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Twenty-Eight interconnected lakes compose the largest inland chain of lakes in the world, providing The Town of Three Lakes a generous area for a variety of activities.
This small community sits amidst the spectacular Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest which offers crystal clear lakes, fisheries, trophy deer and other beautiful wildlife species.
The friendly Town of Three Lakes presents an old-fashioned ambiance for patrons of the gifts shops, restaurants and other small businesses.
The land area of Three Lakes is 81.5 square miles in Oneida County. Latitude: 45.81 N, Longitude: 89.13 W. It is 104.7 miles N.W. of Green Bay WI and 283.7 miles N.W. of Chicago, IL. The nearest city to The Town of Three Lakes with a population of 200,000+ is Madison, WI which is 189.5 miles South.
Naturally, an abundance of resources attracted settlers to the area in the 1800s. Surveyors for the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad encountered 3 lakes which foiled the planned straight line north to high timberlands. This set back is responsible for the supply station being erected and was appropriately called "3 Lakes". This station became an active point for loggers as well as farmers. The community of Three Lakes began to thrive in October, 1881 when the combination store and post office was built by Mr. Cahman.
Elevation: 1666 ft.
Population: 2,796 (as of 2009)
The annual snowfall for the Three Lakes area will range from 63 to 104 inches.