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Chippewa Flowage
15,300 acres of premier fishing in Sawyer County.
Lower Wisconsin State Riverway
over 92 miles of natural and scenic riverway.
Turtle-Flambeau Scenic Waters Area
scenic beauty and wild character in Iron County.
Willow Flowage Scenic Waters Area
an island studded reservoir with truly wild flavor.
Wild Rivers
protected free-flowing rivers.
LWSR locator map
Contact information
For information on the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway, contact:
Property Manager
Dept of Natural Resources
5808 County Highway C
Spring Green WI, 53588
608-588-7723

Lower Wisconsin State RiverwayGarbage and waste — leave no trace

Try to imagine 1,000 people on the Wisconsin River on a hot summer weekend. Then try to imagine the waste they will create. Anglers, campers, and sunbathers all generate waste in the riverway-it's a fact of life.

Carry-in; carry-out

People must take the trash they create with them. We have a "carry-in, carry-out" policy. Riverway law requires a waterproof container for trash in every boat/canoe and glass containers are prohibited. But what about the other stuff?

Human waste

Human wastes don't have to have an adverse affect on the river if disposed of properly. Nobody likes to find them by accident when they are disposed of improperly. To properly dispose of such waste requires little effort. Find a place where there is some vegetative shelter and soil mixed with the sand. Simply dig a hole 6 inches deep to bury your group's waste. Deeper is not better since it inhibits the bacteria that breaks down the waste. Shallower depths increase the chance it will be exposed by wind or high water. Lastly, provide a paper sack for used toilet paper and feminine hygiene products. Either pack the sack out or burn it right before you douse your campfire.

Campfires

Please, don't bury campfires, sand will smother but not extinguish the fire, and it will burn for hours or even days. People walking barefoot on sandbars can severely burn their feet in a thinly buried fire pit. Try to use up all the charred firewood; blackened logs are unsightly and mar the beauty of a sandbar.

If you carry along a plastic grocery sack, you have a handy water carrier to put out your campfire and it will serve double duty as a trash collector.

Last revised: Friday March 20 2020