Salsich Lake, which used to be called Bass Lake, is a small lake, which has been preserved as a Wilderness Lake. The road to the lake, which was passable in the 1950's and probably later, is no longer open. There is a Trampers Trail to the lake that extends off the Lake Laura Road. It is shown in the original Trampers Trail map, and was clearly marked in the 1950's. My family and I hiked the trail in 2010, and were able to follow it, but only from my memory--the trail is not clear and cannot be followed.
The last quarter to half mile of he trail followed the road to the lake, which came off of Highway K, not too far east of the junction of K and N. When you got to the lake in the 1950's the biggest feature were two dead tree trunks that extended out into the lake for most of the length of a mature tree. They were strong enough to walk on. Brave souls walked the top tree which was the larger. Less brave souls worked their way out the lower tree, using the higher tree for balance.
Lake overview from the DNR Website: "Lake Salsich is a 49 acre lake located in Vilas County. It has a maximum depth of 36 feet. Visitors have access to the lake from a public boat landing. Fish include Panfish, Largemouth Bass and Northern Pike. The lake's water clarity is low." Other information from the DNR Website: Bottom: 85% sand, 10% gravel, 5% rock, 0% muck. Hydrologic Lake Type: SEEPAGE. Latitude, Longitude: 46.04166740, -89.45227030. Fish: Panfish, Largemouth Bass and Northern Pike. Trophic Status: Eutrophic.Charles P. ForbesMarch 4, 2012
Major References****. Famous Hunting and Fishing Grounds. Chicago, 1895. View Full EntryAnderson, "Buckshot". Memories from the Age of Exploration, Part Two. [Traveling Trails Less Traveled (regular newspaper column). Lakeland Times, July 27, 2018, P. 28] Minocqua, 2018. View Full EntryJackson and Warye. St. Germain, Sayner and Star Lake etc.. Presque Isle, WI, 2004. View Full EntryWisconsin Conservation Department. Old Lake--New Names. [Wis. Conservation Bulletin, 5:2, Feb. 42, p. 32] Madison, 1941. View Full Entry
Minor ReferencesWisconsin DNR. Vilas County Lakes Directory. [From Wisconsin Lakes, Wis. DNR PUB-FH-800 2001] Eagle River, 2002. View Full EntryWisconsin DNR. Wisconsin Trout Streams. [Publication 213-69] Madison, 1969. View Full Entry
An 1895 map published by Poole Bros., Publishers in Chicago, shows the lake's name to be Matthews Lake.
The DNR Invasive Species Inventory for Vilas County Lakes, shown under LINKS in this Topic, 2011, shows these invasive species in this lake: Freshwater jellyfish.