The Chain of Lakes

Lower Eagle River Chain of Lakes

The Eagle River Chain of Lakes consists of 10 lakes connected by the Eagle River, and encompasses 14 miles between the two endpoints that includes 70 miles of shoreline for the system.

The two endpoints are known as the Burnt Rollways Dam at the top to the lower end where everything goes into the Wisconsin River through the Otter Rapids Dam. Since both ends consist of dams, the Chain's water level is controlled by Wisconsin Valley Improvement Corporation at Burnt Rollways and Wisconsin Public Service at Otter Rapids where the Chain feeds the Wisconsin River.

Additional tributaries are the Deerskin River, Mud Creek, Rice Creek and the Wisconsin River.

Because the Chain is located in a busy tourist area of Wisconsin, the Chain is arguably the most high profile system in northern Wisconsin and highly sought after among recreationists and anglers. It is an integral part of Vilas County, and along the shores you will find many boat landings, public parks, motels and resorts and campgrounds.

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Lake Name Acreage Max. Depth Municipality
Public Landing
Catfish978 acres30 feetLincoln & WashingtonYes
Cranberry924 acres23 feetLincoln & WashingtonYes
Duck106 acres20 feetLincoln & WashingtonNo
Eagle575 acres34 feetLincoln & WashingtonYes
Lynx31 acres20 feetLincoln & WashingtonYes
Otter174 acres30 feetLincoln & WashingtonNo
Scattering Rice263 acres17 feetLincoln & WashingtonNo
Voyageur143 acres16 feetWashingtonYes
Watersmeet107 acres12 feetCloverland & LincolnYes
Yellow Birch192 acres23 feetCity of Eagle River & LincolnYes