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The Four Best Wisconsin Lakes for a Vacation Home

Buying a vacation home isn’t quite like buying a primary residence. Sure, they’re both all about location, location, location… but what you want in a vacation home location is definitely different from the home you’ll be living in year-round.

Buying a primary residence is about finding a blend of being close to the things you want—and having easy access to the things you need (like grocery stores, employment, and schools). But buying a vacation home is all about the lifestyle.

The Best Wisconsin Lakes for Your Vacation Lifestyle

If you’re thinking of buying a vacation home in Northwestern Wisconsin, then you know it’s all about the great outdoors. Boating and fishing, hiking and skiing, paddling and exploring… what’s your favorite adventure? When you buy a vacation home at one of these four favorite vacation lakes, you won’t have to choose; you get unlimited access to boundless possibilities.

Chippewa Flowage

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Diverse natural topography, an abundance of wildlife, miles of undeveloped shoreline… it all combines to craft a piece of nature designed for the ultimate outdoor vacation getaway. Canoeing, kayaking, fishing, boating, and water sports are all favorite activities, but there are also over 500 miles of groomed snowmobile trails in the area, plenty of campgrounds, lovely golf courses, and even family-owned lakeside resorts.

Spider Lake


Actually comprised of a chain of 5 main lakes, Spider Lake features over 100 miles of shoreline, lots of public boat launches, and even a private Spider Lake Golf Resort. Waterfront homes with private docks offer instant access to adventures on the water, from waterskiing and boating to fishing, kayaking, and canoeing. Plus, the surrounding wilderness is ideal for hiking, biking, horseback riding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and more.

Lake Namekagon

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As one of the area’s largest lakes, it’s no surprise Lake Namekagon is a top vacation getaway. From trophy musky fishing to water sports to quiet paddling along the Namekagon River, this area has something for everyone. Surrounding the lake, hundreds of acres of undisturbed forest land, as well as miles of maintained CAMBA trails, hiking trails, cross-country ski trails, and ATV/snowmobile trails provide a plethora of outdoor activities for every interest.

Lake Owen

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Lake Owen is one of the clearest—and the most beautiful—lakes in Wisconsin. Deep, clear waters make the lake ideal for anglers and boaters alike, while lush forestland around the shoreline provide ample opportunities for stunning lakefront living, beautiful trails, and plenty of outdoor recreation.

Ready to Discover Your Perfect Wisconsin Lakeside Getaway?

If you’re thinking of buying a vacation home in Northwestern Wisconsin, then it’s time to contact McKinney Realty. We’re here to help you explore the area, learn more about buying a vacation home, discover the perfect lake, and find your dream vacation home.

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