Wazee Lake Recreation Area, Black River Falls

#155 of 316 in Outdoors in Wisconsin
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Wazee Lake is a lake east of Black River Falls, Wisconsin, in the town of Brockway, Jackson County, Wisconsin, United States. The name "Wazee" means "tall pine" in the Ho-Chunk language. The artificial lake is the deepest lake within the state of Wisconsin, with a maximum depth of approximately 355ft. The man-made lake was formed after the site was used as a quarry for taconite mining between the mid-1960s through April 1983. The quarry produced about 850,000 tons of taconite pellets each year. The mine closed in 1983 as a result of a crash of the domestic steel markets in the United States. When the mine was in operation, pumps removed about 800USgal of water per minute from the quarry. Once these pumps were shut down, the quarry began filling with water.
The lake is now part of a county park known as Wazee Lake Recreation Area. The lake is a prime scuba diving destination because of its deep, clear water. Visibility averages between 30ft and 40ft during the summer months. There are also visible remains of mining operations underwater, such as roadways used for hauling equipment. Some features have been added to the lake, such as underwater platforms for training divers and fish cribs to improve habitat for the fish. Fish species within the lake include rainbow, brook, and brown trout, bluegills, suckers, catfish, walleye, warmouth, and smallmouth bass.
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  • A beautiful gem in central Wisconsin. So glad we happened upon this beautiful "lake". We'll need to go back when we have time to walk trails. It's only $5 to enter, and we enjoyed our rest on the...  more »
  • We traveled there on a weekday before school started, so it wasn’t very busy. There are picnic tables and pit toilets, but they have a new building that has flush toilets and concessions that just...  more »
  • Always love a trip to Wazee. My family and I try and go every summer and always swim out to the main body of water away from most people and just enjoy the clear water. Very fun.
  • Great place to go with family and friends. The water is super clean and clear. I love going here to spend good quality time with friends and family.

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