Healthy fish, abundant wildlife, and clear, clean water all depend on the individual decisions that we make on our waterfront properties. When we develop waterfront lots, trees and native plants are replaced by impervious (hard) surfaces. Driveways, rooftops, and other hard surfaces decrease the ability of the shoreland area to serve its natural functions.
Waking Up to Wetlands
The Value of Shoreland Zoning video
- Any navigable lakes, ponds or flowages within 1000 feet of the Ordinary High Water Mark (OHWM)
- Any navigable river or stream within 300 feet of the OHWM or to the landward side of the flood plain, which ever is greater.
- Any wetland within the shoreland area or wetland that is contiguous with the shoreland as described above.
*A Shoreland permit is the same as a Land Use permit, but because it is with the Shoreland area, different rules apply to help preserve the natural areas. If you are planning to build within 300' of a river or 1000' of a pond or lake, please contact our office well in advance.
What About Floodplain?
If your property is near water, it is best to check with the Planning & Zoning Office to see if your property is in a Floodplain Zone. There are different types of Floodplain, which may restrict building on the property. Visit our Floodplain Information page for more information.
Impervious Surface Worksheet
Land Disturbance within Shoreland Area Application
Wolf River Emergency Action Plan
Establishing Native Shoreland Vegetation
Importance of Wetlands
The Department of Natural Resources Surface Water Grant Program includes Healthy Lakes and Rivers grants that offer a 75% (state)/25% (landowner) cost share! Check out healthylakeswi.com for more information on this grant opportunity and choosing the best practices for your property.
Soil bioengineering uses live native plant materials like plugs, brush bundles,and live stakes in addition to natural products like straw mats, erosion control blankets, and fiber logs. The correct placement of these materials provides erosion control, slope and shoreline bank stablization, landscape restoration, and wildlife habitat. Check out this portal for example techniques and resources: Lakeshore Restoration.