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Nelson Lake
Sawyer County, 2716 Acres

Facts & Figures
Name Nelson Lake
Waterbody ID (WBIC) 2704200
Area 2716 ACRES
Maximum Depth 33 feet
Mean Depth 11 FEET
Bottom 30% sand, 20% gravel, 40% rock, 10% muck
Waterbody Type flowage
Hydrologic Lake Type DRAINAGE
County Sawyer
Region NO
Latitude, Longitude 46.07852840, -91.47299210
Contour (Bathymetric) Map Contour Map
Interactive Map Interactive Map
Lake Management
Lake Organizations Nelson Lake Association [exit DNR]
Nelson Lake Resort Association [exit DNR]
Boat Landings 4
Boating Ordinances ** littering, speed limits (mph), water skiing restrictions, buoy placement, slow-no-wake areas, waterway markers - See Details
Fish Panfish, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike and Walleye
Lake Health
Invasive Species *
Banded Mystery Snail, Chinese Mystery Snail, Japanese Mystery Snail*, Ornamental water lilies (non-native Nymphaea sp.) , Rusty Crayfish
(* = not verified)
Trophic Status Eutrophic

* About Invasive Species: Disclaimer: Aquatic invasive species (AIS) records are assigned statuses of "verified", "observed", or "no longer observed" based on AIS Status Guidance. In general, "verified" populations are established and have been verified by a taxonomic expert. Populations with the "observed" status have not been verified by a taxonomic expert or do not have established populations. Populations with the "no longer observed" status include populations where a reproducing population did not establish. Our inventories are not necessarily exhaustive so it is important to report occurrences. To report new discoveries visit: See the Aquatic Invasive Species Guidance for information on how statuses are assigned. Personally identifiable information on data collection forms may be provided to requesters to the extent required by Wisconsin's Open Records Law [ss. 19.31-19.39, Wis. Stats.].

** About Boating Ordinances: Before boating on an unfamiliar Wisconsin waterways check for a sign at the public boat landing to determine if there are local regulations (more restrictive than state law) which may apply on that waterbody. Also be sure to review the document Wisconsin Boating Regulations at to learn about statewide regulations. There may be a delay between the time an ordinance is passed and the time it gets into our database. Therefore, the only way to know for sure if a water body has an ordinance in effect is to look for a sign posted at a public boat landing.