First filled in 1923, the "Big Chip" was created as a means to augment downstream water flow for power generation and flood control. Dotted with approximately 200 undeveloped islands, it is Wisconsin's third-largest lake and boasts a highly irregular, wooded and generally undeveloped 233-mile shoreline.
The flowage offers a fishing experience generally found only on lakes farther north in Minnesota or Canada. Its seemingly endless maze of islands, points, bays, floating bogs and channels offers visitors numerous opportunities for exploration, discovery and a feeling of wildness within the northern forest landscape. Camping at one of the primitive island campsites is an opportunity not common in Wisconsin. Visitors rate the natural scenery, undeveloped "wild" character, "uncrowded" atmosphere and the fine fishing as the flowage's outstanding attributes.
Boating, Canoeing and Kayaking
There are 2 miles of hiking and ski trails on DNR land on the north side of the flowage that can be accessed via a parking area adjacent to County Highway B between Moss Creek and Hay Creek.
A new hiking trail has been developed on DNR land located east of the CC North Boat Landing off of County Highway CC. The mino-giizhigad Trail provides hiking access through a backland forest area and offers scenic views of the Chippewa Flowage. The parking area is located near the intersection of County Highway CC and Conner Lane.
No motorized vehicles are allowed on either of these trails.