Razorback Lake

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    Razorback Lake is really in the Sayner portion of Plum Lake township. It is included in this listing of Star Lake area lakes because of its near proximity to Star Lake and the fact that the large bay behind Pine Island is referred to as Razorback Bay, because that is the portion of Star Lake closest to Razorback Lake.

    The DNR website overview reads: " Razorback Lake is a 381 acre lake located in Vilas County. It has a maximum depth of 35 feet. Visitors have access to the lake from a public boat landing. Fish include Musky, Panfish, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike and Walleye. The lake's water clarity is low." Additional information from the site: Bottom: 50% sand, 20% gravel, 30% rock, 0% muck. Hydrologic Lake Type: SEEPAGE. Latitude, Longitude: 46.01931960, -89.51993160. Fish: Musky, Panfish, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike and Walleye. Trophic Status: Eutrophic. There is one boat landing on the lake, off of Razorback Road.

    Charles P. Forbes
    March 5, 2012
  • Bibliography

    Major References

    ****. 31-Year Old Eagle Found Dead Near Sayner. [Vilas County News-Review, June 25, 2008, p. 13A.] Eagle River, 2008. View Full Entry
    ****. Famous Hunting and Fishing Grounds. Chicago, 1895. View Full Entry
    ****. Wisconsin DNR Surveying Lakes in Vilas and Oneida. [Vilas County News-Review, Aug. 7, 2013, p.11A.] Eagle River, 2013. View Full Entry
    Goodspeed, Edgar. As I Remember. New York, 1953. View Full Entry

    Minor References

    Judson, Clara Ingram. Jerry and Jean, Detectors. New York, 1923. View Full Entry
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    An 1895 map published by Poole Bros., Publishers in Chicago, shows the lake's name to be Charles Lake.


    The body of what is likely the oldest documented American bald eagle in the upper Midwest was found May 16, 2008, near its nest on an island of Razorback Lake. The female eagle had a leg band which was traced to 1977, having been placed on the bird just north of the Michigan border in the Sylvania Wilderness Area. It was found by a DNR fisheries crew which was doing a survery in Razorback Lake. 31-Year Old Eagle Found Dead, Vilas County News-Review, June 25, 2006 The article contains a photo of the leg band


    The DNR website provides this data for Razorback Lake: Year: 2011; Boats Inspected: 79; People Talked to: 167; Manhours used: 62. Refer to the link "AIS Boat Inspections".