According to the Douglas County Historical Society, Stowe Lake was probably named after Martin Stowe, a homestead farmer and noted resident of the Brandon area. Over the years, many maps and news articles reference the lake as “Stowes Lake” but the official name is “Stowe Lake”. Click on the “Martin Stowe” tab for a short biography on Martin Stowe.
Stowe Lake Resort
The Stowe Lake Resort was located on the southeast side of the lake near the outlet to the Chippewa River. Click on “The Resort” tab for more history and pictures of the resort.
There was be a dam on the outlet of the lake that was largely intact into the mid 1960’s. An area resident remembers being able to cross over the dam from the boat landing as late as 1965 to purchase candy and pop from the resort on the other side. He also remembers the dam as being the best place to fish from. Click on “The Dam” tab for more information on the dam.
Rough Fish Removal
The DNR installed a fish trap in 1983 on Wolf Creek just downstream from Wolf Creek Road. The trap was operated for a number of years by the Brandon Fin & Feather Club and many pounds of rough fish were take out of the lake. The trap was eventually removed by the DNR as they determined that it was not an effective method of controlling rough fish. However, a concrete ramp (barrier) was installed by the DNR on Hoplin Creek in 1987 to slow the upstream migration of rough fish to Little Chippewa lake. Rough fish (carp, buffalo, shepshead, etc) have been seined through the ice over the years by the DNR and most recently, by commercial fishermen. The last large scale rough fish removal was in March, 2012 when over 50,000 pounds of fish were removed from the lake. Click on the “Rough Fish Removal” tab for pictures taken during this event and see if you can identify the skull that came off the bottom of the lake.
Severson Farm Some of the oldest buildings on the lake are at the Severson Family Farm. This old family homestead is located on the northwest side of Stowe Lake and is where Myron Severson grew up. Officially designated a Century Farm, members of the same family have lived on at least 50 acres of the original homestead for more than 100 years. Click on the “Severson Farm” tab for more information.
As soon as the early settler finished building a house for his family, his thoughts turned to an education for his children. The school house was one of the first public buildings to be erected in a community. Click on the “Country Schools” tab for more history and pictures of the schools.