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about the programs that provide a healthy Wisconsin shoreland, a system of native plants and trees thriving in and around the shallow water.
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: Wisconsin shoreland zoning contacts

To determine what shoreland zoning standards will apply to your particular property please contact the county in which your property is located. A list and contact information is available for each county on the Wisconsin County Code Administrators Website [Exit DNR].

If you live in a town, you may also need to contact your local town office, as well as your county office, regarding permits. If you live in a city or village, you will need to contact your city or village office instead of the county office.

If your project will have one or more acres of land disturbance, you will also need to contact the DNR Stormwater Program on erosion control and stormwater management regulations.

Contact information
For more information about this page, please contact:
Shoreland policy coordinator
Bureau of Watershed Management
Last revised: Wednesday April 26 2017