Located only nine miles south of Hayward, Wisconsin, Lac Courte Oreilles, also known as LCO Lake, is a captivating body of water that beckons visitors with its natural beauty and an array of recreational opportunities. As the 8th largest natural drainage lake in Wisconsin, spanning over 5139 acres and 25 miles of shoreline, it offers a vast expanse of pristine waters to explore.
Lac Courte Oreilles is rich in history and culture, with a name derived from French influence. It is believed to have been named "Lake Short Ears" by the first French traders who encountered the lake, due to the custom of cutting off a portion of the ears by the local Ottawas. Another theory suggests that the name originates from the distinctive ear-like shaped bays found on the lake, such as Musky Bay and Stuckey Bay.
The lake's appeal extends beyond its size and history. It serves as a paradise for fishing enthusiasts, providing opportunities to catch a variety of prized fish species. Musky, panfish, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, and walleye abound in its clear waters, enticing anglers of all skill levels. In fact, the world record Musky was caught on LCO by Cal Johnson in 1949. This record fish was 60.25 inches in length and weighed 67.5 pounds.
Boating enthusiasts will find convenient access to the lake through three public boat landings. The Victory Heights Launch grants entry to the west basin, while the Anchor Bay Launch caters to the east basin. The primary launch, known as the DNR Ramp in Chicago Bay, is centrally located and widely used by visitors to Lac Courte Oreilles. LCO has several different resorts that offer boaters a place to dock and grab some food, love music and even gas and bait.
Lac Courte Oreilles also boasts a popular sandbar, where boaters can anchor in waist-high water with a sandy bottom. This idyllic spot provides the perfect setting for boaters to cool off, wade, swim, and enjoy the crystal-clear waters. It serves as a meeting point for fellow boaters, fostering a sense of community and providing an opportunity to connect with other lake enthusiasts.
With its breathtaking beauty, convenient boat access, resort options, and the allure of the sandbar, Lac Courte Oreilles offers a complete package for those seeking a memorable lake experience. Whether you're casting your line, exploring the resorts, or unwinding at the popular sandbar, LCO Lake promises an unforgettable adventure for visitors of all ages. Plan your trip to Lac Courte Oreilles and immerse yourself in the wonders of Hayward's remarkable lakes region.
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Experience the ultimate lakeside retreat at George's Lakeside Haven, a 5-bedroom, 5-bath, one-level home nestled on a large private lot on Lake Lac Courte Oreilles, just south of Hayward. With classic finishes, modern amenities, and dog-friendly accommodations for up to 2 dogs, this exceptional property offers breathtaking lake views, a private boat launch, spacious living areas, and a serene outdoor setting perfect for relaxation and water activities.
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Majestic Retreat - 4 Bedroom Sleeps 12
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