Lake Metonga is a 2157 acre lake located in Forest County, in north central Wisconsin. It has a maximum depth of 79 feet. Visitors have access to the lake from public boat landings on the north and south ends of the lake, public lands and parks. Fish include Panfish, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike and Walleye. The lake’s water clarity is very clear with visibility down to 20-30 feet.
Several times throughout the year, we study the lake’s water clarity and chemistry. The testing is done in the deepest hole, in front of Charlie’s Lake Metonga Resort (formerly Beachside Bar and Grill). Water clarity in our lake seems to be increasing. This is most likely the result of zebra mussels in the lake filtering out plankton which is needed for other native species to survive. The data collected for water quality is posted through the Citizens’ Lake Monitoring Network, sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Readings can be viewed here.
- Lake Metonga DNR Warden: Brad Dahlquest 715-478-5610
- Forest County Recreation Officer: Steve Ashbeck 715-889-1102
- DNR Tip Line: 800-TIP-WDNR (800-847-9367)
Unfortunately, Lake Metonga is also the home to several aquatic invasive species. These invasives were introduced into the lake through recreational users over the years. Many additional species of invasives have been found in other Wisconsin waters, but not in Lake Metonga. Therefore, it is extremely important for everyone to follow the Clean Boats / Clean Waters Initiative to protect all Wisconsin lakes, rivers, streams and wetlands. The Lake Metonga Association has CB-CW staff at both boat launches during busy summer hours to assist. You can help by making sure that your boat trailer, bilge and live wells are clean of any milfoil or other invasives before entering and when leaving Lake Metonga.
Please Help With Swimmer's Itch Cross-Continent Research Initiative
Swimmer's itch is sometimes an issue in Lake Metonga. The best ways to avoid it is to not feed the ducks and to towel off after leaving the lake.
But, in the event you do experience this problem this year, there is a research group that would very much like to hear from you. Their goal is to establish the largest database of reported swimmer’s itch cases in North America. With everyone’s input from across the entire continent, they plan to identify and zero in on areas that are particularly troubled by this common malady, and to make these areas the focus of research efforts in 2019 and beyond.
We encourage everyone using Lake Metonga to report any and all cases of swimmer’s itch by filling in their survey here. In return, the research findings for Lake Metonga will be provided back to us so that it can be included in our Lake Metonga Management Study which needs to document all aspects of our lake’s well-being including the unpopular pesky problems — like swimmer’s itch.