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Lac Courte Oreilles is a large freshwater lake located in northern Wisconsin. With around 5,000 acres and a maximum depth of ninety feet, Lac Courte Oreilles is a fishing paradise for both locals and visitors from around the world. On the northeast side of the lake, Grindstone Creek brings in water from nearby Grindstone Lake. To the southeast lies the Little Lac Courte Oreilles. From there, water flows to the Couderay River to the Chippewa River before emptying into the great Mississippi River. Lac Courte Oreilles is located approximately ten minutes from the town of Hayward and is part of the Lac Courte Oreilles Indian Reservation.

The Lac Courte Oreilles Indians, part of the Chippewa, or Ojibwe, Indian Tribe are believed to have migrated into this region of Wisconsin by way of the St. Lawrence Seaway. Little is known about the date this tribe moved into Northwest Wisconsin; however, there are burial mounds along the southern shore of Lac Courte Oreilles Lake which may date as far back as 500 B.C. The abundant fishing, wild rice fields and hunting game made the region surrounding Lac Courte Oreilles an ideal spot for this tribe to settle.

During the 1700's the Sioux Indians and the Lac Courte Oreilles Indians frequently engaged in battles over the land of what is now Wisconsin. Legend has it that the nomadic Ojibwe Indians settled along the shores of Little Lac Courte Oreilles Lake in the winter of 1745. According to the legend, one of the children in the tribe died during the winter and the child's parents refused to be moved from the spot where their child was buried. Consequently, the Ojibwe Indians stayed in the area to ultimately conquer the Sioux tribes. The influx of white settlers in the 1800's brought strange diseases and policies encouraging the removal of the Indians from their native lands. In spite of these external pressures, the Lac Courte Oreilles band managed to survive and retain hold over some of their tribal lands. The name Lac Courte Oreilles was given to this tribe by the French settlers in the region. Literally translated, Lac Courte Oreilles means Lake Short Ears, possibly explained by the fact that the tribe did not observe the customary practice of distending their earlobes with earrings as many other area tribes did.

Initially, white settlers in the region were drawn by the booming fur trade in northern Wisconsin. In the late 19th and early 20th century, the area around Lac Courte Oreilles was a center of the lumbering industry. Many of the white pine forests were depleted as a result. In the early 20th century, the area around Lac Courte Oreilles emerged as a premiere vacation destination for residents of Chicago, Des Moines and Minneapolis/St. Paul. Today, Lac Courte Oreilles remains an ideal spot for vacationing. The fishing here is especially plentiful and large muskies occupy the lake. In fact the first fishing clubs of the region were started here back in 1889. Today, anglers continue to flock to this lake throughout all four seasons of the year to experience the unparalleled fishing and wondrous beauty of Lac Courte Oreilles.

For outdoor entertainment, try an afternoon of boating on the peaceful Lac Courte Oreilles. Canoes, paddleboats, kayaks and pontoons are all welcome on this beautiful body of water. Families can enjoy aquatic activities such as swimming, water-skiing or tubing on the clear, crystal lake waters. You may even see local wildlife such as coyote, foxes, elk or even the occasional black bear frolicking along the shore. Enjoy a hike through the white pine forests. In winter, many trails are open for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, dog sledding and snow-mobiling. The ice fishing on Lac Courte Oreilles is excellent throughout the winter months.

Throughout the year, Lac Courte Oreilles and the surrounding communities host a variety of festivals and events, such as the American Birkebeiner, the world's largest cross country skiing race. The annual Lumberjack World Championships are held here every summer. Lumberjacks compete in events such as log-rolling, tree-climbing and sawing. Every summer, the Lac Courte Oreilles band of Indians hosts the Honor the Earth Pow Wow on their reservation lands.

Nearby, the town of Hayward features a plethora of attractions and entertainment options. Hayward is home to the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame, where visitors can climb the forty-one foot tall statute of a muskie. For an afternoon of relaxation, enjoy some antique shopping in downtown Hayward followed by dinner at one of the tasty area restaurants, such as the Flat Creek Eatery & Saloon Grand Ballroom or the Old Hayward Eatery & Brew Pub. Enjoy an evening of entertainment gaming at the Lac Courte Oreilles Casino, located on the reservation grounds. There is a wide variety of accommodation choices in and around Lac Courte Oreilles and Hayward including luxurious lake homes and cabins available for sale and rent, lake lots for sale, and time share arrangement or maybe even purchase!

For an escape from ordinary and the opportunity to experience true rest and relaxation, plan your next trip to the fabulous Lac Courte Oreilles!

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