Wisconsin Lakes

We Speak for Lakes

WI 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?

The Return of the Small Scale Dredge

DNR is proposing a general permit that would allow landowners to dredge 25 cubic yards offshore of their property on inland lakes over five years. While not as bad as a similar legislative proposal last year, Wisconsin Lakes remains opposed to the use of general permit for dredging projects. Read on to learn more and find out how you can comment on this proposal!

REGISTER NOW Northwest WI Lakes Conference, Fri June 16 in Hayward

Join keynote speakers professors Aaron Thompson and Nels Paulson for a day full of information, education, and inspiration! In addition the keynote presentation on the importance of community in effective lake management, the day will feature many breakout sessions covering a wide variety of lake topics. Check it out, and reserve your spot at one of Wisconsin’s premier summer lake events!

Wisconsin Lakes Meets Big Challenges in 2016

Wisconsin Lakes entered 2016 in a difficult spot. But sometimes challenges can bring positive change, and the Wisconsin Lakes that leaves 2016 behind is a leaner, more efficient, more focused organization that is ready to take on the challenges of 2017. And given the past year’s obstacles, the accomplishments of 2016 speak to the stability and strength of Wisconsin Lakes, thanks in large part to the overwhelming support of the lakes community in Wisconsin.

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.


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.”