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Lower water levels the past few years have left many lake front property owners with additional exposed beach areas below the ordinary high water mark (OHWM).
Beach area in Wisconsin
Exemptions and permits
Lake front owners get to enjoy these exposed areas, however areas below the OHWM are protected and activities in these areas, even when temporarily high and dry, may require approval and or permits.
For more information about this, please see the "Beach Maintenance Activities". factsheet
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Applicable statutes and codes include Section 30.20 Wis Stats. and Section 30.29 Wis Stats., Chapter NR 109, and Chapter NR 345.