High Water On Lac La Belle-Use Courteous Behavior While Boating

Due to recent rainfall, Lac La Belle is experiencing high water levels. While there has not been a SLOW-NO WAKE designation placed on the lake, please use courteous boating behaviors on the lake. The lake quality will diminish if shorelines are allowed to erode due to heavy wave action. Please consider others property and the quality of the lake before choosing to engage in activities on the lake that will result in heavy wave action at the shore during this high water. Also, please note the waters are receding but it is going to take a while. Please be patient. Thank you!… Read the rest

Aquatic Invasive Species Newsletter – July 2017

Waukesha County Aquatic Invasive Species staff has been working on several projects in the area in the past month. They worked to educate others about purple loosestrife, Clean Boats Clean Waters boat inspections, participated in a Clean Water Festival and engaged in a partnership on Little Muskego Lake to remove Starry Stonewort from that lake! In addition, lake surveys are underway. Please view the newsletter to see which lakes in the area are being surveyed! Each newsletter is available to you by visiting the Waukesha County AIS webpage at www.waukeshacounty.gov/AIS under the “Newsletters Press Releases Articles” tab.


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2015-2016 Shoreland Zoning Changes – Video Explanation Available

The Wisconsin Legislature has made major changes to shoreland zoning in 2015-16. These changes are described in three short video presentations. Please click the links 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) … Read the rest

Healthy Lakes Conference- June 17, 2016 At Oconomowoc Community Center!

Please mark your calendar to attend the Healthy Lakes Conference on Friday, June 17, 2016 at the Oconomowoc Community Center!! Your day will include learning about water quality challenges and solutions in the area and surrounding counties, exploration of Lake Country lakes and farms, recreational enjoyment of Lac La Belle with free kayak and paddleboard rentals, pontoon rides, and relaxing beverages and hor d’oeuvres at a lakeside reception on Lac La Belle at the end of the day. Space is limited for this event and advance registration is strongly encouraged. Cost is $10 in advance or $15 the day of the event. Costs include all programming, morning refreshments, lunch and reception with a cash bar. To register online go to: … Read the rest

The DNR, Starry Stonewort & You!-Please Be Aware Of This Invasive Species!

Starry Stonewort is an invasive species recently found in Little Muskego Lake and other area Wisconsin Lakes. It continues to spread from lake to lake this year.  Once established, it is difficult to eradicate and quickly spreads. It is NOT currently found in Lac La Belle.  Please be aware of what it looks like and notify the DNR or the Lac La Belle Management District if believe you have seen some in Lac La Belle.   Please see the Starry Stonewort links in the “Links” section on the “Home” page of this website for more information.  Public education and effort is critical to keeping this invasive out of Lac La Belle!… Read the rest

Did You Know You Can Boat To The Downtown Area?

Fantastic news for anyone interested in boating to dinner or to City Beach for summer fun!  The Community Center has a pier with several mooring spots where the public can tie up boats for a short time(3 hours)  to go downtown to get a meal, shop or simply take in a concert at City Beach-all free of charge.  You should plan to tie up your boat without assistance and be aware of any valuables left on your boat as you disembark.  Enjoy!… Read the rest

Simple Ways to Make Lakes Cleaner – You Can Help!

Did you know healthy lawns are safe for our children, pets and our lake?  Waukesha County is offering “Clean Water, Healthy Lawns” workshops for interested residents.  There are simple things you can do to have a beautiful lawn and maintain healthy waters, such as “let it go.” Letting your lawn go dormant during hot weather can be good for it!  This is just one small example that doesn’t require a lot of work to make the lake a little cleaner. To learn more, please view our “Reports” page and look for the “Clean Water, Healthy Lawns” article.… Read the rest

Commercial Fisherman Contract Renewed for 2015

Were you one of the lucky people to be able to spot commercial fisherman, Jeff Riedemann on Lac La Belle in 2014?  Jeff was awarded a contract by the Wisconsin DNR to use a seine net to catch rough fish, including carp, on Lac La Belle .  His method of catching the rough fish is unique and involves the use of a seine net with large holes that will allow the smaller fish to pass through but keep the larger carp in the net for removal.  Jeff, with assistance from DNR Staff, removed approximately 28,000 pounds of buffalo and common carp from Lac La Belle in April and an additional 8,400 pounds in October!  His contract was reinstated for 2015, … Read the rest