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Poygan Lake, otherwise known as Lake Poygan, is located in eastern Wisconsin. Conveniently situated an hour southwest of Green Bay and an hour and a half northwest of Milwaukee, Poygan Lake offers seclusion in nature without sacrificing easy access to some amazing metropolitan areas. The Wolf River is the major inlet and outlet of Poygan Lake. Poygan Lake is in fact a spot where the Wolf River dramatically widens before continuing south past the village of Winneconne. To the north, Partridge Lake and Partridge Crop Lake are accessible from Poygan Lake. Boaters can traverse southward from Poygan Lake to Lake Butte Des Morts, south of Winneconne, and then onto the beautiful waters of Lake Winnebago. This interconnected system of waterways is known as the Winnebago Pool in its entirety. Poygan Lake itself is rather shallow, with an average depth of six feet. Its maximum depth is eleven feet. Spanning over 14,000 acres, the eastern third of the lake is commonly referred to as Lake Winneconne by locals and seasoned travelers.
Thousands of years ago, glacier shaped the lakes and hills of this extraordinary region. Left behind in the wake of the Labrador Ice Sheet some 10,000 years ago, Poygan Lake has always been a relatively shallow body of water in north central Wisconsin. Poygan Lake and its surrounding region was once home to the Menomonee Indians who utilized the wild rice fields that flourished in Poygan Lake's shallow waters. In fact, the Menomonee's were actually known as the 'People of the Wild Rice.' In the mid-1800's, several dams were constructed, raising the water levels to increase the ability to navigate the Winnebago Pool as a whole. The higher waters allowed fish into previously protected areas, where they decimated the wild rice fields. Poygan Lake total is home to excellent fishing, scenic beauty and, of course, lakeshore living at its finest.
As any knowledgeable angler will tell you, Poygan Lake is an excellent spot for walleye, freshwater drum, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, catfish, perch and bluegill. Lake sturgeon are even found in these waters. Lake sturgeon are a fascinating species and can live to be upwards of 100 years old. Some of these incredible creatures even reach a weight of over 100 pounds. Spear fishing for lake sturgeon is an age old tradition of north central Wisconsin. While spear fishing for sturgeon is permitted every February on nearby Lake Winnebago, Poygan Lake's rules are a bit more restrictive, only allowing spear fishing during certain years, so be sure to check the restrictions before making your plans. Ice fishing is a particularly popular pastime here on Poygan Lake during the cold icy months of winter.
Not only is Poygan Lake a great spot for fishing; it is also a great place to call home. Whether you are seeking to invest in a vacation/rental home or a permanent spot to relocate, Poygan Lake, offers something to suit everyone's needs. Local communities such as Appleton, Oshkosh, Winneconne and even Green Bay, offer plenty of economic opportunities for workers and entrepreneurs. Rental properties are popular here and provide property owners a great way to generate a little extra income during the time periods they are not using their vacation home or cabin. Or, for those truly looking to make a change in their lives, why not consider relocating to Poygan Lake? Imagine leaving work every day to return to your dream home; a secluded lakeshore cabin along the scenic Poygan Lake. Wake up with a cup of coffee on your very own deck as the herons, American pelicans, mallards and other waterfowl begin to search the clear lake waters for their breakfast. Deer, beaver, raccoons and the occasional black bear roam the primordial forests here. Hunting is an ever-popular sport here during the autumn hunting seasons. Deer and ducks are the most popular hunting prey. With opportunities for hiking, fishing, boating and more, Poygan Lake offers world class recreation for everyone. If you don't find your perfect vacation home available for sale here, never fear. There are lakefront lots available where you can plan and construct your very own dream home to meet your every specification.
On the western shores of the lake, the Poygan State Wildlife Area has over 3,000 acres of marshland set aside for wild animals and waterfowl. With miles of trails through the North Woods, Lake Poygan offers the opportunity to truly escape the concrete and steel jungles all too familiar to many of us. Escape to the splendors of the North Woods and leave the traffic and pollution far behind. Experience Poygan Lake!
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