Chute Lake Protection & Rehabilitation District #1

P.O. Box 184 Mountain, WI 54149

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Welcome to the Home Page of Chute Lake, commonly called Chute Pond, a 417 acre flowage of the Oconto River, located in the Town of Mountain, in Oconto County, WI.


Chute Pond News


The commissioners are going to be appointing someone to fulfill Don Lattin’s remaining two years of his commissioner’s position. If you are interested in this position please contact anyone of the commissioners.


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The Department of Natural Resources is recommending people visit their website (link below) for more information about the dos and don'ts of shoreline work during the coming drawdown. 

http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Waterways/

 If you have general questions about waterway permitting you can also call their service line at 920-662-5452
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A BIG thank you to the 112 Chute Pond property owners who attended

our special meeting on March 21 regarding a possible drawdown. The three DNR presenters did an awesome job of providing us with a wealth of information on the chemical treatment history of Chute Pond, all of our management options, drawdown benefits and drawbacks, why and how drawdowns work, and fishery implications. After a great question and discussion time, the vote was taken on whether or not to have a drawdown. THE VOTE WAS OVERWHELMING IN FAVOR OF A DRAWDOWN - 90 yes and 17 no votes. The drawdown will tentatively take place mid September, 2015 thru April/May, 2016. You will receive more information on this in our spring newsletter.



    


Dock and Pier Regulations

Do you need to register your pier with the DNR? If you are thinking about a new dock or pier, or adding on to your existing one, please review the following information:

NOTICE: You do not need to register if your pier, dock, or wharf meets ALL of the following exemption standards, which
 
are also outlined in the Pier Planner (DNR Pub no. FH-017), found at: http://dnr.wi.gov/waterways/recreation/piers.html

       ·         The width of the pier’s main stem is a maximum of 6 feet wide.

·          A maximum 8 ft long by 8 ft wide loading platform or deck may be placed at the end of a 6 ft wide pier, if it is not

located in an Area of Special Natural Resource Interest (ASNRI) waterbody. Please use the WDNR’s Designated Waters

Search found in the Surface Water Data Viewer at: http://dnr.wi.gov/org/water/data_viewer.htm to determine if

the waterbody is not an ASNRI

·         The maximum length to reach a depth needed to moor your boat, use a boat lift, or extends to the 3 ft depth, which

ever length is greater

·         The placement of the pier cannot interfere with the rights of other riparian owners.

·         The number of moored boats may only be 2 for the first 50 ft of shoreline frontage, and 1 for every additional full 50 ft.  

Here are a couple of links to more information from the WI DNR regarding dock and pier regulations and registration:

http://dnr.wi.gov/waterways/factsheets/pierplanner2009.pdf

http://dnr.wi.gov/waterways/permit_apps/Pier_Registration_Form.pdf

 

 

 

Boating Safety

As you gear up for this year's boating season, take a moment to read the 2011 Wisconsin Boating Regulations and Handbook to review our state's boating laws and safety tips.  The regulations handbook is now available to download at:

                                       http://dnr.wi.gov/org/es/enforcement/DOCS/BoatingRegs.pdf

There are two new state boating laws in effect last year: 
  • Beginning with the 2010 boating season, it is now illegal to transport invasive species (see p. 14 of the boating regulations). 
  • Also new in 2010, it is illegal to operate a motorboat at greater than slow-no-wake speed within 100 feet of the shoreline of all lakes (see p. 15 of the boating regulations). 
 
Take a Boating Safety Education Course
Anyone born after 1988 is required to take a boater safety course to legally operate a boat.  But boaters of all ages can learn rules and safe operating tips that just might save your life.  And you can get certified in as little as three hours from the comfort of your own home.  Learn more about boater safety courses offered by the DNR at: http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/es/enforcement/safety/boatsaf.htm

 

Fertilizer Facts

Please help prevent excess weeds in our lake- if you fertilize your lawn, only use a fertilizer with a "zero" as the middle number. The middle number is the phosphorus content, which causes algae bloom and encourages weed growth when any runoff enters the lake.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

   

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