Lake District


Lake District
Photo credit: Mike Wade

North and South Twin Lake Protection and Rehabilitation Lake District

On Tuesday, November 14, 2017, the Vilas County Board of Supervisors approved the establishment of the North and South Twin Lakes Protection and Rehabilitation District.


Dear Fellow NSTLRA Members,

The first Commission meeting of the North and South Twin Lakes Protection and Rehabilitation District was held on January 25, 2018 at 6:30 PM in the Phelps Town Hall. This email is intended to bring our NSTLRA members up-to-date. There were several NSTLRA Riparians in attendance including Bob Bailey, Mike Wade, Roger Ganser, Katherine Naherny, Ginny Parker, Betty Hettwer, and Frank Switalski. We appreciate their support at this inaugural event — especially Roger who made a special effort to be there; after all, it was Roger who appointed the Lake District Task Force in September 2015. All the Commissioners were present. Commission Officers were elected: Joe Fritzsche, Chairperson; Jay Wittman, Treasurer and Joyce Wade, Secretary.

Highlights include:

1. Agreed to establish three committees to provide an opportunity for Riparian’s to get involved and help the District operate more efficiently. Committees are: Lake Management — coordinating the ongoing care of the lakes; Education — providing information to property owners about the lakes and how to care for them; Communications Technology — maintaining a website, managing email resources and supporting the distribution of communications to District Members. An Audit Committee will be established each year on an ad hoc basis to conduct the required annual audit of District finances. IF YOU HAVE AN INTEREST IN SERVING ON ONE OR MORE OF THESE COMMITTEES PLEASE SEND AN EMAIL TO

2. Approved a resolution to endorse and support the Lake Management Plan (LMP) NSTLRA drafted (under the leadership of Jay Wittman) and to consider adopting the LMP once it is approved by the DNR.

3. Initiated work to develop a budget that will be presented to the District Members at the first Annual Meeting and considered possible dates for that first Annual Meeting. We'll let you know when the date is set.

4. Identified "start-up" operational actions the District needed to complete including getting a mail box, communicating with District Members.

5. Discussed the transition of lake management responsibility from NSTLRA to the District and acknowledged that NSTLRA does have a role during the transition. NSTLRA Officers will be invited to the next District meeting for further discussions on supporting the transition.

Thanks for all your support for the District,.
Joe Fritzsche
President, NSTLRA

Lake District Boundary Map

Lake District Legal Description

What is a Lake District?

A specialized unit of government designed to manage a lake. It may only be formed on lakes that are publicly accessible. Since 1974, when Wisconsin passed legislation allowing the formation of lake districts, over 200 lake communities have formed lake districts, including Pine Lake, Kentuck Lake, Post Lake, Long Lake, and Pickerel-Crane Lake.

A lake district has powers and governance provisions and is guided and operated by those who live in or own property in the district. The operation is directed by a board of commissioners composed of elected volunteers and local officials. Both resident and non-resident property owners have the right to vote and hold office in a lake district.

A lake district must follow Chapter 33 of the Wisconsin Statutes. The district does not compete with local governments, does not establish zoning or development laws. Its sole purpose is to protect the ecological integrity and environmental quality of the lake.

Objectives of the North and South Twin Lakes District
and Lakes Quality Management Plan

• Insure that the lakes' environmental issues are addressed fairly and democratically
• Provide a forum for all owners to be part of the solution
• Evaluate feasible aquatic plant management alternatives
• Manage AIS safely and effectively with methods currently available
• Protect, nurture, and improve fish and wildlife habitat
• Support all legal recreational uses of the lakes
• Preserve native aquatic plants
• Promote lake management education and raise awareness
• Communicate Plans to all owners
• Secure financial resources to support the Lake Management Plan
• Insure that Lake Quality Management costs are equitably shared by all lake property owners