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.

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.

For information and updates, visit the Lake District Web Site