Everyone needs to replace or rebuild a pier now and then. Not sure of the correct size or location? Sometimes the rules have changed since the last pier construction. Don’t worry! There is a place where people can go to find out the DNR rules and regulations. Please click the following link to visit the DNR webpage that will answer many FAQs:
Starry Stonewort has recently been found in Sturgeon Bay. Please see the article on the “Reports” page. Please continue to be diligent in keeping your boat, trailer and recreational equipment clean after traveling to other lakes. Also, please continue to be watchful for Starry Stonewort in area lakes- especially near boat launch sites. If you believe you have located Starry Stonewort, please contact Brad Steckart, Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator at 262-335-4806 and leave a message if he is unavailable noting the location you believe you saw the plant.
The Okauchee Lake Management District has conducted aquatic plant surveys regularly since 1992. Eurasian Water milfoil has been present in each survey and was found in a survey in 1977. In 2013, milfoil was found in 43% of the sample points. This was down slightly from 56% in 2008. The native milfoil was found in only 5% of the sample points in 2013. Milfoil covers a wide range of areas in Okauchee Lake, from the shallow bays to the deep water. Okauchee Lake also has a native milfoil. Native plants, although sometimes a nuisance as well, have helped control the amount of milfoil. The District’s efforts, relying on herbicides and harvesting, is effectively managing the milfoil in Okauchee Lake. To date, there have been no signs of milfoil herbicide resistance in the lake.
Please visit the “Reports” page for the DNR article: “The Science Behind The Superweed – Eurasian Water Milfoil.” This article has been reprinted with permission of Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine.
The Wisconsin Legislature has made major changes to shoreland zoning in 2015-16. These changes are described in three short video presentations. Please click below to access the new shoreland zoning video presentations.
1. Introduction to shoreland zoning and recent changes to required shoreland lot sizes
2. Changes to shoreland setbacks, vegetation protection and impervious surface standards
3. Changes to standards for buildings located close to the shoreline
Whole video (all three parts combined; 30 minutes)
As you may be aware there are several aquatic invasive species to be mindful of when boating. The Spiny Water Flea is one such species! The Spiny Water Flea is a small crustacean that hurts lakes by making the water green in color and degrades fisheries. Always remember to clean your boat when removing it from the lake and empty any live wells aboard to prevent the spread of any aquatic invasive species. There is a great video available to boating enthusiasts and kids of all ages below.
Extra! Extra! Read all about it! The 2016 Newsletter is available online by visiting the “Reports” page!
Recently you may have noticed the new Starry Stonewort signage that appeared at the Boat Launch. Please be very aware of this new invasive species. Read the signage referencing boating in Muskego Lakes. Learn all that you can about Starry Stonewort by starting with a visit to the “Reports” page. Prevention is critical to stop it from spreading to Okauchee Lake. Also, please visit the “Gallery” to see the new signage!
A CPR & AED Training Class is being offered May 22 from 10 a.m. to Noon at the Okauchee Lake Yacht Club!
Did you know that the first five minutes following an injury, and the immediate response from those on the scene, can mean the difference between life and death? Learn to use an automated external defibrillator (AED) device that automatically diagnoses the life-threatening cardiac heart rhythms and is used to treat them through defibrillation—the application of an electrical shock which stops the arrhythmia, allowing the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm. Every minute that defibrillation with an AED is delayed decreases the victim’s chance of survival by 7-10 minutes.
Okauchee Lake Sailing School & Club is hosting a CPR & AED Training for OLMD residents on Sunday, May 22, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon at the Okauchee Lake Yacht Club. Adults and youth are welcome! Training is being provided by Tammy Derynda, R.N./B.S.N. This class is taught by a certified CPR Instructor and will provide two-year certification. The cost is $25 per person for OLMD residents and $50 for non-residents.
To Register Contact Tim Kay (OLYC) – 262-784-7110
At the April 16, 2016 OLMD Commissioner’s meeting, a presentation was given by Tom Steinbach of the Oconomowoc Wastewater Facility, regarding a new innovative program available. This presentation included information about the Oconomowoc River Watershed Protection Program that uses adaptive management practices to assist in improving the water quality throughout the Oconomowoc River watershed. This includes Okauchee Lake. The Commissioners of the OLMD agreed to partner with the City of Oconomowoc in working with the Oconomowoc River Watershed Protection Program. For more information on this program, please visit the “Reports” page.
Get ready to celebrate Independence Day with a big bang!!
Date: Sunday, July 3, 2016
Time: 9 PM
Location: The Island Between
The Golden Mast & The Hideaway Bar & Grill On Okauchee Lake
The Lighted Boat Parade is sponsored by the Okauchee Lake Yacht Club (OLYC). Decorated boat entrants should meet at Party Island at 8:00 p.m. The parade leaves Party Island at 8:30 p.m. and will arrive at the mouth of the Channel by 9:00 p.m. A spectacular fireworks display will follow. Prizes will be awarded to the best lighted boat! There is no cost to register your boat and participants will be escorted by local boat patrol for front row viewing!
To help continue this yearly tradition, please call Monica Pakalski at 414-801-4888, donate directly to the Okauchee Fireworks Fund at www.okaucheelakefireworks.com or send your donations to:
Okauchee Fireworks Fund
W353N6220 Marina Drive
Oconomowoc, WI 53066
For more information or to register for the boat parade, please contact: Terry Brandl at 262-617-0215 or visit the OLYC website at: www.olyc.org.