Lake Altoona was not a naturally occurring lake. It was once only a river. The Lake formed as a direct result of the construction of Altoona Dam in 1938. The dam and lake is now operated by Eau Claire County for recreation and water conservation. The Ski Sprites formed in 1960. This group foresaw the need for organized water skiing in the Chippewa Valley area. It was quite the learning experience.
Altoona Lake is a 820 acre lake located in Eau Claire County. At its deepest point it reaches 25 feet. Visitors have access to the lake from a few different points, such as public boat landings, a public beach and one public landing/park. This lake is home to many different species of animals. You can have fun fishing for Musky, Pan fish, Smallmouth Bass and Walleye. In 2006 the Ski Sprites said goodbye to their home for 46 years, Half Moon Lake in Eau Claire. Now the current team of approximately 100 Ski Sprites calls Lake Altoona their home since 2007.
We, as students from 5th through 9th grade at Altoona Schools, put up a sign along the bike path to Lake Altoona. The sign provides information about the Lake, how it was formed, and how to access it. We hope by providing the sign for public use that those who are uninformed about the lake have a better opportunity, education, and hopefully if they visit the lake, pleasant memories.
City of Altoona