About Birch Island Lake

Out of all the thousands of lakes in Wisconsin, there is truly only one Birch Island Lake (sure, there are Birch Lakes and Birch Creeks and various color Birchs, but really, look it up. Just one!). Clear water, abundant fish (just don’t ask an angler to tell you where their favorite spot is — that’s a secret!), friendly people, great local food and entertainment. It just doesn’t get any better than this! 

Convenient to metropolitan areas but far enough away to take a deep breath, smell the pines, hear the loons, and settle in to the pace of life on a lake. Lake dwellers and visitors alike come away with a sense of gratitude and tranquility. And maybe a little envy on the part of the visitors that they don’t get to stay for the ABSOLUTE best time of the week: Sunday night, when the lake is quiet and the weather miraculously becomes ideal.

Birch Island Lake is a treasure worth caring for, and the members of the Birch Island Lake Association welcome you to join us in keeping this a lake worth loving. 

Curious about the lake? We’ve got the answers! 

According to the DNR, Birch Island lake is 768 acres. Of course, ask the lake historians and you’ll get a variety of answers (usually higher) because of the nature of our lake. It’s what’s called a “seepage” lake which means water comes in from a variety of sources. No inlet, no outlet, just the magic of Mother Nature bringing water to us. Some years we have more than others, but the average “deep hole” is just 13 feet. In the years where the water is high, you’ll find even more areas accessible by canoe or kayak, so we’ll give the historians a pass on saying it’s really more than the DNR publishes!

The lake bottom is 80% sand and 20% what the DNR technically calls “muck.” If you’ve ever gone into one of the marshy areas to rescue a lure or track down the sound of those frogs, you know that “muck” is a pretty good definition!

Do we have any of those nasty invasive species you keep hearing about on the news? Yes, but on a scale of scary to mildly annoying, we’re far closer to the mild end. But that could change in an instant if we aren’t good stewards and do everything possible to keep the scaries out. Read more about how you can be good to the lake here

Where am I?

Several years ago, at the request of new lakeshore owners who had no idea where “Mick’s Place” or “where the cattle used to graze” might be, a bay-naming contest was held. As a result, now you can say “We boated across Sunrise Bay to check out the loon nest (not too close!) at the entrance to Beaver Lodge Bay. Then we motored across Oskaloosa Bay, through Annie’s Bay, passed by the entrance to Hidden Bay, to do a little cruising around Trapper’s Bay. On the way home we slipped into Turtle Bay to check out the water lily blooms in Monet Bay. Just before sunset we drifted up into Cattail Bay to watch for eagles. And just like that, everyone knows where you’ve been!

A local landmark is A & H (convenient spot for bait, burgers, beer and the usual Wisconsin lake staples). Closest towns are Webster, Danbury, Webb Lake and Spooner. Don’t ask a local about “best cheese, best restaurant, best fish fry” unless you’re prepared for a long conversation. Better bring a notebook because you’ll leave with a lot of recommendations. If you want the “best of” list, check out the annual Burnett County Sentinal “Best of Burnett County” list. That should keep you busy for a while. 

 

What’s that sound?

Birch Island Lake is home to a number of nesting pairs of loons. Their distinctive cries and calls are one of the best experiences you will have during your time on Birch Island Lake. Just remember to give them plenty of space as you boat around, and never (ever, ever) put anything in the lake that could choke them (like water balloons, 6-pack plastic, or other hazards. If it would choke a human, it’s worse for loons because they can’t do a Heimlich on each other). 

Craving a little loon music? Watch this video:

“LOON DANCE”, thanks to Ron Larson.