State Government Contacts

Department of Natural Resources

General Information   
» Website
For regulations and information about lakes, water quality, rivers, wetlands, groundwater, aquatic plants, lake biology, lake protection and planning grants, shoreland restoration, state shoreland zoning regulations, citizen lake monitoring, wildlife.

Citizen Lake Monitoring 
» Website

Surface Water Grants 
» Website

Water Topics 
» Website

University of Wisconsin Extension

UW-Extension Lakes 
» Website
Educational materials for shorelands, aquatic plants and animals, wetlands, lakes and rivers

Wisconsin Lakeshore Restoration Project
» Web portal   

Local Government Contacts

Washburn County Zoning
Dale “Butch” Beers, Zoning Administrator
715-468-4690 or

Washburn County Land and Water Conservation
Provides competent, professional services in the planning, design, and implementation of programs and projects that protect, restore, and sustain the soil and water resources of Washburn County.

Aquatic Invasive Species (Washburn County)

The County’s AIS website discusses the main species of concern in Washburn County, mapped areas, controlled areas of some species and decontamination.

Lisa Burns
715-468-4654 or

Shoreland Restoration (Washburn County)
Brent Edlin

Lisa Burns
715-468-4654 or

Reporting Violations

Conservation Warden for Washburn County
Jon Hagen

Water Management Specialist, WDNR Spooner Office
Dan Harrington

Toll-free Tip Line for violations: 1-800-TIP-WDNR (847-9367)

Violations can also be reported to Washburn County Sheriff’s Department at 715-468-4720

Associations that Protect Our Waters

Ground Water
Wisconsin Ground Water Association
» Website

Wisconsin Lakes Association
»   Website
Wisconsin Lakes is the only statewide non-profit organization working to protect and enhance the quality of Wisconsin’s 15,000 lakes.

Wisconsin Lakes Partnership
» Website
A partnership of the WI Department of Natural Resources (which supplies technical expertise and regulatory authority), the UW-Extension Lakes Program (which provides educational materials and programs), and Wisconsin Lakes association (which mobilizes citizens to be advocates for lakes).

River Alliance of Wisconsin
» Website

Wisconsin Wetlands Association
»  Website
WWA was established in 1969 to protect the state’s wetlands through education, training, advocasy and research.

St. Croix River Association
» Website

Aquatic Plants and Wildlife

Aquatic Invasive Species (Washburn County)
Lisa Burns
715-468-4654 or

Aquatic plant identification
Publications including Through the Looking Glass: A Field Guide to Aquatic Plants
available from UWEX Lake Program
» Website

Friends into Spooner Hatchery
Mission:   Increase conservation awareness through educational programming, outdoor exploration and exhibits at the Governor Tommy Thompson Hatchery.
» Website

Loon Watch
» Website
Erica LeMoine
715-682-1220 or