How will you explore Boulder Junction’s lakes?

June 8, 2021

There are lots of ways to get on the water in Boulder Junction—the area is home to nearly 200 lakes, so that means almost endless options for recreation. Here’s a guide on how to make the most of your time on (or near) the water in Boulder Junction, whether you’re boating, paddling, fishing or simply taking a scenic hike.

Where can I find gear for adventures on the lake?

Coontail has been outfitting visitors to Boulder Junction for 30 years, selling shoes, clothing and accessories, as well as sports equipment like water skis, paddles, inflatables and more. Anglers: Northern Highland Sports is your go-to source for fishing supplies including live bait, lake maps and gear. The store also has swimming gear, hunting and camping equipment, sportswear and souvenirs.

Where can I rent boats, canoes and kayaks?

Coontail Adventures rents out kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddleboards and water carpets (as well as bikes and trailers if you’re looking for adventure off the lake) by the day or week; multi-day rates for rentals less than a week are also available. Delivery charge for equipment is based on distance. Schauss Woodworking offers boat, motor, canoe and kayak rentals by the day or week, and Boulder Marine Center rents (and delivers) pontoon boats, deluxe fishing boats, ski boats and 15 horsepower motors.

Are there public boat launches in the area?

There are lots of ways to enjoy Boulder Junction’s lakes, whether you’re staying at a lakeside resort or cabin or spending the day at the beach. But there are lots of ways to get on the lake, too—many lakes in the Boulder Junction area are accessible via public boat launches. So, whether you’re bringing your own boat or renting one here, you’ll have no trouble launching an adventure on the lake. Popular lakes in the area with public boat launches include Boulder Lake, White Sand Lake, Wildcat Lake and High Lake.

What are some lakes to explore?

Boating: Boulder Lake. This 516-acre lake is a popular recreation destination in the area, located just northwest of downtown Boulder Junction. Boaters can get on the water via a public boat launch on the northeastern corner of the lake off Airport Road.

Fishing: Little Rice Lake. This is not the biggest lake in the Boulder Junction area (it’s only 50 acres), but it is known for its healthy population of northern pike and panfish. Patient anglers can also try their luck at bass (largemouth and smallmouth), walleye and musky.

Paddling: White Sand Lake. Put your canoe or kayak in at this beautiful lake north of Highway K. Spend your time on the lake or take the portage that connects to Lost Canoe Lake and Escanaba Lake, which is completely undeveloped.

Hiking: Trout Lake. This sprawling lake south of Boulder Junction is home to Cathedral Point, a scenic peninsula that separates the northern and southern basins of Trout Lake. Head out to Cathedral Point Park to take in awe-inspiring views of the giant 120 to 130-foot pines that tower over the lake.