Wisconsin Lakes

We Speak for Lakes

WI Lakes


Wisconsin Lakes recently submitted comments to the Dept of Natural Resources in support of beginning the rule-making process for standards for contamination of “PFAS”, an emerging group of chemical pollutants that threaten our waters and human health. Read about these dangerous “forever chemicals” and how important it is for Wisconsin to get ahead of the issue as we find them in our waters in more and more locations.

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Speak for Lakes at Clean Water Lobby Day!

Join hundreds of fellow clean water advocates on January 30, 2020 in Madison to speak directly to legislators about the importance of clean water! Your voice alone carries great power. But your voice, in chorus with hundreds of fellow clean water advocates, is more powerful than you can imagine. Let the Wisconsin Legislature hear that […]

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The deadline for applications for a surface water planning grant from the WI Dept. of Natural Resources is December 10, 2019. Find out all you need to know in this guest post from DNR.

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Planting the Shore for Pollinators

WI Lakes Director Dan Butkus decided the shoreline of his Squash Lake property needed to be restored to the more natural condition he remembered from his childhood prior to his father clearing the trees. Knowing this would be not only a benefit aesthetically but also work to help stop the flow of contaminants into the lake, Dan used a Healthy Lakes grant from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to build a 350 square foot garden along the shoreline.

Read more about this awesome project and what you can do to help pollinators and your lake!

Your Statewide Lake Association

We Speak for Lakes!

Wisconsin Lakes, formerly known as the Wisconsin Association of Lakes, is the only statewide non-profit organization working exclusively to protect and enhance the quality of Wisconsin’s 15,000 lakes. For more than 20 years, Wisconsin Lakes has worked toward statewide solutions for the challenges faced by our abundant natural water resources while supporting strong local protection efforts. We represent citizens and lake groups like you who care about Wisconsin’s lakes as a shared resource, and who appreciate the value lakes bring to our quality of life, tourist economy, and property tax base. Wisconsin Lakes seeks to protect the natural wonder of our lakes, and preserve our collective right to boat, fish, hunt, ice skate, swim and enjoy the scenic beauty of our shared public waters.


Make a contribution to protect Wisconsin’s legacy of lakes.

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Add your voice to the chorus “speaking for lakes.”