Fishing and Boating

Find fantastic fishing, boating, canoeing and kayaking in the Wisconsin Rapids area. Local bodies of water include the Wisconsin River, several small lakes and Petenwell Flowage, the largest flowage in Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin Rapids area offers outstanding fishing for musky, walleye, northern pike, bass, bluegill and crappie. Fish big flowages such as the Petenwell Flowage and the Big Eau Pleine Flowage. Search for walleyes in the Wisconsin River. Catch bass, walleye and panfish in Lake Nepco, Lake Dexter and Lake Wazeecha.

Don’t miss Nekoosa Walleye Days, an annual fishing contest running from late March through early April. The contest offers a number of outstanding prizes.

Boating and paddling are excellent in the Wisconsin Rapids area. Smaller likes like Lake Nepco and Lake Dexter provide a relaxing paddling experience. The 23,000-acre Petenwell Flowage offers nearly unlimited boating and paddling.

Numerous boat launches allow easy access to the Wisconsin Rapids area’s best fishing and boating waters. You’ll also find fishing guides and boat rentals. Plan your Wisconsin Rapids area fishing trip today.

Find lake maps for Wisconsin Rapids area lakes.

Barnum Bay Marina

1735 Archer Lane
Nekoosa, Wisconsin

Phone: (715) 325-6555


The Barnum Bay Marina is located in a wooded cove on the Petenwell Flowage in Central Wisconsin. Slips with electric hook-up, as well as an area for dry dock and beach storage is available. There are two private boat ramps, gas and restrooms with showers at the marina. Other services include a shelter on the beach, a beautiful sandy swimming area and pontoon boat rental. The Lure Bar and Grill is on site and serves lunch and dinner daily. The Marina is open April 15th until October 15 (weather permitting) and seasonal. Monthly, weekly and overnight fees are available.