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Lower Lake Nemahbin in Wisconsin

Trip Overview

This trip was a simple day paddle on Lower Lake Nemahbin. The lake itself was very calm. Mostly shallow and very clear water. The biggest challenge for me on this paddle was entering the boat without getting wet. Because it was December the temps were cool. Normally I walk into the water and then get in the boat. This gave me a chance to utilize my NRS paddle jacket as well as some neoprene gloves I purchased for ice fishing. Water temps were quite chilly (40's) so staying dry was key to enjoyment.

Went to the free public Kayak/Canoe launch on Hwy P.

The most impressive part of this trip was it was mid Dec. No ice yet!! This was a Friday paddle, that, combined with the time of year meant I had the entire lake to myself.

I did the full circumference of the lake in just over an hour. There are some interesting channels on the southern end. Cruise through looking at the great houses on the shoreline. I did manage to see a small flock of geese out for a swim. I left them some space as I paddled passed.

There are three launches that I know of for the Nemahbin lakes, upper and lower. There is a pay launch for boats that can be seen from Hwy 94, the free kayak launch on hwy P and there is a pay launch by one of the bars off Hwy 94. I have used the pay launches before, the one by the bar is very nice and reasonable at $6.

The free launch provides some challenges. It is a short walk to the launch. Smallish parking lot, and if you can't get in your boat from a dock, you will be getting "mucky" as you try to get in without using the dock.

Overall this was just a pleasant day on the water in mid-Dec. Most docks are pulled and power boats are winterized so being able to just enjoy a peaceful paddle without all the distractions was great.


DNR pay launch has nice dock with a concrete ramp and asphalt parking for maybe 15 to 20 cars.

DNR kayak launch has a nice dock with gravel parking lot for 5-8 cars, small walk to the dock through a wooded trail

Private pay launch by the bar. has a bar for eating, sometimes there is music etc. The launch itself is very nice for kayaks. you can walk it in or go down the wooden ramp. they rent boats here and are very friendly. parking for 15-20 cars.


DNR kayak launch is free

DNR boat launch was $6.50

Private launch was $6.00


Lake can be seen from Hwy 94 - Upper is on the north side, Lower on the south side of the Highway.


Because I live nearby, I did not use any maps. The lake is very small and easily navigated without.

  • Duration: Day Trip
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking, Canoeing
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Water Type: Flat/Sheltered Water
  • Group Rates: No

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