Our purpose is to facilitate education, research and sharing between organizations, individuals, governmental bodies and the genera! public of Sawyer County; to maintain and improve Sawyer County's water bodies, environs, and watersheds for now and future generations, including, but not limited to: aesthetics, water quality, wildlife habitat, fisheries, and recreation. These purposes will be accomplished while respecting the rights of property owners.

COLA Completes Study on Watershed Erosion from Farms


In 2016, Courte Oreilles Lakes Association, Inc. (COLA) commissioned the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point to conduct an erosion study of the Upper Couderay River Watershed. The erosion study was designed to assist Sawyer County in the identification of “priority farms” in the county that may benefit from implementation of erosion control best management practices that would conserve valuable topsoil and prevent soil sediment and phosphorus from entering area lakes. The erosion study, now completed, contains the modeling and mapping necessary to help both farmers and lake associations in the 125-square mile Upper Couderay River Watershed—all of which eventually flows into LCO—identify and better manage farm parcels most vulnerable to erosion. For additional information, including the entire report and presentation file, click here.

Lake Status Reports for Grant Applications


The following is provided as information for lake associations. Sawyer County Lakes Forum does not expressly endorse, recommend, or otherwise promote services from Limnopro Aquatic Science, Inc.

Limnopro Aquatic Science, Inc. is a complete lake, river and wetland management company, providing professional services for governmental agencies, lake associations and lake improvement districts, engineering firms, nonprofits, and individuals operating out of St. Cloud, Minnesota and serving groups primarily in Minnesota and Wisconsin. For additional information, see their website at: Limnopro Aquatic Sciences, Inc.

2017 Annual Meeting


Saturday, June 10, 2016
8:30 am to 12:00 pm
Comfort Suites
Hayward, WI
The 2017 Annual Meeting of the Sawyer County Lakes Forum will be on Saturday, June 10, 9 A.M. at the Comfort Suites, Hayward on Highway “B” . Registration. coffee and rolls available at 8:30 A.M. Guest speakers are still being confirmed--watch this space!

2017 Northwest Wisconsin Lakes Conference


The 2017 Northwest Wisconsin Lakes Conference will be held at the Hayward High School (10408 N Greenwood Ln, Hayward, WI 54843) on Friday, June 16, 2017. The conference starts at 9:00 a.m and is scheduled through 3:45 p.m. The registration deadline is Saturday, June 10, 2017. Click here for more information and online registration. Click here to download the one-page brochure.

Sawyer County Lakes Forum Dues


The Sawyer County Lakes Forum Dues are only $20 for lake associations. Please send your 2017-2018 Lake Association Dues to:
SCLF Treasurer
Al Zietlow
Sawyer County Lakes Forum
PO Box 13040
Hayward, WI 54843

Wisconsin Shoreland Zoneing


The Wisconsin Legislature has made major changes to shoreland zoning in 2015-16. These changes are explained in this one video combining all 3 parts:

  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

Wisconsin Shoreland Zoneing


Saving Our Lakes & Streams, a new book by from Wisconsin author and conservationist, James Brakken. A handbook for our lakes and streams advocates including 101 practial things you can do today. More information here.

2016 Annual Meeting


Saturday, June 11, 2016
8:30 am to 12:00 pm
Comfort Suites
Hayward, WI
The 2016 Annual Meeting of the Sawyer County Lakes Forum will be on Saturday, June 11, 9 A.M. at the Comfort Suites, Hayward on Highway “B” . Registration. coffee and rolls available at 8:30 A.M. Guest speakers will include Dale Hanson, Gerry Lisi, and Dan Hersher and their topic will be “ The Effect of Global Warming on the Lakes and Rivers of Northern Wisconsin”. Guest speaker Jay Kozlowski, County Zoning & Sanitation Technician, will give an update on county zoning regulations including any changes that have resulted from the State Budget of 2015. As always, there will be time for open discussion of any issues that lake associations might be working on. This meeting is open to anyone who is interested in the health of the water quality of Sawyer County lakes and streams.

2016 Northwest Wisconsin Lakes Conference


Friday, June 24, 2016
9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Spooner High School
Spooner, WI
Sponsored by the lakes and rivers associations of Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Sawyer and Washburn Counties, the University of Wisconsin-Extension, Wisconsin Lakes, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute at Northland College. For more informaiton and registration, click here.

Special Summary Notice


Special summary of information important to SCLF from last board meeting; click here.

Web-based Story Mapping Presentation


Saturday January 30, 2016
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Sherman & Ruth Weiss Community Library
Hayward, WI
The Moose Lake Legacy Initiative documented the important ecological and aesthetic assets on Moose Lake. The assembled story maps highlight important assets on Moose Lake and then overlay the parcel boundary to indicate ownership rights and responsibilities. Maps like these democratize information making it available to land trusts, individual land owners and others, to identify important land resources worthy of conservation, all linked to the most fundamental unit of land management – the parcel boundary.

Book Sales Benefit Sawyer County Lakes Forum


Order The Treasure of Namakagon, by local author Jim Brakken, here and $3 will go to the SCLF! Recommended by Michale Perry and Waldo Asp.

An 1883 lost treasure and lumberjack adventure set in Chicago, Hayward and Cable. 26 fact-based stories combined into one thrilling tale. Great summer reading for all ages. Re-live the lives of the lumberjacks!

Aerial Photos of Your Favorite Sawyer and Bayfield County Lakes Now Available


High Resolution Aerial Photos of Bayfield County Lakes and Sawyer County Lakes are now available for purchase. Support BCLF's and SCLF's work PLUS you can benefit your own lake association by ordering these great prints! More aerial photos of Bayfield and Sawyer County Lakes coming soon. Click here for more information.

Sawyer County Lakes Forum

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