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Lake Pacawa and Nearby Parks Offer Abundant Options for Spring Activities in Central Wisconsin


By Dean S. Acheson


Just a short drive from the Town of Plover is Lake Pacawa, a small 23-acre lake that boasts two parks and a memorial honoring those who served during the Korean War.

Worzella Pines Park on the shore of Lake Pacawa provides a large picnic area, charcoal grills, boat landing, paved walking paths, modular play equipment, swing set, rocking animals, shoreline benches, and 2 T-ball diamonds. It also is home to the Wisconsin Korean War Veterans Memorial. The park is located at 1505 Maple Drive, Plover.

The 35-acre Lake Pacawa Park, 1831 Maple Drive (off Hoover Ave/Maple Drive, behind Menard’s), welcomes visitors to pack a picnic lunch and spend some time there. Recently, a bandshell was constructed at the park. The master plan for park development includes additional walking trails, fishing piers, designated areas for the historical patriotic marker, parking, and new shelters. Already there are two Lions Club shelters, a Pony League ball diamond, two soccer fields, a beach area, a play area, and a shelter house with restrooms.

Those fishing the 23-acre Lake Pacawa will find a variety of fish including largemouth bass, perch, striped bass, smallmouth bass, pumpkinseed, walleye, rock bass, bream/bluegill, crappie, and northern pike. Motor trolling is allowed with up to three hooks, baits, or lures per angler. Whether you’re fly fishing or baitcasting, your chances of getting a bite here are good.

Photo from www.stevenspointarea.com.

Contributing writer Dean S. Acheson is a Wisconsin native with a long career in newspaper and magazine writing and editing. He considers himself semi-retired and enjoys fishing, scuba diving, snowmobiling, photography, and, of course, travel. “I’ve been blessed with traveling throughout Wisconsin and the UP, seeing the diverse communities, taking in the festivals, chatting with the locals, and hiking the trails.”

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