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Recent News and Updates...
DOMTAR BOAT LAUNCH CLOSING: Please note that Domtar will be closing its boat launch to the public for safety precautions starting Monday, September 12th due to two large projects involving cranes, barges on semis, and other large equipment on the west side of the dam. Construction activities will be taking place on both the head side and tail side of the dam. The projects are expected to be completed the week of October 31st, weather pending, and the boat launch will be closed for the entirety of these projects. Signs will be placed at the roadway, and the gate down to the ramp will be closed as well.
ANNUAL FUNDRAISER: Thank you to the many volunteers, donors/sponsors, and attendees who participated in LWA's 10th Annual Fundraiser Event on Friday, May 13, 2022 at the Rothschild Pavilion. The event was a huge success! LWA's annual fundraiser is a primary source of funding to help maintain Lake Wausau! All proceeds from our annual fundraiser go entirely toward Lake Wausau improvements efforts. This spring, we are purchasing and installing an ADA Compliant Kayak Launch at DC Everest Park to enhance recreational opportunities on Lake Wausau. We have earmarked certain fundraiser proceeds to help fund this project with estimated costs of $35,000. LWA is accepting tax deductible donations toward this project which will be matched dollar for dollar up to $5,000 by a benevolent sponsor. If you're looking to donate to a local cause in 2022, this may be a perfect opportunity to support LWA with a matching donation! Use the link below to submit your donation through May 13, 2022 (please make a notation your donation is for the ADA Kayak Launch and share your mailing address), which will be acknowledged with a formal letter for your tax records:
In addition to the ADA Kayak Launch project, LWA will continue to harvest invasive aquatic vegetation (primarily curly-leaf pondweed) to maintain navigable channels and to minimize/prevent the spread of invasive species in Lake Wausau. LWA budgets approximately $20,000 annually for mechanical weed harvesting and is considering the purchase of a weed harvester to better control the cost-benefit of these efforts.
NO WAKE BUOYS AND SAFE WAKE SURFING: LWA installed no wake buoys in Lake Wausau in 2022 and provides education on safe recreating and wakesurfing to promote overall safety of lake users and preservation of shorelines. Review our Surfing Brochure & Map and provide us your comments and feedback. This brochure will also be placed at various boat landings to help educate users on best practices and areas for wake surfing.
KEEPING LAKE WAUSAU CLEAN: We encourage community members to become involved in the upkeep of Lake Wausau by participating in our Adopt-A-Shoreline volunteer program. This is a great opportunity for families, organizations, and local businesses to participate in the preservation of this natural resource we all enjoy. Let’s work TOGETHER toward a better Lake Wausau for today and tomorrow!
2022 LWA Membership Renewals
2022 Membership dues were due effective January 1,2022 but if you haven't renewed, it's not too late! Dues may be submitted via regular mail (click HERE for our 2022 Membership form) or via PayPal (a $2.00 service fee applies). Membership dues are only $25 annually -- visit our Membership Page to learn more about the benefits of becoming a member of LWA! When becoming a member or renewing your membership, please also be sure to provide us updated street and email addresses to ensure you receive our news updates and event invites during the year.
Lake Wausau Management Plan Complete and Officially Adopted!
Since the Lake Wausau Association reorganized in 2011, members of the board and of various committees of the organization have worked dilgently to develop a comprehensive Lake Management Plan (the "Plan"), which involved signficant input from local stakeholders and surrounding communities. The purpose of the Plan is to coordinate efforts to protect, maintain, and enhance environmental and recreational values on Lake Wausau and its surroundings, which aligns directly with the Lake Wausau Association's mission statement. The Plan will also allow Lake Wausau to be eligible for future implementation projects funded with Lake Protection Grants. Please click on the links provided below to download an electronic copy of the complete Plan.
- 2018 Lake Wausau Protection and Improvement Plan
- Appendix A: Socio Economic Survey
- Appendix B: In-Lake Habitat Report
- Appendix C: USACE Hydrodynamic Modeling Results
- Appendix D: Fish Survey Results
- Appendix J: Aquatic Plant Management Plan
Lake Wausau Evaluation Project - Public Discussions Process for Development of the Lake Management
We are pleased to share that our lake evaluation project is near completion and we are in the process of developing the formal Lake Management Plan (LMP), which will be our roadmap for maintaining, preserving, and improving Lake Wausau and its environment. The LMP is expected to be formalized and adopted by LWA by December 31, 2017. The public is invited to be involved in the development process. Please see our PRESS RELEASE pertaining to the public process for developing the formal Lake Management Plan for Lake Wausau, as well as the Proposed Process for Developing the Lake Management Plan. Dates and details for upcoming public meetings and agenda items/materials can be found at our Calendar of Events. See details below for a recap of the public meetings held.
Recap of Public Discussion on September 27, 2017
The first public discussion was held on Tuesday, September 27th. The discussion topics focused on a review of the aquatic plant surveys, strategies for the prevention and early response steps for aquatic invasive species, and fishery and habitat community and recommendations for improvements. Biologists and resource specialists shared data collected and recommendations, and responded to questions and suggestions. The meeting agenda and presentation materials can be found below for downloading and printing:
- Public Discussion Meeting Agenda for 9/27/17
- Aquatic Plant Survey Results Presentation - (Nancy Turyk, UWSP & Chris Hamerla, Golden Sands RC&D)
- Update on Fish Community and Recommendations - (Al Niebur, Wisconsin DNR)
Recap of Public Discussion on October 21, 2017
The second public discussion was held on Saturday, October 21st. The discussion topics focused on the hydrodynamic modeling results, watersheds, water quality, and land use. Scientists from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers presented strategies for water quality improvements in previously identified areas of Lake Wausau. They also presented alternativess and feasibility for the improvement of fish spawning habitat in the upper end of the lake. General water quality conditions as they relate to land management were also discussed with scientists from UWSP and WDNR. The meeting agenda, materials and recordings of the meetings can be found below for downloading, printing, and viewing:
- Public Disussion Meeting Agenda for 10/21/17
- Lake Wausau Water Quailty, Land Use Practices, Shorelands, and the Watershed Presentation - (Nancy Turyk, UWSP)
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Strategies for Water Quality Improvements for Lake Wausau
- Lake Wausau Water Quality, Land Use Practices, Shorelands, and the Watershed
If you would like to share any concerns, thoughts, or suggestions for consideration in the development of the LMP, please contact LWA at email@example.com or Nancy Turyk from UWSP at firstname.lastname@example.org or 715-346-4155.
For additional information regarding the work that has been done to date on this project, including draft reports of data collected by researchers, please see our Newsletters page.
2021 Membership Renewals
It's time for LWA membership renewals. Membership is open to any individual who enjoys Lake Wausau and wishes to be part of an organization that works to protect, maintain and enhance Lake Wausau. As a member, you'rll be entitled to voting rights on certain Lake Association matters; first hand updates on news, information, and events pertaining to Lake Wausau and its surroundings; opportunities to participate and be involved in one of our community's greatest resources; and inclusion in a network of lake users building stronger bonds within our community.
Renew your membership or join LWA as a new member in 2021 and help us protect, maintain, and enhance Lake Wausau and its beautiful surroundings. Membership dues are a substantial part of our financial support and go toward efforts to improve Lake Wausau. So please help support our efforts to create a healthier lake by becoming a member today.
Lake Wausau Association, Inc.
P.O. Box 1952
Wausau, WI 54402-1952
We thank you for your continued support in helping us create a healthier Lake Wausau. Membership continues to grow as those in the community realize the value of this incredible resource outside our back doors. Renewing your membership and recruiting new members for continued membership growth is critical to our success! Our past and current member listings are published below.
- 2020 Members
- 2019 Members
- 2018 Members
- 2017 Members
- 2016 Members
- 2015 Members
- 2014 Members
- 2013 Members
- 2012 Members
- 2011 Members
See Membership Information to learn more about being a member.
Important Lake Resources and Contact Information
The following Companies service lake Wausau for dock removal:
- DuBay Waters - 715.344.2628
- Lakeside Dock & Lift Sales (Waterworks) in Mincoqua - 715.358.7437 (no availability at this time)
- Pelican Piers LLC in Pelican Lake - Contact West at 715.628.0214
- Dvorak's Docks - 715.275.3625 or email: email@example.com
- 2022 fall removal services taking place 9/19 - 9/23 and 9/26 - 9/30 with limited time slots available
- Email the following information by FRIDAY, 9/16/22 to request service:
- Lake Address
- Billing Address (if different from above)
- Phone Number
- Brief description of equipment to be taken out
- 1 Good photo of your shoreline setup up
- You will receive an email with instructions and other information after submitting the above information
Please refer to the following contact information for questions or concerns:
- To report prohibited/harmful activities, please contact the WDNR hot-line at 1.800.847.9367 (24 hours, 7 days a week)
- For information related to permits for shoreline restoration projects or lake bed clean up, please contact one of the following:
- Kyle McLaughlin, WI DNR at Kyle.McLaughlin@wisconsin.gov
- Chris Hamerla, Golden Sands Resource Conservation & Development Council, Inc. at 715-343-6215 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dean Johnson, Marathon Co., Conservation, Planning and Zoning at 715.261.6031 (8am - 4:30pm, M-F) or e-mail Dean.Johnson@co.marathon.wi.us
- Click here to visit the WI DNR website for additional information about the permit process and exemptions.
- Click here for a list of well-suited native plant species for shoreland restorations.
- For questions regarding fishery/gaming please contact Tim Parks at 715-498-0420 / Timothy.Parks@wisconsin.gov or Thomas Meronek at 715-410-4222 / Thomas.Meronek@wisconsin.gov
- For questions regarding boating/recreation and permitted activities, etc., please call Tyler Flood, DNR Conservation Warden at 715.409.0017 or e-mail Tyler.Flood@wisconsin.gov
- For concerns or questions regarding health issues, please contact a Public Health Nurse by calling the Marathon County Health Department at 715-261-1900
- Click here for other DNR Lake Contacts
- For concerns specific to Blastomycosis please click on the following links:
Marathon County Conservation, Planning and Zoning Department is working on implementation of restorations on private shoreland lots through a $100,000 Lake Protection Grant received from the WDNR. Marathon County can cost-share up to 70% for shoreland buffer restorations on private shoreland lots. Please click here for their flyer containing additional information.