Legend Lake can be found tucked in the beautiful forests of Menominee County in North Eastern Wisconsin. Barely an hour's drive from Green Bay, Appleton and the Fox Cities, its crystal clear water and beautiful forests will rival any lake area in Wisconsin’s North Woods.
The Lake was developed in the 1960’s in order to establish a resort like setting in the newly created Menominee County. In the years that followed, some 2400 lots (all of them around an acre in size) were put up for sale. Some were developed by people building homes and cabins, while others were used strictly for camping. Many lots still remain undeveloped and wooded. Because Legend Lake is uniquely situated within the Menominee Indian Reservation, some of the lots belong to the Menominee Indian Tribe and are used by the tribal members for homes and recreation.
One thing that sets Legend Lake apart from other lakes is that everyone who owns property has access to the lake. All off-shore properties have access to a nearby Beach Club that is jointly owned by the property owners of that neighborhood. Most Beach Clubs are just a short walk from each property and offer a place to fish, swim, picnic and moor a boat.
Rental cabins, time shares, hotels or commercial business of any kind are not allowed on the Lake. All non-Tribal owners have membership in the Legend Lake Property Owners Association (LLPOA). The Association provides regulations for all property owners as well as many services. The regulations are key in developing a resort like area that includes houses and cabins across a wide scale of values. There are also some lots that have been upgraded for the modern R.V. and trailer type campers along with some lots that have been kept as rustic and old fashioned camping sites. There are quite a few undeveloped lots that can provide “new comers” the opportunity to build their “dream” home or cabin.
The biggest draw to Legend Lake is the lake itself. Although it is known as “Legend Lake” it is really a chain of spring fed lakes that stretches six miles. These lake basins are inter-connected by channels, providing over 47 miles of shoreline. Depth varies from 8 feet to over 70 feet. A “no wake” rule is in place from 6:30 PM until 10 AM allowing the lake to quiet down for fishing, canoeing, kayaking and leisurely boat rides during the evening and early morning hours. However from 10 AM until 6:30 PM the lake comes alive with activity as including power boating (pontoons and cruisers alike), jet skiing, tubing, wake boarding, water skiing, sailing and more. And even during the busy daytime hours, you can find quiet bay or cove for a relaxing day of fishing.
Although the summer season is certainly “prime time” for Legend Lake activity, the other seasons are both active and beautiful. In the fall, the air around the lake is filled with the smell of wood smoke, the sounds of falling leaves and migrating birds, as people start preparing for winter. Few things can be more relaxing than sitting out on your dock on a cool fall morning with a hot cup of coffee or cocoa and enjoying the brilliant autumn colors.
Legend Lake then transforms into a beautiful winter wonderland. The frozen lake will become active with people snowmobiling and ice fishing. Others will put on snow shoes and cross country skis to meander down the many trails that make their way through the Association’s jointly owned forest areas.
As the winter season passes and the sun warms to melt the snow and ice, the birds and wildlife begin to return in full force. Birds and waterfowl come to nest and raise their young. Bears emerge from hibernation and many other critters make their way out from their dens. There is something almost magical as the flowers begin to bloom and the trees leaf out during the spring season in Northern Wisconsin. And soon, everyone starts to look forward to another Summer
on the "Lake."
For many people, there is more than enough to do on Legend Lake itself, no matter what the season. However, for those looking for some other activities the take part in, they don’t have to look far. Just a few miles from the Lake is the Menominee Casino. For those slightly more adventurous, there is white water rafting down the Wolf River. The communities of Shawano, Gillett, Gresham, Cecil and others are nearby and offer shopping, dining, golfing, and entertainment. Throughout the year there are various festivals, fairs, craft sales, powwows, flea markets, fishing derbies and other activities that many look for in our North Wisconsin communities.
Legend Lake has a lot to offer; whether one is interested in being part of the Lake community as a weekender or as a full time resident. Because this community is an association of property owners, every property owner has the privilege of being part of the decision making process when it come issues that affect the Lake and the properties that surround it. Through the LLPOA and the Legend Lake Protection & Rehabilitation District (LLPRD) all property owners have the opportunity to attend several meetings each year to hear reports, review and vote on a budget, and vote for various representatives that manage the Legend Lake community.
If you are looking for a place where you can enjoy the best of what Northern Wisconsin has to offer, Legend Lake may be the place for you. We invite you to visit our beautiful community. Stop at the Legend Lake Lodge (on the West end of the largest basin), pick up a map and take a drive around the area. Or if you want, bring your boat and launch it at the Public Landing at the Lodge and take your own cruise around the Lake. You won’t be disappointed.