Castle Rock Lake Travel Guide



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Castle Rock Lake is a 12981 acre lake located in Juneau County. It has a maximum depth of 36 feet. Visitors have access to the lake from public boat landings, public beaches and public lands or parks. Fish include Musky, Panfish, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike, Walleye, Sturgeon and Catfish.

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Castle Rock Lake is a man-made lake located in central Wisconsin, in Adams County and Juneau County. It connects to Petenwell Lake. It covers 16,640 acres (67.3 km) and reaches 30 feet (9.1 m) deep.


Construction of the Castle Rock Dam was started in 1947 and completed 4 years later.  The dam is 38 feet high, 18,700 feet long at is crest, with a maximum water capacity of 175,000 acre feet. A hydropower project of the Wisconsin River Power Company (WRPCO) in tandem with the related Petenwell Dam and Reservoir, Castle Rock Lake is Wisconsin's fourth largest lake. It covers sixteen thousand acres, and has approximately sixty miles of shoreline.



Adams County is a natural wonderland, bordered on the west by the Wisconsin River and two large flowages, Petenwell and Castle Rock, the second and fourth largest inland lakes in Wisconsin. The area is dotted with lakes and wetlands and crossed by brooks and streams. The county is studded with rocky mounds, forested bluffs and fanciful stone islands rising from the bed of an extinct glacial lake, with large expanses of sandy prairie, scrubwood and pulpwood forests.

The prehistoric record of the earliest known inhabitants is still visible on the walls of Roche-A-Cri mound; and the story of the area's discovery and development is preserved and told in the artifacts, archives and displays found in the Adams County Historical Society's McGowan House Museum. Nineteenth century churches and commercial buildings are still standing throughout the county. The Village of Friendship celebrated its sesquicentennial in 2007.

Roche-A-Cri State Park was once occupied by ancient Americans who left pictographs and petroglyphs on the walls the Roche-A-Cri rock formation more than a thousand years ago, and by the people of three Wisconsin Indian Nations, the Ojibwe, Menominee and Ho-Chunk (Winnebago) and then discovered by French explorers in the late 1600's, Adams County was settled in the 1830's and 1840's by a few dozen former Yankee soldiers, traders, timber cutters, trappers and adventurers.

Shopping in Castle Rock Lake

Shopping in Adams County is adventurous fun. From unusual finds to unusual bargains, there's a lot to discover in the county's stores, craft and curio shops, waysides and flea markets; rustic furniture, old and new artworks and bargains of all kinds.

Castle Rock Lake is approximately 14,000 acres and is a great recreational lake for boating, swimming, fishing and watching the sunsets. The Un-Dells Cabin is within 2 to 5 minutes of many public beaches and boat launches around the lake.

Dining in Castle Rock Lake

The StaySpa on Castle Rock Lake is located directly on Castle Rock Lake in central Wisconsin. With a breath-taking waterfront view of Castle Rock Lake, you have the ultimate vacation resort location. Be sure to check out all of the fun locations, restaurants and bars on Castle Rock Lake.

The city is full of restaurants, bars, night clubs and fresh food markets where to eat.


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