LakeS & Rivers


Lake Arrowhead

Developed in the 1970s, Lake Arrowhead totals more than 300 acres and is surrounded by a private residential development. Public use of facilities is restricted to Lake Arrowhead County Park, located on the west end of the lake off 15th Avenue. The park features a boat launch, beach, picnic area and restrooms. 

Lake Dexter

Developed in 1962, Dexter Lake totals some 300 acres and is surrounded by more than 1,000 acres of wild or undeveloped land with abundant wildlife and game fish. With a maximum depth of 17 feet, Dexter Lake offers a wide variety of fishing opportunities including northern pike, walleye, bass, crappie, perch, bluegills and suckers. Dexter County Park includes two boat launches, a fishing pier for the disabled and a fish cleaning house.

Lake Petenwell

Wisconsin’s second largest body of water (23,000 acres). As home to a variety of game fish, including northern pike, bass, walleye, pan fish and musky, Petenwell hosts a variety of fishing tournaments throughout the year. Locally known “hot spots” include Devil’s Elbow, the mouth of Fourteen Mile Creek, Barnum Bay, and Strongs Prairie. These areas provide abundant underwater structure and harbor good concentrations of fish. A variety of boat launches are located on Petenwell.

Lake Wazeecha

Lake Wazeecha, the Indian name for “lake of the land of the pines,” totals 131 acres and is surrounded by South Wood County Park. The lake provides two beach areas, fishing access area for the disabled, and ample opportunities for boating, water skiing and fishing. A variety of pan fish, bass and northern pike were stocked in the lake during the county’s dredging project in 1994. Although famous for hosting the Wisconsin State Water Ski Show Championship, Lake Wazeecha prides itself on its two beaches, White Sand and Red Sand.

Lake Camelot

More than 445 acres includes northern pike, bass, walleye and pan fish. A public boat launch at Lake Camelot is maintained by Adams County. The launch is located in the Town of Rome on 10th Avenue off Apache Avenue. 

Lake Nepco

Venture onto nearly 500 acres of pristine water at Lake Nepco. Accessible from Nepco Lake County Park, located 1 mile south of Wisconsin Rapids on Highway 13, the lake and park were donated to the county in 1977 by Nekoosa Papers, Inc. The park features a beach area, boat ramp, picnic area, playground, disability accessible boat dock and small shelter. With a maximum depth of 29 feet, Nepco Lake features a wide variety of fishing including northern pike, walleye, bass, musky and bluegill.

Lake Sherwood

Venture onto 246 acres of water for an afternoon of boating or fishing northern pike, bass, walleye and pan fish. A public boat launch at Lake Sherwood Lodge is maintained by Adams County. The launch is located behind the Shermalot Motel on Queens Way, Rome.

Wisconsin River

From its headwaters on the Wisconsin Michigan border, it falls more than 1,000 feet on its 500 mile journey through the states, before emptying into the Mississippi River in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. Once full of logging rafts and tradesman, the river now tells a success story based on thriving aquatic life and a variety of recreational opportunities, including several scenic parks and trails located in and around downtown Wisconsin Rapids.