Welcome to the Winnebago system water ways. Whether it's for a day, a week, or forever, your time here will be memorable. A short two hour drive north of Milwaukee and Madison and only three hours from the Chicago area, the lower wolf and upper fox rivers are easy to find and hard to leave. A year round vacation destination with fun for the whole family, you'll discover an outdoor wonderland of lakes, rivers, forests, and farms. Whether your "bag" is fishing, boating, swimming, hunting, or golf during the warmer months or snowmobiling, cross country skiing, or ice fishing in the winter, or whether you enjoy a brilliant fall panorama by car, bike, or on foot, you'll enjoy your stay here. Participate in the excitement of the spring walleye and white bass runs, when they literally jump unto your line, or take a leisurely lake or river cruise on a warm summer evening. Make a point to visit one of our interesting museums, do some shopping at a variety of arts and crafts and other specialty shops and enjoy some of the best eating around, or just pull up a lawn chair and dip your toes in the water. Whatever your pleasure, top notch accommodations staffed by some of the friendliest folk you'll ever meet await your arrival and look forward to your return. Welcome to the Winnebago water system communities!
-Winneconne Area Chamber
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Beiser Realty serves an area that boasts many local waterways, which provide hours of enjoyment for those who love water sports. Here you can find descriptions of some of the most prominent local waterways:
Lake Winnebago is a remnant of a glacial lake and is the largest lake in the immediate area at 137,700 acres. The lake’s two main tributaries are the Fox River and the Wolf River. The city of Oshkosh is one of the primary cities built on Lake Winnebago’s shores. During the winter, the freshwater lake becomes icy, so in the spring the phenomenon known as “ice shoves” causes loud crashes as the wind breaks up the ice.
Many recreational events take place on Lake Winnebago. Fishing tournaments, boat racing, and ice racing is highly popular particularly on the northern side of the lake. The large variety of fish makes the lake a popular fishing spot, although walleyed pike is the main draw. Spear fishing for sturgeon and ice fishing are other popular pursuits. Many parks line the shores of the lake with campsites and hiking trails.
Near the village of Winneconne, Lake Poygan is essentially a widening of the Wolf River, causing it to be very shallow. Anglers often consider Lake Poygan to be one of the most productive places to fish in that area, as the lake contains abundant walleye, white bass, sturgeon, flathead catfish, and yellow perch, as well as many other species of fish. Residents also enjoy boating and swimming in the lake.
The Fox River
Beginning at Lake Winnebago, the Fox River flows north and eventually connects to Lake Michigan. Oshkosh sits on its banks, as well as Green Bay. Recreational activities include the Fox River State Recreational Trail, which allows visitors opportunities to bike, jog, rollerblade, and even ride horses.
The Wolf River
A National Scenic River, the Wolf River is a tributary of Lake Winnebago that empties into Lake Butte des Morts. The Wolf River is known for the sturgeon that spawn there every spring. In fact, a society has been formed to protect sturgeon in the process of spawning. White bass and sand bass also spawn in the Wolf River, making the river a popular fishing destination.
Lake Butte des Morts
The Wolf River and the Fox River both feed into Lake Butte des Morts. Like the other local waterways, Lake Butte des Morts is popular for fishing, boating, and ice fishing thanks to its vast variety of fish species.
The final major local waterway, Lake Winneconne, features many of the same characteristics of the other lakes in the region, as it is flat and shallow with a maximum depth of 9 feet. Lake Winneconne is naturally also popular with fishermen and boaters.