Lake Country Lake of the Week: Pewaukee Lake
May 1, 2023

Tamira Musgrave


Pewaukee Lake is a popular tourist attraction and is one of the most popular lakes in Lake Country. The lake experiences particularly high traffic during the summer months, between June to August. In the summer, visitors can enjoy boating, swimming, fishing, kayaking, water-skiing, and other outdoor and water-themed activities, making it a popular time to visit Pewaukee Lake.

Pewaukee Lake is a glacial lake located in southeastern Wisconsin, USA. It covers approximately 2,437 acres and has a maximum depth of 45 feet. The lake is in Waukesha County, and its shoreline stretches over 21 miles. It is a popular destination for fishing, boating, and other recreational activities.

The lake is surrounded by the charming village of Pewaukee, home to numerous shops, restaurants, and attractions. There are several marinas around the lake where visitors can rent boats, jet skis, and other watercraft.

The sparkling waters of Pewaukee Lake contain various fish species, including walleye, largemouth bass, northern pike, and white bass. The lake is consistently stocked with fish by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, making it a hotspot for anglers of varying skill levels.

Aside from fishing and boating, Pewaukee Lake offers visitors plenty of opportunities to explore the abundant nature that surrounds it. There are several parks and nature reserves in the area, including the Pewaukee Lake Wildlife Area and the Waukesha County Land Conservancy.

In the winter, Pewaukee Lake is a popular spot for ice fishing and other winter sports. The lake also hosts a number of events and festivals throughout the year, including the Pewaukee Lake Water Ski Club’s annual water ski show.

Overall, Pewaukee Lake is a must-visit destination for anyone who loves the outdoors and water, and appreciates Wisconsin’s breathtaking natural beauty.

  • Fishing – Pewaukee Lake is known for its variety of fish species, including walleye, northern pike, bass, and panfish.
  • Boating – The lake is popular for boating, featuring a public boat launch.
  • Paddleboarding/kayaking – You can rent a paddleboard or kayak to explore the lake or shoreline.
  • Swimming – There are a few public beaches available on Pewaukee Lake, including Pewaukee Beach and Lakefront Park Beach.
  • Hiking – The lake is surrounded by various walking and hiking trails, like the Pewaukee Lake Nature Preserve trail system.
  • Ice fishing – During winter, Pewaukee Lake freezes over, and you can try ice fishing.
  • Camping – There are several campgrounds near Pewaukee Lake, including Pewaukee Lakefront Park, where you can stay and enjoy the lake for a few days.
  • Dining – There are several restaurants and bars near the lake, offering great views and food.

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