Eagle River Lake Chain

Eagle Rive Chain

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The Eagle River Chain is also known as the Three Lakes Chain and the Eagle River/Three Lakes Chain. It consists of a river system of 28 lakes. The Eagle River side of the chain has 10 lakes and the Three Lakes side has 18 lakes. The two sides are connected in the middle by the Burnt Rollways dam and boat lift.

The Eagle River side of the chain actually flows north from the Three Lakes side of the chain. It flows from Cranberry, Catfish, Voyageur, Eagle, Scattering Rice, Otter, Lynx, Duck, Yellow Birch and finally Watersmeet Lake.

The Eagle River Chain is controlled by the Otter Rapids dam. This dam is located downstream from Watersmeet Lake on the Wisconsin River. The water level is very closely maintained by the Wisconsin Valley Improvement Corporation (WVIC).

The Eagle River Chain is a drainage type series of lakes. It is formed by the Eagle River, Wisconsin River, Deerskin River, Rice Creek and Mud Creek. The lakes are all eutrophic. There is a slight stain in the water which is natural from tannin.

The fishing on the Eagle River Chain is one of its draws. It is known for its musky fishing and it is a host for many tournaments. The bass fishing is good as is pan fishing. Walleye fishing is improving. The beauty of this chain and other chains is the structure varies from lake to lake. You can pan fish in the shallows in midday and go hit some structure late in the day.

The Eagle River side of the Chain has 15 bars and restaurants. That is a big draw for the chain. There are several sand bars to park your boat. There are boat launches on the Wisconsin River, EagleRiver, Yellow Birch (T-Docks), Duck Lake, Eagle Lake, Catfish Lake (Braywood), Cranberry Lake and at the Burnt Rollways Dam. It really is a boaters paradise!

The Eagle River side is more activity related than the Three Lakes side, especially with all of the bars and restaurants. If a peaceful Northwoods setting is what you are looking for, the Eagle River side of the chain may not be for you. However, if boating to dinner and meeting friends is appealing, it is a great place to be.

Real estate has been rising quickly on the Eagle River side of the chain. It used to be where one could find a nice lake home for under $500,000. It is now difficult to find something in that price range. The lakes themselves command higher prices than the “thoroughfares” which are the rivers between the lakes. The thoroughfares and the Wisconsin and Eagle River which are west of the City of Eagle River, offer access to all 28 lakes but are much more affordable alternatives.

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