Beaver Lake is a beautiful 327-acre lake located in Waukesha County, with a maximum depth of 46 feet. Visitors looking to fish, kayak, swim, paddle board or other activities, can enjoy access to the lake from a public boat landing. Notable fish include Panfish, Largemouth Bass and Northern Pike. Perhaps the most striking and memorable aspect of Beaver Lake is its crystal clear clarity you'll have to see to believe.
We are so lucky that we get to live on beautiful Beaver Lake. Our quiet lake is a welcome respite as we go about our busy lives. Please take time regularly to be thankful for what we have, and to enjoy such natural beautify. And, the fellowship of our fellow residents. Friends of Beaver Lake has, for more than ten years, worked to understand the Lake and help keep it the unique place that it is. We all treasure the unique colors, our wonderful clean water, and the vibrant wildlife scene.
Whether pontooning, fishing, waterskiing/wakeboarding, paddling or swimming—Beaver Lake offers so much. Thoughtful residents saw a need to create an organization dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of the Lake. Through continued education on the role we all can play to keep the Lake free from sediment and pollutants, coupled with ongoing testing of the Lake environment, and special projects to enhance and understand the fishery or live-giving plants in the Lake—Friends of Beaver Lake is a resident-led effort. We proudly build on the work of those who came before us—all with a vision of improving our Lake.
We appreciate the words of encouragement, resident involvement, and generous financial support. Please consider sharing your insights and concerns so we can all work together to preserve and protect Beaver Lake.
Larry Stover, President
Playing it Safe on the Ice
Hard water conditions allow for another season of enjoyment on Beaver Lake. Ice on Beaver lake provides plenty of new opportunities to enjoy our Lake. Take a brisk walk to see the shoreline in another season, play a spirited game of ice hockey, go for a leisurely skate hand in hand, catch dinner thru the ice, or take a thrilling ice boat ride.
Early and late season ice will likely present the biggest risk to your adventures out on the Lake, although that depends on the specific conditions we have had--the number of cold nights (and days) vs. the inevitable warm periods and rain. We were “blessed” with early cold conditions which have firmed things up on our great lake. Ice fishermen were out on the lake shortly after freeze over with no apparent problems—well before most of us would think it would be safe.
As with most outdoor activities, your safety is your responsibility. In order to mitigate the risk of breaking thru the ice, some key rules are paramount:
Having a plan and being prepared for what will be a bracing experience is critical.
Our spring fed lake has varying levels of ice thickness, so ice that measures 8” thick in one place may be unsafe in another area not too far away. The recommended minimum ice thickness for human travel on the lake is 4”—some suggest double that as a measure of safety.
New blue to clear ice is the strongest…our late December ice has turned gray and mottled and lighter in tone in parts, which is a good indicator that sunload and candeling (sun’s rays magnified and burrowing down into the surface of the ice) has weakened the upper level of the ice.
Colder days lie ahead so we can expect ice thickness will grow to quite safe levels. The insulating power of ice means that we need increasingly cold nights to grow the depth of ice. In order for water to freeze, 80 calories per gram of water needs to dissipate. Really cold air, or just cold air with wind, will transport those calories (as a measure of heat content) thru the thicker ice and into the atmosphere—increasing our ice depth.
Enjoy Beaver Lake every season of the year….