VCLRA initiatives and other resources


Tools to help preserve and protect our waterways and shorelands

SOAR Wisconsin River Cleanup

A dozen students and teachers from the SOAR Charter High School participated in a river cleanup along a stretch of the Wisconsin River in Eagle River. Wildwood Outdoor Adventures graciously provided about a dozen canoes and kayaks, paddles and life vests for the event.

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Rushed legislation on wakeboats under consideration

State-wide legislation regulating wakesurfing with simply a 200-foot minimum distance from shore criterion for wake boats is under consideration. This would be an attempt to preempt research and discussion by all stakeholders, which has been underway here in Wisconsin and in several other states.

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2023 VCLRA Summer Newsletter

News about the the July 14th six-county lakes and rivers conference featuring a panel on law-enforcement challenges affecting the health and enjoyment of our lakes; update on wake boat resolutions and more!

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2023 6-county lakes & rivers workshop

REVISED: This year’s 6-county lakes & rivers meeting will take place on July 14th and include updates on Wisconsin legislation, invasives and other issues of interest to our lake community, plus highlight the role of law enforcement on maintaining the health and enjoyment of our Northwoods lakes and rivers.

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Shoreland Owner Workshop

If you own lake or river shoreland property and would like to learn about best practices and programs to protect water quality and habitat, as well as permanent conservation options through NWLT, please join us on Monday, June 26 at 10 am at the Northwoods Center in Eagle River.

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Northwoods Businesses for Clean Waters

Our lakes and rivers are the foundation of our Northwoods economy. North­woods Bussinesses for Clean Waters is a partnership of conservationists and businesses with a common vision of the Northwoods as a place where both people and nature thrive.

New Shoreland Owners Initiative

Are you a new owner of lake property? Learn about ways to help keep your lake beautiful and healthy. Special offer available.

GREET Initiative

Improper shoreline development is the major threat to lake health. Many damaging developments happen soon after a change in ownership. Our Greet your Neighbor Initiative is designed to equip lake associations with the tools they need to identify and share their community’s vision of waterfront living with new lake residents in a positive, engaging way.

Blue Heron Steward­ship Award

VCLRA makes these annual awards to generate awareness and educate lake property owners on the importance of shoreland stewardship by showcasing excellence in lake-friendly waterfront development.

VCLRA Scholarship

$500 competitive scholarships will be awarded to graduating High School Seniors who reside in Vilas County pursuing a career in the area of Natural Resources.

Shoreland Protection Legacy

Leave a lasting legacy. VCLRA has partnered with the Northwoods Land Trust (NWLT) in a Shoreland Protection Legacy Initiative to permanently conserve extensive stretches of privately-owned natural shoreline on lakes, rivers, ponds and streams in Vilas County.


 AIS Workplan Map of Vilas County
This Graphical Information System (GIS) created by Vilas Land & Water Conservation shows locations of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) and associated planned monitoring, management, and detection efforts.

 List of Vilas County Lakes
This list compiled by Wisconsin DNR provides substantial data on lakes in Vilas County.

 List of Vilas Lake Associations or Districts
This list of lake organizations in Vilas County  compiled by UW Extension provides contact and other useful information.

 Vilas County Aquatic Invasives List
Whether they come in ballast water, on the hulls of recreation boats or from the water of an angler’s bait bucket, many non-native species such as zebra mussels and Eurasian water milfoil have found their way into Wisconsin’s waterways. Their presence can cause severe damage to local ecosystems, industry and tourism.

 Clean Boats Clean Waters
CBCW is the front-line defense against AIS. On weekends and busy holidays, watercraft inspectors statewide educate boaters on how and where AIS are likely found and how to perform a watercraft inspection. Learn about CBCW and how you can get involved.

 Lake and Shoreland Stewardship Guides
UW-Extension has compiled a large collection of guides that provide a wealth of background and how-to information, including restoration guides.

 Wisconsin’s Healthy Lakes
Healthy Lakes includes 5 simple and inexpensive best practices that improve habitat and water quality on your lakeshore property. Check out the best practices, supporting technical guidance, and other information.

 Starting a Lake Association
Wisconsin has a long history of volunteerism protecting lakes in Wisconsin. With 15,000 lakes, this vast army of volunteers has been an essential partner to the state to help preserve and protect our lake heritage. Be sure to also view this extensive lake organization GUIDE.