Where to get free maps of Wisconsin Lakes
There are several ways to obtain free maps of Wisconsin lakes:
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR): The WDNR provides detailed lake maps on their website, which can be accessed here: https://dnr.wi.gov/maps/. Simply select the "Lakes and Rivers" category, and you can search for maps of specific lakes or waterways.
Wisconsin Lakes Association: The Wisconsin Lakes Association provides detailed lake maps on their website, which can be accessed here: https://wisconsinlakes.org/maps-data/. These maps are especially useful for finding public access points and other features around the lake.
Local bait and tackle shops: Many local bait and tackle shops carry maps of the nearby lakes, and some of these maps may be available for free. Simply ask the staff if they have any maps available, and they may be able to provide one for you.
County tourism departments: Some county tourism departments provide free maps of local lakes, which can be a great resource for anglers and boaters. You can find information on your county's tourism department by searching online or visiting the WDNR's county tourism page: https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Tourism/Counties/.
Regardless of where you obtain your map, it's always a good idea to check with local fishing reports and talk to local anglers before heading out on the water, as conditions can change from year to year.