Willow Flowage is a 6,306 acre reservoir located in Oneida County. It has a maximum depth of 30 feet.
Surrounded by swamps, bogs and other watery lowlands, the Willow Flowage Scenic Waters Area is isolated from roads and development. This remoteness, along with its natural shoreline, draws visitors from around the state and region.
The flowage provides excellent fishing opportunities with an abundance of panfish. Northern pike and walleye are common, while muskie, largemouth bass and smallmouth bass all are present.
Two seasonal fish refuges, located at Cedar Falls on the north end and Willow Rapids to the west, protect spawning walleye and musky. Angling is prohibited from mid-April to mid-May in these posted areas. You must have a fishing license to fish in the flowage.
Over 6,400 acres of water offer scenic boating opportunities and access to the 117 islands and backwaters of the flowage. Due to fluctuating water levels, you are advised to use slow speeds and remain in the deeper channels because submerged rocks, sandbars and snags are numerous.
On the east side of the property, near the Willow Flowage dam, there are two improved landings with paved parking lots to accommodate trailered vehicles. The other landings (Sportsmans Landing, Talbots Landing, Jerry’s Landing and McCord Landing) are unpaved and found along rustic access roads. Each location can accommodate up to eight vehicles with trailers. The privately-owned Cedar Falls campground landing also has parking for 15 vehicles with trailers but visitors are required to pay a fee for parking and landing boats. Cedar Falls campground also has toilet facilities. The only toilet facilities on the property are at the Dam Boat Landing.
Captain Jolly guides Willow Flowage in Oneida County year-round, and on the ice where excellent walleye and panfish action can be had.
Primary Fish Species of Interest:
- Panfish (Abundant)
- Northern Pike (Common)
- Walleye (Common)
- Musky (Present)
- Largemouth Bass (Present)
- Smallmouth Bass (Present)