Welcome to central Wisconsin!
Adams and Juneau counties host the 2nd and 4th largest inland
lakes in WI.
- Castle Rock Lake is the 4th largest with 13,600 acres.
- Petenwell Lake is the 2nd largest with 23,000 acres.
- Castle Rock Lake is the more popular for the number of lakeside
restaurants and development along its shores.
- However, many prefer Petenwell for its larger expanse and less
- Both are known for bass, walleye, musky, and a variety of pan fish.
- Both are great for boating and water-skiing, although water depths
vary throughout both lakes.
- Both are part of the WI River chain of lakes, with Petenwell just
north of Castle Rock.
- As there is a working dam between the 2 lakes, you must trailer
your boat to travel from one to the other.
- Water levels will vary throughout the summer, as they are regulated
by the DNR through these dams.
- Because these lakes are so large, the DNR requires rip-rap along
the shoreline (larger boulders) to prevent erosion.
- Our waterfront homes on these lakes do not have beaches at the
property, however well-maintained public beaches are within 5 min
- Some have life-guards and require a day-use pass, others are free
- We have homes that are on the main body of water, and homes on
channels off the main body.
- The bottom of the lakes are typically sandy-bottom for those homes
on the main body.
- Many of our renters enjoy swimming at the piers of those homes on
the main body of water.
- Swimming at the piers is at your own risk.
- Swimming is not recommended at homes in channels or protected bays.
- Because of the immense size of these lakes, winds can quickly cause
high waves at a moment’s notice.
- Boats must be removed nightly from piers on the main body of water
for this reason.
- We do have homes on channels or at protected bays at which you can
typically leave your boat overnight, however, you are most often
sacrificing view and swimming for this amenity.
- If you are looking to rent a boat, you may visit our website under
Attractions/ Boat Rentals for phone numbers of businesses that rent
boats … recommend a 2-week advance reservation during the busy season.
- As water levels will vary, depth at piers will vary throughout the
season as regulated by the DNR.
- Many will fish directly from piers at the homes, but again, there
will be times when the water depth at shoreline will become shallow.
- Some homes along our lakes have deeded rights to the shoreline,
others have a 100’ set-back from water’s edge and must be left in its
natural state (whether wooded or natural vegetation growth).
- Typically, homes with a 100’ set-back have a conservancy path for
public access across it along the shoreline, which is maintained by
either the DNR or the power company.
- These homes typically have use of a community pier system with one
designated boat slip.
- Homes with deeded rights to the shoreline typically have private
- As with all lakes throughout the Midwest, our lakes are subject to
algae bloom which can occur at anytime under the right conditions.
- As with all lakes under DNR regulation, weeds/ lily pads will
continue on their natural growth pattern in some areas throughout the
season and are not allowed to be removed by the public owners.
- No refunds are given due to natural changes in our lakes or
landscape or water levels.
enjoy your stay in our area and the
varied amenities our lakes have to offer!