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Contact information
For information on these variances, contact:
John Pohlman
608-264-6263

Property Master Plans Master plan modifications for:

  • Upper Wolf River Fishery Area amendment (Langdale County)
  • Willow Flowage Scenic Waters variance (Oneida County)
  • Turtle-Flambeau Scenic Waters Area amendment (Iron County)
Mays Ledges

Great Blue Heron, © Bill Pohlmann

Planning Update

The department has developed draft documents that modify the existing master plans for the Turtle-Flambeau Scenic Waters Area, the Upper Wolf River State Fishery Area, and the Willow Flowage Scenic Waters Area. The highlights of each proposal include:

Upper Wolf River State Fishery Area master plan amendment

  • Construct an approximately 0.25-mile ATV/UTV trail across the property at the Langlade Ranger Station, including a bridge over the Wolf River adjacent to STH 64.
  • Update the land management classifications and associated map to bring them into compliance with the master planning code.
  • Expand the Scenic Resources Management Area to include the entire Wolf and Hunting rivers within the Upper Wolf River State Fishery Area.

Willow Flowage Scenic Waters Area master plan variance

  • Construct a parking area off Prairie Rapids Road at the far southern edge of the property for up to 15 vehicles and trailers to serve snowmobilers, ATV/UTV riders and canoers/kayakers.
  • Construct a handicap parking area for two vehicles along Willow Dam Road near the dam.

Turtle-Flambeau Scenic Waters Area master plan amendment

  • Designate an approximately 0.5-mile ATV/UTV route and trail on an existing department forest logging road at the far northern edge of the property.
  • Update the land management classifications and associated map to bring them into compliance with the master planning code.
  • Establish a 27-acre Recreation Management Area (Type 3) where the ATV/UTV route and trail would be located.

The department anticipates presenting these documents to the Natural Resources Board at their September 26, 2018 meeting in Hayward.

Upper Wolf River Fishery Area

Draft Amendment [PDF]

Willow Flowage Scenic Waters Area

Draft Variance [PDF]

Turtle-Flambeau Scenic Waters Area

Draft Amendment [PDF]

The department is interested in gathering public reactions to these proposed documents. A public comment period will run from June 11 to July 10, 2018. During this time, the public is encouraged to complete a short online input form or to print off a pdf version and mail it to the address provided.

Upper Wolf River Fishery Area amendment: Online input form [new tab] Hardcopy input form [pdf]
Willow Flowage Scenic Waters variance: Online input form [new tab] Hardcopy input form [pdf]
Turtle-Flambeau Scenic Waters Area amendment: Online input form [new tab] Hardcopy input form [pdf]

The department will host two public open house meetings to present information on these proposed documents and to gather public input. These informal open house meetings will be held:

Springstead
June 19 – 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Sherman Town Hall
4094 STH 182

Antigo
June 20 – 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Langlade County Fairgrounds – Clover Room
1633 Neva Road




Following completion of the public comment period, department staff will review and summarize the input received and make changes to the draft documents as necessary. The department administration will then decide whether to forward the Turtle-Flambeau SWA and Upper Wolf River SFA master plan amendments to the Natural Resources Board for their consideration and possible approval. The department administration will also decide whether to approve the proposed Willow Flowage SWA variance. The administration’s decisions and any changes to the master plan documents will be posted on this website. In addition, the department will send notices of any decisions to all people that sign up to receive notices (click on the red envelope on this page to receive updates).

Background

In early January, the Department of Natural Resources began the process of analyzing potential amendments to the master plans for three properties in the Northwoods Region. From January 20 to February 4, the department gathered preliminary public input about the three properties and the concepts of changing uses at the properties. The input received is summarized in the appendices of the three draft documents.

The following documents contain all the public input the department received during the January 20 to February 4, 2018 comment period.

Upper Wolf River Fishery Area: Responses to online input form [pdf] Other input received [pdf]
Willow Flowage Scenic Waters Area: Responses to online input form [pdf] Other input received [pdf]
Turtle-Flambeau Scenic Waters Area: Responses to online input form [pdf] Other input received [pdf]

 


Documents

Documents

Planning process

Feb 5 to June 8 - DNR develops draft master plan changes

June 11 to July 10 - Public review and comment period on the draft plan changes

July 11 to July 31 - DNR reviews and summarizes public input and makes necessary changes to draft documents

August/Sept - Final proposed master plan variance for the Willow Flowage SWA is presented to the DNR administration for their review and possible approval. If approved, the decision and any changes will be posted on this website.

August/Sept - Final proposed master plan amendments for the Upper Wolf River SFA and the Turtle-Flambeau SWA are provided to the Natural Resources Board and posted on this website.

September 26 - Presentation of the final proposed master plan amendments to the Natural Resources Board for their review and possible approval at their meeting in Hayward.

Last revised: Friday June 08 2018