Program
Little Lake 41 22.1 acres surrounding the northern part of the lake is owned by an entity allowing public access;[16] a dock open to the public is located on the southwest shore near a museum[17]
Lost Lake 91.2 public access only by boat through Logan Creek[11]
Mackaysee Lake 347 large areas of the north, west, and south shores are enrolled in the DNR Managed Forest Program;
Mud Lake (Baileys Harbor) 155 DNR State Natural Area[18]
Pinney Lake 2.3 private access only
Pluff Pond ? formerly a 0.52-acre pond prior to nearby development; now only a small remnant remaining bordered by a wooded swamp
Rogers Lake 69.5 DNR State Natural Area (Mink River Estuary);[19] boat launch on Lake Michigan
Schwartz Lake (Schmoke Lake) 30 partly within a DNR State Natural Area[6]
Thorp Pond 6.4 private access only[20]
Unnamed Lake #2 4.1 private access only
Unnamed Lake #3 about 2 within Lyle-Harter-Matter County Park[21]
Upper Lost Lake 4.5 private access only
Zoo Lake 0.9 public access only by boat through Three Springs Creek[22]
Select bodies of water and wetlands of Door County
Big Marsh (Gunnerson Marsh)
Clark Lake
Coffey Swamp
Europe Lake
Kangaroo Lake
Little Lake
Mud Lake

Douglas County

Dunn County

Eau Claire County

Florence County

Fond du Lac County

Forest County

Grant County

Green County

Green Lake County

Iowa County

Iron County

Jackson County

Jefferson County

Juneau County

Kenosha County

Kewaunee County

La Crosse County

Lafayette County

Langlade County

Lincoln County

Manitowoc County

Marathon County

Marinette County

Main article: List of lakes in Marinette County, Wisconsin

Marquette County

Menominee County

Milwaukee County

Monroe County

Oconto County

Oneida County

Main article: List of lakes in Oneida County, Wisconsin

Outagamie County

Ozaukee County

Pepin County

Pierce County

Polk County

Portage County

Price County

Racine County

Richland County

Rock County

Rusk County

St. Croix County

Sauk County

Sawyer County

Shawano County

Sheboygan County

Taylor County

Trempealeau County

Vernon County

Vilas County

Main article: List of lakes in Vilas County, Wisconsin

Walworth County

Washburn County

Washington County

Waukesha County

Waupaca County

Waushara County

Winnebago County

Wood County


  1. ^ a b c Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources, Wisconsin Lakes. 2009.
  2. ^ The Wisconsin Association of Lakes
  3. ^ "Lakes". Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
  4. ^ - List of Wisconsin Lakes (link dead)
  5. ^ Door County Soil and Water Conservation Department (June 27, 1999). "Figure 9: Door County Lakes and Ponds, pages 32–39 (pages 36–43 of the pdf); Rodgers lake is covered on page 23 (page 27 of the pdf)" (PDF). Surface Water Inventory of Door County. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 13, 2020. Retrieved January 22, 2019. and Find A Lake database, Wisconsin DNR; areas of public ownership or DNR Managed Forest Land are shown on the Door County Web Map
  6. ^ a b Map: Cave Point-Clay Banks Shivering Sands Unit State Natural Area #559, Door County, Wisconsin DNR
  7. ^ Sunset Park Master Plan by the City of Sturgeon Bay and several private contractors, January 16, 2019, page 5
  8. ^ a b Flora and Vegetation of the Grand Traverse Islands (Lake Michigan), Wisconsin and Michigan by Emmet J. Judziewicz, The Michigan Botanist, Volume 40, Number 4, October 2001, page 127
  9. ^ Town Parks/Launch Area, "Clark Lake beach" and "Town Line Boat Launch into Clark Lake", Town of Sevastopol
  10. ^ Whitefish Dunes State Park Summer Trail Map, Wisconsin DNR, 2019
  11. ^ a b Logan Creek (No. 543), Wisconsin DNR, January 31, 2020
  12. ^ Public parking lot for the creek off of Haberli Road, Web-Map of Door County, Wisconsin
  13. ^ Europe Bay Woods (No. 379), Wisconsin DNR, January 31, 2020
  14. ^ Kangaroo Lake (No. 335), Wisconsin DNR, January 31, 2020
  15. ^ Mud Lake in the Ice Age National Scenic Trail Hiker Resource Map and Find A Lake > Door County > Mud Lake, Wisconsin DNR
  16. ^ Washington Island Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan, 2011-2015, October 2011, page 21 (page 27 of the pdf)
  17. ^ Little Lake (No. 554), Wisconsin DNR, January 31, 2020
  18. ^ Mud Lake (No. 125), Wisconsin DNR, January 31, 2020 and Mud Lake Conceptual Management Plan by Jim Raber, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, July 14, 1987
  19. ^ Mink River Estuary (No. 218), Wisconsin DNR, January 31, 2020
  20. ^ The pond itself and its shore are not part of the State Natural Area Thorp Pond (No. 403), Wisconsin DNR, January 31, 2020
  21. ^ Meridian Park (No. 544), Wisconsin DNR, January 31, 2020 and Lyle-Harter-Matter Sanctuary, Door County Parks website
  22. ^ North Bay (No. 381), Wisconsin DNR, January 31, 2020, also see the Three Springs Nature Preserve Door County Land Trust map