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Fishing from a boat

MCVB-Insert-1Lake Puckaway
Located on the southeast side of Marquette County, 5460 acre Lake Puckaway is a favorite of walleye, pike, and bass fishermen. Fed by the Fox River, this shallow lake also produces great pan fish and is a favorite of ice fishermen. Catfish are also in abundance on both the lake and in the river.

Launch your boat at Apuckwa Park located on Fox Ct. and Toepper Dr.  There is a daily boat launch fee that can be paid on site or you can obtain an annual pass. Please see below for annual pass information.

Buffalo Lake
Located between Montello and Packwaukee, this 2447 acre lake holds monster bass and pike. It is a favorite later in the summer for bass fishermen who like to fish “slop”. Panfish are also very abundant in this lake. There are three boat launches on Buffalo Lake. In Montello you can launch on Sunset Dr. (Dredge Bank Road). Between Montello and Packwaukee you can launch off of Cty. Hwy. C. At Packwaukee you can launch off of Freedom Rd. There is a daily boat launch fee that can be paid on site or you can obtain an annual pass. Please see below for annual pass information.

Montello Lake
Montello Lake is a favorite of pan fishermen during both winter and summer. Bays on the south end of the lake are a great place to target.

Lawrence Lake
Located west of Westfield this 231 acre lake is a favorite for bass, pike, walleye and panfish. There is a launch on 3rd Rd.


Montello Upper Fox River (Grand River Lock & Dam)
This is a popular area during the spring fishing runs for walleye and white bass. In the summer it is popular for catfish. A lot of pike can also be found here. A portable restroom is kept on site during the spring and summer for use by the public. Located about 2 miles south of Montello on Hwy. 22 on Lower Locks Road.


Annual Boat Launch Pass Information for Lake Puckaway and Buffalo Lake.
The Boat Launch Permit forms can be found on the Marquette County website; under the Parks and Rural Planning Department. Please fill out the Boat Launch Permit Application form, and send with payment to us. The cost of the Annual Boat Launch Passes will again be $20.00. Once we receive your application, we will then process your form and mail your boating pass back to you. You may also stop in our office as well to register for your boat launch pass.

The annual pass can be used at all of following launches: Lake Puckaway – Apuckwa Launch; Buffalo Lake- Sunset Dr./Dredge Bank Road launch in Montello; Hwy. C boat launch between Montello and Packwaukee; Freedom Road launch in Packwaukee.

If you have any questions, please call 608-296-2815, Ext. 4.