Welcome to Des Moines Lake

Welcome to Des Moines Lake

Des Moines Lake is a 215 acre lake located in Burnett County Wisconsin. It has a maximum depth of 37 feet and is classified as a seepage lake. The bottom is 99% sand and the water clarity is excellent. A Secchi disk reading of 24.5 feet was recorded in 2022.

Visitors have access to the lake from a public boat landing. Per Burnett County law, every boat and trailer must be decontaminated before entering the water. Cleaning station and instructions are available at the landing.

Aquatic Invasive Species present in Des Moines Lake include the Banded Mystery Snail, the Chinese Mystery Snail, and Purple Loosestrife. Given the importance for clean and healthy water, Des Moines Lake proudly takes part in the Clean Boats, Clean Waters Watercraft Inspection program. Read more about our Aquatic Invasive Species and Prevention.

Des Moines Lake has no-wake hours before 10 am and after 5 pm. Read more about our Boating Laws and Guidance.

Fish include Panfish, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Rock Bass, Pumpkinseed and Bluegill. A 2022 electrofishing survey showed no observable Walleye or Muskellunge. The DNR concluded that these two species should be considered a remnant population of previous Des Moines Lake fish stockings. No future stocking of these species is recommended due to poor survival.

The Des Moines Lake Association maintains this website as part of our ongoing efforts to protect and enhance the quality of the lake and its surroundings for the collective interests of our members. We are a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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