Wisconsin Lakes

We Speak for Lakes

WI Lakes


The Speaker’s Water Quality Task Force will hold public hearings on June 12 in Mauston and June 13 in La Crosse. This is a great opportunity for you to tell your story and express the importance of clean water to elected officials. Read more…

Another great lakes event coming to Rhinelander in July!

Six northern counties will come together at Nicolet College in Rhinelander on the morning of July 12 for an annual workshop. This year’s theme is “Clean Waters: Our Mission, Our Legacy.” Topics will include building healthy shorelines, economic impacts of water quality, and an update on water-related policy in state government from our own Executive Director, Mike Engleson. All are welcome – you need not be a member of one of the participating countywide lake and river organizations to attend. The event is free and no pre-registration is required.

 Read more about this workshop…

Planting the Shore for Pollinators

WI Lakes Director Dan Butkus decided the shoreline of his Squash Lake property needed to be restored to the more natural condition he remembered from his childhood prior to his father clearing the trees. Knowing this would be not only a benefit aesthetically but also work to help stop the flow of contaminants into the lake, Dan used a Healthy Lakes grant from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to build a 350 square foot garden along the shoreline.

Read more about this awesome project and what you can do to help pollinators and your lake!

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.


Make a contribution to protect Wisconsin’s legacy of lakes.

Become a Member or Renew Membership

Add your voice to the chorus “speaking for lakes.”