At the August 26, 2019 Annual Meeting OLMD residents were made aware that two stands of the aquatic invasive species, Starry Stonewort, were found in Okauchee Lake. One stand is near the bridge by Foolery’s. A second stand was found near the boat launch at the Golden Mast. OLMD Commissioners took action to begin the required DNR permitting process to aggressively treat Starry Stonewort in the months to come. Please be aware of this situation and clean your boats, trailers and all watercraft upon exiting the lake for the winter season. If you see someone putting their boat in at the launch sites, please notify them that Starry Stonewort is present so that they can make an informed decision on whether to launch on the lake. More information will be posted to this website as it becomes available.
Are you interested in receiving a small dumptruck load of lake weeds? They make great natural garden fertilizer! The OLMD weed dump sites are filling and additional dump sites are needed. For this reason, the OLMD is offering lake weeds free of charge delivered to you. The amount of weeds delivered would be enough for a medium-sized garden and not intended for small garden plots. If you are interested, or if you know of someone who might be interested in taking some lake weeds for their farm land, please contact the OLMD office at 920-966-0286 and leave a message for Gary with your name, address and best time to return your call. Thank you!
As many of you are aware, yellow flags were recently placed on the shoreline in areas where chemical weed application had taken place. If you are able, please leave the yellow flags along your shoreline as long as possible. This tells the cutters where they are allowed to cut and where cutting is prohibited due to the weed application. If you have any questions, please call the OLMD office at 262-966-0286. Thank you!
As we are quickly approaching the warm summer months, more and more eager anglers and boaters are prepping to get out on the Wisconsin’s beautiful lakes and rivers. With high boat traffic comes the risk of boaters spreading aquatic invasive species! It is important for boaters to remember to make sure their boat and gear is clean before entering a water body. Remember: Clean, Remove, Drain, Never Move!
• CLEAN your boat, trailer & gear
• REMOVE all attached aquatic plants and animals.
• DRAIN all water from boats, vehicles, and equipment, including livewells and buckets containing fish.
• NEVER MOVE plants or live fish away from a waterbody.
The OLMD is seeking historic pictures or information about life in and around Okauchee Lake. Anyone with information to share should contact the OLMD via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If photos are provided, please provide them in JPEG format in regular size. Thank you!
Please check out the photo gallery! Richard Kessler shared some historic postcards of Okauchee Lake activity from 1972 and 1974! So cool! Thank you Richard!!
Okauchee Lake is home to about 1,000 riparian owners, and enjoyed by lakeshore owners, their friends, and hundreds of guests each week who launch their boats at various launch sites to enjoy the lake. Understandably, this creates questions about rules and regulations, as well as a need for good old-fashioned courtesy. One question heard often is where people can place their floating docks and mooring buoys?
Mooring buoys may be placed within 150 feet of shore without a state permit, as long as they do not affect public rights (fish and wildlife habitat, navigation, etc.) or other riparian owners. Having a buoy further than 150 feet from shore will force the owner to apply for a permit.
Only riparian owners may place swim rafts or similar structures in the water and again, the rafts must not interfere with the rights of other property owners or with the rights of the public to use navigable waters. Any swim raft or water trampoline must be placed within 200 feet of shore, and all swimming rafts should be well marked in both day and night to warn boaters of possible hazards. The rafts should be no more than 38 inches high, and no more than 200 square feet in surface area. Water trampolines, generally round, are limited to a 15 foot diameter.
Generally, while operating a motor boat on any lake, Slow-No-Wake speed is required within 100 feet of a raft, pier or buoy restricted area and lakeshore. This rule is extended to 200 feet from the lakeshore for a personal watercraft.
Riparian owners should also be aware that they may not place such Slow-No-Wake buoys without first having received an approval from the municipality and the DNR. The DNR website has information on applying to place such markers.
The Okauchee Lake Management District is not a law enforcement agency, but urges all of our riparian owners and guests to follow the lake regulations and practice common courtesy while using our wonderful lake. This applies to placement of your piers, buoys and rafts, and operation of your boat or other watercraft. Be aware of the noise levels of the boats, whether from the engines or sounds systems, and how we greet and treat one another on the lakes. Let’s make this a safe summer, full of fun, family and friendship!
Recently a postcard was sent to riparian owners as notification of 2018 chemical weed treatment for Okauchee Lake. The 2018 chemical treatment application permit with maps can be found on the “Reports” page of this website.
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.