ENDLESS ADVENTURES & RELAXATION AWAIT YOU
The Chain of Lakes is an impressive natural feature created by a receding lobe of the great Cary Glacier which melted approximately 12,500 years ago, leaving irregular hills and valleys. Organic matter plus deposits of sand, gravel and rocks trapped in the mass fell to the bottom of the valleys, creating their unique terrain. Great chunks of ice melted in the deep pits, forming today's lakes of the Chain. The melting ice uncovered natural springs opened by the movement of the glacier. These natural springs feed the lakes with remarkably pure water, and natural filtration keeps the lakes crystal clear by continually releasing fresh spring water while older water empties through the Crystal River outlet.
The water of the lakes is translucent; the greenish-blue color comes from the reflection of unique materials at the bottom of each lake. Varying levels of limestone, clay, alkaline and glacially deposited organic material create different tints of green on the surface of the lakes. Deep emerald tints are especially vivid on Marl, Taylor, McCrossen, Nessling and Round lakes. The unique colors are one of the trademark characteristics of the Chain, oftentimes referred to as the Killarneys of The Americas.
Learn about the lakes that make up the Chain O' Lakes. Each lake has it's own personality and characteristics. " in all the world, no lakes like these"
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MEET THE LAKES
The Taylor Lake boat launch is the largest, busiest and easiest to use on the Chain. This landing is best for larger boats with just a short boat ride to Rainbow lake, popular for waterskiing and tubing. Located off of Otter Dr.
The Columbia Lake boat launch has a rather long back up. The dock and ramp are in very good condition. Limited parking is available. Located off of Cleghorn Rd. Columbia lake is popular for water skiing and tubing.
The Dake lake boat launch has a short back up into the water and no dock. limited parking available.
The Miner lake boat launch has a long, down-hill back up. Very limited parking available. Located off of W. Miner Dr. Miner lake is popular for fishing.
The Knight lake boat landing is reserved only for the silent sports. This launch gives plenty of parking for those looking to enjoy a day of paddling the Upper Chain. Located off of Knight Ln.
Fee required for using public boat landings
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COME AND VISIT THE
The natural beauty, clean clear waters and beautiful coloration of Chain O' Lakes provide a unique natural setting for seasonal beauty and recreation. Today's inhabitants range from full-time residents and seasonal cottage-goers to retirees and working professionals commuting to the Fox Valley. Locals and tourists alike enjoy a wide range of activities, from a quiet kayak paddle through Otter Lake to a live music performance on a floating stage at Clearwater Harbor. Go by boat to play mini golf, have an ice cream cone or bike the winding roads around the lakes to Hartman Creek State Park or a rustic state road. Fish, swim, tube, ski, boat, or jet ski the big lakes. Enjoy events such as a Chain Skiers show, 4th of July fireworks, lighted and wooden boat parades, the Polar Plunge benefit, narrated boat tours and more. Waupaca's Chain O' Lakes is a great destination for a weekend or a lifetime. As current residents know, Waupaca’s Chain O’ Lakes area is easy to find and hard to leave.
Light blue lakes are "fast lakes"
Dark blue lakes are slow no wake lakes
Monday 10am - 4pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10am - 7pm
Friday 10am - 4pm
Saturday, Sunday, & Holidays 10am - 2:30pm
HIT THE WATER