Lake Owen Recreation Area

Lake Owen Picnic Shelter in the fall.
Lake Owen Recreation Area is located on the 1,323 acre Lake Owen that has crystal clear water, excellent fishing and swimming. There is a swim beach and shelter/chalet at the northern end of the lake on Forest Road 213 (Lake Owen Drive). There is access to the North Country Trail from this recreation area as well as the Drummond Recreation Trails across the road.
There is also a boat landing that provides access to the lake on Forest Road 216 (Lake Owen Station Road) just before you get to the swim beach and picnic area. The boat landing has a vault toilet, picnic tables and pedestal grills. 
The area includes vault toilets, water, picnic tables, pedestal grills and a large grill for groups. There is a paved path from the parking lot, to the well and to the picnic area.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Aquatic Invasive Species decontamination is required by Bayfield County ordinance when you land your boat at the Two Lakes Campground or North Outlet landing on Lake Owen.  The campground has a sanitizing station with a mild bleach solution to kill AIS and the North Outlet Landing has a hot water washing system. Either may be used prior to entering the lake.
Fees: There are no fees for the remainder of Summer 2023. Ordinarily, there is a $5 day use pass for this recreation site. The Forest also has an annual pass available for $30. To learn more visit. The USDA Forest Service honors all four Interagency Recreation Passes that may be applied at National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Fish and Wildlife sites charging recreation use fees. 
Restrictions: Restrictions for all National Forest System lands can be found by visiting Title 36 Code of Federal Regulations 261 by clicking here. The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest specific restrictions can be found in the Occupancy and Use Restrictions for the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Lake and Pond Fishing

Lake Owen is 1,323 acres in size and has northern pike, walleye, small-mouth bass and panfish. 


 There are picnic tables, shelter/chalet with picnic tables, and pedestal grills. 

Boating - Non-Motorized

Lake Owen provides visitors with ample opportunities for canoeing, kayaking, paddling and many other non-motorized activities.

Scuba Diving

Lake Owen is ideal for scuba diving and features a sunken boat that visitors like to explore.


There is a swimming beach with buoys located along Forest Road 213 (Lake Owen Drive). 

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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