Love Lake is in northern Wisconsin near the Minn. border. It is about 1 1/2 hours drive north of Minneapolis on I-35. The lake is part of a chain of lakes with river-like waterways between them. The current of these 'rivers' is almost non-existent so paddling back and forth between lakes is easy. Other lakes on the chain of 7 are Gull, Minerva, and Cranberry. These lakes are busy as they all allow Jet-skis and ski-boats.
We found that the people are very respectful of kayaks and will slow down so not to make a wake. There is a regulation of no jet-ski's in early morning and in the evening - perfect paddling time!
The water is extremely clear and you can see the bottom near the edges and many schools of fishes below the boat. The lake is surrounded by private cabins but covenants have preserved the wilderness feel of the lakes. On the east shore of the lake there are no houses allowed and there are sand bars on which to relax and play.
Fishing on the lake is great and many large fish for the taking. Bass-Muskie-Walleye-Crappie & Bluegill. Wildlife we saw were Geese, ducks, deer, black bear and the loons who sang every evening. It's really not as busy as it sounds - even at the height of summer season when we visited there were less than 10 boats encountered on the weekend. This lake is great for the inexperienced paddler or those who paddle for relaxation.
There is Houman's pub near the boat dock for food and drinks. Houman's has a bar on the dock too, just around the corner and under the road from the public put-in -- but never drink while boating! Danbury has a casino/hotel, also nice motels in nearby Webster.
No permits or fees other than boat and fishing licenses
From Danbury go south on WI HWY 35,about 1/2 mi cross bridge & take immediate left. Follow road until a T intersection - take a left onto Hayden Lake Rd. Follow until another T intersection - take a right onto CCC Rd. Go down hill and on the right 1/2 mi there is a public boat dock and parking.
Burnett Co. lakes map
- Trip Duration: Day Trip
- Sport/Activity: Kayaking, Canoeing
- Skill Level: Beginner
- Water Type: Flat/Sheltered Water