Fishing & Boating

The centerpiece of the Club is Congress Lake. A 1.5-mile long, 200-acre spring-fed lake, it is one of the largest natural lakes in the state. Members enjoy sailing, fishing, and pleasure boating, plus spectacular views from the Clubhouse. More than 150 members own or share ownership of fishing and pleasure boats on this beautiful private lake.

 Outstanding fishing abounds year round. Although most fishing is done during the summer season, when our annual family oriented Fishing Derby occurs, some members also enjoy ice fishing during winter. The waters are stocked with assorted game fish including largemouth bass, muskie, northern pike, and white and black crappie. Some expert fisherman claim that “Congress Lake is the finest crappie lake in North America”.

The Club also boasts 2 stocked trout ponds near the Club entrance for our youngest fishermen to enjoy.

 The Club’s oldest building, the 120-year-old Boathouse, provides fishing boats for rent, bait and tackle, fish cleaning facilities, and a comfortable place to sit and talk about the “one that got away.” The Club’s staff also maintains the Marina for member-owned boats, sells boat fuel, and provides winterization, cleaning, and storage services.