Beaver Dam Lake Improvement Association, Inc.

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Water Trail Map Derge Park

Derge Park

Trail 1 - Derge Park North
The shoreline north of this county park features homes and farmland. Some of the best fishing on the lake is in this area, in the center of the lake is the Beaver Dam river flowing from Fox Lake. Many of these homes were once cottages for city residents. On the west side of the lake there is an island which could be covered by Pelicans as they love hanging out here. Undeveloped shoreline along farmland provides waterfowl and birds shelter and habitat.

Trail 2 - Derge Park South
Many lovely homes are located on this shoreline and fishing is productive here most of the time. It’s also home to Pelicans in the bay and shoreline structure supports other wildlife as well. Duck hunting in this area is popular in the fall.

Trail 3 - DNR Fish Camp
Paddle directly across the lake to this boat landing behind Fish Camp Island (no access). There is a marshy area to the west and many fishing spots. Homes to the southeast feature a wide variety of styles and most are used year round with smaller frontage averaging 50 ft. Strong winds can make this a challenge for novice paddlers, watch the weather!

Dodge County facility features 25 campsites, shower/restrooms, 500 ft of shoreline, fishing piers, boat launch, handicap accessible and handicap canoe/kayak launch new this year. 13 acres of parkland.

Water Trail Map

Water Trail Map

Trail 1 - Waterworks Park, City of Beaver Dam Shoreline Tour
Round Trip (approx.) 1.25 Miles
No parks or stop offs along this route
Heading south along the east shoreline of the city you will see beautiful landscaped yards with interesting shoreline treatments. At Denning’s Point the shoreline sharply veers to the left. Turnaround point is the yard with an outdoor fire pit surrounded by furniture. There are many lovely homes on this tour, several are for sale - average cost $350,000+.

Trail 2 - Waterworks Park to Tahoe Park
Round Trip (approx.) 2 Miles
Restrooms at Tahoe Park
This easy paddle extends your tour of city shoreline, note the different garden/rock treatments along the lake. DNR regulations dictate any improvements and residents have been participating in the Healthy Lakes initiative through grant funding. Tahoe Park is home to the MustSki waterski team and free performances are held every Sunday evening. Lake Days is held in this park the weekend after the 4th of July and Jam by the Dam concerts are enjoyed during the summer. This is a very popular location for city residents. Across the bay enjoy food and beverages at the Moonlight Bar, Thirsty Beaver and Morry’s.

Trail 3 - Waterworks Park to Edgewater Park
Round Trip (approx.) 2 Miles [Rustic rest room at Edgewater Park]
This easy paddle heads north along the city shoreline with newer homes and undeveloped property. Edgewater Park features a dog exercise trail, Hicks Observation Tower, fishing docks, small shelter and covers over 100 acres. A new Healthy Lakes garden was installed earlier this year, the Lake Association hosts an event for kids the first Saturday in June and there are hiking trails maintained by the parks department. A new walkway is planned to connect Starkweather Drive to the park for residents to enjoy. This is the location for the swap meet during the festival and the shuttle will pick up at this location.

Trail 4 - Waterworks Park to Fish Camp
Round Trip (approx.) 6 Miles, two routes [Restrooms at Fish Camp]
Route 1: Direct Lake Routestrong>
Head north from Waterworks Park and travel in a straight line 1/3 to 1/2 mile from the shoreline toward the homes on Sunset Point Road. Your destination is the DNR Fish Camp Boat Landing across from Fish Camp Island.

Route 2: Shoreline Routestrong>
Traveling north enjoy the shoreline on the east side of Beaver Dam Lake, these properties all enjoy the magnificent sunsets over the lake. Stop off at Edgewater Park for the swap meet or a comfort break. About half way you will pass two islands—Big Skunk & Little Skunk. Big Skunk is the location for BDLIA aerators used in the winter to keep open water to protect oxygen levels for fish survival. There are no access points for the islands. Between Edgewater Park and Sunset Point Rd is the Beaver Dam Country Club golf course, 18 holes, putting greens, dining facility and banquet rooms. This is a public facility. Continuing the paddle along Sunset roads, this is one of the most developed areas on the lake. Most properties have 50 to 75 ft of shoreline and many of the homes were once summer cottages owned by city families to escape the heat before AC. This narrow part of the lake is where the Beaver Dam River flows from Fox Lake. At the end of the residential area you will come to Fish Camp, the DNR boat landing which is across from Fish Camp Island.

General Information

Beaver Dam Lake is 6,718 acres located in Dodge County. The maximum depth is 7 ft and it is created by a dam located in the City of Beaver Dam. Flowage is into the Beaver Dam River, public property along the river just below the dam is a very popular fishing area. Good spring fishing is also enjoyed at the Cty Hwy G bridge next to the Marina and further west at a bridge just past the Westford Town Hall at Dockside Bar.

Visitors have access to the lake from public boat landings, public lands or parks. Fishing includes many varieties of pan fish, Bass, Northern Pike and Walleye. The lake clarity is very cloudy with a muddy bottom and there are many rock challengers for power boats. The Beaver Dam Lake Improvement Association is investigating a Lake District which would help protect the lake and improve water quality. The BDLIA supports lake activities, monitors management and is funded through donations and a yearly banquet. Membership dues are minimal and there are over 300 members at this time.

The City of Beaver Dam maintains and monitors the dam; Parks & Forestry and Community Activities & Services support many lake activities, events and maintains city parks with lake access. The Watermark is located on the Beaver Dam River and is a community and senior center open daily and features rental space for the public.

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