2021 Goose Round-Up – Cancelled

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.

July 23 – Weed Cutting Update

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 Harvesting crews will be in Icehouse Bay on Monday, July 26th.
• Due to the low water level, the OLMD is currently unable to navigate the weed barge into Crane’s Nest for pick-ups. We will continue to monitor the area and will update accordingly.

As you are aware, the weed growth on Okauchee Lake is significant due the early spring with warm weather. 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.

How Many Boats Are Allowed At Your Pier?

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!

HELP WANTED: 2021 Weed Harvesting Crew Needed!

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!

Aquatic Invasive Species Newsletter – June, 2021

Interested in volunteer opportunities this summer? The Waukesha County AIS team could use your help!
Volunteer Opportunities:
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: ehanson@waukeshacounty.gov.

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!