Next Meeting: November 8th, 2021 – 7PM
(No meeting October 8th)
Town of Oconomowoc Town Hall
6812 Brown Street
Oconomowoc, WI 53066
Please refer to this location often for weed cutting information. The OLMD website is experiencing technical difficulties. The weed cutting information typically found on the upper right side of this page will now be located here on the Home Page for the remainder of the harvesting season.
• Weed collection from piers will conclude on Friday October 15th for the 2021 season.
As you are aware, the weed growth on Okauchee Lake has been significant with warmer weather this year. Please be patient with the crew as we work through areas and remember to do your part to make sure cutting can easily take place by following the OLMD barging policy guidelines. Thank you to those of you that provided positive comments to the crew! It’s greatly appreciated!
To view the most recent Lake Level Reports, click on the “Reports” page.
You are invited! The Healthy Lakes Conference will be held on September 17, 2021 at the Oconomowoc Community Center from 9AM to 3PM. Registration information and an agenda of the day’s activities can be found on the “Reports” page!
The 2021 Goose Roundup was cancelled due to having less than the required minimum threshold of geese required by the USDA present on the lake at the time of the Goose Round-Up. Thank you for noticing the geese locations on and near the lake in 2021; however, these updates are no longer needed for this year. Goose locations will be needed again in 2022.
Property owners can moor boats at their lifts and piers; however, there are limitations. According to the DNR website, “The law states that for non-commercial properties or properties with less than three dwelling units, up to two boat slips are allowed for the first 50 feet of shoreline owned and one for each additional full 50 feet of shoreline owned.” There are exceptions for piers existing before April 17, 2012, which can keep existing boat slip usage.
A few commercial establishments and private marinas have certain exceptions. The Golden Mast, The Hideaway Bar & Grill, Foolery’s and The Waters at Okauchee Lake have commercial exceptions, as do residential marinas like Lakeview Acres.
The OLMD encourages all to use the lake responsibly and safely, which means not exceeding the number of boats allowed for private boat slips. If you are concerned there has been a violation of these rules or the DNR law, contact the DNR directly and provide as much information as you can to help the DNR determine whether it will follow up on a complaint. You can call 800-TIP-WDNR, or email Kathleen.Kramasz at Kathleen.Kramasz@wisconsin.gov. Let’s all use the lake in a safe, environmentally sensitive, and respectful way!
Spend your summer on the lake and get paid for it! Training provided! Learn to operate the weed cutter and be part of the lake barge crew. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. All strong, hardworking individuals encouraged to apply. Please contact the OLMD at 262-966-0286 and leave a message that includes the phone number where you can be reached. Thank you!
Interested in volunteer opportunities this summer? The Waukesha County AIS team could use your help!
AIS Snaphot Day August 21st 9 am to 12 pm
Water-lovers from across the state join force to search for aquatic invasive species in Wisconsin’s rivers, streams and lakes. Volunteers are provided training in the morning, the supplies needed to search for aquatic invasive species and the list of sites they will monitor. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Starry Stonewort Control!
Help control Starry Stonework in Little Cedar Lake and limit the risk of it spreading to other lakes in Washington and Waukesha Counties. The Little Cedar Lake Protection and Rehab District (PRD) needs your help.
What-Invasive Species Pull
• Divers pull weeds
• Kayakers haul pulled weeds to shore
• Shore helpers load wheel barrels and dump weeds
Where-Little Cedar Lake Ackermann’s Grove
When- 8 am to 1 pm
July 17th, Rain Date July 18th
August 7th Rain Date August 8th
For More Information Contact: Little Cedar Lake PRD
For more details, please visit the Waukesha County website at www.waukeshacounty.gov/AIS!
As noted on a postcard recently sent to all OLMD riparian owners, the 2021 OLMD Chemical Weed Spraying Application is now available online on the “Reports” page of this website. Thank you!