Wisconsin Lakes

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When is a navigable water navigable?

A bill moving quickly through the legislature would restrict DNR from designating some dam-created lakes as navigable, and limit water quality protections on those waterbodies. Follow developments with this bill with Wisconsin Lakes.

Shoreland Zoning – Not a Subject for the State Budget

A WI Counties Association proposal would imperil our lakes by removing the requirement that all counties in Wisconsin pass and enforce shoreland zoning ordinances, and there’s a chance this issue could end up in the state budget and avoid the vigorous public debate it deserves.

Could Shoreland Zoning Become Voluntary for Counties?

Rumors are flying around lake communities regarding a proposal that would appear in the state budget, in part removing the requirement for counties to enact and enforce a shoreland zoning ordinance. Is it real, what are it’s chances, and what can you do?

Volunteer for our lakes!

Wisconsin relies on volunteers to be the eyes and ears in the lake world!

Volunteer lake monitoring is a great way to, learn more about your lake, observe and document long-term changes in lake health, and collect valuable data. This data is used to report on lake conditions and water quality trends, to prepare lake and watershed management plans, and to teach others about our lakes’ health and what we can do to take better care of them. Wisconsin has several monitoring programs that depend on citizen involvement.

Lake Organizations in Wisconsin

Protecting Wisconsin’s lakes and lake property now and for the future

Zebra Mussels Come to NW Wisconsin

Invasive zebra mussels were found on Big McKenzie Lake in NW Wisconsin, the first invaders first foray into this part of the state. Read more on the response.

Living on the Lake

Selecting lakefront property. There are many reasons people fall in love with Wisconsin lakes.

Your Statewide Lake Association

We Speak for Lakes!

Wisconsin Lakes, formerly known as the Wisconsin Association of Lakes, is the only statewide non-profit organization working exclusively to protect and enhance the quality of Wisconsin’s 15,000 lakes. For more than 20 years, Wisconsin Lakes has worked toward statewide solutions for the challenges faced by our abundant natural water resources while supporting strong local protection efforts. We represent citizens and lake groups like you who care about Wisconsin’s lakes as a shared resource, and who appreciate the value lakes bring to our quality of life, tourist economy, and property tax base. Wisconsin Lakes seeks to protect the natural wonder of our lakes, and preserve our collective right to boat, fish, hunt, ice skate, swim and enjoy the scenic beauty of our shared public waters.

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