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Boating, Canoeing and Kayaking

Chippewa Flowage

Six boat access sites provide public access to the Chippewa Flowage; four provided by the DNR, one provided by the Lac Courte Oreilles Tribe (LCO), and one provided by the Town of Hayward.

  • CC South landing (DNR) is the largest and offers the most amenities, including a large parking area and toilet facilities, and is the only public landing that has drinking water available.
  • Winter Dam landing (DNR) offers a paved parking area and toilets.
  • CC North and Hay Creek landings (both DNR) have large gravel parking areas, but no toilet facilities. A new accessible fishing pier was installed in 2016 at the CC North boat landing and is now open.
  • Blueberry Flats landing (LCO) is off County Highway CC across from the intersection with County Highway H. It is a primitive boat landing best suited for small boats.
  • Chief Lake landing (Town of Hayward) is at the end of Chief Lake Road off County Highway NN. There is no parking available.

The Chippewa Flowage has an abundance of sand and rock bars, stumps, floating bogs and floating driftwood, which makes for a good fish and wildlife habitat but could damage boats. These features are not shown on maps. Boaters should be aware of changing conditions on the flowage, especially fluctuating water levels, and should always exercise caution.

Wisconsin Boating Regulations [PDF] are strictly enforced, especially "speed that is no greater than reasonable or prudent."

Visitors to the Chippewa Flowage come to enjoy the quiet beauty and the wild natural surroundings. Please respect the rights of others, heed boating regulations, watch your wake, go slow, keep noise to a minimum and enjoy wildlife from a distance.

Aquatic invasive species

Exotic species are one of the biggest threats to our natural environment. You can help prevent the introduction of invasives to the flowage.

  • Do not release live bait including worms, minnows or crayfish into the environment.
  • Drain all water from your boat including live wells, bilges and bait buckets before you leave any lake, river or stream.
  • Do not transport any live fish away from a lake, river or stream unless they are bait fish purchased from a bait dealer that have not been exposed to water from that water body.
  • Inspect your boat and trailer and remove all aquatic plants, animals, and mud before leaving any lake, river or stream.
  • Spray/rinse your boat and equipment with hot and/or high pressure water or dry your equipment for five days before going to another water body.