Lake Superior Magic – Saxon Harbor
**THIS PROPERTY RECEIVED SIGNIFICANT STORM DAMAGE IN JULY 2016 AND IS CURRENTLY CLOSED.
Update: March 10, 2017
As we move into the spring, I wanted to update you on the progress, short term use of Saxon Harbor as well as tentative timelines for reconstruction.
Late last fall the initial cleanup of large debris was completed by Forestry personnel, National Guard and Snow Country Contracting. In December, the Iron County Board of Supervisors decided to return the Saxon Harbor Marina back to original condition. The campground location has been a bit more of a challenge as Wisconsin State Statues will not allow a campground to be constructed where it was due to flood plain regulations. We have been working through this issue with FEMA in order to maximize the funds available for reconstruction. At this time, it appears the alternative location for the campground will be to the east of Saxon Harbor. The area around the pavilion and former campground may be made into a day use area.
Discussions have continued with the County’s insurance firm to settle on reimbursement of items lost under their coverage. Throughout the winter we have worked with attorneys creating the language and materials required to procure an engineering firm to begin the process of rebuilding Saxon Harbor. This process is currently in the advertising stage. The Forestry Committee is expected to finalize the engineering contract at their meeting on April 11.
This spring, when ice conditions permit, we will be installing a new dock at the west boat launch. This will be available to the public for transient boating & fishing. There will not be overnight docking or mooring allowed except when needed for refuge. The north parking area will be available for beach users. We also intend to make the pavilion restrooms available for the summer. There will not be camping allowed at the Harbor this year as we do not have the amenities required for campground operation.
At this time, we are anticipating a full Saxon Harbor Marina and Campground reopening date of May, 2019. There is a lot of planning, permitting, construction and probably some obstacles along the way. Our Department and the County Board are committed to this project and the future of Saxon Harbor. We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding during this time of planning and reconstruction.
Eric J. Peterson
It’s the biggest freshwater lake in the world….and we have one of the longest sandy beaches on the lake! Our Saxon Harbor has expanded to accommodate twice as many boats as before.
Lake Superior, containing a full 10% of the earth’s fresh surface water, is a beauty to behold. The water within our lake is equal to all of the rest of the Great Lakes combined, plus three more Lake Erie’s. Here you can fish, explore, hunt for agates along her shores, swim and sail.
Tracy Lee Charters is available for an exciting Lake Superior experience you will not forget. Our Saxon Harbor “Wisconsin’s best-kept secret” This Charter provides sport fishing or cruising off the Southern Shores of the Lake. Enjoy the experience as you hook some enormous lake trout that are the best eating in the area!
Saxon Harbor is a harbor of refuge on Superior’s Oronto Bay. The main beach stretches westward some 4 miles toward Marble Point on the Bad River Indian Reservation. Toward the east one sees Little Girl’s Point as the second point that marks off the bay. The shoreline is rockier in this direction as you reach the mouth of the Montreal River and can see Superior Falls from the lake.
Gile Flowage – Just “Wild” Enough
Come join us for a wilderness experience in the heart of northern Iron County. The Gile Flowage is the last large undeveloped “laurentian shield” lake in Wisconsin. It’s a wild place where the night sky is still dark and shines with stars. The Gile Flowage is part of Excel Energy’s hydropower system along the Montreal River. The Gile helps provide a consistent water supply for the power generations, while creating a pristine flowage prized for fishing, boating, kayaking, and its unspoiled Northwoods character. Fish species included Walleye, Smallmouth Bass, Muskie, Northern Pike, Crappie, Bluegill and Perch.
Island Lake – “A Little Piece of Heaven”
Island Lake is located in the Center of the County off the beaten path. Find solitude on a 356 Acre Lake. Island Lake specializes in Northern Pike, Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Crappie and Smallmouth Bass. Lake Depth is a maximum of 8 feet. Take the kids in the canoe to catch that first fish to experience the real Northwoods atmosphere.
The Gile Flowage & Island Lake are rated “A-1” for musky fishing.