Recreation

Branched Oak Lake SignBranched Oak Lake

This area attracts large numbers of residents from surrounding communities to its recreational facilities. The area now has established the Branched Oak Arboretum consisting of numerous trees and shrubs.

Activities

Branched Oak offers:

  • Abundant Water Fowl and Wildlife
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Natural Beauty
  • Power Boating
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Trapping
  • Water Skiing

Fishing

Having produced a number of master anglers, the area has a stock of: 

  • Bluegill
  • Catfish
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Northern Pike
  • Tiger Musky
  • Walleye

History

Flood Control

After several bad floods, the worst in 1963, Branched Oak Lake, the largest flood control reservoir in the Salt Creek basin, was developed west of Raymond by the Corps of Engineers.

Developments

Resource services have established a captive Canadian Geese flock and introduced Wood Ducks to the area.

In 1968 interior roads, parking lots, camping areas and boat ramps were constructed. Two swimming beaches were also established. The Branched Oak Dog Trial Area was established in 1969 and includes approximately 800 acres. During the fall and spring the area is used for trials with at least one national event held.

In 1972 picnic shelters, picnic tables, grills and boat docks were added. Also in 1972, Lieber's Point was dedicated to Otto Lieber who was instrumental in the development of Branched Oak reservoir area watershed dam.Hard surfacing of the roads was completed in 1972. In 1979 a new campground was constructed and a snowmobile trail was added.

Willard Estates

Willard Estates is located on 160 acres, 1 mile east of Raymond. Woodcraft Homes corporation subdivided it in 1976 into 44 acreage sites. Several homes have been built.

Additional Parks & Recreation

  • Raymond Park
  • Toni's Corner
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