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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)
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Great Blue Heron, © Bill Pohlmann

Planning Update

At the September 2017 NRB meeting, the board approved the department's request to initiate a master plan amendment process to address recreation-focused needs on three properties: Turtle-Flambeau Scenic Waters Area, Upper Wolf River State Fishery Area and Willow Flowage Scenic Waters Area. The department sought public input from June 11 to July 10, 2018 on draft documents to potentially revise these properties’ respective master plans. Based on the comments received, the department will be making the following recommendations to the Natural Resources Board at their meeting on September 26, 2018 in Hayward:

Turtle-Flambeau Scenic Waters Area

The department evaluated the proposed recreation opportunities in the context of programmatic and budgetary priorities and comments received. The department recommends considering ATV trail and route options when a full plan revision is done as part of a future regional planning process rather than through a plan amendment process at this time

The comments received during the recent public input period on the initial draft master plan amendment are posted below.

Upper Wolf River State Fishery Area (UWRSFA)

The department initially proposed three changes to the existing master plan:

  • Establish an approximately 0.25-mile ATV/UTV trail across the property near the Langlade Ranger Station and the STH 64 bridge. This trail would connect riding opportunities east and west of the property.
  • Update the property’s land management classifications and associated map so that they comply with the master planning administrative code (ch. NR 44, Wis. Adm. Code).
  • Expand the Scenic Resources Management Area to include the entire Wolf River and Hunting River corridors in the property.

Based on the public input received during the recent public input period, the department has concluded that these modifications to the master plan are appropriate. Although some minor changes to the document were made, the substance of the proposed changes remains the same. The department will present this revised master plan amendment to the Natural Resources Board:

Draft Amendment [PDF]

The comments received during the recent public input period on the initial draft master plan amendment are posted below.

Willow Flowage Scenic Waters Area (WFSWA)

As the department evaluated the proposed changes, staff concluded that the proposed parking areas are allowable under the existing master plan and would not require a change to the land management classifications. Since there would be no change to land management classification or to the property goals or objectives, the department concluded that the proposed changes fall under the variance process rather than the amendment process. The department has the authority to approve this variance establishing a parking lot at the far southern portion of the property in the Town of Nokomis off Prairie Rapids Road and a small parking area along Willow Dam Road (near the dam) with accessible parking spaces through a variance.

The department went through the required process and intends to issue a master plan variance for the WFSWA by September 30, 2018.

Draft Variance [PDF]

The comments received during the recent public input period on the initial draft master plan amendment are posted below.

The Natural Resources Board will consider the department's recommendations at their September 26, 2018 meeting in Hayward.

Public Input

From June 11 to July 10, 2018 the department sought input on draft documents that propose changes to the existing master plans for Turtle-Flambeau Scenic Waters Area, Upper Wolf River State Fishery Area and Willow Flowage Scenic Waters Area. During the comment period, the department posted on this website both a hardcopy and online public input form with a series of four questions designed to gather feedback on the draft documents. In addition, the department hosted open house meetings in Antigo and Springstead to gather input. The department also received emails and letters from the public during the comment period.

The following documents contain all the public input the department received during the June 11 to July 10, 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]

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.

Sept - Final proposed documents are provided to the Natural Resources Board and posted on this website.

September 26 - Presentation of department recommendations to the Natural Resources Board for review and possible approval at their meeting in Hayward.

Last revised: Thursday September 13 2018