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AKA: Petenwell Flowage

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Petenwell Lake, WI

Boasting a wide range of fish species, Petenwell Lake has something for all anglers who enjoy catching fish. This 23,000-acre lake, in the central part of the state, at Necedah, has populations of both warm-water and cold-water species. In summer anglers catch bass, catfish, crappie, walleye, sunfish, perch, muskie, sauger, northern pike, tiger muskie and sturgeon.

During winters, when there is safe ice, anglers target perch, walleye and muskie - but are often surprised by catching other fish species. Over 100 miles of shoreline with over a dozen boat landings for public use. In addition to the boat ramps, there are parks, beaches and other areas with access to areas for fishing from the bank. Pontoon boats are available for rent at Barnum Bay Marina. Use the boat landing areas for pleasure boats, canoes, kayaks and fishing boats. Lodging, camping, dining and shopping are all close by to enhance your vacation or weekend fishing trip.

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What to fish for...

Fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish, yellow perch, musky, northern pike, sauger, sturgeon and tiger muskie at Petenwell Lake in Wisconsin.

Primary fish species residing in Petenwell Lake

Click images for fishing tips and details about each species.

Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Channel catfish Flathead catfish Black crappie White crappie Walleye Bluegill Pumpkinseed Sunfish Yellow Perch Muskie Northern pike Sauger Sturgeon Tiger muskie

Petenwell Lake Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: NEARBY
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

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Fishing Boat Rentals

Barnum Bay Marina
Rentals: Pontoon boats
715 325-6555

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

10th Street Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, off 10th Street, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with gravel parking.

Adams County Petenwell Park Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, east side, off 20th Avenue, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.

Juneau County Wilderness Park Boat Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, off 21st Avenue N, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Small Boat Access Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast section of the lake, off County Road Z, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.


Barnum Bay Marina
1735 Archer Lane
Nekoosa, WI 54457
715 325-6555

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Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Petenwell Wilderness Park Campground - 608 565-7285

Moonlite Trails Campground - 608 565-6936

Adams County Parks & Recreation Campground - 608 564-7513

Lake Arrowhead Campground - 715 325-2941

Pineland Camping Park - 608 564-7818

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Contact Information

Petenwell Lake
Petenwell Wilderness Park Campground
N14054 21st Ave N
Necedah, WI 54646
608 565-7285


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Healthy populations of bass, catfish, crappie, walleye, sunfish, perch, muskie, sauger, northern pike, tiger muskie and sturgeon await anglers wishing to go fishing at Petenwell Lake in central Wisconsin.

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