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Learn
about the programs that provide a healthy Wisconsin shoreland, a system of native plants and trees thriving in and around the shallow water.
Find
resources provided by local communities that offer zoning ordinances to guide development near navigable lakes and rivers.

Did You Know?
Lakes and rivers belong to the state's citizens. See: The Public Trust Doctrine.
The number of homes on lakes of all sizes increased 216 percent from the 1960s to 1995.
See: Development Trends in Northern Wisconsin.

As northern lakes are developed...
Songbirds decrease and grackles, cowbirds and other common species increase.
Green frog populations decrease.
Musky, trout and bluegill populations decrease.
See: Preserving Fish and Wildlife Habitat.

Contact information
Visit our Wisconsin Shoreland Zoning Contacts page to find out who to contact regarding your property.

Safeguarding our shorelands Stories from the shore

Remember paddling down a tranquil stream? Fishing with grandpa? Watching a sunset with someone you love from the end of a dock? These are all memories treasured by Wisconsin residents and visitors and shared in a book available for purchase, "Stories from the Shore."

Order Form - Stories from the Shore [PDF]

Book Cover - Stories from the Shore

Stories from the Shore.

This collection of artwork, stories, poems, photographs, Native American lore and even recipes from high school students, shoreline property owners and others is available from the Department of Natural Resources for $10 plus shipping.

"It´s the perfect coffee table complement, a great holiday gift and a great way to learn more about the shoreline resources – plants, animals, scenery and water -- responsible for those treasured memories", says Gregg Breese, the DNR shoreland team program manager who created the book.

"We all have these stories that are linked to our shoreland experiences that the resources have given us. What better way to remind people about the value of the shorelines than through their very own experiences?"

The book contains sections on "The Land," "The Shoreline," and "The Water." Each section begins with a story and then has a page for various plants, animals, insects and other resources found in that area. Readers will enjoy everything from a poem about New England asters, to a writer's account of a bluff hike on the mighty Mississippi, to a muskrat legend and even a recipe for coot stew. The Jewelweed Story [PDF] is an example of one of the book's stories.

Basic science about those shoreline resources are captured in "Quick Clip" sections of the book, fast facts about the amazing animals and other natural phenomena along the shoreline. "Wading a Little Deeper" encourages readers to do just that with shoreline science topics.

Contact information
For more information about this page, please contact:
Shoreland policy coordinator
Bureau of Watershed Management
Last revised: Wednesday July 17 2013