Beloved Loons Need Our Help

Washburn County has had a significant common loon population for the first part of this century on many of its lakes and rivers.  All of Wisconsin is home to about 4,350 loons.  The loon is a favorite bird for many, perhaps due to its distinctive melodic calls and streamlined black and white body with shimmery […]

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Check Water Equipment for AIS Before Storing for Winter

Check your dock and other equipment for zebra mussels before winter storage. Zebra mussels have invaded Washburn County and are now established in Big and Middle McKenzie Lakes.  Professionals and volunteers have been monitoring other area lakes for zebra mussels throughout the summer.  For an update on this summer’s monitoring and watercraft decontamination efforts, click […]

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Shoreland Zoning Summary

As previously reported, dramatic changes have been made to shoreland zoning in the past year.  The most sweeping of the changes is the elimination of counties’ rights to adopt local shoreland ordinances stronger than the DNR’s minimum standards. Click here to read a summary of those changes prepared by Wisconsin Lakes association. Information on these […]

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Shoreland Zoning Legislation

As previously reported, WCLRA and the Washburn County Board of Supervisors are part of a movement across Wisconsin calling for the repeal of those provisions in the 2015 budget bill (Act 55) that significantly altered shoreland zoning in Wisconsin.  The most sweeping of the changes is the elimination of counties’ rights to adopt local shoreland ordinances […]

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WCLRA Urges Return to Local Control of Shoreland Zoning

On September 18, 2015, Washburn County Lakes and Rivers Association (WCLRA) passed a resolution, shown below, urging the immediate repeal of Act 55, Sections 1922 D through 1922K, amending Wisconsin Statue 59.692 as it pertains to shoreland zoning.  At their October meeting, the Washburn County Board of Supervisors passed a similar resolution.  WCLRA and Washburn […]

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Love Your Lake? Shorelands are Important!

Washburn County is blessed with many high quality lakes.  Unfortunately, this is not true for some parts of Wisconsin.  So what makes Washburn County lakes so attractive to those who enjoy time in and on them?  What have landowners, lake associations, and government agencies done to preserve and enhance the quality of our public waters? […]

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Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Wisconsin’s Original Wild River Law

Aldo Leopold wrote in A Sand County Almanac, “There are some who can live without wild things and some who cannot.”  This year marks the 50th anniversary of passage of Wisconsin’s Wild River Law.  There are five rivers designated under Chapter 30.26 of the state statutes, including the Totogatic in Washburn County.  Since WCLRA was instrumental […]

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Cathie Erickson Appointed to Wisconsin Lakes Board

Cathie Erickson, former president of Washburn County Lakes and Rivers Association (WCLRA), has been appointed to the Wisconsin Lakes board of directors.  Wisconsin Lakes, formerly known as Wisconsin Association of Lakes, is a statewide non-profit organization working to protect and enhance the quality of Wisconsin’s 15,000 lakes.  The organization mobilizes citizens and lake groups as […]

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Wetlands Featured at Annual Meeting

Wetlands serve many valuable functions, said Tracy Hames, executive director of Wisconsin Wetlands Association (WWA), at the Washburn County Lakes and Rivers Association (WCLRA) meeting Saturday, August 23, at the Spooner Ag Research Center. Washburn County has over 80,000 acres of wetlands, covering more than fifteen percent of the county. Wetlands serve a vital function […]

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All Hail Our Lake Stewards!

WI Lakes Partnership Announces the 2014 Wisconsin Lake Stewardship Award Winners! The Wisconsin Lakes Partnership is proud to announce the 2014 Wisconsin Lake Stewardship Award winners. The awards will be handed out this Friday evening, April 25, during a banquet at the WI Lakes Partnership Convention. The Stewardship Awards celebrate the extraordinary volunteer and professional […]

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