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Welcome to the Chippewa Flowage

A sparkling illuminating sun rise, warm south winds, the lake looking like a mirror, a clear blue sky, a crimson sunset dropping below the tree line, cool evening breezes mixed with the hoot of a cruising Loon. You are on your summer vacation on the Chippewa Flowage!

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The season of summer is upon us and is being enjoyed by our visitors, guests, and vacationers who are experiencing many back to back days of sunshine, evening showers, and a wonderful afternoon breeze coming across the Chippewa Flowage.

Recreation on the Chippewa Flowage has been a delight for our summer visitors. Boaters, skiers, pontoons, rope swings, wave runners, canoes, kayaks, and tubers are enjoying the thrills of summer water activities. Most campsites on the Flowage have been occupied and folks living on the Lake can experience the call of the Loon, the flight of Eagles, the chasing of the chipmunk, and even a visit from a Black Bear on occasion. Loon chicks, Mallard ducklings, deer fawns, bear cubs, and infant skunks can sometimes be observed while on a slow moving boat or pontoon.

We are enjoying a excellent come back of the Blue Heron on the Chippewa Flowage after a devastating ice storm a few years ago, Herons can be observed flying over head between the heronry and a fishing area, perched on a swinging tree limb, standing in a striking potion over a fish filled pool, and lashing out with a screech when startled by your presence.

Outstanding fishing, boating activities, silent water adventures, hiking in the woods, wild animals on the alert, evening sunsets, observing new born creatures, birding, vacation photos, a trip to town and shopping, a purchase at the bait shop, cook outs around the cabin, renewing friendships from past vacations, maybe a trip to the Casino or a Powwow?

How about some of those summer events----the "fishing opener", the Musky Hunt fishing contest, Musky Festival, the 4th of July, parades, cranberry festivals, art shows, antiques, horseback riding, Championship Log Rolling, road races, bike races, the challenge of golf, star gazing, your favorite restaurant, sidewalk sales in town, Honor the Earth, water skiing, rope swings, a early morning cup of coffee out on your cabin's deck

2014 Beer Run

Outdoor Reports

Outdoors Report from Johnson's Resort 7/19/14

Water cools off, but fishing doesn't

Outdoors Report from Johnson's Resort 07-11-2014

Warmer water temps spur fishing

Outdoors Report from Johnson's Resort 6-20-2014

WDNR Report Excerpts

Outdoors Report from Johnson's Resort 06-06-2014

Everything is biting

Outdoors Report from Johnson's Resort 5-31-2014

Excerpts from DNR Fisheries Report


Read previous news here

Fishing Report

Date: 2014-07-24


Walleye are still doing well on Leeches and Crawlers on the Flowage. At night they can be found around the bars and weed edges, and in the morning/afternoon you can find them in the sunken brush. For those that prefer artificial bait to live bait, Beetlespins and Rapala XRAPS have been producing results.


The Musky seem to have slowed up a little bit this past week. Reports reflect that the Musky are following baits or short-hitting baits, but not connecting. This could be a result of the weather and/or time of year. At the times when Musky slow down a bit, I like to try new spots or baits that they have not seen in awhile. If you plan on sucker fishing for Musky like some fishermen are up here, make sure that you send the suckers deeper because surface temperatures will kill them. I would suggest sending them definitely 10 feet below the surface and I would not be afraid to send them deeper than that.


Pike continue to be active throughout the lake primarily on Spinnerbaits and Spoons. Fish weed edges, in the weeds, and on bars.


Crappie have been fantastic this week. Many fishermen are reporting a lot of Crappie action on the bogs using Crappie Minnows, Mini-Mites tipped with Crappie Nibbles, and Tube Jigs. Kavanaugh Bay and the bog at the south end of Big Timber Island are producing many Crappie each night starting at around 7-7:30 pm.


Largemouth Bass have been slightly active and fishermen are raising them on spinners, rubber frogs, and smaller crank baits. Fish typical bass structure like rocks and stumps. Smallmouth Bass on the other hand have been a little more difficult this year. Many people are not seeing them but several fishermen have found them off the bars in 8-12 feet of water using Nightcrawlers.


It is looking like it is going to be in the 70s all week for the highs. This weekend you can expect showers and storms Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, but the forecast suggests that the rest of the week will be clear skies with only a few clouds.

Water Level

Near Full

Water Temp

Low to Mid 70s


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