Welcome to Des Moines Lake

Welcome to Des Moines Lake


Our 2021 Boat Parade has concluded. What a great turnout Des Moines Lake! Winner and Honorable Mentions here. Thank you!


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 32 feet was recorded in 2014.

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 Musky, Panfish, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike and Walleye.

Des Moines Lake residents are encouraged to register on this site. Registration is free and includes the following benefits:

  • Periodic Updates on Association Initiatives and Activities
  • Lake Directory with integrated map
  • Ability to join the Des Moines Lake Association