Welcome to the Mooseyards
Here you will find listings for many of the businesses located along the North shore of Shawano Lake. There are many amenities including lodging, restaurants and shopping available in this area, so you can plan the perfect vacation.
Every March, join us for our St. Patrick's Day Parade and celebration. See our events & specials page for more details and event listings.
Shawano Lake Recreational Activities
Shawano Lake is a lake situated in Shawano County in northeastern Wisconsin. Shawano Lake is approximately 6,178 acres, with a maximum depth of approximately 42 feet. Shawano Lake is a hard water drainage lake with multiple inlets and one major outlet, the Wolf River.
Shawano Lake is a popular lake for:
Shawano Lake is one of the most heavily fished lakes in the area. It contains many species of fish, including largemouth bass, walleye and panfish in the early season, and ice fishing for northern panfish and pike. Fishing tournaments are frequent on the lake. There is also ice racing on the lake in the winter season.
The Mooseyards Story
How did the "Mooseyards" get its name? That question has been asked several hundred times. The name resulted from the uncuth actions of a gentle but intelligent mule named "Moose".
THE STORY goes back to the summer of 1886. The mule was used as a riding pony for the Wilkes' daughters, Lily and Sarah. Moose was more like a pet and followed the children around like a dog. The Wilkes farmyard was surrounded by a 6 foot high fence and it was practice to let Moose roam the yard at night. During the vegetable season, Mr. Wilkes started receiving complaints from his neighbors that this mule was eating the vegetables. Mr. Wilkes told them time and time again that Moose was not responsible.
Finally the neighbors went to the Town Board with the problem. Further investigation revealed that the mule would jump the 6 foot high farmyard fence at night, fill up on choice vegetables from the neighbors' gardens, and jump back into his own yard as if nothing happened.
Mr. Wilkes was finally convinced that Moose was guilty and then started to keep the mule in the farmyard in the daytime and locked in the barn at night.