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We are pleased that you are considering the Chetek Chain of Lakes and the greater Chetek area as your vacation destination. The Chetek area has much to offer, whatever your interests.
The prime attraction to Chetek is, of course, our fabulous Chetek Chain of Six Lakes - Chetek Lake, Prairie Lake, Pokegama Lake, Ojaski Lake, Ten Mile Lake and Moose Ear Lake. All together these lakes cover some 3,800 surface acres with over 120 miles of shoreline, dotted with islands and many quiet bays. People come to these lakes annually to fish, to swim, to sun, in short, to just enjoy all that such a tremendous resource as these lakes have to offer.
The City of Chetek is a thriving community of around 2,000 year-round residents, plus at least that many more that reside around the shores of our lakes. The city itself has excellent educational and health care facilities, churches of many denominations, a strong industrial base plus retail trade area. And if it can't be found in Chetek, our location in northwestern Wisconsin puts us less than an hour away from more metropolitan surroundings.
We believe you will truly enjoy your visit to the Chetek area. It is an easy community to reach, being located right on U.S. Highway 53 Freeway, a four-lane controlled-access highway just 45 minutes north of 1-94 and Eau Claire. And when you get here you will find a population of fun-loving, dedicated people who work hard to keep Chetek such a great place to live. Enjoy your stay, we'll enjoy having you.
|IMPORTANT DATES IN CHETEK'S HISTORY|
In the mid 1800’s the many local Indian tribes called the Chetek area their name for Pelican, or Swan. Some of the early spellings were Sheetak, Shetak, Shetuc, Chetack, Shedack. When the first post office was established, "Chetek" became the preferred spelling which has continued to today.
The following excerpt has been taken from a book that was written by Harriet Calhoun about the history of Chetek and its people.
Derivation of the Name "Chetek"
From Herb Lampman, pioneer settler who came here in 1866 with his father Bradford Lampman, we learn of the origin of the name "Chetek," which the original inhabitants, the Ojibway Indians, called "Sheetak" and means pelican, literally little pelican; this to distinguish it from Big Chetac located farther north. The first postmaster's cancelling stamp spelled the name "Sheteack" but after several changes the present spelling Chetek was adopted.
Some important dates in Chetek's history are as follows:
|A LOOK AT THE CHETEK AREA TODAY|
The Chetek Chain of Lakes is surrounded by the City of Chetek and the townships of Chetek, Dovre, Prairie Lake and Stanley.
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Chetek, Wisconsin 54728
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